This Week’s O.C. Food News (Nov. 23 to 29)

Dry-aged pork chop at Lido Bottle Works; Photograph courtesy of Lido Bottle Works

From Lido Bottle Works’ new seasonal menu to the opening of Semi Tropic Wines in Costa Mesa, here is our weekly guide to the latest in O.C.’s dining scene.

Semi Tropic Wines
Costa Mesa
You can now shop a curated selection of natural wines at the beautifully designed bottle room, from the same owners of Daydream Surf Shop. There will also be an outdoor seating area for sips and bites, as well as a tasting room next door.

Lido Bottle Works
Newport Beach
In time for the holidays, executive chef Amy Lebrun put together a fresh lineup of dishes inspired by the seasonal bounty of local and regional farms. For instance, the dry-aged pork chop dish features smoked honey nut squash from Weiser Family Farms in Techachapi and pickled pears from Sunny Cal Farms in Reedley. Eat your way through a variety of new starters, entrees, and desserts.

Old Brea Chop House
Take advantage of the steakhouse’s gift card promotion starting Black Friday. With a purchase of $250 or more in gift cards, enjoy a $50 bonus.

Dana Point
Starting next month, enjoy the restaurant’s first anniversary celebratory special. For $36, you’ll get a glass of Taittinger Champagne, an iced Tito’s Vodka and caviar shooter, Kumiai oysters with local uni, caviar and aguachile, and Fanny Bay oysters with Champagne granita and caviar. You can also check out the new seasonal dishes and holiday-themed cocktails as well as shop fresh seafood from the onsite market.

Fork and Knife
Costa Mesa
Grab made-to-order sandwiches for lunch including The Cubano with roasted pork butt, house-made ham, dill pickle, and French mustard on ciabatta bread. Next week, pick up heat-and-serve dinners inspired by chef Jonathan Blackford’s Pittsburgh roots such as potato and cheddar pierogies.


Nov. 27
Knife Pleat
Costa Mesa
Dine on the open-air patio to enjoy a menu of dishes including Maine lobster soup, Diver scallops, and Crescent Farm duck. $175 per guest plus $105 for wine pairings.

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