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Then and Now Foodie Tour

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.

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.

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.