The Lobster Roll is BACK (for one day only)!

One of our most favorite dishes in all of Downtown Santa Ana is back THIS FRIDAY starting at 9am. If you haven’t tried the Lobster Roll at Cafe Calacas, now is your chance!



Cafe Calacas
324 W 4th Street, Suite B
Santa Ana, CA 92701

The Barrel Room – Opening Soon!

The Barrel Room has finally opened (their doors for a soft opening) and boy does it looks amazing inside. The West End of DTSA is definitely raising the bar when it comes to after-work hotspots.

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Unfortunately for us, our group got there a little late and the place was too packed for us to find a seat (always a great sign), so we’ll definitely be making a return trip to give you a full report.

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Did you get a chance to check out The Barrel Room during their soft opening? We’d love to hear your thoughts–Let us know on our Facebook page.

The Barrel Room is located at
324 W. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Hours of Operation (starting March 14th)
Monday-Friday – 11am-2am
Saturday – 10am – 2am
Sunday – 10am – 10pm

http://thebarrelroomoc.com/

The Barrel Room to Open THIS SATURDAY!

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The Barrel Room is set to hold a soft opening this Saturday, which also happens to be the 1st Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Santa Ana. Very smart!

Earlier this week, we got a chance to pop our heads in and see how much love and attention went into making this dream a reality.

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West 4th Street is quickly becoming Downtown Santa Ana’s next dining and entertainment hub.

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Be sure to Like The Barrel Room on Facebook!

These amazing photos were shot by our good friend Dr. Jason. Check him out on Instagram!

Mo’s Place Opening Soon…

Sunday afternoon after visiting our awesome friends down at The Good Beer Company, we (jay) walked across the street to peek inside the former Tabu restaurant to see how far the new Mediterranean spot was coming along.

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As we peered through the windows, we were met by “Mo”, the owner of the new restaurant to be, and he most graciously invited us inside to look around and enjoy a sandwich he just made.

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Having previously ran a restaurant in Washington D.C. for several years, it was only until recently that Mo discovered (and fell in love with) Santa Ana after a family member living in DTSA turned him on to this very special and quaint area.

Mo’s Place will feature “something for everyone”, including a burger sandwich, a few Mexican items, along with their main menu featuring traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Mo’s Place is “scheduled” to open today (03/03), but the restaurant business is very fickle and things could always change.

We’ll update this post as we hear more!

Mo’s Place
306 W 4th St
Santa Ana, CA 92701

OC Restaurant Week Specials in DTSA

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March 1st kicks off the beginning of OC Restaurant Week. Here are your Downtown Santa Ana restaurant deals for C4 Deli, Chapter One, and The North Left. These deals will run all week until March 7th.

C4 Deli

Brunch Menu $10
Beverage (Choose One)

  • French Press Coffee or Tea
  • French Press Yerba Mate
  • House-Brewed Iced Tea
  • C4 Deli Electrolyte-Enhanced Water
  • Orange Juice
  • Milk
  • Fountain Soda
    • Cola, Diet Cola, Lemon-Lime, Soda Water

Brunch Entree  (Choose One)

  • B.E.L.T.
    • Bacon, Fried Egg, Lettuce, Tomato, Aioli on Squaw Bread
  • French Toast
    • Brioche French Toast, Pickled Berries, Whipped Cream.
      Served with Potatoes O’Brien.
  • C4 Breakfast Burrito
    • Eggs, Potatoes, Cheddar, Chipotle Aioli.
      Choice of:, House-Made C4 Sausage, House-Made C4 Chorizo, or House-Cured C4 Bacon, House-Cured C4 Ham or Pastrami Hash.
      Served with House-Made C4 Salsa.
  • Croissant Breakfast Sandwich
    • Croissant, Scrambled Egg.
      Choice of: House-Made C4 Sausage, House-Cured C4 Bacon or House-Cured C4 Ham.
      Served with Hash Browns.
  • Monte Cristo
    • House-Cured C4 Ham, Turkey and Emmenthaler Cheese on Brioche French Toast.
      Served with Hash Browns & choice of Jam or Dipping Sauce.

 

Lunch Menu $15
Beverage (Choose One)

  • Cola, Diet Cola, Lemon-Lime, Soda Water, or House-Brewed Iced Tea

Sandwiches or Entree Salad (Choose One)

  • BBQ Brisket
    • Slow-Smoked Brisket, BBQ Sauce, Coleslaw on Telera Roll
  • Reuben
    • Pastrami, Sauerkraut, Emmentaler Cheese, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye
  • Porchetta
    • Certified Humane “Never-Ever” Crispy-Skinned Cured Pork Belly Wrapped Around Cured Pork Loin, Broccolini, Aioli on Telera Roll
  • Meatloaf Sandwich
    • Made with Ground Beef and Pastrami, Wrapped in Bacon, and Served with Tomato, Provolone and Mayonnaise on French Bread
  • French Dip
    • House-Roasted Beef, Provolone, Beef Jus on a Baguette
  • Piggy Plank
    • Our Version of a Cuban Pressed Sandwich: Ham, Swiss, Pickles, Honey Mustard on a Pressed Baguette
  • Turkey Sandwich
    • Turkey Breast, Mixed Greens, Tomato, Provolone, Malt Vinegar Mayonnaise on Rustic Bread
  • Italian Chopped Salad
    • Italian Cold Cuts, Shredded Provolone, Iceberg Lettuce, Pepperoncini, Chickpeas, Diced Tomatoes, Creamy Herb Vinaigrette, House-Made Croutons
  • Caprese Sandwich vegetarian
    • Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil, Lemongrass Pesto, Balsamic Vinaigrette on Hoagie Roll
  • Caprese Salad vegetarian
    • Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomato, Lemongrass Pesto, Balsamic Dressing, Fresh Basil, Crostini Optional

Cold Side (Choose One)

  • Green Bean Salad vegetarian
    • Peas, White Beans, Goat Cheese, Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Pickled Egg vegetarian
    • Regular, Smoked or Spicy
  • Potato Salad vegetarian
    • Aioli, Mustard, Salt
  • Coleslaw
    • Classic Creamy Style
  • Giardiniera
    • Marinated Cauliflower, Carrots, Onions, Celery, Jalapeños, Garlic, Herbs and Spices
  • Pickled Pesto Pasta Salad vegan
    • Lemongrass Pesto, Corn, Pasta, Diced Pickles, Green Bell Pepper
  • Dill Pickles
    • Four Pickle Spears or One Whole Kosher Pickle
  • Creamy Tomato Soup vegetarian
    • House-Made

Dessert (Choose One)

  • A Freshly Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie or House-Baked Cheesecake

 

Dinner Menu $20

Beverage (Choose One)

  • Avery White Rascal or Daily Craft Draft, House Red Wine or House White Wine

Sandwiches, Entree Salad, or Plate (Choose One)

  • BBQ Brisket
    • Slow-Smoked Brisket, BBQ Sauce, Coleslaw on Telera Roll
  • Reuben
    • Pastrami, Sauerkraut, Emmentaler Cheese, Russian Dressing on Marbled Rye
  • Porchetta
    • Certified Humane “Never-Ever” Crispy-Skinned Cured Pork Belly Wrapped Around Cured Pork Loin, Broccolini, Aioli on Telera Roll
  • Meatloaf Sandwich
    • Made with Ground Beef and Pastrami, Wrapped in Bacon, and Served with Tomato, Provolone and Mayonnaise on French Bread
  • French Dip
    • House-Roasted Beef, Provolone, Beef Jus on a Baguette
  • Piggy Plank
    • Our Version of a Cuban Pressed Sandwich: Ham, Swiss, Pickles, Honey Mustard on a Pressed Baguette
  • Turkey Sandwich
    • Turkey Breast, Mixed Greens, Tomato, Provolone, Malt Vinegar Mayonnaise on Rustic Bread
  • Caprese Salad vegetarian
    • Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomato, Lemongrass Pesto, Balsamic Dressing, Fresh Basil, Crostini Optional
  • Hand-Rolled Meatballs
    • Beef & Pork Meatballs with Southern Italian Tomato Sauce and Marble Rye Garlic Bread
  • Chicken Parmesan Plate
    • Parmiggiano Cheese-Crusted Chicken Breast, Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, House-Made Marinara Sauce, Cavatappi Pasta, Grated Parmiggiano, Garlic Toast

Cold Side (Choose One)

  • Green Bean Salad vegetarian
    • Peas, White Beans, Goat Cheese, Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Creamy Tomato Soup vegetarian
    • House-Made
  • Potato Salad vegetarian
    • Aioli, Mustard, Salt
  • Side Salad vegan
    • Choice of Dressing
  • Giardiniera
    • Marinated Cauliflower, Carrots, Onions, Celery, Jalapeños, Garlic, Herbs and Spices
  • Pickled Pesto Pasta Salad vegan
    • Lemongrass Pesto, Corn, Pasta, Diced Pickles, Green Bell Pepper

Dessert (Choose One)

  • A Freshly Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie or House-Baked Cheesecake

Chapter One

Lunch Menu $20
Please Choose Any Non-Bottled N/A Beverage, and then:

Snacks (choose 1)

  • Tangy Fried Calamari
    • Fried calamari sautéed with balsamic reduction,
      tabasco pepper sauce, tomatoes and green onions
  • Daily House Soup
    • In-house, farm-fresh ingredients
      ASK YOUR SERVER FOR DETAILS
  • Organic OC Vegetable Basket Vegan
    • The best of what local Orange County farms have to offer!
      With a simple preparation, we let these delicious veggies
      speak for themselves
  • French Onion
    • Caramelized onion stock, Spanish sherry,
      Gruyere and provolone, green apple, sourdough crouton

Entree (choose 1)

  • Steak, Feta, Arugula
    • Arugula mix, marinated grilled steak, feta, red onion,
      cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomato & basil vinaigrette,
      fresh butter croutons
  • Fried Chicken Sandwich
    • Juicy fried chicken breast, melted provolone cheese,
      housemade honey mustard mousse, red onions, lettuce,
      tomato served with duck fat fries & housemade ketchup
  • Lamb Sandwich
    • Shredded braised lamb, picked red onion salsa criolla,
      salsa birria on ciabatta bread
  • Ahi Tuna Ceviche
    • Ahi tuna, aji amarillo, red onions, cilantro, cancha,
      tortilla chips
  • Sticky Icky Pork Belly Buns [2.0]
    • 72-hour brined Berkshire pork belly, sticky-spicy soy &
      sesame glaze, crunchy kimchi, fried jalapeño
      in (2) Chinese steamed buns
  • Vegan Portobello Napoleon Vegan
    • Risotto cake, tomato relish, roasted seasonal vegetables,
      sautéed tofu, marinated & grilled portobello,
      spinach truffle sauce
  • Yakisoba Stir-Fry Vegan
    • Yakisoba noodle, seasonal vegetables stir fry, peanuts,
      ginger, sambal-soy reduction, lime
  • Mac & Cheese
    • White cheddar, Fontina cheese, smoky bacon & caramelized
      onion relish, toasted panko, truffle oil
  • Sweet Jalapeño Chorizo Burger
    • Our craft patty blend of sirloin, short rib & top round,
      chorizo, sweet pickled jalapeños, chipotle aiol, lettuce, tomato,
      red onions served with duck fat fries & housemade ketchup

Dessert (choose 1)

  • MONKEY BALLS! vegetarian
    • Banana cake doughnut holes, caramel sauce,
      crème anglaise (contains almonds)
  • Vegan Fruit Parfait vegan
    • House-made organic tofu “yogurt”, fresh seasonal fruit,
      house-made granola
  • Whoopie Pies vegetarian
    • Flourless chocolate cookies filled with
      pink vanilla frosting
  • Apple Crostata vegetarian
    • It’s like a delicious mini spiced apple pie
      to share at your table
  • The Moscow Mule!
    • Spicy housemade ginger beer, Svedka Swedish vodka, Chase elderflower liqueur, lime

Dinner Menu $30

Includes (1) complimentary
Chapter One FAMOUS Moscow Mule, House Wine or Select Craft Draft

Snacks (choose 1)

  • Tangy Fried Calamari
    • Fried calamari sautéed with balsamic reduction,
      tabasco pepper sauce, tomatoes and green onions
  • Daily House Soup
    • In-house, farm-fresh ingredients
      ASK YOUR SERVER FOR DETAILS
  • Scallop Paella
    • Seared U-10 scallop, paella style saffron risotto
      with housemade chorizo
  • French Onion
    • Caramelized onion stock, Spanish sherry,
      Gruyere and provolone, green apple, sourdough crouton
  • Habañero Orange Chicken Wings
    • Chicken wings & drumettes tossed in a tangy blood orange
      glaze spiced with habañero, served with black garlic aioli
  • Organic OC Vegetable Basket Vegan
    • The best of what local Orange County farms have to offer!
      With a simple preparation, we let these delicious veggies
      speak for themselves
  • Bird’s Nest
    • 3 mini Scotch eggs, frisee salad, bacon jam, mustard sauce
  • The Green Lentil vegetarian
    • Lentils, roasted red peppers, fried beets, scallions, feta,
      balsamic vinaigrette

Entree (choose 1)

  • Kampot Pepper Steak
    • Kampot pepper crusted petit filet, bleu cheese anglaise,
      yukon potato & spinach hash, black pepper sauce
  • Lamb Gnocchi
    • Homemade potato gnocchi, lamb ragout, heirloom carrots,
      gremolata, feta cheese, curried granola, fried kale
  • Fried Chicken Sandwich
    • Juicy fried chicken breast, melted provolone cheese,
      housemade honey mustard mousse, red onions, lettuce,
      tomato served with duck fat fries & housemade ketchup
  • Sweet Jalapeño Chorizo Burger
    • Our craft patty blend of sirloin, short rib & top round,
      chorizo, sweet pickled jalapeños, chipotle aiol, lettuce, tomato,
      red onions served with duck fat fries and housemade ketchup
  • BBQ Chicken Flatbread
    • Housemade ancho chili BBQ sauce chicken, cilantro pesto,
      mozzarella cheese, red onions, red peppers,
      topped with black garlic aioli
  • Vegan Portobello Napoleon
    • Risotto cake, tomato relish, roasted seasonal vegetables,
      sautéed tofu, marinated & grilled portobello,
      spinach truffle sauce

Desserts (choose 1)

  • MONKEY BALLS! vegetarian
    • Banana cake doughnut holes, caramel sauce,
      crème anglaise (contains almonds)
  • Vegan Fruit Parfait vegan
    • House-made organic tofu “yogurt”, fresh seasonal fruit,
      house-made granola
  • Whoopie Pies vegetarian
    • Flourless chocolate cookies filled with
      pink vanilla frosting
  • Apple Crostata vegetarian
    • It’s like a delicious mini spiced apple pie
      to share at your table

The North Left

Dinner Menu $50

Select one from each category

1st Course

  • brussels sprouts, lemon brown butter, hazelnuts, cheese
  • cauliflower, honey thyme dressing, goat cheese, lentils
  • calcot, chorizo uni espuma, hazelnuts

2nd Course

  • 6 piece chicken nuggets, maple bourbon, bbq
  • oysters, lemon
  • beef tartare, tamari, mushrooms, oysters, chives, pine oil

3rd Course

  • market fish, radish, celery, apple, tarragon, sorrel
  • calamari, blood sausage, squid ink, rice cakes, lemon, chili
  • porridge, oats, barley, manchego, escargot, mushrooms

4th Course

  • pork shoulder, black garlic glaze, radish, cauliflower, scallions
  • sweet breads, fennel, cabbage, mustard, sherry, walnuts, wheat grass
  • steak butchers choice, herb crusted, onions, spinach mash potatoes, bonito butter

5th Course

  • PB & Jelly: peanut butter and chocolate mousse crunch bar/blackberry pepper sorbet
  • Tiramisu