25250 La Paz Rd.
Laguna Hills, CA 92653


  • Mon.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. Sun., 5-9 p.m.
  • Full bar
Ironwood is a bistro in Laguna Hills. The Jidori chicken schnitzel at Ironwood is a thing to behold. You’ll do a double take when the plate lands on your table with a thud. It’s covered end-to-end in golden-brown breading, and has a surface area so large, you could pick it up and wear it as a scarf.  What kind of reverse origami the kitchen staff did to accomplish it? It’s probably butterflied at least twice and involves a light pounding with a mallet. Whatever it is, the result is a masterpiece in deep-fried poultry: the perfect ratio of crispy breadcrumb to moist meat in every bite—as good as a piece of white meat chicken could ever be.

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