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Orange County (CA) Restaurant News & Culinary Events

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 NEW RESTAURANTS IN ORANGE COUNTY 

Bronze Quail has opened, replacing Journeyman Food + Drink as the flagship culinary venue at The Fullerton Hotel. Executive chef Mark Piepkorn oversees a California-inspired progressive contemporary fare marked by an adventurous streak. Guests can expect to see dishes including roasted squash with goat’s milk yogurt, chicory and béarnaise ice cream; savory lava cake with smoked alligator, parsnip silk and duck heart sprinkles; and vintage beef rib-eye with potato trifle and blue cheese. An innovative bar program highlights more than 30 signature drinks. Bronze Quail, The Hotel Fullerton, 1500 S. Raymond Ave., Fullerton, CA 92831, 714-635-9025.
 
Khan Saab, a Desi restaurant featuring an entirely halal menu, has opened its doors in downtown Fullerton. It is the brainchild of chef Imran Ali Mookhi, who previously honed his craft at such Southern California establishments as Tantra on Sunset, Tamarind of London, and Tumbi. Guests can explore a mélange of elevated dishes from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In keeping with halal tradition, the restaurant will refrain from serving alcoholic beverages but will offer a wide array of carefully created mocktails. Khan Saab, 229 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-853-1081.
 
Fullerton restaurant Stubrik's Steakhouse & Bar has announced plans for a second location. The new space will be situated in Orange, in close proximity to the famed traffic circle that anchors the city’s Old Towne Orange neighborhood. It is slated to open in winter 2020.
 
Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge is the Rancho Mission Viejo restaurant that aims to merge East Coast classics with West Coast sensibilities. The elevated comfort cuisine featured at this family-run venue is overseen by executive chef and East Coast native Paige Riordan, who was previously at Reynard in Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel. Guests can expect a slew of approachable dishes featuring unique twists, such as beet tartare with cashew crema, pork and lamb ragoût with pappardelle, and Reuben tacos. Also offered up are an array of speakeasy era cocktails and an all-California beer and wine list. Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge, 30865 Gateway Pl., Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694, 949-503-3086.
 
Little Onion, the Mexican restaurant located near the confluence of the Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Irvine borders, has opened up a second location. Fully ensconced in Irvine, the new space is a touch brighter than the original locale, which has been on Santa Ana’s corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Main Street since 1972. It also features a few standalone items in addition to the expected array of tacos and classic combo plates, including grilled prime pork chop in mole negro and fresh grilled mahi mahi served with serrano chile salsa. Guests can also imbibe several versions of margaritas and other cocktails. Little Onion, 14429 Culver Dr., Irvine, CA 92604, 949-316-4600.
 
Collage, a 16,000-square-foot food hall to be housed in the space formerly occupied by Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza and Holsteins Shakes and Buns, is slated to open in spring 2020. The venue will be anchored by the first U.S. location of Paradise Dynasty, the dumpling restaurant based in Singapore. Collage, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 

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 ORANGE COUNTY FOOD EVENTS 

March 8-14
Orange County Restaurant Week takes place from March 8-14, 2020. This event offers diners the opportunity to indulge in specially priced menus from a variety of area restaurants. Meals are available in various price categories: $10-$25 for lunch and $25-$50 for dinner. For more information, visit the official website
 
Masters of Taste will return on April 5, 2020 (Photo courtesy of Masters of Taste) April 5
Masters of Taste outdoor food and beverage festival will return to the Rose Bowl Stadium at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. start for VIP ticketholders). Enjoy fare from chefs and restaurants, including host chef Vanda Asapahu (Ayara Thai Cuisine), along with cocktails and tastings from bars, wineries and local craft breweries. Early bird pricing is $89 for general admission and $149 for VIP admission. Proceeds will benefit Union Station Homeless Services. For more information, visit the official website
 
August 28-29
The California Wine Festival returns to Dana Point with two distinct events. Guests attending the Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting at Laguna Cliffs Marriott on August 28 will get the opportunity to enjoy hard-to-secure sips from several of California’s top wineries. Attendees at the Beachside Wine Festival on August 29 will have the chance to taste a wide range of wines and regional craft beers against the palm tree-dotted ocean backdrop of Lantern Bay Park. Local restaurants will serve bites to pair with the wines; participants include Trevor’s At The Tracks, K’ya Bistro, Gemmell’s and Mozambique. Visit here for more information, including ticket prices. Laguna Cliffs Marriott, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949-661-5000; Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point.
 



  ONGOING EVENTS 

Monthly
Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens hosts a Meet the Makers dinner series, a monthly gathering that aims to celebrate local food and drink purveyors. Guests will have the chance to meet a rotating list of winemakers, farmers, distillers, fishermen and other innovators connected with the industry. Executive chef Rich Mead will also prepare a special beverage-pairing small plates menu that will highlight the purveyors’ handiwork. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website. Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens, Roger's Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, 949-640-1415.
 
Nightly
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach offers a dining option dubbed the Chef’s Tasting Experience. Chef-partner Kevin Monahan, who honed his skills under José Andrés at The Bazaar by José Andrés in Los Angeles, creates a monthly-changing menu featuring dishes and preparations that are unique from the regular menu, yet comfortably reside within the venue’s steakhouse milieu. The menu consists of soup or salad, two entrées and a side. Cost is $75 per guest, excluding tax and gratuity. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Fashion Island, 455 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-720-9633.
 
Wednesdays
EATS Kitchen & Bar offers an All You Can Eat mussels special on Wednesdays. Guests that show up at the Hotel Irvine’s flagship restaurant can indulge in as many locally sourced mussels as they’d like to enjoy for $12. The offer may not be combined with any other offer or promotion. Visit here for more details. Eats Kitchen & Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92614, 949-230-4452.
 



 NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Masters of Taste will return on April 5, 2020 (Photo courtesy of Masters of Taste) Return of Masters of Taste on April 5
Masters of Taste outdoor food and beverage festival will return to the Rose Bowl Stadium at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. start for VIP ticketholders). Enjoy fare from chefs and restaurants, including host chef Vanda Asapahu (Ayara Thai Cuisine), along with cocktails and tastings from bars, wineries and local craft breweries. Early bird pricing is $89 for general admission and $149 for VIP admission. Proceeds will benefit Union Station Homeless Services. For more information, visit the official website
 
AYCE Mussels on Wednesdays
EATS Kitchen & Bar offers an All You Can Eat mussels special on Wednesdays. Guests that show up at the Hotel Irvine’s flagship restaurant can indulge in as many locally sourced mussels as they’d like to enjoy for $12. The offer may not be combined with any other offer or promotion. Visit here for more details. Eats Kitchen & Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92614, 949-230-4452.
 



 UPDATES ON ORANGE COUNTY CHEFS 

Chris Tzorin has stepped away from the executive chef position at Oak Laguna Beach. Tzorin had been with the restaurant since its opening in 2017. Chris Mahler, whose previous Orange County work includes stints at Vaca and Marché Moderne, has taken over the executive chef role. Oak Laguna Beach, 1100 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. 202, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-940-3010.
 



 ORANGE COUNTY RESTAURANT CLOSINGS 

Tackle Box in Costa Mesa has closed. No reason was given for the closure of the casual venue, which opened within the city’s hip SOCO dining and retail complex in 2018. No replacement venue has been announced. Tackle Box, SOCO, 3321 Hyland Ave., Ste. E, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 
Curry House in Cypress has closed. The shuttering coincides with the closing of the chain restaurant’s eight other Los Angeles County-based locations. The Japanese-American venue had built a dedicated following by offering a menu stocked with various curries and other options such as spaghetti and meatballs. Curry House, 10953 Meridien Dr., Cypress, CA 90630, no phone.
 
Ocean at Main has closed Ocean at Main, the downtown Laguna Beach venue owned and operated by former Studio executive chef Craig Strong, closed its doors on February 5. The restaurant had just recently celebrated its one year anniversary. No replacement has been announced. Ocean at Main, 222 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone.
 
Saint Marc, the restaurant/food shop in Huntington Beach’s Pacific City shopping center, has closed. No replacement venue for the abdicated space has been announced. Saint Marc, 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, no phone.
 
Ways & Means Oyster House has shuttered. Its closure in Huntington Beach’s Pacific City shopping center marks the second time the venue has closed in Orange County. Prior to the Huntington Beach locale, it had operated in the city of Orange, just east of the Old Towne Orange traffic circle. No replacement venue has been announced. Ways & Means Oyster House, Pacific City, 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, no phone.
 
Citizen Kitchen in The Hotel Fullerton has shuttered. Casual ramen venue Sakura will occupy the space. The change completes the culinary overhaul for the property that began with the transition of Journeyman’s Food + Drink to Bronze Quail. Citizen Kitchen, The Hotel Fullerton, 1500 S. Raymond Ave., Fullerton, CA 92831, no phone.
 



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