Finally! Eat Chow—the kickass diner with spots in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach—opened its long-promised SanTana location in early November, drawing in folks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with its gallop across this new, brave, multiculti America (a menu with pancakes, ceviche, a media noche, and a spectacular Thai beef salad? Yes, please). The other main attraction here: this is Eat Chow’s first spot with a full liquor license.
The bartenders here have doubled down on the craft game, with a long roster that sees some (the Pretty in Pink, whose deep whismy recalls the film) working better than others (as much as I love liqueurs, banana liqueur should still be relegated to rum cake) in these early weeks. But already nailing it is the Gin Brooklyn.
As I've said a trillion times here, I favor bitter cocktails, and the Brooklyn Gin is like sipping on India ink: china-china liqueur, sweet vermouth, gin, and angostura. It’s ramrod stiff, and already makes Eat Chow a must-visit if you’re in downtown SanTana. Give it a couple of months to work out the kinks, and it’ll be ready to take on the kings and queens at Playground down the street—you heard it here first, kiddos.
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Eat Chow Santa Ana, 313 N. Bush St., Santa Ana, (657) 266-0500; www.eatchownow.com