Asian Fusion invades Santa Ana

In the melting pot food culture that is Southern California, Asian fusion is a popular food trend that seems to be taking over in many locations. Downtown Santa Ana has become a breeding ground for many joints that are blowing up the OC food scene.

 

Bonestock

Owner Tommy Vu wanted to keep to tradition alive at this joint located at the McFadden Public Market on Main Street. Bonestock serves up the one-stop traditional Vietnamese cuisine done up a little bit. You can find the street food standards such as spring rolls and pho. Some dishes here are done with a twist, however, like their Spring-ception, which is a pork/shrimp blend with a variety of mushroom, carrots, and onions along with a Vietnamese house sauce, all wrapped in a spring roll, and, their Pho-tine, an Asian twist on the Canadian comfort standard, served with a Pho gravy, brisket chunks, and queso fresco.

Bone Stock's 'Springception' is a perfect display of asian-fusion grub | photo courtesy of 100eats

Bone Stock's 'Springception' is a perfect display of asian-fusion grub | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

En Tu Boca

Carlo Castaneda, a one-time chef under McFadden Market owner Leonard Chan, ultimately wanted to start a joint where he could create his own menu. Carlo’s Filipino heritage was his inspiration for En Tu Boca concept. The spot’s menu includes tacos, burritos, bowls, and nachos done the traditional way with Carnitas and Carne Asada or infused with Filipino fusion items such as Adobo Chicken and Pork Belly. Boca also takes traditional Hispanic sauce, crema, incorporating Filipino flavor like Calamansi, a citrus flavored by orange and lemons.  

Fill your tacos with filipino-flavors at En Tu Boca, located at DTSA's McFadden Public Market | photo courtesy of 100eats

Fill your tacos with filipino-flavors at En Tu Boca, located at DTSA's McFadden Public Market | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

Red Envelope

Located at the 4th Street Market, Chef Michael Pham takes the Vietnamese tradition he grew up with and incorporates with the American and Mexican traditional comfort food. The shaken beef nachos fuses the traditional Mexican dish with Asian flavor with seared diced Angus beef and wonton chips served with standards like sour cream, avocado, and pico de gallo, along with the shaken beef cheese melt, that incorporates the American favorite Philly cheesesteak with Vietnamese and Mexican flavors.   

Red Envelope is serving up shaken beef nachos at 4th Street Market | photo courtesy of 100eats

Red Envelope is serving up shaken beef nachos at 4th Street Market | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

Dos Chinos

For any foodie living in Orange County, this name should be really familiar. Starting off with their artistic looking food truck, they now have multiple brick and mortar locations at 4th Street Market and Trade Food Hall in Irvine. Dos Chinos took Asian fusion by storm by incorporating Vietnamese and Filipino cuisine inside tacos, burritos, and nachos, as well as on top of fries, including their ever popular stoner fries stacked with carne asada, chorizo fried rice, bolsa roasted pork, Monterey Jack cheese, Southeast Asian verde sauce, all topped with a fried egg.

Get your Latin-Asian fusion fix at Dos Chinos, located inside DTSA's 4th Street Market | photo courtesy of Dos Chinos

Get your Latin-Asian fusion fix at Dos Chinos, located inside DTSA's 4th Street Market | photo courtesy of Dos Chinos

 

Yojiie Japanese Fondue

Co-founder Mendrick Leelin wanted to incorporate an art gallery and restaurant into one at this hit Shabu Shabu joint. Since opening its doors in 2007, Yojiie has been serving up traditional Japanese Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki, also known as Japanese Fondue. Guest are given fresh ingredients, which includes thinly-sliced beef, all which can be dipped into a broth of your choice.

When shabu meets fondue | photo courtesy of Yogiie 

When shabu meets fondue | photo courtesy of Yogiie 

 

Ninjas with Appetite

Starting off originally as a food truck, Ninjas with Appetite does more than just show off their ridiculously good looking food concoctions on their social media pages. While Ninja’s Asian/Mexican fusion blends have become a common presence in the downtown Santa Ana area, their portion sizes help them stand out. Such items like the teriyaki burrito, loaded with crispy garlic fried rice, grilled sliced steak loaded in teriyaki sauce, topped with lots of melted cheese, has attracted customers with heavy appetite.

Be sure to bring your appetite when visiting one of DTSA's ultimate asian-fusion destination, Ninjas with Appetite | photo courtesy of Ninjas with Appetite

Be sure to bring your appetite when visiting one of DTSA's ultimate asian-fusion destination, Ninjas with Appetite | photo courtesy of Ninjas with Appetite



 

Mom's Secretly Want Their Kids To Eat At These OC Dining Destinations

Having family dinner night doesn’t have to mean burgers for the parents and chicken tenders for the kids. Gone are the days of sacrificing healthy, delicious meals just to find a spot with options for the younger generation. If you’re looking for a new go-to spot for your next family dinner, check out these Orange County spots. Not only are these restaurants favored by parents for their delicious, elevated flavors, they also offer great kids at affordable prices menus that break away from the mundane.

 

4th Street Market

4th Street Market is full of legendary concepts. Between Dos Chinos, Falasophy, and Jinny’s Pizzeria, there are so many great options for the whole family, but it gets better — the Santa Ana food hall recently released a kids menu. Four of the concepts will have their own kiddie options, but some highlights include the Cheese Quesa-Pita from Falasophy, the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl from Mar, and Carne Asada Tacos from Dos Chinos. The food hall also houses three delicious dessert spots — Front Porch Pops, Treatery, and Chunk N Chip. After they eat, the kids can play the games while you hang out on in the airy outdoor patio. Even the pickiest youngster will find something to love at 4th Street Market!

Kids and adults alike will love the varietal food options, not to mention the award winning patio which comes complete with games, at 4th Street Market in DTSA | photo courtesy of 100eats

Kids and adults alike will love the varietal food options, not to mention the award winning patio which comes complete with games, at 4th Street Market in DTSA | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

Urban Seoul 2.0

Located at the Irvine Spectrum, Urban Seoul 2.0 is the second location for Urban Seoul, but with an expanded menu. This is the spot to hit if you have adventurous taste buds. Some favorite items for the adults include Garlic Edamame, Chorizo Kimchi Fried Rice Skillet (chorizo, bacon, pork belly, kimchi, garlic, rice, pickled red onions, fried onions, green onions, sunny side up egg), and PBLT (pork belly) sliders. Urban Seoul 2.0 has a great kids menu that strays away from the ordinary mac and cheese and hot dogs. It features Popcorn Chicken and Rice, Gogi Quesadilla, and Cheeseburger Sliders — YUM.

Cheeseburger Sliders for the kiddos, and adventurous flavorful options for you can all be found at Urban Seoul's secondary location in Irvine | photo courtesy of Urban Seoul

Cheeseburger Sliders for the kiddos, and adventurous flavorful options for you can all be found at Urban Seoul's secondary location in Irvine | photo courtesy of Urban Seoul

 

Pandor

Specializing in authentic freshly baked bread, pastries, breakfast, and paninis, this French Boulangerie themed cafe offers appetizing options for both kids and parents. The breakfast menu features a special kids menu in smaller portions for their little bellies ! For "Le Petit Dejeuner," you and the kids can enjoy sweet options like PB&J French Toast, Nutella French Toast, and delicious House Made Granola Parfait as well as savory dishes like the veggie Farmer’s Omelet and Scrambled Egg Sandwich.

Crepes au chocolate please everyone's tastebuds at Pandor | photo courtesy of Pandor

Crepes au chocolate please everyone's tastebuds at Pandor | photo courtesy of Pandor

 

Coliseum Pool & Grill

Summer has arrived, which means grill outs, pool days, and beach picnics. The Coliseum Pool & Grill at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach is the perfect spot to ring in the warmer weather, poolside. For the adults, we love the Colosseum Tempura (shishito peppers and shrimp with sweet chilli aioli), Blackened Cobia Fish Tacos, Roasted Salmon Salad, and Mary’s Chicken (brown rice, brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, pistachios). For the young taste buds, the grill offers a Kids Mozzarella Thin-crust Pizza, Grilled Salmon, Chicken Quesadilla.

Enjoy a sunny weekend meal with the whole family | photo courtesy of Coliseum Pool & Grill

Enjoy a sunny weekend meal with the whole family | photo courtesy of Coliseum Pool & Grill

 

Din Tai Fung

For the Asian fare lovers out there, Din Tai Fung is one of the most popular spots right now for killer dim sum. Located at South Coast Plaza, Din Tai Fung features a long list of buns, dumplings, noodles, and fried rice. For the parents, we recommend starting off with the Cucumber Salad. For your mains, try the Truffle & Pork XiaoLongBau (soup dumplings), Shredded Pork Fried Rice, or Noodles with Sesame Sauce. A lot of Din Tai Fung’s offerings are smaller portions, making them great for the kids with elevated taste buds. They’ll love the Pork Dumplings, Chicken Fried Noodles, and Vegetarian Fried Rice.

Little dumplings for little hands! Din Tai Fung at South Coast Plaza provides top-notch Dim Sum for both youngsters and grown ups alike | photo courtesy of Din Tai Fung

Little dumplings for little hands! Din Tai Fung at South Coast Plaza provides top-notch Dim Sum for both youngsters and grown ups alike | photo courtesy of Din Tai Fung

Get Juiced

Summertime is officially here in Orange County! With the sun out longer and the weather warmer it is the perfect opportunity to grab a refreshing fresh juice, smoothie, or bowl! Usually, summertime treats are sweet, delicious, fried and full of fat (hello, fried ice cream). Fortunately, there is also a plethora of healthy and tasty options for your warm weather needs! Take a look at a list of some favorite Orange County spots for delicious and healthy quick bites!

Get Juiced in OC this summer at spots like KRISP Fresh Living | photo courtesy of KRISP

Get Juiced in OC this summer at spots like KRISP Fresh Living | photo courtesy of KRISP

 

CIVIC
4th Street Market, Santa Ana

Breakfast, burgers, and juices. YUM! CIVIC’s approach is unique in that you can get massive, delicious and decadent breakfast burritos that are out of this world; or order top notch and downright yummy burgers that are too good looking for your Instagram feed AND order fresh, cold pressed juices to wash it all down. Try their jalapeno cucumber lemonade-fresh to order, or, if you’re looking for something more satiating but also on the lighter side try the peanut butter banana smoothie. Fun fact: CIVIC makes their own peanut butter!

CIVIC's PB & Banana Smoothie, featuring house-made peanut butter! | photo courtesy of CIVIC

CIVIC's PB & Banana Smoothie, featuring house-made peanut butter! | photo courtesy of CIVIC

 

KRISP Fresh Living
TRADE, Irvine

This fresh juice bar just opened its doors at TRADE, the new food hall in Irvine. Using all organic ingredients, KRISP aims to preserve the maximum amount of enzymes and nutrients from the produce used. Their cold pressed juices are custom-made and use only the highest quality ingredients that are both raw and organic. Not into juice? They also have raw smoothies, acai bowls, and vegan ice cream. Healthy AND delicious? Check!

Cold-Pressed Green Juice from KRISP Fresh Living at TRADE | photo courtesy of KRISP

Cold-Pressed Green Juice from KRISP Fresh Living at TRADE | photo courtesy of KRISP

 

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa

“Eat Well. Live Well.” Committed to using the finest and freshest local ingredients, Greenleaf wants to give customers an affordable yet creative dining option in a fun, comfortable, and relaxed environment. From building your own salads to burgers, pizza, and tacos, there is an option for the health conscious, gluttonous, vegetarian and vegan! Greenleaf also specializes in a wide range of juices and protein shakes depending on your needs. Try the Garden Greens filled with spinach, kale, romaine, cucumber, celery and lemon to get all your greens in. Need that protein shake? The ABC’s is full of almond butter, banana, chocolate protein and chocolate almond milk. Grab one on the go for lunch (or dinner, you do you).

Get your healthy on at Greenleaf | photo courtesy of Greenleaf

Get your healthy on at Greenleaf | photo courtesy of Greenleaf

 

Birdie Bowl & Juicery
The OC Mix, Costa Mesa

Tucked in the OC Mix, Birdie Bowl welcomes guests with its wood paneling and ever-changing chalkboard, Birdie Bowl and Juicery offers acai and pitaya bowls, fresh, cold-pressed juices and ‘mylk.’ Try the classic bowl with acai or pitaya and top it with fresh berries. Need something a little sweeter and full of chocolate? The chocolate bowl will please your cravings. Cold pressed juice flavors are fun and not your typical run of the mill with golden chia and minted melon making waves on the menu. And don’t forget about their mylks-homemade nut milks ranging from classic mylk, to chocolate mylk and pineapple and strawberry mylk.

Birdie is the cutest juicery in town, located within The OC Mix | photo courtesy of Birdie

Birdie is the cutest juicery in town, located within The OC Mix | photo courtesy of Birdie

 

Growl Juice Pub
Old Towne, Orange

Tucked in a cute little alleyway in Old Towne Orange, Growl Juice Pub specializes in cold-pressed juice, smoothies, and pitaya and acai bowls. And if you’ve been going a little hard on the junk food, their detox cleanse or elixir will get your body in reset mode. Shot, elixirs, and waters will give your body the restart it didn’t know it needed; cold pressed juices will quickly get those greens in and smoothies and acai or pitaya bowls will fill you up if you’re looking for something on the lighter but also satiating side. Depending on your need (detox, reset, just-looking-for-lunch), Growl Juice Pub will satisfy.

Reset your body with Growl's detox cleanse | photo courtesy of Growl Juice Pub

Reset your body with Growl's detox cleanse | photo courtesy of Growl Juice Pub

 

Blue Bowl
Orange

Specializing in only smoothie bowls, Blue Bowl is the place to go if looking for something delicious, full of superfoods and downright aesthetically pleasing for your Instagram feed. What is also cool about Blue Bowl is you, dear customer, get to create your own, starting from the base (acai, pitaya or steel cut oats), to literally customizing layer by layer of what you think would make the perfect bowl. Ranging from fruits, nut butters, granolas, dried fruits, seeds, honey and agaves, every creation is spectacular, satisfying… and almost too pretty to eat.

Build your own bowl of superfoods at Blue Bowl in Orange | photo courtesy of Blue Bowl

Build your own bowl of superfoods at Blue Bowl in Orange | photo courtesy of Blue Bowl

 

 

OC's Hottest Cold Treats

Summer is coming! You know what that means… ice cream! Oh my, bring on the creamy, cold sweet. If you’re anything like me, you already have a few favorite spots to grab your favorite iced sweet treat, however, branch out this season and take a look at this roundup of the hottest cold treats in Orange County to kick off summer!
 

Front Porch Pops

4th Street Market, Santa Ana

It’s “Happiness on a Stick” — need I say more? What’s more nostalgic than popsicles? Front Porch Pops brings all your childhood happiness back with innovative flavors ranging from fruit, creamy and a mix of both. ‘Ain’t Misbehavin Mojito’ and ‘Vietnamese Coffee’ are just a few flavors on the menu and if you want that creamy, citrusy nostalgia go for the ‘Orange Creamsicle’, I promise it’ll be better than the one you find in the frozen section at your local grocery store.

Front Porch Pops offers a variety of innovative seasonal flavors | photo courtesy of 4th St Market

Front Porch Pops offers a variety of innovative seasonal flavors | photo courtesy of 4th St Market

 

Chunk N Chip

4th Street Market, Santa Ana

Ice cream sandwiches! With a ‘build-your-own’ vibe you get to perfect your own ‘sammich’. With fresh, ooey-gooey cookies, homemade small batch ice cream made with simple, fresh and local ingredients… what’s not to get excited about? Also, all of the flavors are unique and flavorful! Try the unexpected, like pear gorgonzola with orange marmalade or keep it classic with cookies n cream. Unexpected creations are strongly encouraged.

The ideal summer Ice Cream Sammich' is at Chunk N Chip | photo courtesy of @tanayas.table

The ideal summer Ice Cream Sammich' is at Chunk N Chip | photo courtesy of @tanayas.table

 

Sweet COMBforts

TRADE, Irvine

What’s another foodie staple that screams summer? Anything on a stick! We’re talkin’ delicious, freshly made Belgian Liege waffles on a stick drizzled with chocolate, white chocolate, and sprinkled with colorful toppings. Pair it with a solid scoop of creamy, cold ice cream and your summer is made! Create your own decadent flavors from fruity to chocolatey. Toppings range from Oreo bits, cheesecake bites and strawberries and with your picturesque waffle on a stick in hand, you're ready to take on the world

Belgian Life Waffle 'POPS' from Sweet COMBforts | photo courtesy of @mizz_ro_ro on instagram

Belgian Life Waffle 'POPS' from Sweet COMBforts | photo courtesy of @mizz_ro_ro on instagram

 

Milk Man Ice Cream

McFadden Public Market, Santa Ana

Looking for something classic, delicious and freshly made? Check out Milk Man Ice Cream. Located in Downtown Santa Ana’s newest food hall, McFadden Public Market, Milk Man is mixing things up this summer. All of their ice cream is freshly made using premium ingredients. ‘Old Fashioned’ is in their slogan so you know you can count on delicious shakes, floats, sundaes and three-tiered ice cream cones.

Milk Man offers their homemade ice cream flavors daily at Downtown Santa Ana's newest food hall, McFadden Public Market | photo courtesy of @alliosn

Milk Man offers their homemade ice cream flavors daily at Downtown Santa Ana's newest food hall, McFadden Public Market | photo courtesy of @alliosn

 

Treatery

4th Street Market, Santa Ana

You’re looking for something sweet but don’t necessarily want ice cream? Treatery is your spot with classic and decadent desserts to cure that sweet tooth. If you want something convenient, tiered and delicious, grab a parfait, decadence layered to perfection for exactly what you’re craving.

Refreshing parfaits are the perfect summer 'TREAT' at Treatery | photo courtesy of 100eats

Refreshing parfaits are the perfect summer 'TREAT' at Treatery | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

STAX Cookie Bar

Irvine

Go decadent at Stax and get the Stuffed Smookie -- warm cookies stuffed with nutella then topped with ice cream! Cookies, waffles, ice cream, frozen yogurt, cream rolls -- these are just a few items on Stax Cookie Bar’s menu. Known for making cookies in-house every day, including gluten-free and vegan options, as well as ice cream that comes chock-full of natural, delicious ingredients, Stax is the one stop shop for all your sweet needs. Try the classics like their ice cream sandwiches, perhaps the rolled ice cream, or maybe even the creamritos (ice cream burritos) -- your cravings have just been crushed.

Mint Chip-filled Creamritos from STAX | photo courtesy of STAX Cookie Bar

Mint Chip-filled Creamritos from STAX | photo courtesy of STAX Cookie Bar

 

I am.

The Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim

Liquid nitrogen snowball, need I say more? Located in the Anaheim Packing District, I am is known for their Korean rice balls dipped in liquid nitrogen to create a frozen treat. Even cooler (pun intended), the aesthetic of the snowballs are very pleasing to the eye and makes for the perfect Instagram photo-op. If ice cold rice balls aren’t your thing, I am also offers ice cream covered in your favorite toppings, smoothies for the health conscious, and shaved ice. Bring it on Summer!

Shaved Ice topped with fresh fruit from I am | photo courtesy of @vyt92 on instagram

Shaved Ice topped with fresh fruit from I am | photo courtesy of @vyt92 on instagram

 

 

Eat Well, Feel Good

 

Southern California is not only a mecca of year-round warm weather and a set of abs. The local beach-lifestyle has also bred a number of oversaturated diets trends. It’s time we acknowledge that shedding our winter coat doesn’t equate to ridding ourselves from all things flavorful. Indulging in a healthy, savory bite brings life to the monotonous, weekly meal prep ritual, and Orange County is flooded with a myriad of healthy, reinvigorating eateries for all our summer beach body gains.

BUTTERLEAF

Located in one of the OCs newest food halls, TRADE, Butterleaf is vegetarian food for non-vegetarians. Their menu features an expansive list of plant-based items, but Butterleaf is not your average veggie joint. The concept serves up Avocado Bombs (tempura avocado), Veggie Chowder, the Signature Butterleaf Burger (made with sweet potato, kale, melted onions, kimchi sauce), among other delicious, healthy bites. Get ready to be WOWed at how tasty veggies can be.

Irresistable Avocado Bombs from Butterleaf, located at TRADE

Irresistable Avocado Bombs from Butterleaf, located at TRADE

 

MAR

In a place swimming with poke purveyors, MAR stands out above the rest. A modern MARiscos eatery with a Hawaiian twist, it is filled with an infinite abyss of delicious pre-made poke bowls. Nestled inside Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market, MAR has become the poke version of fro-yo with its Vegan, Rainbow and Coconut Mango poke bowls. For a healthier bowl, add on those veggies and substitute your white rice for brown. Some other amazing options include a raw fish salad and a zucchini noodle base bowl. Whichever option you choose, eating healthy has never been tastier so long as you go easy on the sauce. Fish is a great healthy protein choice, so go get your omega-3 fatty acids in at MAR in Santa Ana.

Varietal Poke Bowls from MAR, located at 4th Street Market

Varietal Poke Bowls from MAR, located at 4th Street Market

FALASOPHY

Originally a food truck, Falasophy now has a spot at 4th Street Market. The Santa Ana eatery features a menu centered around falafel, hummus, and traditional Lebanese street flavors. While a falafel bowl doused in tahini sauce falls more on the heartier side, these high-fiber deep fried fritters are rich in plant protein and healthy fats. Made with pickled red cabbage, Persian cucumbers, tomatoes, hummus, and falafel, it’s hard to say no to Falasophy’s Ultimate Hummus Bowl. For those who live and die for tahini sauce, indulge in Falasophy’s Organic-Quinoa Tabouli salad for an ample balance.

The powerfully filing 'Ultimate Hummus Bowl' from Falasophy, located at 4th Street Market

The powerfully filing 'Ultimate Hummus Bowl' from Falasophy, located at 4th Street Market

SHUCK OYSTER BAR

It’s safe to say the majority of SoCal natives are well-versed in all things sushi, but when looking out for your figure, it's probably best to skip all that rice. Luckily, Shuck Oyster Bar carries a healthier alternative — oysters. Shuck Oyster Bar is served up fresh oysters, which provide an immense vitamin boost and are packed with minerals such as iron and zinc. The bar resembles a brewery, except instead of a list of brews, it’s loaded with a diverse list of oysters that are delivered daily from over 60 farms. With oysters readily available from throughout the U.S., it’s merely impossible to resist the temptation of not trying more than one. Oysters are low in calories and high in protein, which makes it a great a post-workout meal. Raise your oysters for a toast and shuck ‘em all down at Shuck Oyster Bar!

Oysters are packed with healthy minerals, served up daily at Shuck Oyster Bar in Costa Mesa

Oysters are packed with healthy minerals, served up daily at Shuck Oyster Bar in Costa Mesa

CAL SHABU

Prepare your food one bite at a time in a broth fondue at Cal Shabu. The beauty of Cal Shabu is the ability for the consumer to create their own taste while managing their portions. Their wide selection of lean, uncooked, thinly sliced meats accompanied by freshly cut vegetables makes room for flexibility, allowing the consumer to be the chef. Cal Shabu offers a variety of condiments including garlic, green onions. and white radish and a number of protein choices, like boneless chicken, Atlantic salmon, bay scallops, New York beef and center cut pork tenderloin — all resting in the health-conscious shabu-shabu broth.

You're the Chef at Cal Shabu, meaning you can make your meal as healthy as you wish

You're the Chef at Cal Shabu, meaning you can make your meal as healthy as you wish

ALTA BAJA MARKET

Alta Baja Market is a deli, a grocery store, and an educational space. This Santa Ana spot serves up a copious amount of breakfast goodness all designed to set a healthy tone for the rest of the day. A couple notable mentions include the pecan butter, banana, and local honey bagel, and the cream cheese, veggies, avocado, and citrus pepper bagel. Pair your bagel with a Mija Bowl — a bowl of greek yogurt assorted with fruit, Daughters granola, and local honey, and opt to dine in or take it to go. We recommend dining in, as the budding downtown Santa Ana culture only lends to Alta Baja’s charm.

A flavorful veggie-topped bagel for breakfast available at Alta Baja, located at 4th Street Market

A flavorful veggie-topped bagel for breakfast available at Alta Baja, located at 4th Street Market

MESA

Oftentimes ordering a salad for dinner seems reasonable when dieting, but nothing screams boring more than chowing down heaps of bland lettuce and leaves. Mesa offers local, experimental, and sustainable salad entrees perfectly suited for folks in search of a flavorful dose of greens. Start off with a plate of savory bite-sized ahi tuna tacos wrapped in watermelon radish shells. A great main dish is the Avocado Grapefruit Salad — a filling salad mixed with sliced avocados, segmented ruby grapefruit, blood orange, shaved fennel, and fennel topped off with citrus shallot vinaigrette. Not only are Mesa’s salads perfectly portioned, but all their produce is sourced from local farmer’s markets.

Ahi Tuna "Tacos" at Mesa are served in watermelon radish shells

Ahi Tuna "Tacos" at Mesa are served in watermelon radish shells

NATIVE FOODS CAFE

Native Foods Café is the ultimate vegan paradise whose alluring charm has managed to captivate the hearts of meat-lovers throughout Southern California. The hardest part about eating healthy is turning down junk food, but with a well-balanced, beyond flavorful organic menu, Native Foods has taken away the guilt that accompanies the joys of a mouth-watering burger, nachos, and tacos. Their Native Chicken Run Ranch is a scrumptious burger packed with native chicken, romaine, carrots, red onions, and ranch dressing that will leave your mind distorted when you realize the chicken is actually tofu. This gluten-free, non-GMO cafe has opened another path for alternative meat fulfillment without sacrificing quality, texture, or taste.

Watermelon Poke Bowl at Native Foods Cafe is exceptionally colorful and flavorful

Watermelon Poke Bowl at Native Foods Cafe is exceptionally colorful and flavorful

URBAN PLATES

Living a well-nourished lifestyle can be easily fulfilled at Urban Plates. The all organic restaurant follows a cafeteria-style format with a fine dining semblance. To begin, order one of their high-quality proteins, like grass fed steak, free-range chicken, California pole or line-caught albacore tuna. Then, order your sides as you trail down the visually appealing assembly line. This eatery has cultivated a menu that focuses entirely on sustainably sourced ingredients and prides itself on serving real fresh food daily, in scratch-cooking fashion. This means that regardless if you choose a sandwich, soup, or plate, Urban Plates is guaranteed to deliver a limitless amount of healthy options.

The Beet Salad at Urban Plates is next level

The Beet Salad at Urban Plates is next level

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

Forget compromise. Forget calorie counting. Forget going easy on the sauce. True Food Kitchen is a picky eater’s utopia and the health-conscious foodie’s ultimate Shangri-La. By using sessional ingredients, True Food Kitchen offers a dynamic, rotating menu that is guaranteed to please even the ficklest of eaters. True Food Kitchen is extremely transparent with their ingredients and preparation so there are no surprises on why you're consuming. With food that’s so incredibly good, you’ll feel healthier just by staring at it.

Pan Roasted Chicken with broccolini, heirloom potato and chermoulafrom True Food Kitchen

Pan Roasted Chicken with broccolini, heirloom potato and chermoulafrom True Food Kitchen

Your Mom will Love these Darling Tea Time Spots for Mother's Day

Raise those pinkies up high and pull out the fine china because this Mother’s Day calls for treating mother dearest to a lavish spread at a sumptuous tea party. Afternoon tea, paired with a delectable assortment of decadent treats, is a perfect way to spend quality time with mom, and Orange County is filled with some of the best locations when looking to host a dainty tea party.   

PB&J finger sandwiches at Habana, perfect for Tea Time with Mom | photo courtesy of 100eats

PB&J finger sandwiches at Habana, perfect for Tea Time with Mom | photo courtesy of 100eats

Habana

Habana is a Cuban, Latin-American establishment for those seeking a uniquely serene restaurant experience instead of the usual run-of-the-mill spot. The dimly lit, romantic interior might scream date-night, but Habana’s outside patio carries a colorfully vibrant, lively ambiance, creating the ideal atmosphere for a Mother’s Day brunch. The Cuban-inspired brunch will feature slow-roasted Lechon and paella, omelets made-to-order, plantain pancakes, a seafood tower and carving station, fruits, salad, and of course, a dessert.

Omelettes made-to-order at Habana's Sunday Brunch | photo courtesy of 100eats

Omelettes made-to-order at Habana's Sunday Brunch | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

Pamela’s Tea Room

Pamela’s quaint, victorian tea room touts hard-to-find British delicacies and treats, making it a perfect spot for Anglophiles. The Tea Room’s homey charm is best known for its award-winning scones, an exquisite variety of finger sandwiches, and fresh pots of unlimited English tea. Some of their most popular teas include the Yorkshire Gold and the PG Tips, but various herb teas are also available for moms that love natural health benefits.

Freshly baked treats at Pamela's Tea Room | photo courtesy of Pamela's Tea Room on Instagram

Freshly baked treats at Pamela's Tea Room | photo courtesy of Pamela's Tea Room on Instagram

 

LSXO

LSXO, an extension of Bluegold at Pacific City and a spin-off of “Little Sister,” is a Vietnamese-haute cuisine parlor with a speakeasy feel. The small, intimate restaurant debuts afternoon tea daily with open-faced roast beef finger sandwiches and truffles. Although LSXO is known for their Vietnamese fusion entrees, their Chinese-inspired teas, such as the Hong Kong-style Milk Tea and London Fog, are guaranteed to make your mother smile with warmth.

Afternoon Tea done right at LSXO | photo courtesy of LSXO 

Afternoon Tea done right at LSXO | photo courtesy of LSXO 

 

Spring Tea Garden

This Mother’s Day spoil your mom at Spring Tea Garden with a “one-of-a-king” — or in this case, queen, tea experience. With a generous selection of vintage tea party hats to choose from for those ready to relish in the classy affair, Spring Tea Garden boasts an elegant yet cozy ambiance, three tiers of food that are far from lackluster, and a fine selection of over 20 teas, need I say more?

Spring Tea Garden in Fullerton does it right | photo courtesy of @debbyle on Instagram

Spring Tea Garden in Fullerton does it right | photo courtesy of @debbyle on Instagram

 

Royal Tea & Treatery

Royal Tea and Treatery is modern day tea house specifically tailored for mothers who thought their days of eating out had come to an end due to dietary restrictions. This dairy-free, gluten-free facility is engulfed in a vivacious yet sophisticated décor, appearing like an Alice in Wonderland dream, and offers five different tea packages with tea from India, China, and Africa.  

Royal Tea and Treatery, a modern day tea house | photo courtesy of Royal Tea and Treatery is modern day tea house

Royal Tea and Treatery, a modern day tea house | photo courtesy of Royal Tea and Treatery is modern day tea house

 

The Tea House on Los Rios

Located in the Los Rios historic area in San Juan Capistrano, The Tea House on Los Rios is a whimsically styled cottage that offers a luxurious Prix Fixe Mother’s Day lunch menu. Known as the Traditional Mother’s Day High Tea menu, the special includes a freshly baked currant scone, homegrown basil soup, a farmer’s market green salad, an assortment of upscale sandwiches, and a glass of champagne.   

The Tea House on Los Rios offers a variety of finger sandwiches alongside their tea selection | photo courtesy of The Tea House on Los Rios on Facebnook

The Tea House on Los Rios offers a variety of finger sandwiches alongside their tea selection | photo courtesy of The Tea House on Los Rios on Facebnook

 

Paris in a Cup

Nestled in Historic Old Towne Orange lies a French themed tea salon, Paris in a Cup. Why fly to France when a little piece of Paris has been brought to Orange? Plus, this year, Paris in a Cup will have a “Paris Memories” themed Mother’s Day celebration designed to build fond memories over a cup of tea with mom.

Tea time isn't complete without adorable bite-sized desserts | photo courtesy of Paris in a Cup

Tea time isn't complete without adorable bite-sized desserts | photo courtesy of Paris in a Cup

The OC Chefs You Can't Miss in 2017

The world of restaurants is ever-evolving, and no one is immune to the brute force of inevitable change that comes with the industry. Across Orange County’s kitchens, old faces are ushering out as new Head Chefs step up to the plate, bringing with them modern technique, innovative flavors, and an immersion of fresh passion to their newly-acquired helms. 2017’s fresh batch of OC chefs is one to keep your eye on.

 

Alex Moreno of Habana
Executive Chef

Chef Alex Moreno’s passion for Latin fare can be traced back to his learning days behind the line in LA. Names like Spago and Bastide fleck his professional timeline, in addition to experience with recipe and menu developments. His talents have even been displayed in the limelight, seen by top chefs and celebrities -- we’re talking winning Chopped and cooking for the likes of Van Halen and Destiny’s Child as a Tour Chef. Now he’s taken on the role of Executive Chef at Cuban dining locale Habana. Once the doors of Habana Irvine open (located at the Spectrum, expected to open in 2017) look out for Moreno’s signature flare and new menu additions, including Afternoon Tea in the Habana Cafe.

 

Kristy Gunn of Shuck Oyster Bar
Head Chef

SOCO’s Shuck Oyster Bar is not Chef Kristy Gunn’s first rodeo, and while it’s the young chef’s first taste as Head Chef, it’s not without the hard work and paid dues emblematic of a chef’s life. Going from prep to line cook, to working under innovative Chef Jason Quinn, this woman chef left no stone unturned, finally leading her to the ranks of Head Chef at Shuck. With her latest career move coinciding with the oyster bar’s full kitchen remodel, Gunn found an opportunity for a menu expansion. Think comfort food classics like Beer Battered ‘Shrooms, Tomato Bisque in a lobster stock, and Shuck’s first ever dessert, Bread Pudding Bites. Make your way to The OC Mix at SOCO and see for yourself what one of the youngest chefs in Orange County has prepared.

 

Anne Marie Damaso of Sweet COMBforts
Executive Chef & Co-Owner

In the restaurant game, Anne Marie Damaso wears two hats: 1. Entrepreneuse and 2. Belgian Liege Waffle Buff, two key components to waffle house brainchild, Sweet COMBforts. Since her days spent in the kitchen as a young girl with pastry-filled dreams, the Central California native looked for new ways to push the boundaries when it came to plating, and soon found joy in Belgian Liege waffle creations, a European street food that fittingly is traditionally eaten with your hands. You can find Sweet COMBforts opening up at TRADE in Irvine, where Damaso and her team look forward to bringing a new level of sweet indulgence.

 

Fernando Valladares of Portside
Executive Chef/Co-Owner

Chef Fernando Valladares has been passionate about food since he was just a kid playing in his mother’s kitchens in LA and El Salvador. After an educational stint at Le Cordon Bleu, Valladares took to an internship at South Coast Plaza’s Charlie Palmer, then onto other finer dining experiences such as the St. Regis in Dana Point and The Montage in Beverly Hills among the ranks for Scarpetta by Scott Conant. While such hoity-toity restaurants make up his culinary journey, Valladares credits humility as his greatest virtue in the kitchen. With his newest project Portside opening in TRADE, Irvine’s first food hall, Valladares aims to serve the community a healthy and chef-driven seafood menu.

 

Rashad Moumneh of Falasophy
Executive Chef & Owner

Rashad Moumneh has one mission for Falasophy, his Lebanese eatery: to meet at the crossroads of street food and healthy. Moumneh took to family recipes to offer exciting and all-natural falafel, hummus, and Lebanese street food to Orange County in an otherwise lackluster falafel market through the first Falasophy food truck. He takes pride in being one of the few food trucks to offer a full-on vegetarian (and sometimes vegan) menu, so when DTSA’s 4th Street Market had an opening, he found a brick-and-mortar for his food concept, with doors finally opening just January of this year. Within the small business incubator, Moumneh is bringing an expanded menu with new vegetarian items for food hall goers to enjoy.

 

Jay Lacuesta of Twenty Eight
Executive Chef

Jay Lacuesta is still newer to his role as Executive Chef of Twenty Eight (formerly ran by Top Chef Shirley Chung) but is no stranger to being behind the line. An alum to both Le Cordon Bleu and Jose Andres’ Think Food Group, Lacuesta learned that food is meant to be an experience. Under the mentorship of Chef Chung, Lacuesta developed his appreciation of playing with various flavor profiles and unique ingredients, which can now be found in his transformative menu at Twenty Eight. The shift from Fine Dining Chinese cuisine to New American Roasthouse is no easy feat, but Lacuesta’s biggest strides so far? Bringing a meat-centric menu to Twenty Eight’s table, with items like dry aged Kurobuta pork shoulder and a 40 oz. bone-in ribeye.

 

Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar
Executive Chef & Owner

Chef Ross Pangilinan is growing into an industry-household name, with his latest entrepreneurial endeavor at DTSA’s Mix Mix Kitchen. Even with a resume that boasts a stint in France’s double Michelin-starred Les Trois Marche, along with over ten years with Patina Group from sous to Executive Chef, opening fusion concept Mix Mix in DTSA undoubtedly highlights Pangilinan’s coup de maitre. Mix Mix really kicks it up a notch with playful menu items like Pork Rind Nachos, Seared Foie Gras Bunuelo with al pastor spices and charred-to-perfection pineapple. Reintroducing humble foods infused with global fine dining influence, Chef Ross is changing OC’s food scene in ways that deserve some serious kudos.

 

Ryan Sumner of Lighthouse Bayview Cafe
Executive Chef

In an established culinary environment like Southern California, enter new kid on the block, Ryan Sumner, the fresh-faced Executive Chef of Lighthouse Bayview. A California native, the young chef has managed to put some real experience under his chef’s hat, from his classical training at Le Cordon Bleu to moving on to Charlie Palmer to work under Chef Seakyeong Kim. Sumner was offered the coveted position of Exec Chef at the waterfront concept, Lighthouse Bayview, with the promise of creative liberty to make a menu that speaks most to the young chef, all at the ripe age of 26. With the freedom to put full passion into his very first menu, Chef Sumner is whipping up New American continental favorites with a modern twist, like Croissant French Toast for brunch and a red wine braised short rib dish flaunted on the dinner menu.

Garrett Dunbar is Saving The World, One Burrito at a Time

Garrett Dunbar of OC Burrito Project
is making a difference...
one burrito at a time

OC Burrito Project founder Garrett Dunbar has a mission: to improve the lives of Santa Ana’s homeless community, one burrito at a time. Like many things in life, it was not one single event that led to the entire existence of another, but rather all the dots connecting to create something wonderful. For Garrett Dunbar, a passion for helping others, a law education, and an internship at the Orange County Office of County Counsel all led to the start of the OC Burrito Project.

A Passion For Service
Throughout his education, Garrett committed himself to numerous community service opportunities. As a high schooler in Palos Verdes, he volunteered with Los Hermanos, a group that took on many community-oriented projects, including helping meal assistance programs. Later, when Garrett was an undergraduate Political Science student at UCLA, he participated in the “Swipes for the Homeless” program, where leftover meal “swipes” were donated to the homeless so they could have a meal in the university’s dining hall. It was always Garrett’s plan to go to law school and work at his father’s law firm, however, once he started school at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, he quickly realized he needed to be doing something more fulfilling – something beyond himself.

A Call to Something Greater
When Garrett found himself feeling unfulfilled at law school, he wasn’t sure where to go next. He had invested so much time and money into a career he thought he was supposed to be doing. Garrett notes “I didn't feel comfortable simply leaving it all together, so I started looking for ways to incorporate the law into things I enjoyed.” Having grown up in Southern California with a passion for the environment, he pursued legal internships at Orange County Coastkeepers and the Surfrider Foundation. These internships inspired Garrett to use his background in law to bring justice to low-income communities which are disproportionately affected by pollution.

It was in his final year at law school, when Garrett began an County Counsel internship at the Civic Center in Santa Ana that inspiration for what would later become the OC Burrito Project struck. “I walked past around 500 homeless people that had encampments throughout the area and I was absolutely in shock.” When Garrett asked his supervisors and authorities what was being done about the problem, he kept finding himself at a dead end. Between broken links for homelessness support and public officials that didn’t seem to care, it seemed like nothing was being done about the problem. Rather than give up on the issue, Garrett found inspiration for the project he’d been looking for: helping the homeless.

The Project

When his inspiration struck, Garrett was also working at his school’s law library. He started reading about how to form a nonprofit in California and get 501(c)(3) status. He says he could finally “use [his] passion for helping people and knowledge of the law to start doing something tangible” for those who had been ignored. The idea to use burritos as the vehicle to help the homeless came from Garrett’s finacé, who previously had been involved with the South Pasadena Burrito Project and suggested he volunteer with them and see how they function. After learning about this, and other burrito projects in the LA and Orange County area, he realized none of them had the wraparound support that the homeless community needed in terms of food, mental health services, job training, legal aid, and substance abuse counseling, and so he established the OC Burrito Project with these services in mind.

When the project first began in November 2015, Garrett, his fiancé, and six friends assembled 150 burritos in his apartment to pass out to the people living in the encampments surrounding the Civic Center. Through the event, Garrett learned more about the complexity of issues that accompany homelessness and knew if he wanted to serve the homeless like he set out to do, he was going to need to get the community involved. Through GoFundMe pages and social media, they were able to scale up the number of burritos they wrapped and attract more volunteers. In the project’s first year, they rolled over 4,000 burritos, put together 2,500 goodie bags with toiletries and snacks, handed out thousands of articles of clothing and pairs of shoes, and introduced more than 100 different volunteers from the community to their homeless neighbors. If they were to continue this kind of growth, however, Garrett needed to find a commercial kitchen and fast.  

4th Street Market’s East End Incubator Kitchen (EEK)

After struggling to find the kitchen he was looking for, Garrett reached out to 4th Street Market. to use their commercial kitchen, EEK. They almost immediately responded and asked Garrett about his project and his future plans for it. Since October 2016, the OC Burrito Project has been rolling burritos in either the EEK itself or Foodbeast Kitchen Studio. On his first day in the kitchen, he says he was “so awestruck by the equipment and working alongside actual chefs and catering companies I almost didn’t know what to do with myself.” Garrett says EEK has allowed them to decrease their cooking time, meet their storage needs, and cook a lot more beans and rice than they ever could in his apartment. What’s more, they are able to walk straight from the kitchen to distribution. His favorite part of the kitchen, though, is how easy the three-stage sink has made cleanup!

Garrett Dunbar started the OC Burrito Project by making 150 burritos in his apartment with ingredients bought using his financial aid money and now serves the homeless community of Santa Ana in ways he never imagined. Looking to the future of the OC Burrito Project, Garrett is excited about using the program to educate and inspire the community to break down the stigma surrounding homelessness, as well as focus on advocacy, outreach, and developing services full time.

Upcoming Music-Inspired Tasting Menus at Mesa

“Frank Sinatra”, "Talking Heads", and Florence & The Machine" inspired
Tasting Menus at Mesa

THESE MUSIC-INSPIRED CHEF'S TABLE DINNERS TAKE PLACE
AT MESA EVERY TUESDAY,
WITH A UNIQUE THEME FOR EACH MONTH OF 2017

The Frank Sinatra Chef's Table Menu will be available starting on April 4, 2017

The Frank Sinatra Chef's Table Menu will be available starting on April 4, 2017

Each Chef's Table dinner is held on all Tuesdays of each month. A new theme will be implemented on the first Tuesday of every month. First Reservation available is 5PM, last available at 9PM.

Reservations available at mesacostamesa.com


UPCOMING CHEF'S TABLE DINNERS

APRIL: Frank Sinatra
MAY: Talking Heads
JUNE: Florence & The Machine

"For the Frank Sinatra dinner, I was inspired by the very first kitchen I worked in: French 75 in Laguna Beach. It seemed like every time I would walk through the dining room with red velvet booths, dim lighting, and an old school fine dining feel, Frank would be playing through the speakers, giving the restaurant even more of a classic and romantic feel.
This is a homage of sorts to my time at French 75 -- classic french dishes, paired with the timeless voice of Frank Sinatra."
- Chef Niki Starr

Frank Sinatra Tasting Menu

APRIL, 2017

Inspired by timeless music and timeless food

COURSE 1

French Onion Soup, short rib, puff pastry

COURSE 2

Foie Tourchon, pickled cherry compote, mâche, onion ring maldon salt served with rustic loaf

COURSE 3

Coq Au Vin served with cauliflower puree
*served table-side

COURSE 4

Chocolate soufflé with hot chocolate ganache and chantilly cream
*served table-side

Foie Tourchon, the second course of the Frank Sinatra Chef's Table Menu

Foie Tourchon, the second course of the Frank Sinatra Chef's Table Menu

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Orange County Salad Roundup

 

Like the good bears that we are, we’ve definitely fattened up during the winter months. Now that spring is here, though, there’s nothing to stop us from getting back on the health train. Luckily Orange County is chock full of great options for that, like these killer salads that we’ve so graciously compiled for you right here.

House Salad from Jinny's Pizzeria at 4th Street Market | photo courtesy of Frances Tang

House Salad from Jinny's Pizzeria at 4th Street Market | photo courtesy of Frances Tang

 

Habana
Costa Mesa

Fun fact: Habana actually means “salad heaven”. The Costa Mesa Cuban local fave has some great ones, all $15 or under for dinner. Give the Organic Baby Spinach Salad (with herbed goat cheese croutons, crispy jamon serrano, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and orange ginger vinaigrette) or the Ensalada Catalan (romaine, heirloom tomato, fried goat cheese, raw garlic, olive oil, and red wine vinaigrette) a shot to experience said heaven.

Habana's Roasted Vegetable & Mixed Greens | photo courtesy of @stylereportmag on instagram

Habana's Roasted Vegetable & Mixed Greens | photo courtesy of @stylereportmag on instagram

 

Fresh Brothers
Multiple Locations

You already know that Fresh Brothers puts together a rock-solid lineup of pizza and wings, but did you know that they also put together a rock-solid lineup of BBQ chicken, Greek, and other salads? Did you know that they also ALSO put together rock-solid options to build-your-own-salad? Of course you did.

Fresh Brothers' Caesar Salad | photo courtesy of Fresh Brothers

Fresh Brothers' Caesar Salad | photo courtesy of Fresh Brothers

 

Shuck Oyster Bar
Costa Mesa

Your go-to Costa Mesa oyster spot (that frequently rocks $3 oysters and no corkage) will be your go-to seafood salad spot once you get your hands and mouth on one of the ocean-friendly salads Leonard Chan's team is serving up. If the Crab Louie doesn’t do it for you, their garden salad with your choice of smoked salmon, shrimp, crab, or lobster definitely should.

Crab Louie Salad at Shuck Oyster Bar | photo courtesy of 100eats

Crab Louie Salad at Shuck Oyster Bar | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

Jinny’s Pizzeria
Santa Ana

Sometimes the most soul-soothing meal is a hearty Italian chopped salad. Jinny’s Italian, with romaine, radicchio, Castelvetrano olives, radicchio, red onion, tomatoes, mozzarella, and house giardiniera dressing should do exactly the trick. See ya there.

From left, Jinny's Italian, House, and California Caesar Salads | photo courtesy of Frances Tang

From left, Jinny's Italian, House, and California Caesar Salads | photo courtesy of Frances Tang

 

Butterleaf
Irvine

Okay, so Butterleaf doesn’t exactly have salads, but they do have veggie bowls and if you’re trying not to eat like a monster all the time, Butterleaf still has your back. Coming soon to TRADE in Irvine, we suggest you try out one of their build-your-own bowls; choose from brown rice, quinoa, or freekeh, then pile on your veggies -- choices of kale, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes-- , and douse ‘em in either citrus honey sauce, tiger sauce, or herb sauce. Also available as a wrap, if you hate forks.

Avocado Quinoa Salad Bowl | photo courtesy of Butterleaf

Avocado Quinoa Salad Bowl | photo courtesy of Butterleaf

 

Greenleaf
Costa Mesa

The obvious move when it comes to Greenleaf is to build your own salad, since they rock a near-perfect list of ingredients to choose from, like agave-roasted walnuts, Thai chili, and grilled flat-iron steak. But if you feel lazy/so inclined, you can grab one of their house favorites, like Lemongrass Chicken (Scarborough Farms baby mixed greens, grilled chicken, mango, grilled pineapple, jicama, popcorn shoots, toasted coconuts, cashews, Thai chili, and lemongrass lychee) or Mexplosion (Scarborough Farms baby mixed greens, black beans, pico de gallo, cilantro, avocado, sunflower seeds, tortilla strips, queso fresco, roasted pepperoncini blend, and spicy chipotle orange bbq sauce).

Build Your Own Salad at Greenleaf | photo courtesy of Greenleaf

Build Your Own Salad at Greenleaf | photo courtesy of Greenleaf

 

East Borough
Costa Mesa

The beloved Costa Mesa Vietnamese restaurant may be known for their sandwiches and rice bowls, but the salads at their disposal are big-time winners. You can go for the Grapefruit Salad, ( red & Napa cabbage, cilantro, basil, candied peanuts, shallots, and citrus vinaigrette), the Pickled Mango & Kale (pickled mango, black kale, red onions peanuts, toasted sesame seeds & coconut,  and sesame vinaigrette), or the Vermicelli Noodles (spring mix, herbs, bean sprouts, cucumbers, peanuts, fried shallots, egg roll, and citrus vinaigrette). Don’t be afraid to add chicken, tofu, pork, shrimp, or pork belly either.

Vegan Black Kale Salad at East Borough, with pickled mango, toasted coconut and cashews | photo courtesy of East Borough on instagram

Vegan Black Kale Salad at East Borough, with pickled mango, toasted coconut and cashews | photo courtesy of East Borough on instagram

 

Mead’s Green Door
Orange

Locals lose their mind for Mead’s be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Part of that is no-doubt due to their cult favorite Taco Salad. For under $10 you can nab this miracle snack packed full of greens, buffalo cauliflower, black beans, tomatoes, corn, olives, avocado, and pepitas. If you order two, we promise not to tell anybody.

Green Power Salad with Smoky Tempeh at Mead's | photo courtesy of Mead's on instagram

Green Power Salad with Smoky Tempeh at Mead's | photo courtesy of Mead's on instagram



 

Wilder Shaw is an LA-based writer and comedian who loves salads and doesn’t care what anybody thinks. Follow his leafy green adventures on Instagram at @wildershaw and Twitter at @wildershaw_.

Biggie Smalls Inspired Tasting Menu at Mesa

“Biggie Smalls” inspired Tasting Menu

THESE MUSIC-INSPIRED CHEF'S TABLE DINNERS CURRENTLY TAKE PLACE AT MESA EVERY TUESDAY,
WITH A UNIQUE THEME EACH MONTH OF 2017

The Biggie Smalls, Notorious BIG Chef's Table Menu will be available starting on March 7, 2017.
Tickets available at mesacostamesa.com

Biggie Smalls, Notorious BIG Tasting Menu

From BIG to small...

COURSE 1

Hypnotize
Carrot curry soup, coconut crème swirl, carrot fleur de sel

COURSE 2

Mo Money Mo Problems
Foie custard with golden caviar, honey comb, gold flake  

COURSE 3

Going Back To Cali
The best fucking cali burrito you’ve ever had -- short rib carne asada, french fries, tomatillo salsa, secret sauce, napa cabbage slaw, house made with a flour tortilla, served with tapatío packets and lime wedges

COURSE 4

Juicy
Alizé Coconut Sorbet, white chocolate, house made waffle cone

 

Future Music-Food Pairing Dinners at Mesa

Each dinner is held on all Tuesdays of each month. A new theme will be implemented on the first Tuesday of every month. First Reservation available is 5PM, last available at 9PM.

Reservations available at mesacostamesa.com

April: Frank Sinatra
May: The Talking Heads
June: TBD

National Noodle Month

We love our noodles. We really, really, really love our noodles. Southern California has gone through a noodle renaissance ten-fold across its melting pot food scene, so the next step logical step is exploring the frontier of ultimate noodle-fusion. And no better time than March, the National Month of Noodles, to find our top picks for noodle dishes reinvented throughout OC and LA. Prepare thine selves.

Shuck Oyster Bar's Uni Pasta with uni beurre blanc and squid ink pasta.

Shuck Oyster Bar's Uni Pasta with uni beurre blanc and squid ink pasta.

Jinny’s Pizzeria | DTSA

By now you know all about 4th St. Market (You do, don’t you? You do.), so it should come as no surprise that we want you to head straight over to Jinny’s. The menu is loaded with all kinds of great pies, slices, and garlic knots, but the reason you’re here is the spaghetti & meatball pizza. Perfectly al dente spaghetti + meatballs + basil + parmesan = a highly successful piece of pasta-pizza.

Pig Pen Delicacy| DTSA

Mac and cheese both just reached a whole new level of American comfort food with the Bacon Mac & Cheese Burger from Pig Pen. Candied bacon, house chuck, and a slice of melted cheddar are sandwiched between none other than two mac and cheese “buns.” This noodle beast is not for the weak.

Pig Pen Delicacy's Bacon Mac & Cheese Burger | Photo courtesy of Pig Pen Delicacy via Instagram

Pig Pen Delicacy's Bacon Mac & Cheese Burger | Photo courtesy of Pig Pen Delicacy via Instagram

Shuck Oyster Bar | Costa Mesa, CA

Who knew a stellar pasta dish could come from the likes of a boutique oyster bar? Just don’t question the Uni Pasta being whipped up for your daily pasta consumption. Squid ink uni pasta isn’t anything new, but where else can you watch your uni being shucked right in front of your face? Enjoy buttered ebony strands decked with freshly shucked uni (delivered fresh daily always) and bask in the carbo-glory.

Vaca | Costa Mesa, CA

Top Chef Amar Santana took the tapas scene by storm with Vaca’s modern Spanish fare. So to tackle noodles in Spanish food, enter Fidegua, a crunchy noodle paella of with crisp leeks, clams, and garlic chive aioli. Just add a Vaca Tonic to that mix and you’re done.

Vaca's Almejas Y Fideos, a traditional toaste noodle paella | Photo courtesy of Julie Khuu via Yelp

Vaca's Almejas Y Fideos, a traditional toaste noodle paella | Photo courtesy of Julie Khuu via Yelp

Tatsu Ramen | Fairfax, CA

Ramen Burgers stepped in as some of the OG noodle game changers, but where have the ramen sam’iches gone? Tatsu Ramen still offers their signature Ramen Burger to this day for the one reason that it is one well made piece of meat between precise noodle buns. Crisp house ramen noodles vessel a rich patty of medium rare wagyu beef with shoyu glaze and a soft boiled egg. Looks like the Ramen Burger isn’t going anywhere.

Tatsu Ramen's signature Ramen Burger | Photo courtesy of Tatsu Ramen via Instagram

Tatsu Ramen's signature Ramen Burger | Photo courtesy of Tatsu Ramen via Instagram

Burnt Crumbs | Pacific City & Los Olivos

Sure you could walk into Burnt Crumbs and order one of their many excellent sandwiches (like the Crispy Pork Shoulder, with salsa verde, chili lime mayo, and chicharrones), but what you really want is the Spaghetti Grilled Cheese. Burnt Crumbs will do it up with pressed spaghetti and fresh mozzarella on sourdough, for a cool $9. Why did it take so long for somebody to think of that?

The Spaghetti Grilled Cheese, all thanks to Burnt Crumbs! | Photo courtesy of Burnt Crumbs via Instagram

The Spaghetti Grilled Cheese, all thanks to Burnt Crumbs! | Photo courtesy of Burnt Crumbs via Instagram

The Carving Board | Tarzana, West LA, & Hollywood

Ramen burgers work very well. We all know this. It only makes sense that The Carving Board decided to go the same route, but with spaghetti. Get over to The Carving Board to try their Spaghetti and Meatballwich for a beautiful monstrosity loaded with sliced all-beef meatballs, mozzarella, and homemade marinara, all between parmesan spaghetti bread (exactly what is sounds like). With even more marinara sauce on the side, of course.

Carving Board's Spaghetti and Meatballwich | Photo courtesy of David Adir via Instagram

Carving Board's Spaghetti and Meatballwich | Photo courtesy of David Adir via Instagram

Elbows Mac n’ Cheese | Cerritos & Brea

Committed to noodletarians everywhere, Elbows has brought the ultimate gift for the pasta passionate: Mac n Cheese bites. Forego your forks and dig in hands first with a fistful of these insane deep-fried munchies. Macaroni noodles are dressed in the signature four cheese blend, then breaded and fried to crisp perfection. If your mac desires require something more, go ahead and grab a slice of Mac n’ Cheese Pizza. Call it a win-win.

Komodo | Venice, CA

For those noodle soup on the go needs, ditch the spoon and get yours hands on Komodo’s notorious Phorrito. Ribbons of marinated Angus beef, rice noodles, thai basil, onion, jalapeno, hoisin, and cilantro (don’t forget all the pho seasonings) get wrapped in a flour tortilla for this fusion creation. Just call ahead of time. This guy is seasonal and ready to break some noodle lovers’ hearts.

Komodo's elusive Phorrito | Photo courtesy of Komodo via Instagram

Komodo's elusive Phorrito | Photo courtesy of Komodo via Instagram

Morinoya | Los Angeles, CA

Izakaya houses have become dime-a-dozen in the bustling LA Asian food scene, but Morinoya’s got a little hidden gem of authentic Japanese proportions tucked away in their small plates selection: Green Tea Soba. As in matcha green tea + cold soba noodles. Always cooked to perfection and always paired with the appropriate accoutrements of negi and dipping sauce, these chilled noodles seem to hit the spot for true soba aficionados.

Morinoya's traditional Green Tea Soba noodle dish | Photo courtesy of @kkkirsten_ via Instagram

Morinoya's traditional Green Tea Soba noodle dish | Photo courtesy of @kkkirsten_ via Instagram

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Marvin Gaye Inspired Tasting Menu at Mesa, February 2017

“Marvin Gaye” inspired Tasting Menu

THESE MUSIC-INSPIRED CHEF'S TABLE DINNERS CURRENTLY TAKE PLACE AT MESA EVERY TUESDAY,
WITH A UNIQUE THEME EACH MONTH OF 2017

The Marvin Gaye "Valentines" Menu will be available starting on February 7, 2017.
Tickets available at mesacostamesa.com

Marvin Gaye Chef's Table
 

Aphrodisiac Influenced

COURSE ONE

Lets Get It On
Oysters on the half shell with coconut curry foam, fingerlime caviar, micro cilantro

COURSE TWO

Mercy, Mercy Me
Roasted tomato Calabrian chili bisque, gruyere grilled baguette

COURSE THREE

Ain't Nothing But The Real Thing
Pomegranate braised short rib, parsnip puree, fresh pomegranate, crispy parsnip chips

COURSE FOUR

How Sweet It Is
Flexible chocolate ganache, milk chocolate sorbet, white chocolate cookie crumble, toasted meringue

Future Music-Food Pairing Dinners at Mesa

Each dinner is held on all Tuesdays of each month. A new theme will be implemented on the first Tuesday of every month. First Reservation available is 5PM, last available at 9PM.

Reservations available at mesacostamesa.com

March: Biggie Smalls, Notorious BIG
April: Frank Sinatra
May: The Talking Heads

All photos courtesy of Sarah King

We're Guiding You to OC's Best Happy Hours of 2017

Happy Hours, Anti-Happy Hours, Social Hours, Hoppy Hours...well, this could go on for a while. Orange County’s food scene has evolved into a nucleus of quality mid-afternoon and after work menus, offering libations from humble house mixers that hit the spot to cocktails of craftsman proportions for slower sippings (and a small bites pairing or two if you’re lucky!) all at hard-to-beat prices. These local establishments bring menus that make the top of our list for the best excuse to indulge in post-office outings with colleagues and friends alike. Cin, cin.

Habana's house sangria is the perfect pairing for your next late night visit | Photo courtesy of Taylor Loren via Instagram

Habana's house sangria is the perfect pairing for your next late night visit | Photo courtesy of Taylor Loren via Instagram

Kiyomizu | DTSA

One of DTSA’s newest eateries, handroll house Kiyomizu embraces supreme simplicity with one primary formula: crisp nori, warm sushi rice, and seafood delivered daily to uphold the highest quality. When the handrolls are this fresh, what else could you possibly ask for? How about an everyday Happy Hour, with Golden Road Brewing’s Point the Way IPA for $4, Hangar 24’s Orange Wheat for $3, and edamame or pork sausages for $2 to pair with made-to-order handrolls. KANPAI!

Shuck Oyster Bar | Costa Mesa, CA.

Shuck Oyster Bar is a sharp little spot inside the food hall concept The OC Mix in Costa Mesa, and they promise the finest shuck with their guarantee of incredibly fresh oysters, just one day out of the water. For happy hour, you’ll find $2 fresh oysters (selected varieties), plus $2 off all alcohol.  Our drink of choice? A shot of the whisky-barrel-aged soju, Migaki, racking up to $3 a shot from the hours of 2PM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday!

Hatch | Tustin, CA.

Hatch is the sliders-centric brainchild of local restaurant tycoon Leonard Chan, and probably the only space where you can be transported to a seamless fusion of mid-century modern and tiki aesthetic with one of the widest happy hour lineups around. Mai Tai Mondays are for all day $6 Happy Hour Mai Tai’s. Tiki Tuesdays feature a rotating weekly special for a discounted tiki cocktail. Monday through Friday Happy Hour selections range from draught beers $3.50-$5, house wines for $5, and $2 off select sides and entrees. Mahalo indeed.

Habana | Costa Mesa, CA.

It’s too hard to pass up the exquisite Cuban fare of Habana when it comes with late night happy hour Monday through Sunday. Swing by between 10 PM to 1 AM (2 AM Saturdays and Sundays) and enjoy $5 on sangria, classic mojitos, wells, and more! Feeling hungry? Bites are $7 each until midnight, with delectable varieties like Pork Croquetta Fries and Ropa Vieja Sandwiches with mango slaw. Who needs sleep when it means more time for eats!

It's never too late to grab a chilled glass of Habana's famous sangria | Photo courtesy of Habana via Instagram

It's never too late to grab a chilled glass of Habana's famous sangria | Photo courtesy of Habana via Instagram

Mesa | Costa Mesa, CA.

Mesa in Costa Mesa calls their offering an “elevated happy hour”, and they’re not kidding. When you can find crafted Old Fashioneds and Manhattans on happy hour, you know you’ve hit a great spot. The menu includes bar bites for $5 including shishito peppers and sweet potato fries, and get a variety of pizzas or grilled marinated shrimp for just $7. Enjoy high-end cocktails like a Moscow Mule, sangria and margaritas for just $7 as well.

The Iron Press | Multiple Locations

Savory waffle sandwiches are fun enough on their own, but The Iron Press has kicked it up a notch with Happy Hour from Monday through Friday for the ultimate post-work pick-me-ups. From 3 to 6 PM, beat the traffic and stop by to enjoy $10 beer flights, $5 pours, and a select $3.50 pour from their 30 rotating taps. $2 tater tots and waffle fries will help fill you up for the long commute back.

SOCIAL | Costa Mesa, CA.

Come by new-American hotspot Social for their “Social Hour,” where signature craft cocktails and tasty eats are enough to keep you coming back. Between Tuesday and Friday, step right up to the rustic bar and choose among $7 classic cocktails like a Paloma, Old Fashioned, Gimlet, and more. Take $2 off all draught beer, and $6 gets you any house red or white! Not to mention delectable petite dishes like Brussel Sprouts with honey, Louisiana-style house Tasso Ham, honey, and hazelnuts, or maybe something heartier like the Bacon & Pimento Grilled Cheese. But when these eats are $8 a piece, why not enjoy one of everything? Though we do warn you to hurry, the Social Hour menu is only featured between 5 and 6 PM.

Social's signature cocktail, Monkey Business, only $10 during Social Hour | Photo courtesy of Social via Instagram

Social's signature cocktail, Monkey Business, only $10 during Social Hour | Photo courtesy of Social via Instagram

Citizen Kitchen | Fullerton, CA.

Citizen Kitchen offers happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM. Located inside The Hotel Fullerton, Citizen is getting rave reviews from locals and hotel guests alike for their cuisine and craft cocktails. Find tasty gourmet bites like their amazing polenta fries, shrimp skewers with caper and olive vinaigrette or a lamb “martini” - mini lamb chops served in a martini glass. Citizen pairs house wines and craft beers with these delectable bites for just $4 during happy hour. Don’t forget to try The Little Burgers People Like, also known as New York strip sliders with house-made ketchup, goat cheese, arugula and spiced tomato jam. Just keep your eyes peeled...rumor has it a new and improved Happy Hour menu is on the horizon!

Expect more happy hour offerings in the near future, like this blood orange concoction, at Citizen Kitchen | Photo courtesy of Citizen Kitchen via Instagram

Expect more happy hour offerings in the near future, like this blood orange concoction, at Citizen Kitchen | Photo courtesy of Citizen Kitchen via Instagram

Chapter One: the modern local | DTSA

Chapter One is one of the hottest bars in OC, located in the heart of Santa Ana’s burgeoning downtown district. Join them for “After Office,” their aptly named Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 PM. The After Office Menu includes: $5 tapas plates, half-price draft beers, $4 fresh fruit infusion shots, $5 house wines, $6 specialty drinks, and if you’ve got your whole crew with you, select wine bottles for just $20. Serving local, sustainable cuisine, Chapter One offers $5 apps like duck fat fries, fried pickles and stuffed jalapenos during happy hour. Staying for dinner is an extra treat - make sure to try one of their specialty burgers, pork belly buns or the rich and delicious butternut gnocchi.

Duck fat fries are the perfect pairing with Chapter One's house mule, only $5 on Mule Mondays | Photo courtesy of Chapter One via Instagram

Duck fat fries are the perfect pairing with Chapter One's house mule, only $5 on Mule Mondays | Photo courtesy of Chapter One via Instagram

Red Bar | Irvine, CA.

Red Bar boasts one of Irvine’s top choice happy hours, and it’s not hard to see why. Daily offerings from 3 to 7 PM include food and libation options. Think Pork Lumpia for $4, Three Cheese Flatbread for $5, and featured house cocktails for $5.50. Among the drinks, we suggest the Dealer’s Choice option, just pick the spirit and let your bartender do the rest.

Red Bar's crowd-favorite Happy Hour menu on display | Photo courtesy of Hotel Irvine via Instagram

Red Bar's crowd-favorite Happy Hour menu on display | Photo courtesy of Hotel Irvine via Instagram

Barley Forge Brewing Co. | Costa Mesa, CA.

Brats, burgers, brews. Barley Forge has done it right so far and has stayed ahead of the local game since its inception, with West Coast and German style beers brewing just behind The Camp and delicious sandwich and sausage pairings to match. To keep themselves in front of the local brewery pack: Grilled Cheese Tuesdays, and unconventionally fun Happy Hour with nine carefully crafted sandwiches to choose from, like romage de Meaux brie with D’anjou pears on sourdough, or the Onion Jam Grilled Cheese. The added bonus of insane cheese goodness is found in the full pour beer pairing that comes built into the price of each sammie.

Barley Forge's Cuban Grilled Cheese | Photo courtesy of Barley Forge Brewing Co. via Instagram

Barley Forge's Cuban Grilled Cheese | Photo courtesy of Barley Forge Brewing Co. via Instagram

25 Degrees | Huntington Beach, CA.

25 Degrees is not your run of the mill burger bar, elevating customer experience with dim light and sexy ingredients enough to drag you out of the bustle of Downtown’s Main Street with agreeable submission. Their daily (yes, Monday through Sunday) Happy Hour menu is culmination of foods and drinks, with the likes of $2 french fries, sweet potatoes, and onion rings, $5 Boback hotdogs, and alcoholic refreshments ranging from $4-$6. Munch on, sip long!

25 Degrees' wells and sweet potato fries are all up for grabs during happy hour | Photo courtesy of 25 Degrees HB via Instagram

25 Degrees' wells and sweet potato fries are all up for grabs during happy hour | Photo courtesy of 25 Degrees HB via Instagram

Bistango | Irvine, CA.

Bistango offers maybe one of the longest happy hours in OC, you could almost call it “happy half-day”! From 4pm to close, Bistango offers a special small-plate menu and discounted drink prices. Tucked in the center of Irvine’s corporate business district, Bistango is a delightful fave of locals with its spacious outdoor patio with hanging lights and fountains and also a great indoor bar, live music filling the space several nights a week. Be sure to try their Moroccan Lamb Sausage with apple raisin chutney, or the amazing wild salmon skewer on cucumber salad.

Bistango's Happy Hour boasts elevated dishes like the lamb sausage with apple raisin chutney | Photo courtesy of Bistango via Instagram

Bistango's Happy Hour boasts elevated dishes like the lamb sausage with apple raisin chutney | Photo courtesy of Bistango via Instagram

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National Bloody Mary Day: Your Cocktail Guide to Ring in The New Year

It seems like Bloody Marys become more popular every day. Starting the day off right? Curing your hangover from the day before? Either way, they’re unstoppable, and since it’s coming up on National Bloody Mary Day, here are some of our favorites, plus what they put in them, for those of you who can make it out of the house on New Years Day.

 

SHUCK OYSTER BAR | COSTA MESA, CA

This Costa Mesa Oyster bar is nestled into the SoCo Collection's OC Mix, and they're pumping out the freshest seafood fare. But wait, they also offer an exceptional drink selection, including their own take on the beloved Bloody Mary. Soju based, this Bloody is for anyone and everyone. Fresh tomato juice is combined with a heavy pour of Soju, house made habanero honey hot sauce, and a garnish of the house pickles - cucumbers, carrots and olives. Add that spicy, salty Tajin all around that rim rim and your tastebuds are sure to dance any hangover away.

Shuck's Soju-based Bloody with oysters | Photo courtesy of @foodieonfleek on Instagram

Shuck's Soju-based Bloody with oysters | Photo courtesy of @foodieonfleek on Instagram

SOCIAL | COSTA MESA, CA

Among Social’s rock solid brunch menu, you’ll find a multitude of morning drinks (because the morning is the best time to drink, according to real science that we didn’t just make up). Definitely go for the Social Mary, with your choice of vodka, Social’s excellent homemade Bloody Mary mix, seasonal vegetables, and lemon. See, there’s vegetables, so it’s healthy.

Social's life-saving Bloody Mary | Photo courtesy of Social via Facebook

Social's life-saving Bloody Mary | Photo courtesy of Social via Facebook

TAPS FISH HOUSE & BREWERY | BREA, CORONA, IRVINE

Sometimes all the beer and all the breweries in all the world won’t do the trick -- lucky for you Taps has a rockstar Bloody Mary. Choose a vodka, then they’ll load it up with their very own Taps Bloody Mary mix (which is #onpoint), bacon, fresh veggies, and a cream ale back. You’ve got all those things in your house, right? Of course you do. Get to work.

Taps' Bloody Mary and impressive garnish (or meal on a stick?) |  Photo courtesy of Taps Fish House via Facebook 

Taps' Bloody Mary and impressive garnish (or meal on a stick?) |  Photo courtesy of Taps Fish House via Facebook 

THE HANGOUT | SEAL BEACH & HUNTINGTON BEACH

The Hangout does multiple Bloody Mary options, ranging from basic (with jalapeño-infused Tito’s, so really, just how basic is?) to their Elite Surf N Turf, in a 16oz pint glass, complete with Grey Goose, a crisp strip of bacon, two jumbo shrimp, olives, fresh cut celery, lemon, lime, and a salted rim. Pretty hard to beat.

The Hangout's Bloody Mary, bathed in a heavenly light for its godsend status | Photo courtesy of The Hangout

The Hangout's Bloody Mary, bathed in a heavenly light for its godsend status | Photo courtesy of The Hangout

JIMMY'S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN | BREA

Jimmy’s just kind of lost their minds when they were designing their perfect Bloody, because they pretty much made an entire meal out of it. For only $15 you can do the Meal Mary, a beastly creation full of Absolut Peppar, Bloody Mary mix, bacon, a blue cheese olive, chilled shrimp, pepperoni, jack cheese, pepperoncini, and a jalapeño “bedeviled” egg. That right there, is a morning cocktail for the ages.

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern's Bloody Mary to help you get away with drinking at 10 AM | Photo courtesy of Jimmy's Famous American Tavern via Facebook

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern's Bloody Mary to help you get away with drinking at 10 AM | Photo courtesy of Jimmy's Famous American Tavern via Facebook

Wilder Shaw is an LA-based writer and comedian who hopes restaurants keep making bigger and bigger Bloody Marys. Follow his morning adventures on Instagram at @wildershaw and Twitter at @WilderShaw_.


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Adele Inspired Tasting Menu at Mesa, January 2017

“Adele” inspired Tasting Menu

These music-inspired Chef's Table dinners currently take place at Mesa every Tuesday,
with a unique theme each month of 2017

The Adele Menu will be available starting on January 3, 2017.
Tickets available at mesacostamesa.com

First course of Chef Niki's Adele-inspired tasting menu, Hello, featuring hamachi and tangerine

First course of Chef Niki's Adele-inspired tasting menu, Hello, featuring hamachi and tangerine

I chose Adele for January because... I believe Adele to be one of the best female artists of our time, she has an absolute timeless voice and the album 21 has gotten me through some very emotional times. You better bet I've belted 'Turning Tables' out alone in my car more than once. - Chef Niki Starr

Adele Chef's Table


COURSE 1, HELLO

Hamachi, avocado, tomatillo, tortilla, tangerine, tequila, micro cilantro.
Hamachi sliced thin, avocado and tomatillo puree, tortilla strips, tangerine segments, tangerine tequila fluid gel, micro cilantro

"This course is an introduction to my style and me as a chef. Also, this course will excite the taste buds and get the guests ready
for what is to come." - Chef Niki Starr

 

COURSE 2, I'LL BE WAITING

Duck confit, parsnip, orange, champagne, frisee.
duck confit leg, parsnip puree, orange champagne gelee, frisee salad tossed with sherry shallot vinaigrette
 

COURSE 3, TURNING TABLES

Duo of Beef: NY loin, green peppercorn, potato, bone marrow, raisin, red onion, parsley, baguette.
Grilled New York loin with a green peppercorn sauce sitting atop pomme puree, roasted bone marrow with a raisin and red onion marmalade and fresh parsley served with grilled bread

"This dish displays two separate dishes that will come together as one.
The table can be turned and the guest will see one dish and in the opposite way another…
The dish will be served on a round plate and the guests will be encouraged to view the dish from both sides." - Chef Niki Starr

COURSE 4, SET FIRE TO THE RAIN

Coconut, lime, cucumber sorbet, green chartreuse, shortbread, meringue, mint.
Coconut cucumber lime house made sorbet atop shortbread crumble with a crispy meringue on top, the green chartreuse is poured table-side and set fire with a blow torch also table side

Chef Niki's presents the first course of her Adele-inspired tasting menu

Chef Niki's presents the first course of her Adele-inspired tasting menu

 

Future Music-Food Pairing Dinners at Mesa

Each dinner is held on all Tuesdays of each month. A new theme will be implemented on the first Tuesday of every month. First Reservation available is 5PM, last available at 9PM.

Reservations available at mesacostamesa.com

February: Marvin Gaye, Valentine's Day
March: Biggie Smalls, Notorious BIG
April: Frank Sinatra
May: The Talking Heads

The News You Wish You Knew for That 'In the Mood for Noodles' Mood

4th Street Market in DTSA is home to Jinny's Pizzeria's Spaghetti + Meatball Pizza | Photo courtesy of Jinny's Pizzeria via Instagram

4th Street Market in DTSA is home to Jinny's Pizzeria's Spaghetti + Meatball Pizza | Photo courtesy of Jinny's Pizzeria via Instagram

We love our noodles. We really, really, really love our noodles. With Southern California going through a noodle renaissance of its own and March being the National Month of Noodles (cue Hallelujah Chorus) let’s take a gander at some of the best noodles dishes from cultures all around that these parts have to offer.

Jinny’s Pizzeria | Santa ana, CA

By now you know all about 4th St. Market (You do, don’t you? You do.), so it should come as no surprise that we want you to head straight over to Jinny’s. The menu is loaded with all kinds of great pies, slices, and garlic knots, but the reason you’re here is the spaghetti & meatball pizza. Perfectly al dente spaghetti + meatballs + basil + parmesan = a highly successful piece of pizza.

Jinny's specialty Spaghetti + Meatball slice | Photo courtesy of 100eats

Jinny's specialty Spaghetti + Meatball slice | Photo courtesy of 100eats

Burnt Crumbs | Pacific City & Los Olivos, CA

Sure you could walk into Burnt Crumbs and order one of their many excellent sandwiches (like the Crispy Pork Shoulder, with salsa verde, chili lime mayo, and chicharrones), but what you really want is the Spaghetti Grilled Cheese. Burnt Crumbs will do it up with pressed spaghetti and fresh mozzarella on sourdough, for a cool $9. Why did it take so long for somebody to think of that?

Burnt Crumbs' Spaghetti Grilled Cheese| Photo courtesy of Burnt Crumbs via Facebook 

Burnt Crumbs' Spaghetti Grilled Cheese| Photo courtesy of Burnt Crumbs via Facebook 

Prego Ristorante | Irvine, CA

Prego Ristorante in Irvine is doing special things to spaghetti in their kitchen. Though it’s virtually impossible to go wrong with anything on the menu, you’re guaranteed to win big time with the Spaghetti di Mare. The noods here are loaded with delicious tomato sauce, shrimp, scallops, manilla clams, and black mussels. You want that.

Prague's Spaghetti di Mare piled high with a house sommelier selected wine pairing | Photo courtesy of Prego via Facebook

Prague's Spaghetti di Mare piled high with a house sommelier selected wine pairing | Photo courtesy of Prego via Facebook

Mama D’s | Manhattan Beach & Newport Beach, CA

At Mama D’s, you can choose between angel hair, bow tie, rigatoni, fusilli, penne, fettuccini, and spaghetti (but since it’s National Spaghetti Day, you know what you’re choosing) for a number of dishes. They’re all great, but it’s hard to beat Mama Di’s original pink sauce, with fresh-grated parmesan and cream blended into marinara sauce. Thank you, Mama D.

Mama D's famous spaghetti family recipe | Photo courtesy of Spoon University- UCI via Instagram

Mama D's famous spaghetti family recipe | Photo courtesy of Spoon University- UCI via Instagram

Bestia |Arts District, CA

A lot of people say that Bestia is the best restaurant in LA, and a lot of people are on to something. Their Spaghetti Rustichella undoubtedly plays a huge part in that -- delicious homemade pasta with uni (sea urchin), garlic, Calabrian chilies, squid ink bottarga and thai basil. Make reservations now, ‘cause it’s still one of the hardest spots to get into.

Bestia's Uni Pasta | Photo courtesy of Bestia via Facebook

Bestia's Uni Pasta | Photo courtesy of Bestia via Facebook

Angelini Osteria | Fairfax, CA

Angelini Osteria is famous for a whole lot of reasons, but it’s impossible to deny that one of them is their Spaghetti Chitarra (doubly so if you let the sommelier pair a great wine with it). Get over there right quick to experience it yourself: excellent spaghetti with black truffles, sausage, and parmigiano reggiano.

Angelini Osteria's Spaghetti with black truffle shavings and sausage | Photo courtesy of @hungryhh via Instagram

Angelini Osteria's Spaghetti with black truffle shavings and sausage | Photo courtesy of @hungryhh via Instagram

The Carving Board | Tarzana, West LA, & Hollywood, CA

Ramen burgers work very well. We all know this. It only makes sense that The Carving Board decided to go the same route, but with spaghetti. Get over to The Carving Board to try their Spaghetti and Meatballwich for a beautiful monstrosity loaded with sliced all-beef meatballs, mozzarella, and homemade marinara, all between parmesan spaghetti bread (exactly what is sounds like). With even more marinara sauce on the side, of course.

The Carving Board's Meatballwich | Photo courtesy of The Carving Board via Facebook

The Carving Board's Meatballwich | Photo courtesy of The Carving Board via Facebook

Wilder Shaw is an LA-based food writer and comedian who doesn’t understand why more food isn’t in stringy, tube form and covered in marinara. Check out his noodle adventures on Instagram at @wildershaw and Twitter at @WilderShaw_.

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Kings of the North – North Orange County’s Culinary Rulers

Culinary Kings of North Orange County

Reigning Eateries and the Entrepreneurial Minds Behind Them

Well after the conquest of the Targyrens, the kingdom of Orange County might now be ruled by the culinary gods. As we battle our way through the foodie realm of OC, with its spectacular range of cuisine, North OC is marching its way to victory with some incredible new food experiences.

Citizen Kitchen

Inside The Hotel Fullerton, Citizen Kitchen is a surprising kingdom of food in an urban, lounge atmosphere. With a level of culinary sophistication unexpected in a hotel restaurant Chef Zach Geerson is combining seasonal ingredients in modern, innovative ways. Zach Geerson studied at the Culinary Institute of America, and worked in restaurants in New York and Florida before his first executive chef command at the Pelican Hotel in Miami Beach. Returning triumphantly to his home of Southern California, Chef Geerson became the executive chef of Citizen Kitchen and entered a whole new realm of food. Feast on his grilled Spanish octopus with a “mole negro,” corn, heirloom tomato, coriander and radish. Or, try what chef calls their “best dessert” – Fig, Fig and more Figs. Fig panna cotta, stewed fig purée and fresh figs with balsamic and micro herbs.

Chef Zach Geerson of Citizen Kitchen | Photo courtesy of Citizen Kitchen via Facebook

Chef Zach Geerson of Citizen Kitchen | Photo courtesy of Citizen Kitchen via Facebook

Tempo

Rising up from the ashes of chain restaurants past, Tempo Urban Kitchen has stormed the foodie world of Brea with its new American and Mexican cuisine, along with craft cocktails in a modern, industrial space, with Executive Chef Cody Storts bearing the crown as lord of the kitchen. Chef Cody has worked on nearly 30 restaurant concepts in California and Texas, attending Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena for his culinary training. In creating Grits, Chef Storts wanted to ensure each forkful has flavor that punches you in the face. Enjoy the short rib mole, with the rich meat served in a Chocolate Modern Times-Coffee Roasty beer sauce alongside an Abuelita chocolate tortilla, Tempo serves a variety of slow-cooked meats including chorizo, Italian sausage, carnitas and ribs. For those warriors with big appetites, feast on the 1-pound ribeye marinated with 3 different peppers.

Chef Cody Storts | Photo courtesy of Chef Cody Stort Fan Page via Facebook

Chef Cody Storts | Photo courtesy of Chef Cody Stort Fan Page via Facebook

Burger Parlor

As far as meat and buns go, Burger Parlor stands at the helm of sandwich dominance four years running, growing from a Fullerton pop-up to a fully loaded brick-and-mortar to bring gourmet burgers into the hands of OC’s hungriest peasants. Chef Joseph Mahon, the head chef/owner of the burger bar, started off his culinary odyssey mostly in fine dining, starting in New York at Cafe Boulud and eventually making his way to Los Angeles’ Michelin-starred Bastide. The brainchild that is Burger Parlor took its roots directly from Mahon’s “Burger Mondays” that he started as a weekly menu during his time at Bastide, growing so popular in demand that the chef eventually opted for a pop up shop in Fullerton to whip up hormone-free burgers with high quality ingredients. With his fine-dining cuisine experience put to the test, Mahon’s burgers have soared with flying colors and already have him putting together Burger Parlor’s second location, soon to be in downtown in the city of Orange.

Chef Joseph Mahon | Photo courtesy of Burger Parlor via Instagram.

Chef Joseph Mahon | Photo courtesy of Burger Parlor via Instagram.

Macallans Public House

Keeping the Irish and Scottish kings of yore happy, Macallans Public House is a new kind of Irish pub in Brea, serving north OC’s best selection of over 200 of scotches and whiskies, and pub food with a twist. For those warriors back from battle to do some drinking, Macallans offers a variety of whiskey flights including custom flights to your specific taste. Executive Chef Roman Jimenez is creating a consistent Irish pub menu that is still imaginative and with a modern taste. Chef Jimenez received an AA from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Pasadena and helmed restaurants in Chicago and OC before storming North OC at Macallans. Experience a traditional Irish breakfast with eggs, bangers, Irish bacon and beans, or the 48-hour corned beef hash with eggs and (surprise!) kimchi and jalapenos.  

Chef Roman Jimenez | Photo courtesy of @MacallansPub via Instagram

Chef Roman Jimenez | Photo courtesy of @MacallansPub via Instagram

Taps Fish House and Brewery

Taps has held the North OC’s iron throne for what seems like centuries, offering 20 different styles of in-house brewed beers and a seafood menu with New Orleans and Asian influences. Chef Nelson Barillas is the king of the seafood realm with exciting dishes like the Hokkaido scallops with house-made bacon, cheddar ale grits, sautéed kale and a Meyer lemon chimichurri, or a rich San Francisco-style cioppino or Australian barramundi. Taps offers prime steaks and chops for non-seafood lovers as well. Previously at The Catch in Anaheim, Chef Barillas is a nearly 20-year veteran in the kitchen who was inspired to become a chef by experiences cooking with his family. Find one-of-a-kind events including beer and cigar pairings and winery-hosted dinners.

Chef Nelson Barillas | Photo courtesy of Chef Nelson via Facebook

Chef Nelson Barillas | Photo courtesy of Chef Nelson via Facebook

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Leading Ladies: The Women Taking the Reins at OC's Culinary Frontline

For the past decade, the culinary field has been a male-dominated industry, but let’s face it — the future of chefs and restaurateurs is female. Today, women are not only running kitchens, they’re also running restaurants and other food-focused businesses. From meat-centric plates to sugary concoctions, women all over Orange County are cultivating mouth-watering dishes that will have you pulling out your best pair of stretchy pants. Here’s a list of six women that are kicking ass at manning the culinary fort here in Orange County.
 

CONNIE HO
OWNER, THE SCOTCHERY

Owner of The Scotchery Connie Ho is a natural at reinventing herself. With a trait that allows her to adapt to constant changes in the food industry, Connie knows what works best when running a successful business. Commencing with 8 Steers then renaming it Public Steak and now The Scotchery, Connie has redefined her steakhouse in to a place that welcomes casual attire without taking away its elegance. The shrimp lover and Southern California native delivers deceptively simple plates constructed with high-quality ingredients. Using USDA Prime aged beef and fresh fish, Connie has created a modernized fine dining experience paired with a vast selection of Scotch.

Interior of Connie Ho's Santa Ana restaurant, The Scotchery | photo courtesy of 100eats

Interior of Connie Ho's Santa Ana restaurant, The Scotchery | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

DEBBIE GOLDBERG
CO-FOUNDER & CMO, FRESH BROTHERS

After years of working in the television industry, in 2008 Debbie Goldberg yelled cut and switched over to the pizza scene. As the Co-Founder of Fresh Brothers, a pizzeria with 17 locations up and running, Debbie and her husband have created an establishment that prides itself in its freshness with its farm-to-fork approach. Debbie’s health-conscious ingredients created an inclusive menu that attracts all crowds — from meat lovers to vegetarians and vegans to gluten-free foodies. This restaurateur and CMO ensures that every slice is reinvested back into the community by sponsoring a combination of over 100 schools and nonprofits. Starting in Los Angeles tracing down to San Diego, Debbie has lived up to her mantra, “life’s too short to not eat pizza,” by making healthy pizza accessible to the majority of Southern California. 

Fresh Brothers' CMO Debbie grabs a slice of their newest pizza | photo courtesy of 100eats

Fresh Brothers' CMO Debbie grabs a slice of their newest pizza | photo courtesy of 100eats


ERIN WHITCOMB
FOUNDER, FRONT PORCH POPS & TREATERY

Seattle native Erin Whitcomb has successfully cultivated a frosty method to escape hades’ year-round hellfire here in Southern California. After months of recipe research and preparation, Erin opened the doors of Front Porch Pop and Treatery in 2011, and has been providing a tasteful relief to the California heat since. Front Porch Pops provides premium treats, including gourmet popsicles and ice cream with blends of refreshing strawberry basil and luscious vanilla chai. Erin holds her business to the highest standards — think real fruit, fresh dairy — delivering a pop that tastes as authentic as it looks. Front Porch Pops and Treatery is eyeing an aggressive expansion that will be soon placing its awesome products in a fridge near you.
 

Front Porch Pops owner Erin enjoys one of her handmade frozen treats | photo courtesy of OC Weekly

Front Porch Pops owner Erin enjoys one of her handmade frozen treats | photo courtesy of OC Weekly


NIKI STARR WEYLER
EXECUTIVE CHEF, MESA

Niki Starr graduated from San Diego Culinary Institute after Julia Child’s famous recipes inspired her to seek a career in food. As an Executive Chef at Mesa, a lively restaurant that specializes in high-end gourmet cuisine and exquisite cocktails, Niki understands that a chef is only as good as their latest dish. That’s why every 2nd Wednesday of each month, Niki uses fresh seasonal produce to prepare a memorable farm-to-table dining experience with her 3 course Prix-Fixe menu at Mesa. Not only that, but her style remains inexorably innovative with a custom menu she offers for guests celebrating special occasions. Talk about a bad ass woman.   

Chef Niki Starr garnishes one of her signature plates at Mesa | photo courtesy of 100eats

Chef Niki Starr garnishes one of her signature plates at Mesa | photo courtesy of 100eats


MI HO
CO-OWNER, THE SANDWICH SOCIETY

After picking up a fan base with the traveling food stand Hotato Potato, Mi Ho decided to create a more rooted fixture which led to the opening of Sandwich Society. With the help of her brother, Ethan Ho, Mi has built an establishment for those who are seeking an escape from the everyday blandness of the typical ‘bun-meat-bun’ sandwich. Her culturally-inspired sandwiches bring together a variety of ingredients to provide Cuban-influenced pork deliciousness, Vietnamese classics, and messy BBQ monstrosities. Mi has packed Sandwich Society with a plethora of ingredients that can be paired with their unique take on hot or cold, breaded or lettuce-wrapped creations. Mi is always incorporating new and bold flavors to bring to your buns because after all, “life is too short to eat ordinary sandwiches.”

Co-Owner Mi Ho shows off one of Sandwich Society's popular items | photo courtesy of 100eats

Co-Owner Mi Ho shows off one of Sandwich Society's popular items | photo courtesy of 100eats


DELILAH SNELL
CO-OWNER, ALTA BAJA MARKET

Do-it-yourself enthusiast, environmentally conscious and self-made entrepreneur,  Delilah Snell, has literally done everything herself. As her most recent endeavor, Delilah — along with Natasha Monnerereau — crafted a unique Mexican and American Southwest inspired deli, grocery store and educational space, Alta Baja. Her latest brain child is the culmination of Delilah’s travels through the United States’ Southwest territories and Mexico that offers an array of otherwise hard to find Mexican products. The combination of food and culture is evident from selling chiles straight from Hatch, to a menu dedicated to a line of Micheladas that are guaranteed to bring you back to life. Today the woman of all crafts has her hands in everything, staying true to the nature of doing-it-yourself, with cooking classes, pairing workshops, lectures, SanTana walking tours and more.
 

Delilah Snell (left) showcasing a display of local Mexican products | photo courtesy of Paste Magazine

Delilah Snell (left) showcasing a display of local Mexican products | photo courtesy of Paste Magazine


TIFFANY SEPETJIAN
CO-OWNER, PANDOR ARTISAN BOULANGERIE

Born-and-bred Los Angeles native and owner of Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Café, Tiffany Sepetjian is the epitome of a Jack of all trades. A bread connoisseur by night and devoted wife and mother of three by day, Tiffany has hands for it all. After a few visits to France, trial and error, and finding the perfect team — voilà, a French inspired café was brought to the U.S. From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Tiffany brings fermented ingredients to life with her freshly baked French bread. It was her background in advertising that taught her how to lead a team and, with the help of master French bakers and pastry chefs, she’s mastered the art of savory dishes and sweet, pillow-esque pastries. Today Tiffany and her husband Raffi manage three Pandor locations.

Tiffany presents Pandor's Watermelon Bread | photo courtesy of 100eats

Tiffany presents Pandor's Watermelon Bread | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

CRYSTAL NGUYEN & ANH PHAMTRAN
CO-OWNERS, CUBED POKE

With the emergence of poke popping up all over Orange County, it was only a matter of time before someone raised the standards. Culinary duo Chrystal Nguyen and Anh Phamtran did just that with their tropical, fresh ingredients in the form of traditional Hawaiian comfort food at Cubed. The two have packed their menu with over 40 signature toppings, a wide variety of fish and unique sauces that are all individually customized in a bowl by their favorite chef — you. The uncanny selection of ingredients offered to Build Your Own Poke (BYOP) will touch your taste buds in a way you never knew existed.

Co-Owner Crystal digs into Cubed's popular PCH Bowl | photo courtesy of 100eats

Co-Owner Crystal digs into Cubed's popular PCH Bowl | photo courtesy of 100eats

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Badass Burger RoundUp

THIS BADASS BURGER ROUNDUP WILL HAVE YOU READING BETWEEN THE BUNS

See How These Burgers Stack Up Against the Competition

 

To feed your burger addiction with fresh and fully loaded content, we’ve created a list to out-stack any creative customized combo you’ve dreamed up. We’re lookin’ for the burger that’s so fresh you’ve gotten to know the back story of the ranch it grew up on. You’ve built up your vocabulary through ingredients from all of the burgers you’ve tried. The burgers are getting wetter, cheesier, taller and sexier. Does your burger ooze with yolk? Did your toppings make it into an aioli? We’ve raised the standard and pretty much any burger that’s going into your mouth better have a story to tell. So slap some butter on those buns and let’s get toasty. We’re not shy of crazy — are you?

Citizen Kitchen | Fullerton, CA

Located inside The Hotel Fullerton, Citizen Kitchen’s menu is the brainchild of Chef Zach Geerson where focus is seasonal ingredients in a modern and innovative fashion. The new Barcelona Burger whose patty is made of Chef’s 4-way burger blend, is topped with seafood paella, duck confit, pimenton aioli, frisée, almonds and sherry vinaigrette. You better believe we are not holding back on this one! Be bold. You can always sleep off your food coma at the hotel …and then come back for a night-cap with a cocktail. Rusty Nail anyone? This cocktail features Pig’s Nose and Drambuie, garnished with a lemon twist. Cheers!

Citizen Kitchen's Barcelona Burger | Photo courtesy of Zach Geerson

Citizen Kitchen's Barcelona Burger | Photo courtesy of Zach Geerson

Pig Pen Delicacy | 4th Street Market | Santa Ana, CA

As if you needed another reason to love bacon, Pig Pen Delicacy’s sophisticated and modern interpretations of bacon and pork favorites has us obsessing over their new Maple Bacon Jam Burger, featuring bacon jam, Havarti cheese, chive aioli and fried onion strings over top of  an all-beef patty. What’s on the menu for dessert? That’s right, you guessed it, bacon! You have to order a side of candied bacon for the ride home, this oven-baked bacon with brown sugar and spices adds to that mic drop moment.

Pig Pen Delicacy's Maple Bacon Jam Burger | Photo courtesy of @misoo_hungry via Instagram

Pig Pen Delicacy's Maple Bacon Jam Burger | Photo courtesy of @misoo_hungry via Instagram

The Wharf | Garden Grove, CA

The Caj-sian fare at The Wharf, situated in historic Downtown Garden Grove, takes America's favorite sammy and kicks things into serious overdrive. These guys are not afraid to do things differently with an keen eye to detail and a palate for the finer ingredients of their reimagined Vietnamese cuisine. A classic burger is transformed here with cajun shrimp grilled to perfection to crown a pork belly (yes, pork belly) patty, all doused in a healthy helping of melted cheddar cheese for modern surf-and-turf action. 

Slaters 50/50 | Orange County & San Diego, CA 

At Slater’s they are reinventing the idea of what it means to play with your food. If you like over-the-top, in-your-face burgers that are loaded with flavor (also known as bacon) then Slater’s may already be showing up in your Waze app as your home location. Just when you thought their magical 50/50 burger couldn’t get any better … they reinvented your standards. Hey! It’s just in their nature. The re-formulated burger is thicker, juicier and just as sexy as it was before. Build your own jaw-dropping burger by using this patty as your canvas. Whether it turns out to be a Pollock or a Manet, sandwich it with a toasted-to-perfection brioche bun and the critics will be satisfied.

Slaters 50/50's Jalapeno Popper Burger | Photo courtesy of Slater's 50/50 via Instagram

Slaters 50/50's Jalapeno Popper Burger | Photo courtesy of Slater's 50/50 via Instagram

Vaca | Costa Mesa, CA

If you work by South Coast Plaza then you might as well call Vaca the employee break room, because everyone ends up here when they're clocked out. You're the type of person that really digs superior tasting meats and that’s why you keep coming back here, or it could be those Spanish cocktails you can’t get enough of. Well now you have yet another reason to come back here, the burger. This twist on this tradition comes from the hands of celebrity chef, Amar Santana. The Hamburguesa features a grilled prime beef patty and crispy Spanish chorizo on a fluffy brioche bun with smoked paprika aioli and overnight tomatoes. And if you feel like taking this burger next level, accept the option to add Spanish cabrales bleu cheese or Spanish manchego cheese.

Vaca's Hamburguesa | Photo courtesy of Travel Costa Mesa

Vaca's Hamburguesa | Photo courtesy of Travel Costa Mesa

 

HopDoddy | The Tustin Market Place | Tustin, CA

Thoughtfully crafted, well proportioned burgers made with the freshest available, all-natural ingredients is what you get at Hopdoddy. And lucky us, they just opened a new location at The Tustin Market. Their beef comes from those happy, humanely raised cows. You know, the ones that are never, ever given growth hormones or antibiotics! Not feeling the beef? They also offer bison, lamb, chicken, turkey, sushi-grade tuna and a black bean-corn patty. If you’re the type of person that can fall in love with an aioli so much that you just want to rub it all over your face and put it in your hair, then the Primetime Burger is for you. This beauty features grass-fed beef, Brie cheese, arugula, caramelized onions, that truffle aioli that makes you act strange because you love it so much, steak sauce and beefsteak tomato. The overall flavor profile of this burger is very rich but it won’t leave you feeling weighed down with regret. You can attribute this to the thoughtfully crafted proportions of the burger.

Hopdoddy's Primetime Burger | Photo courtesy of Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Hopdoddy's Primetime Burger | Photo courtesy of Hopdoddy Burger Bar

25 Degrees | Huntington Beach, CA

In case you were ever wondering the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done hamburger, it’s 25 degrees. Where the burgers are as fancy as the decor, this burger bar offers chic, sophistication on and off the plate. This is the kind of place where you come for the burger and you stay for the atmosphere. With the amount of different ingredient options available in this house, your imagination (and your wallet) is your only limitation. Just a teaser of what we’re talking about, their cheese selections include the benedictine, creamy smoked mozzarella, tart and creamy crescenza and a blue veined prelibato gorgonzola that has us melting in our seats. If you start to feel like your drowning in options, just opt for the Number 5 “Truffle Style” featuring, mushroom, truffle oil, dijon aioli, arugula, caramelized onion and smoked mozzarella. You’ll thank us later. Seriously, this truffle addiction will be hard to kick.

25 degrees' Number 1 Burger | Photo courtesy of @likefoodla via Instagram

25 degrees' Number 1 Burger | Photo courtesy of @likefoodla via Instagram

 

Fritzi DTLA | Los Angeles, CA

Located in the Historic Arts District in LA, the industrial chic restaurant, Fritzi, has Chef Neal Fraser serving up his other-worldly, artisanal nosh, including his Fritzi Burger. Chef’s burger features a nine-hour sous-vide Nueskie’s bacon-beef blend patty, topped with creamy fontina fondue, crisp iceberg lettuce, calabrese relish and thousand island, served with your choice of fries, tots or potato waffle. Pair with Arts District Brewing Co. beer for the ultimate ticket to burger nirvana. This spot screams fancy in your mouth all while promoting a casual no dress-code vibe. The best part, you get that transcendental moment for your tastebuds without the hefty price tag.

Fritzi's Fritzi Burger with their 9 hours sous-vide patty | Photo courtesy of @misscutiefoodie via Instagram

Fritzi's Fritzi Burger with their 9 hours sous-vide patty | Photo courtesy of @misscutiefoodie via Instagram

 

Petit Trois | Los Angeles, CA

Chef Ludo Lefebvre reinvents your interpretation of the double cheeseburger, inspired by the cheeseburger at Au Cheval in Chicago. The Big Mec at Petit Trois features two 4-ounce beastly, prime beef patties that are flooded with bordelaise sauce and topped with American cheese and garlic aioli. This savory, delicious masterpiece that they call a burger doesn’t have us missing lettuce and tomato in the slightest. Rumor has it, there may even be foie gras in that sauce, and we couldn’t be more delighted. Not that this burger needs directions, but we do suggest cutting it in half, eating it until it falls apart in your hands, and then just putting your face in the plate.

Petit Trois' Big Mec | Photo courtesy of Eddie @hungryinla via Instagram

Petit Trois' Big Mec | Photo courtesy of Eddie @hungryinla via Instagram

 

Love & Salt | Manhattan Beach, CA

You might not expect this Italian-inspired restaurant with a California soul to offer a burger, but they do. You’d think this was the best kept secret in LA, but let’s be honest, a burger this good doesn’t stay hush-hush for long. This now famous burger that was intended to be on the DL (hence the Downlow Burger name) features wagyu beef, caramelized onions, aged cheddar, house pickles, rosemary parmesan and tomato aioli. This is the kind of burger you could fall in love with, it hugs you in all the right places.

Love and Salt's Downlow Burger | Photo courtesy of Eddie @hungryinla via Instagram

Love and Salt's Downlow Burger | Photo courtesy of Eddie @hungryinla via Instagram


 

The Standing Room | Redondo Beach, CA

The next time you’re in Redondo Beach and you’re headed to the liquor store for some beer and Lotto tickets, you might stumble upon a very tiny counter where some of the best burgers in LA are served. Enter with no regrets, or on a cheat day, because you’re about to have one of the best fancy-gastropub-meets-Asian-influence burgers touch your lips. Whether you decide on the Cash Burger served with shishito pepper, bacon, cheddar, American cheese, onion ring, Korean aioli, and hoisin bbq sauce … or the Hapa Burger, featuring spring mix, onion, scallion, sesame leaf tossed in spicy vinaigrette, fried egg, gouchu Q and Korean aioli, you are guaranteed an absolute flavor bomb — Boom.

The Standing Room's Cash Burger | Photo courtesy of The Standing Room

The Standing Room's Cash Burger | Photo courtesy of The Standing Room

Hawkins House of Burgers | Los Angeles, CA

You could go into cardiac arrest just by looking at this burger. The Whipper Burger features two generously portioned Angus beef patties, ooey gooey cheese, pastrami, a hot link and your classic burger produce to balance this beast of a burger out. By no means should you think that this burger is compensating with size, not one ingredient is unnecessary, each being full of flavor and contributing to texture and structure. Just a heads up, the burgers do take about 20 minutes to make since they are made-to-order. You can tell that person behind the grill is persnickety about the details, and we couldn’t be more excited to reap the benefits.

Hawkins House of Burgers' Whipper Burger | Photo courtesy of @thebestfoodperiod via Instagram

Hawkins House of Burgers' Whipper Burger | Photo courtesy of @thebestfoodperiod via Instagram

Holeman & Finch Public House | Atlanta, GA

"It's Burger Time!" These three words and a bullhorn changed Atlanta's late-night burger game in ways no one saw coming every night at 10 p.m. Luckily for us, Burger Time is no longer shackled to Holeman & Finch's 24 burgers per service policy (as in only four-and-twenty burgers to touch that grill every shift.) No wonder people lining up an hour before the coveted BT, and for what? An American classic of umami proportions with double patty action of a brisket-lean check hybrid ground in-house, a blanket of classic Kraft American cheese, and bread-and-butter pickles all sandwiched between a buttered milk brioche bun. 

Holeman & Finch's Cheeseburger | Photo courtesy of @droolius via Instagram

Holeman & Finch's Cheeseburger | Photo courtesy of @droolius via Instagram

Jack in the Box | Various locations, USA

Jack’s new Brew House Bacon Burger is making fast-food sexy, and not in a Carl’s Jr. kind of way. This beauty features 1/4 lb signature beef patty, topped with authentic porter ale cheese sauce, tasty grilled onions, and hickory smoked bacon – all on a toasted artisan potato bun. Follow that up with an order of their crispy garlic herb French fries, or those curly fries that you’ve become so loyal to, and you might think you were at an actual brewhouse. Then you realize you’re actually in a drive-thru and last-minute impulsively add the Oreo shake, because at this point you’re all in and committed to this fourth meal moment.

Jack in the Box's Brewhouse Burger | Photo courtesy of @dailyfoodfeed via Instagram

Jack in the Box's Brewhouse Burger | Photo courtesy of @dailyfoodfeed via Instagram

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