Get thee to MRK Public for one of the county’s most flavorful bargains. The sharable Tuscan Toast ($8) comes with oblong cuts of toasted bread, garlic confit that spreads like soft butter, grape tomatoes, herbs, fromage blanc, good olive oil, and balsamic reduction. It practically detonates in your mouth. That and a bottle of wine, and the evening’s damn near perfect. MRK Public is one of our best new restaurants in the April issue and this dish is our cover image.
MRK Public, 1402 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949-441-7621, mrkpublic.com