- Dress code: Casual
- Entertainment: Entertainment Fri.-Sat.
- Full bar
- Reservations suggested
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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 by former and current executive chef Jason Montelibano. This marriage establishes itself through appetizers such as ground turkey-wrapped Scotch egg served with a mango mustard sauce and pickled mustard seeds and chicken wings tossed in a sambal-pineapple sauce and served with house-made kimchi. Entrées ranging from pork belly sticky buns with crunchy kimchi to flat-iron steak with Hatch-chile corn purée and elote further demonstrate the fusion between familiar and forward. Desserts like the peanut butter s'more tart and banana cake beignets 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.