Orange County Restaurant News
The gastropub Pickled Monk is now open in downtown Fullerton. At the helm of this casual neighborhood venue is executive chef David Fune, the former food truck chef who went on to hone his craft at such high-end Orange County spots as Splashes and the Balboa Bay Club. Guests can expect refined yet approachable takes on contemporary fare, which can be paired with a craft cocktail or a selection from the thirty beer taps. Dinner nightly. Pickled Monk, 101 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-793-9100.
Brazilian steakhouse and churrascaria Silva’s in Costa Mesa lets guests indulge in a compact all-you-can-eat menu of locally sourced meats and vegetables, served gaucho-style. Former Roy’s Newport Beach chef John Vega oversees the kitchen, which also offers traditional Brazilian appetizers and entrées for those wishing to forgo the AYCE route. Beer, wine and Brazilian-inspired cocktails round out the menu. Lunch & Dinner daily. Silva's, 3672 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92704, 855-600-5500.
Descanso, the latest entry in Costa Mesa’s ever-growing cavalcade of kicked-up Mexican restaurants, is now open. The venue focuses on bringing Mexican street fare indoors, where guests can watch chefs prepare their meal in front of them from a traditional plancha, or griddle. Overseeing the culinary concept is chef Sergio Ortega, the Michoacán-born chef whose previous stints in Orange County include AnQi and RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The restaurant also serves up an array of soups, salads, small plates and entrées, and has a full-service bar featuring craft beers, Mexican wines and specialty cocktails. Lunch & Dinner daily. Descanso, 1555 Adams Ave., Ste. 103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-486-3798.
Harley, the highly anticipated chef-driven concept from former Haven Gastropub co-owner/executive chef Greg Daniels, has opened in downtown Laguna Beach. The venue, located in the space previously occupied by Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, aims to combine warm, homespun hospitality with an elevated farm-to-table menu driven by seasonal inspiration and relationships with trusted purveyors. Guests can also expect to encounter a list of craft cocktails, local brews, and wine. Harley, 370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-1530.
Craig Strong, the former executive chef at Montage Laguna Beach’s Studio, has opened his new restaurant. Ocean at Main, located in downtown Laguna Beach, features seasonal dishes driven by pristine ingredients. The menu also emphasizes California products and honors the state’s reputation for healthy lifestyle choices. Ocean at Main, 222 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-3870.
Boston-based steakhouse Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is open in Irvine. The venue is the initial West Coast foray for chef/restaurateur Steve DiFillippo’s regional Italian concept, which also has locations in New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Guests can expect to encounter a menu of seasonal Northern Italian fare emphasizing house-made pasta, fresh seafood, and beef sourced from trusted purveyors. An extensive international wine list, craft beers, and seasonal craft cocktails is be available. Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612, 949-477-4810.
Chef John Tesar will open Outer Reef in late 2018 at Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa in Dana Point. The restaurant will highlight seafood sourced exclusively from the West Coast, as well as California produce. Diners can also expect to find some dishes carried over from Tesar's Dallas restaurants, including meaty offerings from Knife (one of GAYOT's Best Steakhouses in the U.S.) and Spoon Bar & Kitchen’s crudo, caviar and shellfish. Outer Reef, Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629, no phone.
Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi and chef Tony Esnault (Los Angeles’ Church & State) 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.
Newport Beach Restaurant Week
Newport Beach Restaurant Week returns to some of the city’s top dining establishments from January 14-27. During the two-week span, guests can drop by select venues and peruse special cost-effective prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Visit here for more information, including a list of participating restaurants.
Kids Eat Free at House of Blues Anaheim Saturdays & Sundays
House of Blues Anaheim, the restaurant and concert venue tucked inside Anaheim GardenWalk, features a Kids Eat Free lunch program. Local and vacationing parents that purchase an adult full-priced entrée can enable their children under 12 the chance to enjoy complimentary kid-friendly items like chicken tenders, mini-cheeseburgers and pepperoni pizza. The program runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. House of Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, CA 92802, 714-778-2583.
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Downtown Laguna Beach’s Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink closed its doors. Executive chef and restaurateur Ryan Adams, who launched the restaurant in 2011, has announced he sold off the venue to pursue other culinary projects. The property’s new owner is Greg Daniels, former partner and executive chef at Haven Gastropub in Orange. Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, 370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone.
Strickland's has announced that it will close its Irvine shop in 2019. The ice cream purveyor is considering relocation. Strickland's, 4523 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA 92612, 949-387-9955.
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