New Gastro Pub-Style Restaurant Hits the OC Culinary Scene
Eats Kitchen & Bar announced today its official opening as the newest addition to the Irvine and Orange County culinary scene. Remixing and remaking comfort food favorites, this neighborhood joint is serving up killer burgers, regional favorites, shared plates, craft beers and wine flights in the style of your favorite gastro pub. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Eats Kitchen & Bar is grounded in affordable prices and destined to be a go-to hang-out for locals.
At Eats Kitchen & Bar, guests are immediately greeted by the energy of the communal space both indoors and out, designed to spark a fun and approachable environment to simply hang out. The restaurant's décor was created with the outdoors in mind, featuring earth tones, wood floors, cozy booths and an alfresco patio that's perfect for Irvine's year-round mild weather. Inside, guests can snag a seat at the 360-degree circular bar for casual conversation and interactivity with knowledgeable mixologists, or grab a table any where you like in the great room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. In the evening, the glow from the fire pit gives warmth to the patio's casual vibe as it comes to life with a musical blend of classic favorites and current indie rock playing in the background. Throughout the restaurant, an eager and passionate staff is standing by to share the latest culinary creations from the kitchen and bar.
Offering a simple range of American classics with a gastro pub-inspired approach to each dish, the menu at Eats Kitchen & Bar was devised by locally known Chef Jason Montelibano. Taking the lead in the kitchen as opening chef after nearly four years at Chapter One in downtown Santa Ana, Chef Jason brings his own flair and twist to the menu in Eats. He's serving up some of own creations like classics like Pork Belly Buns topped with homemade kimchi, Fried Chicken and Biscuits dipped in Sriracha butter and served with country gravy, Fish and Chips created with a delicate batter made from a rotating selection of local craft beers, and mouth-watering burgers like the Craft Burger made from scratch and topped with house-smoked bacon and IPA cheese sauce. He also maintains menu favorites that are Classics like the Cobb Salad, Mac & Cheese and a variety of Flat Breads.
"Chef Jason's creative, fun and lighthearted personality brought the menu to life at Eats, and his constant desire to push the envelope makes each experience for our guests different from the next," said J.D. Shafer, general manager at Hotel Irvine. "Aside from being innovative in the kitchen, he prides himself on a ‘farm-to-bar' approach, which elevates the entire space, bringing culinary twists to the bar menu and introducing menu items that go hand-in-hand with the beer and wine offerings."
Craft beer lovers and artisan cocktail drinkers will enjoy the playful selection of brews and spirits on the menu at Eats Kitchen & Bar. Sourced from local microbreweries, the restaurant's craft beer list includes small batch barrels delivered from Fullerton to San Clemente to Escondido to San Francisco. Lighthearted cocktails include the signature "Oh HI!" made with Old Scout Bourbon, lemon juice, honey and topped with Belgian beer, and The Shandy featuring rosemary-infused Boyd Blair Vodka. Wine lovers will find a wide selection of bright whites, reds and blends by the glass mainly from California on the menu, including wine flights in three and five stops for anyone wanting to sample more than one. Eats also features a non-alcoholic libation menu with house-made vintage sodas like the Brazilian Limeade or Lavender Vanilla Soda.
Breakfast is served daily from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner is served from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. (Sunday - Thursday) and 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Eats Kitchen & Bar is located at 17900 Jamboree Road in Irvine, CA. For reservations, call (949) 225-6780 or visit [eatskitchen.com]. For interviews and information about Eats Kitchen & Bar, contact Marla Malkin at (949) 720-2104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT EATS KITCHEN & BAR
Eats Kitchen & Bar is a neighborhood gastro pub that is ideally located in Irvine, California, near the 405 freeway at Jamboree, which offers a simple range of American classics. The menu includes burgers, regional favorites, shared plates, craft beers and wine flights at affordable prices in a comfortable, warm, casual and fun locale and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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