Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

24647 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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  • Open Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • $$$
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations is a southern restaurant in Newport Beach. Its chef, Peter Petro, is fluent in okra and cornbread in a menu that’s as Southern-accented as Polly Holliday’s Flo. There are collard greens and hush puppies. Actually, the collards greens are in the hush puppies, stuffed inside golden-fried orbs of cornbread batter, the outside craggly, the insides fluffy and steamy—a completely original invention that might seem like a joke if it weren’t so delicious. And it’s with this dish you realize Petro isn’t making fun of Southern food; he’s making Southern food fun. There are a few dishes for which Petro plays it straight. For the shrimp and grits, he sautés the shrimp in a Creole-spiced pan sauce, then lays them atop a creamy bed of grits so enriched with Gouda you can hardly finish the thing without a glass of an assertive wine or a swig of whiskey. You must also try the cornbread madelines, an idea Petro seemed to have lifted directly out of Southern Living magazine’s Best Recipes of 2012: cornbread baked in madeline molds, which is ingenious because the shape maximizes the crust-to-crumb ratio.

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