With the return of outdoor dining in Orange County, now is a good time to plan a visit to SteelCraft Garden Grove. The alfresco dining space, distinguished by 24 repurposed cargo containers, brings together a vibrant mix of purveyors, including independent chefs and brewers.
Co-owned by a Filipino-Korean couple, this eatery draws on both heritages. Expect an authentic and health-forward take on barbecue classics such as Filipino-style grilled skewers and pork and beef bulgogi. Customize your plate with a choice of protein, side (steamed rice or salad with calamansi vinaigrette), and pickled veggies (Korean kimchi or Filipino atchara) plus optional add-ons. We recommend the house garlic butter sauce with crispy garlic. Order barbecue-at-home kits: skewers ($3 to $4 each, $55 to $75 for 20), beef bulgogi ($10 per pound), pork bulgogi ($7 per pound), and short rib ($15 per pound). Free delivery in Huntington Beach or 3 miles from Steelcraft Garden Grove. ocbarrio.com
Inspired by the flavors of his childhood, chef-owner Sandro Mezzetti offers focaccia paninis and pasta. The star of the menu is his Roman-style pizza, which is made with high hydration dough and baked in a pan. The result is a crispy, crunchy, square slice of pie in traditional flavors such as margherita, calabrese, and fungi e salsiccia ($4.50 to $6 a slice, $16 to $18 per 12×12 inch pie). Round out your meal with a can of Italian soda or a side of arancini. instagram.com/merenda.pizza/
From ales to stouts and even hard seltzer, this award-winning craft brewery serves a variety of refreshing beverages. Seasonal brews include the tropical Mango Smoothie or the Beachwood 13, a dry hopped pilsner with California influences and citrusy, herbal notes. Purchase a glass with any food purchase or take home cans and freshly poured 32-ounce crowlers. beachwoodbrewing.com/gardengrove.html
SteelCraft Garden Grove
12900 Euclid St.
For a full list of vendors, head to steelcraftlb.com/steelcraft-garden-grove/.