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Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Menu at Haven Gastropub Brings New Menu Options to O.C. Diners

Orange, CA (June 2010) – Recently featured as one of three gastropubs in the country to rank among “2010’s Best New Gastropubs” by Draft Magazine, Haven Gastropub in Orange has launched a summer menu that is refreshing and stays true to the concept of serving quality “gourmet comfort food.” Executive Chef/Partner, Greg Daniels, is introducing innovative menu items, ranging from beer-battered, lobster-chevre mousse-filled Squash Blossoms to a hearty Chicken n’ Waffles entrée with fried chicken and cornmeal waffles served with housemade hot sauce and bärenjäger maple syrup.

Among Chef Daniels’ menu additions (full menu at

o Chile Relleno – chorizo, rice, pepper jack cheese, pecan crema, roasted corn salad

o Squash Blossoms – lobster-chevre mousse, beer-battered, balsamic reduction, parsley oil, rouille

o Smoked Duck Salad – mesclun, micro herbs & flowers, candied walnuts, toasted walnut oil

o Pulled Pork Sandwich – bbq-infused roll, chipotle aïoli, warm apple-cabbage slaw

o Arctic Char – wilted rainbow swiss chard, russet potato planks, Spanish chorizo dust, crispy fish skin

o Chicken n’ Waffles – fried chicken, cornmeal waffle, haven-made hot sauce, bärenjäger maple syrup (PHOTO ATTACHED)

According to Managing Partner/Beverage Director, Wil Dee, each new menu item can be paired with one of the 14 beers always present on draft or one of more than 60 bottled craft beers. Dee adds that many of the dishes pair nicely with Haven’s selection of unique spirits and worldly wine list, with nearly 50 wines by the glass.

Haven Gastropub’s menu can be found online at

Located in the heart of Historic Old Towne Orange, Haven Gastropub is a unique concept where “pub meets gourmet grub.” Recently named “Best New Gastropub” by Draft Magazine, which touted it as one of three new restaurants across the country that have “breathed new life into the old gastropub concept.” Gastropub, a British term blending gastronomy and pub, sprouted in the 1990s and has seen a revival as the idea behind the concept was to provide a place where friends and family could gather in a warm comfortable setting and enjoy good conversation with quality food and spirited libations. Haven boasts 14 beers on draft and more than 60 bottled craft beers. In addition, Haven serves more than 50 specialty single-malt whiskeys, scotches and bourbons; and a worldly wine list, with nearly 50 wines by the glass. Almost every dish on the menu has a beer or wine pairing suggestion.

The menu, created by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Executive Chef/Partner Greg Daniels, offers a blend of old world European fare with a modern American twist. Under the tutelage of Pascal Olhats of Tradition by Pascal, and then on to Napa Rose with Andrew Sutton, Chef Daniels learned what it means to feed people great food. The result is a refreshing combination of treasured dishes from across the pond fused with familiar stateside staples from the Pulled-Pork Sandwich served on a barbeque sauce-infused roll and pan-seared Hangar Steak with herbed compound butter, to Mac n’ Cheese with black truffles and hearty Chicken n’ Waffles served with housemade hot sauce and bärenjäger maple syrup.

Each menu item is made using farm-to-table fresh ingredients with dishes prepared entirely from scratch, including the award-winning Haven Burger, piled high with roasted red bell peppers, wild arugula, pickled red onions and St. Agur blue cheese; and housemade Salt & Vinegar Chips of red wine vinegar and sea salt and truffle fries served with garlic aïoli dipping sauce or housemade ketchup, also Haven’s own. The affordably priced menu ($5-$20), will also entice with a full selection of delectable desserts, including noteworthy ice creams flavors, including candied bacon, salted caramel and tobacco-infused.

Paired to elevate and complement the overall dining experience, handcrafted microbrews including Belgian varieties are offered alongside a distinct selection of boutique wines, scotches, whiskeys and bourbons. No less than fourteen handcrafted beers flow on regularly rotating taps, including Weihenstephaner Original Lager from the world’s oldest brewery (Est.1040).

Haven Gastropub is located at 190 South Glassell Street in Old Towne Orange. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. Walk-ins welcome. For more information or to make reservations, call 714.221.0680 or visit (on Facebook,

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