I have been trying to follow as many blogs, websites, people, newspapers, etc. as I can lately to learn about the new restaurant openings, closings, and OC events so that I can 1) attend obviously, and 2) try to let you know about it! So when Stick a Fork In It
mentioned a new spot called Fireside Tavern
I was so excited to try it.
So the weird thing is, this spot is in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Bristol. If you had convinced me to stop in without me seeing photos first I would never be caught dead. However, I am so glad that I saw the cute photos of the place because it was the perfect spot to meet a couple girl friends for a well deserved happy hour.
The best part about this place is that happy hour is everyday until 7PM. That’s a long time, even for people like me that get off work at 6:30. I can get my butt out the door and still have a glass of wine (or two) before I get cut off. My girlfriends and I had a lot of catching up to do so we ended up staying for several hours and eventually trying some dinner menus. The happy hour menu is great – they even have a burger on the menu! I recommend the charcuterie board (its huge), as well as the loaded tater tots. We tried the fish and chips (which I recommend sharing) and it was tasty but REALLY fried and greasy (to the point where all of our stomachs were hurting afterwards.) My biggest complaint was that there were fruit flies EVERYWHERE. I would recommend sitting in the cute patio outside to get rid of these annoying buggers. So annoying and pretty gross to be honest…
If you are in the Costa Mesa/Newport/Santa Ana area, or need a break from shopping all day at South Coast, I would recommend happy hour here. It’s not crowded, its friendly service (most of the time), and the price is just right.
3.8/5 because who has gnats in a restaurant?! But check out the food and drinks, they are worth it.