Orange County Restaurant News
Chef Ross Pangilinan (Mix Mix Kitchen Bar) will open TERRACE by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza in Fall 2018. The restaurant will offer market-driven small plates drawing inspiration from French, Italian, and Filipino flavors. TERRACE by Mix Mix, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
TAPS Fish House & Brewery is opening TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, a full-scale production brewery and tasting room in Tustin. Unlike its popular Brea and Irvine restaurants, TAPS’ new 1,900-square-foot venture will be casual and primarily focus on its award-winning and pioneering craft beers, with 16 dedicated TAPS beers on tap. The brews will be accompanied by an approachable food truck-style menu. The property is slated to debut in Summer 2018. TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, 15501 Red Hill Ave., Tustin, CA 92780, no phone.
Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi and chef Tony Esnault (Los Angeles’ Church & State and Spring) will open a French restaurant named Knife Pleat at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza in early 2019. It will occupy the upscale property’s third-level Penthouse. Knife Pleat, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
Bourbon Steak, Michael Mina’s highly anticipated ocean-view restaurant, is now open in Dana Point’s Monarch Beach Resort. It occupies the space formerly home to Mina’s previous OC venue, Stonehill Tavern. Executive chef Bryan Brown oversees the Mina concept, which serves modern steakhouse fare with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and strong purveyor partnerships. The cocktail program features a mix of classic and craft libations. Bourbon Steak also has outposts in other major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, Washington DC, Miami and Nashville. Dinner nightly. Bourbon Steak, Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-234-3900.
Hockey Hall of Famer-turned-OC-restaurateur Teemu Selanne has unveiled a second dining concept. The venue, named Teemu Selanne Presents The Penalty Box, is slated to open this fall along with its host, the shipping container food hall SteelCraft Garden Grove. The restaurant will offer a substantially more casual eating experience than his upscale Laguna Beach spot, Selanne Steak Tavern. The menu is poised to feature burgers, hot dogs, shakes and several secret items.
The Bay Area-based Mediterranean food truck-turned-brick and mortar eatery Sajj has opened its first Orange County outpost. Located in Rancho Santa Margarita, the fast-casual restaurant offers a range of wraps, bowls and pita sandwiches that are fully customizable via a “build-your-own” concept. The restaurant also serves up a host of vegetarian-friendly accompaniments as well as all-ages beverages featuring ingredients like mint and tamarind. Lunch & Dinner daily. Sajj, 22245 El Paseo, Ste. A, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, 949-709-7779.
Restaurant/brewery hybrid Congregation Ale House is opening its first Orange County location in downtown Santa Ana. Like the three other L.A. County outposts, the place will offer an array of burgers, pizzas and more assorted American bar food. An abundance of beer will also flow, in the form of local craft brews and Congregation’s own concoctions. Congregation Ale House, 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, no phone.
BBQ Box Available through Labor Day at Grasslands
Through Labor Day weekend, Grasslands Meat Market BBQ & Churrasco in Anaheim is offering a BBQ Box for purchase that includes meat and sides. Designed to feed 6-8 people, the package ($99) features the restaurant's signature house meat, Picanha, along with two racks of St. Louis ribs, one rack of beef ribs, one whole chicken, mashed potatoes, black beans and a green salad with choice of dressing. Grasslands Meat Market BBQ & Churrasco, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Wy., #199, Anaheim, CA 92802, 657-208-1133.
Marché Moderne Offers Spontané Menu on Mondays
Marché Moderne, the French restaurant from owner/chefs Florent and Amelia Marneauin, offers a special Spontanée Menu on Mondays. The three-course prix-fixe menu ($38 for food only) changes weekly. Add a carafe of wine for $18. Marché Moderne, Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92657, 714-434-7900.
Anaheim White House Re-Opening News
Anaheim White House has accomplished its highly anticipated re-launch. Owned and operated by OC chef and philanthropist Bruno Serato, the newly-renovated restaurant opened its doors in May 2018, one year after a fire caused severe damage to the property. Reservations can be made by calling 714-772-1381 or e-mailing email@example.com. Anaheim White House, 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805, 714-772-1381.
Tim Goodell is no longer the chef at Royal Hen, the intimate bistro-esque gastropub located on Balboa Island’s main drag. No replacement chef has been announced. Royal Hen, 311 Marine Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92662, 949-873-5603.
The Costa Mesa branch of Saddle Ranch Chop House has shuttered. The original Sunset Strip location of the country western venue remains open. Saddle Ranch Chop House, The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, no phone.
Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach has closed after a decade in business. (The site formerly housed Sam's Seafood and Kona.) The tiki bar/restaurant/live music space is currently searching for a new location. Don the Beachcomber, 16278 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92649, no phone.
ESPN Zone (1545 Disneyland Dr.) and Rainforest Cafe (1515 S. Disneyland Dr.), two dining mainstays of Downtown Disney in Anaheim, are going to be closing their doors by June 30, 2018. The venues, which have been culinary cornerstones of the dining, retail and entertainment complex since it opened in 2001, will be shuttering along with other stores to make room for a yet-to-be-named 700-room hotel. Construction of the hotel, which will cover 17 acres, will commence in July. ESPN Zone and Rainforest Cafe, Downtown Disney, 1545 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802, 714-300-3776.
Mick’s Karma Bar has closed its doors. The Irvine quick-service venue specialized in creating artisanal burgers and craft brews. No replacement occupant for the space has been announced. Mick's Karma Bar, 2010 Main St., Irvine, CA 92614, no phone.
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