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The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar

31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy., Ste. M (Antonio Pkwy.) Send to Phone
Inland South Orange County jumps into the gastropub scene with this casual venue marked by adventurous food and killer cocktails.

Lunch Sat.-Sun., Dinner Tues.-Sun.
Open late

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The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar Restaurant Review

: Like most inland South Orange County restaurants, this Rancho Santa Margarita gastropub is tucked in a sprawling strip mall. The place’s neighborly motif is marked by warm woods, eclectic music, some lounge-style seating and an outdoor patio that overlooks the adjacent man-made lake. Local folks like to belly up to the lengthy bar and knock back craft cocktails, which were created by mixologist Gabrielle Dion. They also drop by to explore executive chef Karl Pfleider's take on contemporary comfort food. The compact, shared-plates menu is highlighted by dishes that balance simplicity and adventurousness, such as Spanish octopus served with chorizo and Marcona almonds, wild boar meatballs with Japanese curry and crispy parsnip, and seared scallops with chow mein and birds eye chili sauce. Seasonal desserts have included budino with espresso, dark chocolate and sea salt flakes. On weekends, patrons can dig into lunch items like croque madame with house-cured duck prosciutto and chilaquiles with salsa roja and escabeche.


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