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Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Saturday, August 28th at the Honda Center of Anaheim

Anaheim, Calif. – This week, the official food truck meeting took place to lock down the 50 gourmet food trucks participating in the upcoming OC Foodie Fest. The outdoor festival is the first of its kind in Orange County, bringing together 50 of the best local gourmet food trucks to one central location at the Honda Center in Anaheim on August 28th. The one-day event will be the ultimate foodie destination, featuring the best in popular mobile eats with a diverse roster of traditional and fusion cuisines, combined with a unique forum to showcase local entertainment & shopping to help support local charities.

The official 50 food truck list can be seen below, along with Web site and cuisine type details.

For more information about the festival, please visit:!

Twitter: @OCFoodieFest

This is how we roll...

Featured Food Truck Partners:

TacoDawg, Ludo Truck and Cart For A Cause.

VIP Area - Food Truck Sponsors:

Dogzilla, Get Shaved, Komodo, Piaggio, TacoDawg, Sweet Trucks and White Rabbit Truck.

The 50 Food Trucks:

Barbie’s Q
Barcelona on the Go
Buttermilk Truck
Calbi BBQ
Cart for a Cause
Cool Haus
Crepes Bonaparte
Dim Sum Truck
Dogzilla Hot Dogs || VIP Area Food Truck Sponsor||
Don Chow Tacos
Dos Chinos
Dumpling Station
Fishlips Sushi
Flying Pig Truck
Fresh Fries LA
Get Shaved || VIP Area – Food Truck Sponsor||
Great Balls on Tires
Green Truck
India Jones
Komodo || VIP Area Food Truck Sponsor||
Kona Ice Beach Cities
Longboard’s Ice Cream
Louk’s To Go
Maui Wowie
Morsels Baking Company
My Kabob Express
NaNa Queens
Nom Nom Truck
Oh For Sweet’s Sake
Piaggio on Wheels || VIP Area – Food Truck Sponsor||
Ta Bom
Taco Dawg || VIP Area – Food Truck Sponsor||
Tasty Meat!
The Gastrobus
The Lime Truck
The Manila Machine
The Place LA
The Shrimp Guys
The Sweets Truck || VIP Area - Food Truck Sponsor||
Tropical Shave Ice
Uncle Lau’s BBQ
Vizzi Truck
White Rabbit Truck || VIP Area Food Truck Sponsor||
World Fare



The OC Foodie Fest is a partnership between Taco Dawg LLC &, brought to you by the Orange County Register to celebrate the love of food and its power to bring the community together. The one-day event is the ultimate foodie destination, featuring the best in popular eats combined with a unique forum to showcase local entertainment & shopping, all to help support charities including Pretend City Children’s Museum, Child S.H.A.R.E. and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. The inaugural event will kick-off at one of Orange County’s well-known locations, the Honda Center in Anaheim.


Taco Dawg LLC is Orange County's original mobile restaurant, promoting the exposure of the gourmet food truck movement through creative events and opportunities. The Taco Dawg truck brings eager foodies a fusion of innovative tacos and hot dogs with a simple belief that food isn't complicated. Owner James Foxall James Foxall (CEO) has been an OC resident for the past 10 years since getting out of the armed forces (USMC), he too has been an active member of both the Orange County and Costa Mesa communities. James has spent time as a Senator’s intern and field representative (Dick Ackerman) public relations for the transportation corridor agency (The Toll Roads) and as a sales manager for Encore Credit Corporation currently he is a member of the Costa Mesa Child Care and Youth Services Committee (CCYSC) and sits on the board of Choosing Balance, a non-profit that has ran business, fitness, mentoring, and community service programs with Estancia HS, Back Bay HS, Costa Mesa Public Library, and the city of Costa Mesa.

ABOUT OCFOODIES.COM was created by the OC Restaurant Association, Inc. as a place to discuss all things delicious in Orange County, California. This engaging online community keeps more than 30,000 visitors per month in the know on all things food. OCfoodies covers food news, menus, local food events, recipes, happy hours and everything in between while allowing everyone to be a part of the community and share their thoughts and opinions. To stay in the know on the Orange County Food Scene is where its at.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Joey's Smokin' BBQ Reopens at The Market Place


Tustin, California, July 26, 2010 – Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ, a Memphis-style barbeque restaurant specializing in authentic southern recipes with a Southern California taste, has re-opened under new ownership on the Tustin side of The Market Place. Joey’s is known for its award-winning baby back ribs, slowly smoked brisket, pulled-pork and chicken.

The Market Place location offers a full menu of Joey’s favorites. Barbeque lovers can enjoy signature items including their award-winning baby back ribs, barbecued chicken, brisket and flat iron steak sandwiches, hamburgers, and the alluring Smokin' Cobb salad, with moist pulled pork and barbecued chicken. Meats and sides, like sweet-potato fries, barbequed beans, onion rings or hush puppies are available a la carte as well.

In the spirit and culture of fresh Memphis-style barbeque, all hamburger meat and ribs derive from 100% snake-river Kobe beef and the chicken is hand-pulled to provide guaranteed quality and satisfaction. A variety of dry rubs and sauces are made from secret family recipes and are available at the condiment bar. Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ also serves beer on tap along with house wines, and features nightly happy hour pricing.

Joey’s menu includes family packs as well as kids’ meals, and also offers take-out and catering services. Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The restaurant is located near the Edwards 6/ Tustin at 2933 El Camino Real, and can be reached at (714) 544-4106.
The Market Place, owned by Irvine Company, is located off the Santa Ana (5) Freeway and Jamboree Road in Irvine and Tustin. The Market Place offers

1.6 million square feet of more than 120 shopping and dining choices. For more information, visit

Irvine Company is a privately held company based in Newport Beach, California. The company’s retail portfolio includes Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center, The Market Place and 36 neighborhood and community centers.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

National Tequila Day at SOL with Penny Snifters of Tequila | July 24

SOL Cocina celebrates National Tequila Day July 24 with a deal “cent” from above: penny snifters of tequila!

With more than 60 artisan tequilas behind its bar, Newport Beach hotspot SOL is offering guests a snifter of their choice of any blanco/silver tequila valued at $10 or less. This promotion is available from 10 a.m. till midnight (limit one snifter per person), so come show your appreciation for tequila in SOL’s vibrant bar/lounge – an escape to a place where troubles are effortlessly forgotten, and – on Saturday, July 24 – the tequilas are heaven “cent.” For more information, please call (949) 675-9800 or visit

Friday, July 23, 2010


SOL Cocina expands SOL Catering with the addition of new full-service dockside catering

NEWPORT BEACH, JULY 2010 – Since opening last summer, SOL has developed a sophisticated catering program that ranges from corporate dinners and luncheons, to intimate cocktail receptions and large-scale galas – both in-house and off-site. Now, with Executive Chef Deborah Schneider at the helm, SOL is delivering unforgettable experiences to guests docked at their Balboa Marina location with the launch of “Dock n’ Dine,” a full-service dockside dining experience.

“SOL’s location at the Balboa Marina is prime docking for those looking for the perfect ambiance to enjoy a sunny afternoon or a scenic nightscape,” said Rich Howland, Operating Partner of SOL Cocina. “With the many boats visiting our docks throughout the week, it only seemed natural to want to tend to their needs by offering catered dockside service, complete with beer, wine and SOL’s fresh margarita kit, created to tranform a novice bartender into a SOL-worthy mixologist!”

An extension of SOL Catering, “Dock n’ Dine” stays true to the restaurant’s dining room experience, by offering five different tasting menu packages that take an eclectic twist on traditional Baja, ranging from the AZUL, priced at $75 for a group of six, to the TACOS SOL, priced at $150 for a group of up to 10. The latter is the most extravagant, featuring a variety of SOL favorites, including Grilled Carne Asada, Kurobuta Pork Carnitas, Lemon-Garlic Chicken, Grilled Fish Zarandeado and Carne Asada Tacos Vampiros. The menu includes SOL’s signature salsas, guacamole and Borracho black beans with cotixa cheese, served with crispy tostadas and warm corn tortillas. In addition to the set menus, guests may add on a number of a la carte options.

“The Dock n’ Dine menus were developed for those looking for a little excitement with sumptuous fare without any hassle,” added Deborah Schneider, Executive Chef & Partner at SOL Cocina. “I created each of these unique menus, offering a variety of options, to provide more than just a snack or light meal, but an experience that guests will not soon forget.”

SOL Catering offers the guest a variety of options with three lunch menus priced at $15 to $25 per person, and four dinner menus priced from $28 to $58 per person. Those interested in a more relaxed event that allows guests to indulge as they mingle may be interested in tray-passed appetizers, offered for two hours at $20 per person (3 trays) or $30 per person (4 trays), which averages approx. 16 pieces per person. One hour of tray-passed appetizers can be added to any dinner menu for $14 per person.

For the more adventurous, Chef Schneider has created four tasting menus that take an eclectic twist on traditional Baja, ranging from the EL SOL, priced at $28 per person, to the LA ESTRELLA, priced at $85 per person. The latter is the most extravagant, featuring eight tasting courses that include dishes such as a Salmon Ceviche & Beef Apache Duo, Pan-Roasted Duck Breast and Grilled Kobe Steak.

For more information on SOL Catering, Dock n' Dine & full menus, call 949.675.9800.

For the most spirited, SOL is proud to host customized private tequila tastings with more than 60 tequilas to consider. All private events have the option of a private bar with dedicated bartender, and all events allow for custom beverage options that can be as simple or as varied as is required.

In-house capacity for seated private dining is 35 guests, while tray-passed mixers can accommodate up to 50 guests. For more information on SOL Catering, guests should contact SOL at 949-675-9800 or

SOL Cocina is a unique restaurant and bar celebrating traditional Baja cuisine with a fresh, modern interpretation. Designed to echo the expansive sea, sky, and desert of the Baja peninsula, SOL features old world charm juxtaposed with an urban comfort, including an open exhibition kitchen with counter seating for guests who like to see the bustling kitchen that mimics the Baja taco bar. SOL offers a decadent menu of the freshest seasonal ingredients and authentic Mexican flavors, along with a vibrant bar that honors the flavors of the Baja region with artisan tequilas and mezcals.

Located at 251 E. Pacific Coast Highway at the Balboa Marina, SOL is open daily for Lunch (11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), Dinner (Mon-Wed 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Thurs-Sun 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.), Happy Hour (3 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily; bar open till 2 a.m. daily), Late-Night Dining (11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Thurs-Sat), and Weekend Brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday). Private Room available.

For more information, call 949.675.9800 or visit

Thursday, July 22, 2010


This summer, meet your match in the RA.

WHO: RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Tustin, the chic upbeat, unconventional sushi bar best known for successfully combining distinctive sushi with a trendy, hip atmosphere.

WHAT: Looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right? What about Mr. or Mrs. Right Now? At RA Sushi’s 2nd Annual Meet Market mixer you may find your match. Join us in the RA as we celebrate summer and singles. Sweet talk over food and sushi specials or if you’re feeling a bit shy, head over to the bar for a little liquid courage, featuring signature sips before scouting out your “meet.” Whether a match is made or not, singles will mingle to the mixed tracks of DJ Richard Rocka and may enter the date night raffle to win the perfect night out. Guests will receive a raffle ticket any time a specialty item is ordered and the first 25 to RSVP on Facebook will also receive a raffle ticket. Round up your single friends, rehearse your best pick up line and bring your appetite for love and sushi to RA Sushi in Tustin.

Food Specials:
$5 Kiss Me Please Peas (Garlic Edamame)
$6 Summer Lovin’ Roll (Tootsy Maki)
$7 Ménage à Trois (Tuna, Salmon, and Yellowtail tapas)

Drink Specials:
$4 Kirin Drafts
$6 Love Potion #9
$6 Blueberry Libido Mojito
$10 Shiso Naughty
$10 Bubbletini

WHEN: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 from 7:30PM – 11:00PM

WHERE: RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Tustin

The District at Tustin Legacy
2401 Park Avenue in Tustin, CA 92782

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cooking Demonstration and Book Signing with Andrea Robinson

Andrea Robinson, nationally acclaimed wine expert, author and television star.

Andrea will pour forth a lesson on the basics of proper food and wine partners while she shares some of her favorite recipes for you to sample. This Master Sommelier and Chef will also introduce her new stemware collection - “The One”™ - which is available at Macy’s and is a line created to take the guesswork out of choosing the proper wine glass. Customers making a purchase of The One™ stemware the day of the event will receive a complimentary copy of Andrea’s 2010 Wine Buying Guide for Everyone.

Following the cooking demonstration, Andrea will be available to meet and greet customers and sign copies of cookbook purchases made the day of the event. Andrea’s latest cookbook, Great Wine Made Simple, will be available for purchase the day of the event.

The event is free. Seating is limited. Please call 1-877-884-3751 to reserve a space. For more information, visit

Friday, July 30, 2010
6:30 PM

Macy’s South Coast Plaza
Home Store
Level One
3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

About Andrea Robinson
Andrea Robinson is one of only 16 women in the world to hold the title of Master Sommelier and the first woman to be awarded Best Sommelier in America. A three-time James Beard award winner, she is the author of five books on wine and food, including Everyday Dining with Wine and Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier. Her television credits include Simply Wine and Pairings with Andrea on Fine Living Network, and her current show Local Flavor on Delta Air Lines, for whom she serves as Master Sommelier. Andrea is set to roll out her new stemware line, The One™, at Macy’s and other retailers.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Kitchen Nightmares" seeks LA and OC area restaurants to be on the show!!!

FOX's hit show "KITCHEN NIGHTMARES" wants to hear from ORANGE COUNTY!

Are you trying to make some green, but still running in the red?

Is your food not the best it should be?

Or maybe you have a great location, but it doesn’t seem to bring in many customers?

Call or Email for Information:

Toll Free: 866-226-2226

Download application or apply online at:

Additionally, we're accepting nominations for restaurants from the general eating populace. Here's a blurb about the nomination process:

"Gordon Ramsay needs your help finding his next Kitchen Nightmare!

Has your favorite restaurant gone bad? Have you tried a new eatery only to discover it doesn't cut the mustard? If so, we need your nomination! FOX's hit show, Kitchen Nightmares is currently searching for new restaurants to be featured in the upcoming season. If you know of a restaurant that desperately needs expert guidance, we want to know about it! Send us the restaurant's name, location and a brief description why you think Gordon Ramsay should take over.

e-mail us at: or call the hotline with info 1-866-226-2226."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Melting Pot Hosts "Sassy Sundresses and Sangria"


ORANGE COUNTY, CA—The Melting Pot is pleased to host “Sassy Sundresses and Sangria” as part of its popular Girls’ Night Out event, held on the last Tuesday of each month at all three locations: Brea, Irvine and San Clemente. “Sassy Sundresses and Sangria” will feature four courses of savory and sweet fondue for $28 per person. Ladies are encouraged to doll up with their girlfriends to enjoy a summer evening out. The evening’s cocktail specials include $6 red or white sangria by the glass and $6 X-Rated Fusion Liqueur martinis. The evening will also feature a classic hot rod car display at each location and a $1 raffle, featuring Sangria Gift Basket, Beach-Ready Goody Tote, Martini Gift Basket, and grand prize of a hair and makeup photoshoot with Pussycat Pinup Photography Studio Guests may purchase a raffle ticket for $1 or receive a free raffle ticket with every feature drink purchase. The Melting Pot San Clemente is located at 647 Camino de Los Mares, Ste. 126, San Clemente, CA 92673 and reservations can be made by calling (949) 661-1966 and in Brea at 375 w. Birch St. Brea, CA 92821 and reservations can be made by calling (714) 671-6000.

Girls’ Night Out is $28 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and features a four- course menu that includes your choice of savory cheese fondue; festive salads; and entrées such as filet mignon, chicken breast, fresh seasonal fish, tiger shrimp and teriyaki sirloin. Afterward, guests can indulge in their favorite milk-, dark- or white-chocolate fondue.

“Summer is the perfect time for ladies to get together and create new memories,” explained Dana Robertson, Director of Operations. “If you’re looking for a reason to ‘glam up’ and enjoy a dining experience that includes a fun and exciting atmosphere and great food then you’ve come to the right place!”

The Girls’ Night Out special is not valid with any other discount. Price is per person and cannot be split/shared.

The Melting Pot is an award-winning fondue eatery that has catered to guests who like to “dip into something different” for nearly five years. The restaurant combines state-of-the art cooking with ambrosial cheeses and a variety of savory seasoned bouillon broths for dipping a wide array of entrées such as fresh beef, lobster, shrimp, pork, poultry, tofu and gourmet vegetables. Guests with a sweet tooth will most certainly enjoy The Melting Pot’s delicious selection of specialty chocolate fondues. Round out the evening with a glass of wine from their award-winning wine list or try one of their popular creative martinis. Separate dining areas are available for large parties. The Melting Pot offers three locations in Orange County: Irvine, San Clemente and Brea. The Melting Pot San Clemente is located at 647 Camino de los Mares, (949) 661-1966, The Melting Pot Irvine is located at 2646 Dupont Dr., (949) 955-3242 and The Melting Pot Brea is located at 375 W. Birch St. (714) 671-6000. Reservations are not required, but recommended. Visit our website at location).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Brea Restaurants Team Up To Host VIP Dinner For Symphony On Birch Street

ORANGE COUNTY, CA) – Enjoy the summer nights with festive music, savory food, and sultry wine at Symphony on Birch Street, this month in Brea Downtown. The restaurants located on Birch Street have teamed up with Brea Downtown restaurants for this free summer family event. Participating restaurants such as Cha Cha’s, Entourage, The Melting Pot and Sam’s Place, will offer three courses of savory cuisine, wine, and VIP section tickets to view performances by The Orange County Symphony. The Orange County Symphony, under the direction of Music Director/Conductor Anthony Parnther, will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 27 through July 29th, 2010.

The Melting Pot’s VIP ticket package will include aromatic cheese fondue, zesty salad and choice of entrée with a half bottle of wine and VIP section tickets for $60 per couple.
“All of the restaurants in Downtown Brea wanted to host a memorable evening for friends and family during Symphony on Birch Street,” says Dana Robertson, Operations Manager of The Melting Pot. “We have some great VIP packages for diners so they can enjoy a wonderful meal at four excellent, local restaurants, all while enjoying live music under the summer night’s sky.”

Cha Cha’s dining package includes an appetizer, two entrees and a pitcher of sangria and VIP tickets for $19.95 per person. Sam’s Place dining package includes a three-course meal, a glass of wine and a VIP ticket for $21 per guest. Entourage will offer two entrees, two side salads, dessert, flight of beer or wine and two VIP seating for $50 per couple or $25 per person. Reservations for this special offer are recommended at each restaurant and can be made by contacting a desired Birch Street restaurant.

Symphony on Birch Street is free to the public and includes free parking. For more information on additional participating restaurants, or for more information about the event, please visit or call (877) BREA-FUN.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Bayside Restaurant Introduces New Happy Hour and New Outdoor Lounge


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 12, 2010 – Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach, already known for their outside patio with its stunning bay views, will now cater to the happy hour crowd with their new outdoor lounge and new Happy Hour Tapas menu as well! Fittingly named the “Best Happy Hour in Orange County” the new tapas menu and drink specials will be available daily, from 5:00 p.m. to close.

Bayside’s happy hour is available in the bar area, as well as the new lounge. The lounge features comfortable outdoor couches and tables where guests can enjoy happy hour in style while enjoying the bay views. The new expanded happy hour menu features a large variety of tapas items to choose from and starts at only $5.95 each. In addition to the new tapas menu, there are drink specials as well starting at only $6 each!

The new tapas menu is a great way to sample some of Bayside’s delicious cuisine at an affordable price. Examples of menu items include happy hour staples like, the Beef Slider with cheddar cheese and secret sauce, or the Crab Cakes with soft herb cabbage slaw and chipotle aioli. If you want to be a little more daring on your visit to Bayside, you can try the Lobster Salad Sliders with Haas avocado, or the Cast Iron Seared Quail with scallion pancake and Asian BBQ glaze.

Since happy hour just wouldn’t be complete without drink specials, Bayside has incorporated some great drink deals into the menu as well. Sip on a specialty martini for only $6 each. With five flavors to choose from including Apple, Cosmopolitan, Peach, Watermelon or Island Punch, one is sure to catch your eye and your taste buds. If you would rather have a glass of wine to compliment your tapas menu choice and bayside views, try a glass of Kenwood ‘Yulupa’ Chardonnay or Avalon Cabernet for only $6.

Since it opened in 1999, Bayside Restaurant has provided the latest innovation in contemporary American cuisine. Along with changing its menu to reflect the season, the restaurant also features a rotating for-sale art collection with work from some of the country’s leading artists.

Bayside is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week except for Saturday when only dinner is served. A free-flowing champagne brunch is also available on Sundays. The restaurant also features nightly entertainment, wine tasting on Thursday evenings and full-service event planning and catering through the Dining As Art Catering Company.

Bayside is located 900 Bayside Drive in Newport Beach, California. For more information about Bayside Restaurant, please visit

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Newport Beach’s SOL Cocina Hosts 5-Day Bash

$5 Margaritas & Baja Favorites JULY 11-14

Anniversary Bash: Lobster Tacos, FREE Partida Margaritas, Live Music JULY 15

NEWPORT BEACH, JULY 2010 – In less than one year on the Orange County dining scene, SOL Cocina in Newport Beach has managed to gain a loyal clientele, earn rave reviews from critics, release its very first cookbook sold nationwide and launch a catering operation – and that’s cause for celebration! Beginning Sunday, July 11 through Thursday, July 15, SOL offers its most popular margaritas and Baja culinary favorites at $5 for fun-loving local foodies and margarita connoisseurs who are looking for a lively party with style.

The $5 specials – all SOL’s best-sellers – will be offered during lunch and dinner hours (beginning at 11:30 a.m.) for four days (see menu below), culminating on July 15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with an Anniversary Bash with a FREE Partida Margarita with every order of Chef Deborah Schneider’s Tres Lobster Tacos entrée (only $15, till we run out of lobster!). To add to the evening’s fiesta, SOL will feature live music by Mike Vitale, a local singer/songwriter with a flair for indie-pop melodies and upbeat lyrical ballads.

SOL Anniversary $5 Specials

Sunday, July 11 – $5 Coconut Calamari ~~ $5 Correlejo Margarita

Monday, July 12 – $5 Ceviche ~~ $5 Casa Noble Organic Slim Margarita

Tuesday, July 13 – $5 Carnitas Street Tacos ~~ $5 Corzo Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Wednesday, July 14 – $5 Guacamole SOL ~~ $5 Herradura Margarita

Thursday, July 15 – Anniversary Bash: Tres Lobster Tacos Entrée $15
with a complimentary Partida Margarita with every purchase

9 p.m. – Birthday Cake for ALL!

“In honor of our first anniversary, we wanted to say THANK YOU to those who have supported us – without a loyal clientele, we wouldn’t have been able to establish our brand as we have done in such a short time,” said Matt Baumayr, Managing Partner of SOL Cocina. “We felt that one day was just not enough, so we compiled a list of all of our best-selling food items and margaritas and decided to feature them for a low price of $5 each, with our final day featuring three of Chef Deb’s delicious Lobster Tacos as an entrée with a complimentary Partida Margarita, for only $15!”

The restaurant, located waterside at the Balboa Marina, the perfect ambiance to spend a relaxing, sunny afternoon, will continue to offer its Weekend Brunch on Sunday, July 11 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Happy Hour (3 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily). The $5 specials will be offered during normal lunch and dinner hours, and continue throughout the evening alongside Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s eclectic menu of traditional Baja cuisine with a “twist,” as well as its many cocktails and beers. Also available for sale will be the restaurant’s first SOL-inspired cookbook, Amor y Tacos.

Full menus can be found online at

SOL Cocina is a unique restaurant and bar celebrating traditional Baja cuisine with a fresh, modern interpretation. Designed to echo the expansive sea, sky, and desert of the Baja peninsula, SOL features old world charm juxtaposed with an urban comfort, including an open exhibition kitchen with counter seating for guests who like to see the bustling kitchen that mimics the Baja taco bar. SOL offers a decadent menu of the freshest seasonal ingredients and authentic Mexican flavors, along with a vibrant bar that honors the flavors of the Baja region with artisan tequilas and mezcals.

Located at 251 E. Coast Highway at the Balboa Marina, SOL is open daily for Lunch (11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), Dinner (Mon-Wed 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Thurs-Sun 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.), Happy Hour (3 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily; bar open till 2 a.m. daily), Late-Night Dining (11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Thurs-Sat), and Weekend Brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday). Private Room available.

For more information, call 949.675.9800 or visit

Friday, July 2, 2010

Free Chicken from El Pollo Loco

July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day…

Give your Arteries a Break & Celebrate with the Citrus-Marinated, Flame-Grilled Taste of

El Pollo Loco!

July 5th – July 7th El Pollo Loco will be offering a coupon valid for a

FREE Flame-Grilled Chicken Leg with any purchase!

Coupon can be found at:

So this July 6th, choose REAL FLAME-GRILLED Chicken at EL POLLO LOCO!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Haven Gastropub Introduces Happy Hour

Haven Gastropub Tops Off Independence Day Weekend with Launch of Happy Hour Menu

Orange, CA (July 2010) – On the heels of launching a summer menu, Haven Gastropub introduces a new all-food Happy Hour menu. In honor of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Happy Hour menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Monday, July 5 (Haven will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day). After its launch, the Haven Happy Hour menu will be available Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and nightly from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. The Happy Hour menu stays true to the concept of serving quality “gourmet comfort food,” including a variety of options for those looking for a snack or a more substantial item, such as the acclaimed Haven Burger. Executive Chef/Partner, Greg Daniels, selected some of the restaurant’s most popular items to feature on the menu.

(full lunch, dinner & late-night menus at

o Chile Relleno – chorizo, rice, pepper jack cheese, pecan crema, roasted corn salad - $6

o Mac n’ Cheese – black truffles, gruyere, fontina, parmesan - $6 (PHOTO ATTACHED)

o Margherita Flatbread – roma tomatoes, basil, mozzarella - $8

o The Haven Burger – picked red onions, roasted red bell peppers, wild arugula, st. agur cheese, served with pommes frites - $8 (PHOTO ATTACHED)

o Pulled Pork Sandwich – bbq-infused roll, chipotle aïoli, warm apple-cabbage slaw, served with pommes frites - $8

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

Haven Gastropub’s food and beverage menus 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 offerings from such breweries as Mikkeller, Brewdog, Stone, Russian River, and The Bruery.

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,