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Fireside Tavern is a bistro in Costa Mesa. When the Hotel Hanford became Crowne Plaza, its Savoy restaurant was gutted, and what was cavernous and dark got brighter and more open. In addition to a series of enormous U-shaped booths at the back that could each seat six with space to spare, there are now fire pits surrounded by couches outside. To redo the food, the owners called in Scott Brandon, who is the current owner of LinX and was previously the opening chef at Corona Del Mar’s Crowbar and Kitchen, OC’s first gastropub. Under Brandon’s direction, Fireside Tavern serves shrimp and grits, pot pie, and pork and beans. Though Brandon has included fish and chips, a burger, and even deviled eggs on the menu, the place isn’t really the gastropub it’s billed as; it’s actually a real restaurant serving comfort food designed to stave off homesickness in itinerant souls. Try the chicken noodle soup and the whole-leaf caesar for sure.