Fall for the Flavors of The Public House in Downtown Fullerton

(SoCal Locale was invited as a guest to try the seasonal menu and drink offerings at The Public House and share our thoughts.)

Downtown Fullerton is ripe with amazing bars and eateries, and one such gem is hidden inside an unsuspecting building off of Commonwealth Avenue.  [Read more…]

Discover American Craft at Eureka! in Irvine

Eureka! in Irvine invited my entire family to enjoy dinner with them recently. This highlights our thoughts and experiences, and all opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway.

Eureka Irvine

Eureka! opened its second Orange County location on Monday, October 13, 2014, in Irvine at University Center. If you haven’t heard about or experienced it, it is a small chain of restaurants, mostly in California, that specialized in American cuisine complemented by a carefully curated beverage program featuring 100% American craft beer, small batch whiskey, in-house aging barrels, and specialty cocktails sourced from artisans throughout America.

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While each location is slightly different from the next, there are recurring themes seen in all of them; Great food and drinks with handmade and quality locally sourced ingredients, seasonal offerings, and sense of community and socializing.

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The design of Eureka! Irvine is modern yet industrial with a Zen influence. The main dining room is lit by 32 pendant-hanging lights, with the help of great natural lighting during the day. The al fresco garden patio features fresh herbs and citrus fruits (including a Eureka lemon tree) to be used throughout the extensive bar program, and features a mesmerizing 22-foot infinity pool fountain lit by firestones. The restaurant offers a very social atmosphere with hand-selected music, televised sports and unique weekly events such as Steal the Glass, live music featuring the singer songwriter of the week, and seasonal drink specials.

Eureka Irvine Cocktail

The Moscow Mule is one of many signature cocktails offered at Eureka! Irvine. All of the cocktails are made with handcrafted bitters and simple syrups as well as fresh fruits and herbs.

Eureka Irvine Beers

Eureka Irvine Bar

Eureka! also features 40 specialty craft beers, two wines on tap, and a selection of 40-45 small batch American whiskeys.

Eureka Irvine Braised Riblets

 

Eureka Irvine Truffle Fries

The appetizers at Eureka! Irvine are a great way to start out your meal! The Osso Bucco Riblets are a tender and spicy alternative to a classic bar food like buffalo wings, and the Truffle Cheese Fries are full of flavor. Other great starters include Steamers, Shishito Peppers, Nacho Average Nachos, and Seasonal Pacific White Fish Tacos. A popular choice on the appetizer menu are the Lollipop Corn Dogs, featuring Polish sausage in a sweet corn batter, and served with spicy porter mustard, homemade ketchup, and ranch.

Eureka Irvine Kids Menu

Eureka Irvine Kids Appetizer

Eureka Irvine Kids Burger

Eureka! Irvine is great for families as well. Their kids’ menu offers great quality items for the littlest foodies. Children get their own complimentary appetizer plate with fresh watermelon and avocado. Their kid-friendly entrees are just as carefully crafted and great-tasting as their adult counterparts.

Eureka Irvine Bison Burger
Eureka Irvine Bone Marrow Burger

Eureka! offers many great entree choices, but they excel in burgers. From simple creations like the Original Eureka! Burger to more complex ones like the Catalina Bison Burger or the Bone Marrow Burger, each one is carefully put together and cooked to perfection.

Eureka Irvine Dessert

Eureka Irvine Root Beer Float

And of course there’s the decadent desserts. Whether you opt for the amazingly rich Chocolate Espresso Soufflé Coffee Cup Cake 0r Butterscotch Rum Pudding, or something a little lighter like the Rootbeer Float, your sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied.

Eureka! Irvine is open 11:00 AM to Midnight,  Monday through Saturday, and  10:00 AM to Midnight on Sunday, and is located at 4143 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA 92612. For more info, go to http://www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com/ or check out Eureka! Irvine on Facebook or Twitter!

The Burnt Truck: Creative Sliders and More

The Burnt Truck invited us to have lunch with them recently. We really enjoyed trying some of their tasty offerings and are excited to share our thoughts.

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Food trucks are plentiful in Southern California. Almost any day of the week you can find a truck – or gathering of trucks – to eat at. Some are okay and easily forgettable. Others stand out among the rest and are the kind of trucks that you seek out as often as possible. For me, The Burnt Truck is one of those.

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If you’ve never heard of The Burnt Truck, you might think, “Burnt? That doesn’t sound good.” Thankfully, their food is perfectly cooked and prepared every time. The Burnt Truck’s mission statement is to “bring distinctively upscale taste to the streets of Orange County without all the fuss and nonsense of a high-end restaurant.” They also leave off the big price tag too. For less than $10 you can get two sliders, a side and a drink.

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The Burnt Truck is known for their sliders. They have put together some amazing delicious creations on their rotating menu. While the classics like the Cheeseburger or Fried Chicken sliders are always a safe bet, you’ll really be wowed by some of their more interesting combinations like the Meatloaf Slider, (Baked Potato Spread, Meatloaf, Ketchup Glaze, Buttermilk Onion Rings) and the Vegetarian Slider (Fried Mozzarella Cheese, Basil Aioli, Tomato Jam.) And for the ultimate in slider awesomeness, just get yourself a PB&J made with their very own pretzel peanut butter.

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Whatever your taste, they have something you’ll love on The Burnt Truck.

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Check out their full menu and weekly schedule on The Burnt Truck website, and keep up with them on Twitter & Instagram. Can’t get enough of them? Stay tuned for the opening of their upcoming restaurant collab with the folks at Dogzilla – It’s called Burntzilla!

A Perfect Picnic – Sessions West Coast Deli in Newport Beach

Sessions counter

If you were just thinking, “I need a really amazing sandwich in my life right now,” then Sessions West Coast Deli is where you need to go. Tucked away in the Newport Beach Peninsula, just down the street from Balboa Pier, Sessions is a sandwich-lover’s heaven.

Featuring freshly baked bread, locally grown vegetables and top quality meats, Sessions bring a gourmet feel to the simplest, yet perfectly complete meal – the sandwich. Their menu features 20 hot and cold sandwiches, housemade sauces with a variety of mouthwatering sides, salads, and soups prepared daily. There’s also a weekly special posted inside, so there’s no way you can ever be bored with the offerings.

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Each menu item has been carefully crafted to bring together amazing flavors. Although some combinations may sound weird, they come together in a beautiful way. Even the side dishes delight. The Shaka Spuds – fresh potato chips tossed with rosemary, sage, sea salt, and parmesan cheese – are a must-have with your meal.

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The cucumber salad is a salty-sweet medley of the freshest veggies and herbs.

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The Meddock Melee sandwich is named after owner Matt Meddock. It is kind of a grown-up version of a turkey and guacamole sandwich.

Meddock Melee

And while there are many places to get a Banh Mi in Orange County, none offer the kind of atmosphere that Sessions does.

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You can enjoy your meal inside while watching surfing videos and listening to a soundtrack of bands such as Phoenix and MGMT, or you can take it down to the beach and enjoy it with a great view of the waves.

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Right now, Sessions is offering a great end of Summer deal.

From Aug. 25 through Aug. 29, Sessions West Coast Deli will offer a “Last Week of Summer Sandwich Special” beach picnic basket for $35 (a retail value $75), to serve four people. Surfers as well as grab-and-go sunbathers have made Session Sandwiches a locals’ favorite, with the restaurant’s unique combinations of flavors, highest quality meats on the market, farm-fresh produce and preservative-free bread baked fresh and delivered daily.

The beach picnic basket features many fan favorites including:

  • Meddock Melee sandwich
  • Summer Zephyr sandwich
  • Greatfella sandwich
  • Pirate Coast sandwich
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Shaka Spuds
  • Any four fountain drinks

Learn more about these menu items at http://sessionssandwiches.com/index.php/menu.

Sessions is located at:

2823 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663

Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Call 949-220-9001 to place your order!

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Luna Grill Huntington Beach Grand Opening

Luna Grill offers healthy and delicious Mediterranean food in Southern California. They specialize in great gyros and mouthwatering meat kabobs.  Everything on the menu is freshly made and delicious.

Their creamy hummus is served with warm pita slices…

Luna Grill Hummus

Their salads are light and fresh and full of flavor…

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Their wraps are packed full of tender meat…

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Speaking of meat. They’ve got pretty much any kind you want.

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The new Huntington Beach location openend up its doors a few weeks ago, but will be having their grand opening celebration this Saturday at 11 AM! Anyone is welcome to come by and join the fun. There will be samples of some of their great menu items, raffles, music, and lots of kid-friendly fun as well. The new location is at 7511 Edinger Avenue, in Huntington Beach, CA. Check out the flyer below for more information!

Luna Grill Huntington Beach

 

 

Soul Food Has Come To South Orange County – And It’s All You Can Eat

Celebrity Soul Food is now serving up heaping helpings of favorite Soul Food dishes in Lake Forest, California. On July 14th, 2014 they opened their doors to a bunch of very hungry Orange County residents. Mayor Dwight Robinson, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and other Lake Forest City officials came out to support the grand opening and be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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There were some real celebrities in attendance too. Bishop Donnie Williams, Karate Grandmaster and Co-founder of the Black Karate Federation showed up for some good eats. He enjoyed them in the Donnie Williams Hall of Champions Banquet Room, which was dedicated to him at the grand opening celebration.

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Donnie Williams Hall of Champions

The folks behind this restaurant have a long history of making good-tasting food, starting with the tried and true family recipes passed down by the owner’s grandmother. They pride themselves on making every dish from scratch, and you can tell when you taste it. The owners of Celebrity Soul Food have been catering to famous folks for years, but to them every single customer is a star. And they’ll treat you like one. From a single lunch guest to a big party in one of banquet rooms, the friendly staff will give make sure each guest has a great experience.

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Celebrity Soul Food is a buffet-style eatery. With three hot bars and one cold bar they have a wide variety of dishes to choose from. If you’re in a hurry, they have take-out available – you can order different dishes À la carte, or you can fill up a container from the buffet and pay by the pound.

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The amazing owners, staff, and team of chefs are happy to do more than just fill up the buffet. If you have special requests or dietary restrictions, they will do their very best to accommodate you. Just call ahead at (844) 628-3492, and let them know what you need. How many buffet restaurants give you that kind of service? This is just one of the many ways that Celebrity Soul Food Buffet excels.

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The dishes served at Celebrity Soul Food are thoughtfully crafted and taste excellent. Both the hot and cold items offer a great variety of Southern delicacies. Each day they have a different specialty, which you can find on their menu. But no matter what day you go in you’ll find an amazing array of tasty items.

Like sweet and delicious cornbread muffins…

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Crispy fried chicken and cheesy broccoli casserole…

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Fried okra with a kick and gooey mac and cheese…

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Tender greens, perfectly seasoned…

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Melt in your mouth slow cooked pulled pork…

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Fresh salad bar items…

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And even a waffle station to take your meal to the next level!

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Hungry yet? Celebrity Soul Food is located at 24416 Muirlands Boulevard in Lake Forest, CA. They’ll be waiting for you with a smile!

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