Kedric of Coast Magazine has been covering Orange County for 17 years. He responded to the question of how dining out differs between Los Angeles and Orange County.
Kedric observed that in L.A. the dining out scene is greatly influenced by the Entertainment Industry. People have unusual work hours and might not be working at all for extended periods of time. They can frequent restaurants late at night on weekdays without a concern about being up very early the next morning. Being seen out regularly at trendy establishment is part of the scene.
In Orange County the diners work regular hours typically with early starts so dining out is more a weekend activity. On weeknights they need to be home early. Orange County also supports the longevity of the classic fine dining restaurants now seen less frequently in Los Angeles.
Kedric noted that few celebrity chefs from L.A. have been able to transfer that success to Orange County. He feels part of the reason is that they have dumb downed their menus for “Orange County tastes” which is a real mistake. The sophistication levels of frequent-diners in both areas is really the same!