Shop Market Essentials From These Local Restaurants

Necessity is the mother of invention—and restaurants are superior places to shop for seafood, meat, produce, and other staples.
Photograph courtesy of Roger’s Gardens

FARMHOUSE AT ROGER’S GARDENS owner-chef Rich Mead goes to Santa Monica Farmers Market every Wednesday; he returns to put together Farmers Market Produce Boxes ($60) for curbside pickup after 4 p.m. Inside might be lettuces from Coleman Farms, Chantenay carrots from Weiser Farms, Persian cucumbers from Rosewood Farms, and lots more. Order by 8 p.m. on Monday. A daily Curbside Market offers pickled vegetables, quarts of soup, and Shaner Farms chicken eggs. 2301 SAN JOAQUIN HILLS ROAD, CORONA DEL MAR, 949-640-1415, FARMHOUSE.ROGERSGARDENS.COM

When the pandemic first shut down restaurants a year ago, WATER GRILL SOUTH COAST PLAZA began to offer its own distributors’ fresh seafood, produce, and meats in a weekly farmers market format. More recently, when outdoor dining was banned, the market expanded to Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The selection includes wild Alaskan halibut, Maryland soft-shell crabs, live Maine lobster, and Wagyu steaks. 3300 BRISTOL ST., COSTA MESA, 949-208-7060, WATERGRILL.COM

With dine-in prohibited mere months after the launch of GLASSPAR, chef-owner Rob Wilson converted its raw bar to a seafood market. Fresh-caught fare from Superior Seafood—such as salmon, branzino, and scallops—is offered at “better-than-supermarket” prices. Also available: fresh-baked FKN bread and in-house pastries. In January, the market moved to an online format. Order two days in advance; pick up Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. 24961 DANA POINT HARBOR DRIVE, DANA POINT, 949-240-6243, GLASSPAR.COM

Capital Butcher, the online market at South Coast Plaza’s THE CAPITAL GRILLE, offers Grille Boxes featuring dry-aged steaks for cooking at home. Consider four 18-ounce bone-in New York strips ($140) or a filet-and-lobster-tail surf-and-turf box for four ($170); six 8-ounce burger patties from artisanal purveyor Pat LaFrieda with brioche rolls ($50); and/or lobster mac ’n’ cheese serving four to six ($45). Single steaks available, too. Pickup Monday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. 3333 BRISTOL ST., COSTA MESA, 714-432-1140, THECAPITALGRILLE.COM

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