The Recess Room

Fountain Valley’s first gastropub newly exists because five childhood pals needed a local haunt for gathering after their weekly basketball games. Food and booze get equal amounts of love at this cleverly retooled old Coco’s. Expect small-batch, offbeat brews and ace cocktails, plus lots of rich, shareble noshes by chef de cuisine Sam Green. Think bone marrow mac and cheese, red curry mussels, fried chicken sandwich, veal ravioli, and skirt steak—perfect foils for boozy socializing.

Dinner only, though weekend brunch is planned.

18380 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley

714-377-0398

$$$

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