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Orange County, CA Restaurant News

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NEW RESTAURANTS IN ORANGE COUNTY

 

Restaurant/brewery hybrid Congregation Ale House is opening its first Orange County location in downtown Santa Ana. It’s slated to debut around Halloween 2017. 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.
 
Taco Brat, the Mexican-German hybrid concept hatched by former Umami Burger chef Thomas Curran, is now open in Costa Mesa. As the name suggests, the so-called “GerMexican” venue offers up a menu featuring several tacos and house-made sausages. Guests can also explore dishes that marry the two culinary motifs, such as nacho chips topped with fried potato pancakes, green onion cream, bacon and esquites. Wine, beer and craft cocktails are served. Lunch & Dinner daily. Taco Brat, 2101 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, 657-346-2005.
 
Upscale street taco and Mexican food eatery Puesto has announced the opening of a second Irvine outpost. The new venue, which is slated to launch in late summer 2017, will be located in the sprawling Park Place business and retail center, adjacent to the sleek and freshly minted AC Hotel Irvine by Marriott. The popular first spot is situated in Los Olivos Marketplace, just down the road from the Irvine Spectrum. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website. Puesto, Park Place, 3311 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612, no phone.
 
TRADE Food Hall, Orange County’s latest foray into the local food hall explosion, is now fully operational. Situated near John Wayne Airport in Irvine’s original business district, the sleek center offers patrons the opportunity to explore several independent fast-casual dining spots built around trendy bites and hipster-friendly curated principles. Options range from the Vietnamese-kissed Mexican cuisine served up at Dos Chinos to the pork-centric comfort food of Pig Pen Delicacy. For more information, visit the official website. Lunch & Dinner daily. TRADE Food Hall, 2222 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612, 949-725-8539.
 
Executive chef JT Walker oversees the menu at Pacific Hideaway Pacific Hideaway has opened at Huntington Beach’s Shorebreak Hotel. The spot features an eclectic modern menu with an emphasis on the flavors of Southeast Asia, Latin America and Japan, as created by executive chef JT Walker. Pacific Hideaway, Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714-960-5050.
 
Laguna Niguel’s Hendrix marks the third OC restaurant venture from the Sentinel Restaurant & Hospitality Group, the epicurean collective behind the adjacent Laguna Beach dining concepts Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna Beach. For this latest venue, executive chef Rainer Schwarz oversees a New American menu that emphasizes seasonally driven regional traditions with a specific nod to fresh seafood and fire-roasted meats. Also featured are signature cocktails, craft beers and an easy-to-navigate wine list. Hendrix, 32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, 949-248-1912.
 
Longtime Los Angeles County fixture Caffe Pinguini has opened its first Orange County outpost. The new venue is located in Irvine, in the space formerly occupied by Lucca Cafe. Look for pizzas, pastas and other traditional Italian fare, just like what has been offered at the original Playa del Rey address since 1997. Lunch & Dinner daily. Caffe Pinguini, Quail Hill Shopping Center, 6507 Quail Hill Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92603, 949-725-1773.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Marché Moderne will relocate to Newport Beach Marché Moderne to Re-Open in Summer
Marché Moderne, the French restaurant from owner/chefs Florent and Amelia Marneauin, will relocate to Newport Coast’s Crystal Cove Shopping Center, in the space formerly occupied by Tamarind of London. The new locale is slated to open in Summer 2017, when it will rub shoulders with such luxe dining venues as Bluefin and Maestro’s Ocean Club. Marché Moderne, Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92657, 714-434-7900.
 


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ORANGE COUNTY RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

 

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Orange County to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Aqua, R.I.P.

Anaheim White House is projected to re-open in October 2017 Chef/owner Bruno Serato's restaurant, Anaheim White House, suffered a fire on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The restaurant is currently undergoing construction and is projected to re-open in October 2017Read more on GAYOT. Anaheim White House, 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805, 714-772-1381.
 
Golden Truffle in Costa Mesa is closing its doors after a 37 year run. Chef/owner Alan Greeley, whose off-the-cuff personality and freewheeling, often improvisational take on contemporary cuisine made him and his eatery two of OC’s biggest culinary icons, announced the venue will be folding in August. The shuttering is in conjunction with Greeley selling off his 10-year lease to another restaurant ownership group, who will be developing the space for an as-yet-to-be-disclosed concept. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website. Golden Truffle, 1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, 949-645-9858.
 


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