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Just a 10-minute drive from the beach up the 55, stands Nieuport 17 Restaurant – resembling what looks like a charming, traditional German mansion with ivy crawling up its exterior, forming the appearance of a cocoon for this monolith of a museum, as if the ivy knows what is within is worthy of protection. Brought to life by naval aviator Bill Bettis, this 42-year-old restaurant and museum of aviation-related artifacts and artwork will transport you through a plethora of fighter pilot history while you dine on exquisite eats.
With French flair – both in its food and its décor (Nieuport 17 is named after a French fighter plane, after all) – this Orange County gem shines with a quirky mix of lodge-like wood details, antler embellishments, warm lighting and cozy corners in each of its five lavishly decorated rooms. I felt like I had stepped into someone’s home – a home that had been very well attended to over the years. I was even graced with a warm greeting from Nieuport 17’s creator, Mr. Bettis, upon stepping through the entrance’s log archway.