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October 2012 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS


Openings

The popular build-your-own-burger concept Slater's 50/50 has unveiled plans to open up its third Orange County location. The restaurant, whose half-beef, half-bacon patty has helped them to develop a strong cult following with their Anaheim Hills and Huntington Beach venues, will roll out a south Orange County location in Lake Forest in early 2013.
 
Burger Parlor, the chef-driven burger joint that developed a cult following last year as a "pop-up" venue, has opened their highly anticipated permanent location in downtown Fullerton. Owner/executive chef Joseph Mahon will be serving up a selection of innovative, artisanal burger creations featuring Angus beef and fresh ingredients, as well as a long list of breakfast cereal-based milkshakes featuring such childhood favorites as Cap'n Crunch and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The venue will also feature salads, and an unpublished "secret" menu. Lunch & Dinner daily. Burger Parlor, 204 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-871-2012.
 

News Bytes

Harvest Menu Items at Haven Gastropub
Haven Gastropub has released a slew of new, seasonal dishes in celebration of the fall harvest. Executive chef Greg Daniels and his team have cobbled together fresh items that aim to highlight locality and the flavors of the season as they push the boundaries of the Orange County culinary envelope. Selected dishes include duck confit salad with Tuscan kale, roasted butternut squash, and pepitas; sugar pumpkin gratin; braised rabbit pappardelle with roasted fall mushrooms; and lamb belly served with spiced rutabaga and harissa. Haven Gastropub, Old Towne Orange, 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866, 714-221-0680.
 
Marché Moderne Celebrates Alsace
South Coast Plaza's Marché Moderne is hosting their annual celebration of the pig and the Alsace region with their Choucroute Alsacienne Dinner. This special menu, available through November 11, not only highlights chef/co-proprietor Florent Marneau's modern take on the classic seasonal dish choucroute (aka sauerkraut), but it also features nine different interpretations of pork, including braised cheek, confit and crispy pig's ears, pork belly and ham hocks. The cost of the meal is $30, excluding tax and gratuity; dinner for two is $55. The meal is available for dinner service only. Marche Moderne, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-434-7900.
 
Raclette Nights at Basilic
The French-Swiss restaurant Basilic Restaurant in Newport Beach's Balboa Island offers a special Raclette Night. Guests can drop by the eatery and enjoy unlimited helpings of chef/owner Bernard Althaus's take on the classic Swiss dish of freshly melted fatty cheese scraped directly off the round and served with boiled potatoes, gherkins, and pickled onions. The cost for this special all-you-can-eat feast is $21.50; a plate of charcuterie can be added for an additional $7. Basilic Restaurant, 217 Marine Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92662, 949-673-0570.
 


Chef Shuffle

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.
 
Raj Dixit is the new executive chef at Stonehill Tavern, Michael Mina's restaurant at The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. Stonehill Tavern, The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-234-3200, 800-722-1543.
 
Seasons 52 in Costa Mesa has announced that Hung Tram has taken over the reins as the venue's executive chef, replacing Tim Kast. Tram comes to the South Coast Plaza-based venue after having spent the last five years as executive chef at La Creperie Café in Long Beach. The position marks a return to Orange County for Tram, who held previous stints in the kitchens of Palm Terrace in the Island Hotel Newport Beach and The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach. Seasons 52, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-437-5252.
 

 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Beach Pit BBQ Old Towne Orange has shuttered. Beach Pit BBQ Old Towne Orange, Old Towne Orange, 128 N. Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866, no phone.
 

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