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December 2011 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS


Openings

The saloon side of The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon has opened in Anaheim. The country-western themed establishment plays host to live music and DJs. The adjacent restaurant offers a menu of steaks and seafood. Michael Jordan (son of Matteo's founder Matteo Giordano) is overseeing food & beverage operations, including a 5,000-bottle wine cellar. Jordan is a Master Sommelier and was formerly general manager of Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. For more information, visit www.theranch.com. The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, 1025 E. Ball Rd., Anaheim, CA 92805, 714-817-4200.
 
Burger Parlor, the Fullerton casual "pop-up" concept created by former Bastide chef Joseph Mahon, will be opening up a permanent location in the city's downtown area. The new venue is slated to open in the spring of 2012. The wide array of burgers that were offered at the temporary eatery will be featured on the menu, as well as several new comfort food items ranging from pot pie to poutine. Additionally, the eatery will feature special menu items pairing burgers with Belgian and craft beers. Lunch & Dinner daily. Burger Parlor, 204 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832, no phone available.
 
Kentro Greek Kitchen is now open in downtown Fullerton. The restaurant, named after the Greek word for "city center," serves up contemporary and traditional Greek cuisine in an urban, casual setting. Menu items include traditional fare such as lamb chops with tzatziki, spinach and phyllo dish spanakopita, and the eggplant and potato entree mousaka. For more information, visit www.kentrogreekkitchen.com. Kentro Greek Kitchen, 100 S. Harbor Blvd. Ste. A, Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-278-0944.
 

News Bytes

P.F. Chang's Relaunch in the Irvine Spectrum
The Irvine location of P.F. Chang's China Bistro has relaunched in the Irvine Spectrum. The new venue sports a reinvented look, an expanded beer and wine program, and a bevy of exclusive menu items featured alongside the chain's traditional entrées. Some of the new selections include Chinese five-spice duo of duck served with a dried cherry-ginger chutney, Sichuan grilled flank steak accompanied by garlic-black bean scampi butter, and jumbo prawns paired with a black pepper glaze. Lunch & Dinner daily. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Irvine Spectrum, 61 Fortune Dr., Irvine, CA 92618, 949-453-1211.
 
Lunch Service Starts at Starfish
Starfish, the Laguna Beach restaurant launched this past summer by Tabu Grill owner Nancy Wilhelm, has started serving lunch from Wednesday to Saturday. The menu will be an extension of chef Jarvis Yuan's concept of creating Asian cuisine infused with Americanized touches. Sample menu items include miso-marinated salmon served with baby mixed greens and organic heirloom tomatoes, peppercorn crusted ahi tuna, and garlic noodles served with a quartet of wild mushrooms. For more information, visit www.starfishlaguna.com. Starfish, 30832 Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-9200.
 
Special Holiday Lunch Hours for Morton's
Morton's The Steakhouse in Anaheim will be open for lunch on select days in December (December 8-9, 14-16, 20-22). The holiday lunch menu includes à la carte offerings as well as a prix-fixe option for $35 per person. Morton's The Steakhouse, 1895 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802, 714-621-0101.
 
Zim a Go-Go Makes its Debut
Zimzala has unveiled their new quick-service breakfast/coffee shop concept, dubbed Zim a Go-Go. From 6 a.m.-11 a.m., guests will be able to stop by the popular Huntington Beach eatery and choose from a wide selection of on-the-go breakfast items, ranging from breakfast burritos stuffed with Yukon potatoes and jack cheese to freshly brewed espressos and macchiattos. Zimzala, Shorebreak Hotel, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714-861-4470.
 


Chef Shuffle

Adam Fleischman is bringing Umami Burger to Orange County, opening locations in Laguna Beach and Anaheim in 2012. The mini-chain has several locations in Los Angeles and just recently expanded to San Francisco. Umami Burger, 610 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone.
 

 

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.

Pablo's, the Mexican restaurant located at The District in Tustin, has suddenly closed its doors after less than a year of operation. No reason for the shuttering has been given. Pablo's, The District at Tustin Legacy, 2601 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782, 714-617-8230.
 

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