Best Restaurant Orange County 2012 - Broadway By Amar Santana
328 Glenneyre St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
It takes balls for a young chef to move cross-country to open a restaurant for Charlie Palmer, then leave after barely more than a year to open his own place and name it after himself, but that's the type of guy Amar Santana is. His Broadway opened to immediate acclaim, helped not only by Santana's refreshing take on New American cooking, but also his ability to convince other young guns to join his efforts. The bar team of Gabrielle Dion and Ricky Yarnall successfully experiments with cocktails with the ease of Albert Einstein in front of an algebra book; recently, they debuted Moscow Mules on tap. The three could've easily made a killing just filling the stomachs and livers of Laguna Beach's millionaires, but their brilliance doesn't allow it, making Laguna Beach a must-visit culinary place for the first time since the days of the old-school Shake Shack.