OC Grub Guide 10/24-10/30: BBQ, Boba and Banh Xeo

For an extra tasty serving of news, look no further than this week’s Grub Guide. From catering to milk teas to a Vegas find, we gathered news from all over for your reading consumption.


Boozy popsicle cocktails. Because fall in OC. Photo courtesy TOAST

TOAST Kitchen & Bakery’s Award-Winning Chef Updates Menu – Costa Mesa

Perhaps the most humble of chefs we’ve had the pleasure of knowing, John Park of TOAST recently won Chef of the Year honors at last month’s Golden Foodie Awards. He also began switching up the menu at his Newport Boulevard eatery. In addition to now serving an all-day breakfast menu on Saturdays,  you can look forward to adobo mushroom sliders, tagliatelle made with rau ram pesto, and a divine striped bass over lentils (among other dishes). Anyone who has frequented TOAST can fill you in on the crafty desserts. However, remember to sip on a cocktail or two from their user-friendly list of options. We’re digging the apple brandy and brown butter cocktail, but a mezcal, pineapple, and Tajin potion may be more your style, come Taco Tuesday. 1767 Newport Blvd., (949) 873-5057; www.toastkitchenbakery.com.


Our milk tea runneth over. Photo courtesy Presotea.

Presotea Wants to Make You a Believer – Westminster

Ceylon black tea brewed to order, creamer, and black and white boba pearls make up the pictured Panda Pearl Milk Tea from the new Presotea group. Their high pressure and high temperature machinery ensures a fresh flavor with every order. Follow them on social media, choose between Earl Grey, Jasmine and Ceylon Milk Teas, and even enjoy free boba for your effort. Beat the heat with this cooling treat. 9211 Bolsa Ave., Ste. 105, (714) 613-1099; www.presoteasocal.com.


Empowerment through culinary. Photo courtesy Open Gate International.

What’s an Amuse Bash? – Newport Beach

The inaugural event benefits Open Gate International, a nonprofit that supports individuals from vulnerable life situations through the teaching of practical skills, and provides future employment opportunities via accredited culinary training. OGI is founded by Deidre Pujols and her husband, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. Expect an eventful night of dinner and entertainment for a worthy cause on November 2 at Renaissance Newport Beach. www.opengateintl.org/amusebash.


You had us at BBQ. Photo courtesy Irenia.

You Can Still Taste the Irenia Love – Santa Ana

Formal dining service may have ended earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped Chef Ryan Garlitos from having packed pop-up dinners last weekend. In fact, reservations are now open for their next Supper Club Dinner on November 3rd. Email Irenia at Ir**************@gm***.com to reserve your spot. 400 N. Broadway, (657) 245-3466; www.ireniarestaurant.com.


Keepin’ it fresh. Photo courtesy Banh Xeo Boys.

Who Are the Banh Xeo Boys?

Specializing in Vietnamese crepes, this team of ambitious caterers will woo you with their version of a traditional dish. Utilizing rice flour and coconut milk in lieu of egg, their savory treats are filled with more than bean sprouts; we’re talking sautéed chicken, fresh herbs and pickled veg! Don’t forget the housemade fish sauce, either. The next  time you want to celebrate with a house party, let them do the cooking. They’re already mom-approved. (714) 702-5152; www.banhxeoboys.com.


Our favorite things on a plate. Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan.

We See You: Crack Shack – Las Vegas

During our recent weekend in Sin City, we paid a visit to the newly launched Richard Blais concept outside of Park MGM. Since it was breakfast, our eyes quickly scanned Crack Shack’s menu for a selection of morning eats. One in particular caught our eye, as it was only served in Las Vegas between 9 a.m. and noon  (and again from 9 p.m. to midnight). The SoCal Scramble contained a trio of eggs, charred poblano peppers, cotija cheese, and guacamole mixed in. Factor their toasted Engllsh Muffins made in-house, and we’ve got one soul-satisfying meal. Our only concern now was why it wasn’t served at all locations. Please consider making it so, Crack Shack! www.crackshack.com.

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