Lunch Service Starts Next Week At Mix Mix
Photo courtesy Mix Mix
The toughest thing about lunch isn't the 'where', it's the 'how'. How can we eat a quality meal in an hour or less? Leave it to one of our favorite new restaurants to present a solution. Drop by Mix Mix Kitchen Bar in Downtown Santa Ana as they kick off their pop-up lunch service (Orange County Restaurant Week was merely a test run) beginning Tuesday, March 21. An end date will be based on how diners respond to the new menu.
Introducing a "Mix Box Kitchen" concept, lunch will consist of three courses, plated side-by-side, for a fixed price of $15. Not only does this eliminate the sometimes awkward division of a lunch check, but diners aren't anxiously waiting for the next course. Chef Ross considers this his vision of a modern bento box, as he showed us photos when we dropped in for OCRW lunch a week ago. We know what you're thinking— Are there enough options to choose from? The short answer is "Yes!"
As easy as 1-2-3
photo Courtesy Mix Mix
For the long answer, we are ready to break it down for you. On every dish served, there will be a salad, main and snack plated together; a number of them are featured on the dinner menu. Each course includes five possible options. For example, the salad course is your choice of one of the following: Caesar; Green, with blue cheese, walnuts and green goddess dressing); Farro in a lemon-herb dressing; Gem with pomegranate vinaigrette; and Moroccan Carrot Salad.
Moving on to main courses, it's an eclectic selection of tastes:
- Korean Marinated Grilled Chicken over kimchi fried rice
- Miso Salmon atop soy-ginger soba noodles
- Pork Cheek Adobo over garlic rice and chimichurri
- House Made "Carbonara" incorporating guanciale and Parmesan
- Stir-Fried Tofu over market vegetables and a garlic-ginger sauce.
Finally, we have your snack course. Good before, after or during any other course, we're talking big (sometimes crunchy) flavors. We spy some Chorizo Potato Croquettes; an Albacore Tostada, with avocado and Sriracha; Roasted Cauliflower; Roasted Trumpet Mushrooms and gremolata; and Mix Mix's Tuna Poke "Nachos" a.k.a. chicharrones with seaweed and avocado sauce.
If that wasn't a solid pitch for you to finally sit down at Mix Mix on a Tuesday through Friday, then call ahead and request it to-go. Yeah, they're allowing that, too. Now if only cocktails could be transported back to the office.
Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, 300 N Main St, Santa Ana, (714) 836-5158; www.mixmixkitchenbar.com.
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