Bites: Off-Menu Chicken Fingers at Guild Club, and Drink Your Breakfast at Snooze

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Marín von Blöm

The diminutive, supercool Guild Club—once members-only, now open to the public Thursday through Saturday evenings—is hidden within Arc, owned by Marin and chef Noah von Blöm, and shares the same menu of rustic-yet-refined wood-fired classics. Given the club’s steep dues, you’d expect the clientele to favor high-ticket items such as whole snapper or chateaubriand for four. You wouldn’t expect the coveted off-menu item to be … chicken fingers! Sam’s Chicken Fingers, named for an inaugural Guild Club member, feature buttermilk-brined, bread-crumb-dusted, and lightly honey-drizzled white meat, presented vertically with a trio of housemade sauces: buttermilk, honey mustard, and barbecue. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949-500-5561

Photo credit: Courtesy of Snooze

If you’re looking for bacon and eggs at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, you’re in the right place: The three-egg Snooze Classic with choice of sides tops the menu at the Jetson-esque breakfast spot. If pineapple-upside-down pancakes—after all, “Peace, love, pancakes” is a saying there—or breakfast potpie or one of the Benedicts catch your fancy, you can opt to drink your bacon and eggs. The Bacon and Eggs cocktail features bacon-infused Elijah Craig Bourbon, house sour, frothed egg white, Scrappy’s Bitters, and a rasher of bacon for garnish. Consider a side of hash browns. 240 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 657-284-1850; Tustin Marketplace, 3032 El Camino Real, 714-415-6269

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