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Best Restaurant Orange County 2009 - Old Vine Café

Old Vine Café

Old Vine Café

2937 Bristol St.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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Other restaurants might ultimately impress more at any given moment. Most have better locations. But as a sunrise-to-nighttime experience, no local eatery can hold a gourmet blowtorch to Old Vine Café. The delights begin with a faithfulness to organic ingredients, whether it's artisanal Spanish sausages or produce bought from San Clemente-based Morningsong Farms. From this base, chef Mark McDonald creates omelets and crepes of grace; paninis that crunch, soothe and satiate; and dinners he changes to match the seasons—fettucine with a homemade pomodoro sauce, or sea curries seemingly snuck in from Little Saigon. Meanwhile, brother Brandon roams the tiny dining area, singing the praises of their many wonderful, affordable wines. So much with so little: genius. And the pecan tarts drizzled with sea salt and butterscotch sauce? Perhaps the best non-ethnic dessert ever served in Orange County after the Balboa Bar.
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Old Vine Stinks

The food at Old Vine is good, I'll give it that. But we had such a horrible experience with mark one of the owners. That guy is so rude and arrogant that it is a matter of time before his place shuts down. I will never refer my friends to Old Vine!

alexa bond
alexa bond

It was everything you said it would be and more. went on a first date there last night and the atmosphere is more than pleasant, the service was great, the wine selection with the food was in very good taste and the food was yummy. my blind date even complimented me on my choice of restaurants. THANX OCWEEKLY! You have yet to fail me, from restaurants to despenceries, you got it covered.