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Bosscat Kitchen & Libations Restaurant Review: This lively venue, which rests near the border of Irvine and Newport Beach, provides a welcome breezy dining option in an area dominated by towering office buildings. The front of the airy space completely opens up to the patio. This design gives the rustic wood interior and large, bustling bar a beachfront shack feel that has zero pretense, even as well-dressed types looking to strut their stuff at the adjacent nightclub infiltrate the scene as the night progresses. Boston native and executive chef Peter Petro taps into his love for Southern fare throughout the compact menu with dishes like collard green poppers with Carolina mustard sauce, rock shrimp and "hoppin’ John’s" Gouda grits, whiskey-scorched okra served with sweet sausage, and chicken fried steak with gumbo gravy at Sunday brunch. We recommend the eponymous burger to those who desire typical gastropub fare done properly. For dessert, there’s chocolate bourbon pot de crème. Folks in need of a libation at the end of a work day can gravitate to the aforementioned bar and indulge in a host of cocktails, and brown liquor aficionados readily lose themselves in the massive list of whiskeys, bourbons and single malts.