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November 2014 Archive

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Openings

TLT Food, the brick-and-mortar version of the award-winning mobile kitchen The Lime Truck, is now open at The Irvine Spectrum. The restaurant, which also has a sister location in Westwood Village in Los Angeles, marks a return to Orange County for co-owner/executive chef and Irvine native Daniel Shemtob. Like his initial building-based locale, the venue will feature a menu of New American cuisine featuring several items inspired by the former food truck’s own gourmet street food creations. Lunch & Dinner daily. TLT Food, Irvine Spectrum, 705 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618, 949-727-1450.
 
Pueblo, the newest restaurant to take up residence in Costa Mesa’s trend-setting shopping center OC Mix at South Coast Collection, has opened. Executive chef Michael Campbell, who made his bones as executive sous chef at RN74 in San Francisco, serves up a collection of Spanish-style tapas for lunch and dinner, which are crafted by using locally sourced meats and produce. The cozy venue also features a compact menu of beer, as well as wines primarily culled from California and Spain. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pueblo, 3321 Hyland Ave. Suite D, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-340-5775.
 
Amar Santana, executive chef and owner of Laguna Beach’s Broadway by Amar Santana, will open a second restaurant. The new venue, Vaca, is slated to open on December 26, 2015, across the way from South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The restaurant marks a return to Costa Mesa for Santana, who built up a solid following among dining patrons as executive chef at Charlie Palmer’s at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza. Vaca, 695 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 
This industrial-style space that once housed a shipbuilding site has been transformed into a comfortably breezy restaurant that effortlessly captures the coolness of Costa Mesa’s East Bay neighborhood. Boathouse Collective's aesthetic hallmark is its massive outdoor patio, which is festooned with artwork, plant life and communal seating areas for guests to chill and enjoy the restaurant’s contemporary cuisine. People can also go inside, hang out at the rustically appointed bar, and order up artisanal cocktails. The restaurant also features a brunch every Sunday. Boathouse Collective, 1640 Pomona Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, 949-646-3176.
 

News Bytes

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Andrea at The Resort at Pelican Hill hosts La Bella Moda every Sunday in November. The fashion and Prosecco brunch event features different themes each week to exhibit seasonal fashion trends from casual chic to festive gowns. The event is in collaboration with luxury designers from Fashion Island, and offers a prix-fixe Prosecco brunch menu with cuisine by chef Marco Criscuolo. Each event is $49 per person, which includes the Prosecco brunch and a gift bag. All events begin at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.pelicanhill.com. Andrea, The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
 


Chef Shuffle

Manny Velasco is no longer the executive chef at Savannah Chop House. He departed the Laguna Niguel restaurant in order to operate his own food-truck-based concept. No replacement chef has been named. Savannah Chop House, 32441 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, 949-493-7107.
 

 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Ways & Means Oyster House in Old Town Orange has closed. The restaurant plans to re-open in Newport Beach. Ways & Means Oyster House, 513 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866, no phone.
 
House of Big Fish + Ice Cold Beer in Laguna Beach has closed. The venue closed because the owners of the restaurant decided to concentrate exclusively on their hotel properties. A new restaurant, Big Fish Tavern, has moved into the space. The new venue, which is owned by the same group that owns The Bungalow in Corona Del Mar, has retained a lot of the old restaurant’s seafood-centric menu, which also features an impressive amount of craft beers. House of Big Fish + Ice Cold Beer, 540 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. 200, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone.
 

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