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Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar

3350 Ave. of the Arts Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Costa Mesa | 714-442-8593

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Go not for the prix fixe at Silver Trumpet, but rather for the regular menu. Some of the dishes are as beautiful as the windowed view overlooking a shimmering manmade lake, as well-executed as any Laguna Beach bistro, and, at times, even creative. A chicken noodle soup started with a dry bowl of tooth-tender carrots, zucchini, pencil-thin asparagus, penne pasta tubes and bits of char-roasted chicken; its invigorating broth was not introduced until it arrived at the table, poured from a separate vessel. An appetizer of shellfish had three clams, three meaty mussels, and three curled balls of shrimp in tomato-based sauce chunky with chorizo and white beans, which made the dish more substantial than an equal portion of bouillabaisse or cioppino. The grilled hangar steak comes with a crunchy-skinned, twice-baked spud that looked like a miniature tree stump waiting to burst a creamy middle imbedded with good bacon and gilded with gobs of melted Cheddar cheese. But even better was its counterweight: an arugula salad dressed with just enough vinaigrette and shaves of Parmesan that cleansed the palate for the next mouthful of meat and potatoes.

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  • Cuisine(s): Brunch
  • Hours: Sun,Sat 6:30am-2:30pm, Daily 5pm-11pm, Mon-Fri 6am-11am, Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Price: $$$$
  • Serving: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Features: Prix Fixe

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