Corned Beef Sliders: Stylish Macallans Public House in Brea matches first‑class cocktails with updated Irish chow by chef Roman Jimenez. These hearty sliders on yeasty pretzel buns stand up to the earthy whiskeys that lure drinkers to this downtown pub.
Spiced Lamb Spring Rolls: Cold dill‑cucumber yogurt dip tempers the heat of chef Yves Fournier’s lamb spring rolls at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine. Feuille de Brick pastry adds flaky crunch, and nuggets of feta cheese supply a funky, dairy edge to this dish that’s rich enough for spirit‑forward cocktails.
Pork Cheek Croquettes: Haven Gastropub’s croquettes are sublime. Braised in orange juice and chile, the tender meat is shredded, formed into orbs with panela cheese, cilantro, scallion, and lime zest, then breaded and fried. The Orange eatery serves them atop spicy crema, scattered with chopped cilantro.
Parmesan-Crusted Meatloaf Squares: Bosscat Kitchen & Libations chef Peter Petro confesses love for Southern cooking and proves it at his Newport Beach hang with these irresistible meatloaf bites, glorified with a tomato bourbon jam that takes no prisoners.
Taco Dorados: Simpatico with edgy cocktails at Anaheim’s Urbana, these nibbles are our fave at this Dia de los Muertos‑themed cantina. Just‑fried corn tortillas, packed with seasoned taters, garnished with queso fresca, intense salsa, and lime‑cured onions. Adios fries!