Students eating trendy in Orange County

Students eating trendy in Orange County

By Jenna Linden

All you need is a car, cash and an appetite to enjoy some of Chapman students’ favorite eateries in Orange County. From cupcakes to gourmet hamburgers, there is something everyone’s bound to enjoy. 


Banzai Bowls 

Nothing tops off a successful day at Newport Beach better than tan lines, sandy butt cheeks and a banzai bowl.  With locations in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, Banzai Bowls is a favorite among Chapman students.

Banzai Bowls is a small joint that sells smoothies and acai bowls with fresh fruit and healthy toppings on top. 

Sophomore communications major Lauren Jeworski said Banzai Bowls is popular because it’s healthy. 

“It is a trendy spot for Chapman students because a lot of people here are interested in eating healthily,” Jeworski said. “The majority of the people that enjoy them are pretty active, in my opinion, and enjoy the SoCal weather which makes Banzai desirable because the majority of the locations are close to the beach.” 

Jeworski said she and her friends get banzai bowls to go on their way to the beach.

“My favorite bowl is the Maui Sunrise,” Jeworski said. “It is a blend of coconut milk, pineapple juice, acai, banana, strawberries and mango topped with granola, sliced banana, strawberries, blueberries, coconut shreds and honey.” 

Banzai Bowls range from $5.75- $9.25. 


Bear Flag Fish Company

When it comes to quick and delicious seafood, Bear Flag takes the trophy. 

Senior television and broadcast journalism major Zak Frio said you can’t get anything like it anywhere else.

“I can’t really think of another seafood place that is as fresh and high quality for the price that it is. It’s just really good food,” Frio said. “If I want to treat myself to food I really love, it’s Bear Flag.”

Bear Flag is located on the Newport Beach Peninsula. 

“I would say that Bear Flag isn’t widely known at Chapman, but the people who do know of it absolutely love it, which I think makes it trendy,” Frio said.  

Frio said his favorite Bear Flag meals are either the seared ahi burrito or the poke tuna with chips. 

Entrees at Bear Flag range from $6 to $14.95.


Sprinkles Cupcakes 

Cupcake shops everywhere have looked to Sprinkles Cupcakes for inspiration.   

It is the world’s first cupcake bakery and with a location in Newport Beach, is accessible to Chapman students with a sweet tooth. 

Sophomore business major Hailey Sommers never turns down a chance to go to Sprinkles Cupcakes.

“I think Sprinkles attracts so many Chapman students because it sells the best cupcakes in the world,” Sommers said. “The taste is unlike any other cupcake I have ever had.” 

In 2012, Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills opened up the first Sprinkles Ice Cream location. Newport Beach followed with a Sprinkles Ice Cream location the next year.  

“There are so many different options of flavors. And now with Sprinkles Ice Cream it has becoming life changing,” Sommers said. “The ice cream with the cupcake is truly my favorite dessert in the world. It is worth the drive.”

Sommers said The Perfect Circle Cupcakery in the Orange Circle doesn’t compete with Sprinkles.

“The cupcakes in the circle are good, but nothing compares to Sprinkles,” Sommers said. “The prices in the circle and at Sprinkles are very close in cost.”

Cupcakes at Sprinkles Cupcakes cost $3.50 each. The bakery has more than 20 flavors as well as seasonal specials, gluten-free and sugar-free options. 


Umami Burger 

When you’re looking for something a little more exciting than In-N-Out, Umami Burger is the place to go. 

With more than 15 locations in Southern California, including ones in Anaheim and Costa Mesa, Umami is the place for Chapman students to get their gourmet burger fix.

The menu includes nine burgers as well as the option to get the “Trust Us Special,” in which the waiter will choose the burger, fries and soda for you.  

Sophomore business major Remington Bruce said Umami is his all-time favorite burger restaurant and believes it does have a very trendy appeal. 

“It’s the lack of supply for the massive demand. Not many people physically fit in the restaurant and it just happens to have fantastic food,” Bruce said. “As is true with any ‘trendy’ development, when you combine these two recipes for success you get a consumer branding of exclusivity and craving.”

Bruce said his favorite burger is the truffle burger, a burger patty topped with house-made truffle cheese and truffle glaze for $12.50.

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