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It feels so incongruous. Yet it works so well. My wife and I are sitting at the rear counter of MRK Public in San Clemente, looking through picture windows past telephone poles and treetops to the distant ocean. With our backs to the room, we could be in some roadside diner, yet we’re enjoying a […]
Following a walking map for a food-sampling event in downtown Santa Ana, my wife and I find ourselves in front of a red brick building adjacent to Tootsie’s ice cream shop. It looks more bar than restaurant, and the sign out front that reads “Eqeko” seems misspelled. The sidewalk staff offers us ceviche—by far our […]
Sleek, modern, and freshly rebooted, Waterman’s Harbor is a beacon of new, wedged into a prime waterfront site on Dana Point Harbor’s salt-worn embarcadero. Open since September, the glossy space draws the same crowd of locals, tourists, and Catalina Express passengers that kept the crusty Jolly Roger alive on this footprint for 40 years. This 300-seat whale offers scenic views of the harbor.
The better the view, the bigger the risk. Laguna Beach’s Driftwood Kitchen, with its yowza seaside panorama, is a beautiful illustration of this gamble. Open since June 2014, this laboriously retooled venue, which for years was the middling Beach House restaurant, now boasts new management under the Sentinel Restaurant and Hospitality Group and a new executive chef-partner, the Austrian-born Rainer Schwarz.
After years of development, public announcements, and panting media hype, downtown Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market is finally open for business. Allowing some grace time after its February debut, I dive into the 30,000-square-foot “progressive culinary hub” that will “impact and influence the way that food is enjoyed in the United States,” as its website […]
Born in East Hampton, this Pacific Coast sibling, open since October, is easily the most posh new girl on campus at Crystal Cove Promenade. I just wish the pricey, health-minded American cuisine by executive chef Michael B. Powell was executed more consistently.
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