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December 2012 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS


Openings

Smashburger has opened at The Shops At Mission Viejo. The signature OC burger features grilled mushrooms and onions, baby arugula, aged Swiss cheese and truffle mayo on an egg bun. Other options include grilled chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers, fries, salads and milkshakes. Smashburger, 1003 The Shops At Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, 949-364-1246.
 
Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa opened on November 9, 2012. The décor is reminiscent of a hunting lodge, with taxidermy on the walls, light fixtures made from repurposed chicken feeders, and a vintage American flag among the design details. The bill of fare offers seasonal salads, burgers and locally made sausages, while the beverage program features craft beers, classic cocktails, single barrel whiskeys and small-batch spirits. Wild Goose Tavern, 436 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, 949-722-9453.
 

News Bytes

Black Truffle Treasure Menu at Andrea
Andrea, the flagship restaurant at Newport Coast's The Resort at Pelican Hill, will be featuring a special Black Truffle Treasure Menu. Executive chef Luigi Fineo is putting together a trio of items built to highlight the exquisite subterranean mushroom served up at the height of its season. The dinner items include seared Maine diver scallop with stracchino cheese and homemade pancetta; aged risotto with porcini mushroom; and an eight-ounce Wagyu tenderloin with roasted vegetable, mushroom and bone marrow. The black truffles are available at market price in four-gram and six-gram portions to be shaved atop each dish. For more information, including pricing, please visit www.pelicanhill.com. Andrea, The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
 
Orange County Restaurant Week Returns
The 5th Annual Orange County Restaurant Week will descend upon all corners of OC February 24-March 2. One hundred of the county's top restaurants will be cobbling together special prix fixe, multi-course lunch and dinner menus, from casual venues to fine dining establishments. Some of the participating restaurants include The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, Lucca Café, and Anaheim White House. For more information, please visit www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com.
 
Holiday Take-Home Menu at Pascal Epicerie & Wine
Pascal Epicerie & Wine is offering a holiday take-home menu through December. Offerings include main courses (roasted goose with cranberry jus; beef Wellington with truffle sauce), gourmet items (caviar, truffles, French cheeses), side dishes (yam au gratin, braised red cabbage), and desserts (yule log, pumpkin tart). Pascal Epicerie & Wine, 1000 Bristol St. N., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-263-9400.
 


Chef Shuffle

The Cannery welcomes Nick Weber as their new executive chef. Weber comes to the Newport Beach restaurant from Downtown Disney, having previously served as executive chef at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar. Weber oversees a menu featuring a host of seafood options infused with culinary touches from around the globe. The Cannery, 3010 Lafayette Rd., Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-566-0060.
 
Duke's Huntington has announced H. Jason Stein has taken the reins as their new executive chef. Stein will continue to oversee the famed Huntington Beach Pier-side eatery's menu of Hawaiian and Cal-Asian selections, placing an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients while maintaining what the venue touts as a "strong sense of aloha." Duke's Huntington, Huntington Beach Pier, 317 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714-374-6446.
 

 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Savoy, the Costa Mesa restaurant which was the flagship eatery in the Hotel Hanford, has closed. The restaurant was shuttered as part of the hotel's overall closure. The property has reopened as the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County; plans for a new restaurant concept are in the works, and are expected to be disclosed in early 2013. Savoy, Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County, 3131 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 
Sushilicious in Irvine has closed its doors. The restaurant, which specialized in serving up sushi in the kaiten (conveyor belt) fashion, cited slow business for its shuttering. No replacement restaurant to fill the vacant space has been announced. Sushilicious Closing, 15435 Jeffrey Rd., Irvine, CA 92618, no phone.
 
French 75 has closed. The downtown Laguna Beach restaurant, which had been serving classic French bistro cuisine for 25 years, shuttered abruptly the first weekend in December. The space is slated to be reopened in April as the new home of Teemu Tavern & Grill; a casual steakhouse whose partners include legendary Anaheim Ducks hockey player Teemu Selanne. French 75, 1464 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone.
 
The Cottage in Laguna Beach closed its doors after 48 years of business. The iconic North Laguna restaurant's final day of business was December 26, 2012. The closure is occurring because the land on which the restaurant sits has been sold, and the new owners are planning to launch a new restaurant concept on the premises. Plans for this new concept have not been released. The Cottage, 308 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone.
 

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