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February 2019 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS


Openings

OmG - Omakase by Gino is now open in downtown Santa Ana. The tiny 10-seat venue is the brainchild of owner/chef Gino Choi, whose sushi skills cultivated a cult following in north Orange County. The restaurant offers two nightly seatings and features a daily changing omakase (chef’s choice) tasting menu featuring fish flown in daily from Tokyo’s prestigious Toyosu Fish Market (formerly Tsukiji Fish Market). Guests can augment the intimate-by-design dining experience with an array of beers, wines and sakés. Dinner nightly. OmG - Omakase by Gino, 304 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92701, 657-231-6008.
 

News Bytes

OC Restaurant Week Returns March 3-9, 2019
Orange County Restaurant Week returns to highlight the county’s diverse dining scene March 3-9, 2019. Now in its 11th year, the week sees 125 restaurants spread throughout Orange County dishing up special prix-fixe multi-course menus designed to encourage patrons to explore new avenues of local culinary expression. Participating restaurants include Angelina's Pizzeria Napoletana, Bluegold, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Juliette Kitchen and Bar and Pizzeria Mozza. Prix-fixe lunch menus range from $10-$25, and prix-fixe dinner menus range from $20-$50. For more information, please visit the official website.
 
Cheese Takeovers continue at SideDoor Cheese Takeovers Continue at SideDoor
SideDoor's monthly Cheese Takeovers continue the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. with artisanal cheeses from boutique creameries in California and beyond. Cheesemonger Tracy Nelsen will be on hand to educate guests. The featured cheeses will also find their way into select SideDoor menu items for that evening only. Upcoming events include February 20th (English Cheeses), March 20th (Hook’s Cheese, Mineral Pt., WI) and April 17th (Pennyroyal Farm, Boonville, CA). A five-piece cheese board costs $28. SideDoor, Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, 949-717-4322.
 


Chef Shuffle

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Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Orange County to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Aqua, R.I.P.

Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach is temporarily closed. Chefs Maro Molteni and Martin Molteni have taken over the tiki-themed restaurant and are updating the decor and menu. Royal Hawaiian, 331 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-1470.
 
Bonefish Grill at Tustin Market Place has shuttered. No reason was given for the closure of the seafood restaurant, which debuted there with a good amount of fanfare in 2013. No replacement dining venue has been appointed to the space. Bonefish Grill, Tustin Market Place, 3040 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782, no phone.
 
McCormick & Schmick’s, the longstanding seafood restaurant in Irvine’s original business district, has closed its doors. No reason was given for its shuttering. No plans for the now-abdicated space have been revealed. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood, 2000 Main St., Irvine, CA 92614, no phone.
 

CULINARY EVENTS
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