Several Orange County restaurants currently shine in the national/international spotlight. The Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, which unveils the worldwide 1990 grand awards for restaurants with great cellars, cites Five Crowns in Corona del Mar and Mr. Stox in Anaheim. Both restaurants have been grand-award winners since 1983.
Also, in the August issue of Bon Appetit, the "Western Insider" column features Kachina restaurant in Laguna Beach. It calls owner David Wilhelm, who recently opened Bistro 201 in Irvine and will debut Barbacoa in Newport Beach this fall, "one busy restaurateur."
Four Orange County restaurants received top evaluations in the new, second edition of Gault Millau's "The Best of L.A.," which reviews 1,300 restaurants in southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
Rated on a scale of 1 to 20, Antoine at Le Meridien in Newport Beach received a 16.
The Dining Room of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Dana Point; Pavilion in the Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach, and Pascal, Newport Beach, each rated a 15.