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Chapter One: The Modern Local

227 N. Broadway Send to Phone
714-352-2225 | Menu
Lively gastropub featuring progressive takes on traditional fare in a unique urban setting.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.
Open late
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Entertainment: Entertainment Fri.-Sat.
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Dining room at Chapter One: The Modern Local, Santa Ana, CA

Chapter One: The Modern Local Restaurant Review

: Set in a converted bookstore in the heart of the burgeoning Artist’s Village section of downtown Santa Ana, Chapter One: The Modern Local radiates a cool, metropolitan style that’s rarely found in Orange County. The gastropub menu is filled with culinary expressions that infuse traditional dishes with a sense of uniquely contemporary flair, all prepared with a strong adherence to local, sustainable sensibilities. (Former chef Oge Dalken has departed the restaurant. Greg Moro is now the executive chef.) This marriage establishes itself through appetizers such as ground turkey-wrapped Scotch egg served with a bacon jam and mustard sauce, and the Filipino adobo-style chicken wings. Entrées ranging from pork belly sticky buns with crunchy kimchi to lamb ragoût with house-made potato gnocchi and curried granola further demonstrate the fusion between familiar and forward. Desserts like the chocolate semifreddo with maple caviar and banana cake donut holes add a touch of whimsy to the proceedings. Extended hours and a well-stocked bar pouring artisan libations also make it an ideal place to chill out after a long day.

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