Best New Restaurant Orange County 2008 - Crow Bar and Kitchen
2325 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
We've seen its ilk before—new restaurants that huff and puff their locally grown produce, but end up a little limp on the delivery. Not Crow Bar and Kitchen. Heck, you won't even care where it sources its grub or that it's labeled a "gastropub." Everything is cooked so well, with precision befitting the best of Napa and New York. The bangers and mash ($19), with potatoes so smooth they can double for créme fraiche, would be the envy of Buckingham Palace. The sausage-covered, deep-fried Scotch quail eggs ($9) served with coarse brown mustard are cleverly conceived—and addictive. And there's just something inherently naughty about chasing their homemade Ding Dongs with a pint of microbrew.