Daycations - Orange Foodie Tour

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  • Historic Old Towne Orange is a favorite stop for exploring on Metrolink. One of the highlights is the marriage of noteworthy restaurants located in historic buildings. This mix is so unique that we created a tour to showcases places to dine and explore, all within easy walking distance from the station.

    Ruby’s Diner and Streamliner Lounge

    The Santa Fe Depot and associated Depot Park have welcomed residents and visitors into the city since 1888. The current Santa Fe Depot Building was constructed in 1938 providing both passenger and freight service. In 1993 the station was given new life when it became Orange’s Metrolink train station. Now you can Shooby Dooby Down to Ruby’s before hopping on Metrolink!

    Then and Now
    Then: Santa Fe Depot
    Now: Orange Metrolink station and Ruby’s Diner

    Don Jefe Jalapeños Grill

    Over a century before Don Jefe Jalapeños began serving great food, their building was home to the Santa Ana Valley Irrigation Company. The SAVI building was constructed in 1914 and has served as a backdrop for local celebrations and commercial filming in the Plaza.
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    Then and Now
    Then: The Santa Ana Valley Irrigation Co. building
    Now: Home to Don Jefe Jalapeños Grill

    Getting here from the station
    The restaurant is one quarter mile from the Metrolink station. Take Maple Avenue to Glassell Street then turn right. The restaurant will be on your right.

    Urth Caffé

    Come dine in a restaurant that is one of the oldest structures in Old Towne Orange! The Urth Caffé building was built in 1888, the same year Orange was incorporated. It was originally a signed story building. In 1912 a second story was added with the upper floor serving as a boarding house. The ground floor was reserved for shops and offices. Now it is home to wonderful food!

    Then and Now
    Then: 100 W. Chapman Street (1888)
    Now: Home to the Urth Caffé

    Getting here from the station
    The Urth Caffé is located one half mile east of the station on Chapman Avenue. It is on the southwest corner of Park Plaza.

    The Orange Circle

    The official name of that cool spot in the middle of the roundabout at the intersection of Glassell Street and Chapman Avenue is Plaza Park. Locals simply call it The Orange Circle. It was designed in 1886 and maintains its original layout complete with a center fountain. Here’s a detailed history of Plaza Park for history buffs.

    Additional Historic Spots

    There are many more historic buildings in Old Towne Orange. Here’s where you can find a Historic Plaza Tour and learn more about Orange’s historic past!

    Train schedules

    We always suggest when planning your adventure to check the Metrolink train schedule to Santa Ana. Both the Orange County Line and the Inland Empire Orange County Line serve this destination.

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