RESTAURATEUR ANDREW DORSEY ANNOUNCED LATEST PROJECTIN ORANGE COUNTY, SOCIAL COSTA MESA
Orange County restaurateur Andrew Dorsey, in partnership with former Playground Chef Jeffrey Boullt, Chronic Tacos co-founder Dan Biello, and Orange County entrepreneur Mac Carlson, announced his new venture,SOCIAL Costa Mesa, which opened October 2. The chef and ingredient-focused restaurant filled the gap in Costa Mesa’s dining scene, offering a thoughtfully curated dinner menu, conscious, craft cocktails, late-night bites, and seasonal menus with locally-sourced produce and meats.
Along with Dorsey, who hasbeen an influential member of the hospitality industry in Orange County for almost a decade, Executive Chef Jeffrey Boullt tookthe helm of SOCIAL’s kitchen. Formerly the Sous Chef at Playground in Downtown Santa Ana, an OC culinary hotspot, Chef Boullt created a New American-inspired menu with locally sourced meats and produce.
SOCIAL Costa Mesa is open for nightly dinner and weekend brunch beginning on Thursday, October 2. The brunch menu offers remarkable dishes including The SOCIAL Benedict with Seared, Smoked and Confit of Pork, Pimento Cheese Biscuit, Slow Eggs, and Creole Mustard Hollandaise; Banana Fosters Pancakes with Ol’ Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes, Caribbean Rum, Louisiana Sugar Cane Syrup, and Farmers’ Market Bananas; and Duck Confit Hash with Fall Root Vegetables, Holy Trinity, Duck Jus, and Aged Cheddar Mornay. Chef Boullt’s fall dinner menu will feature dishes like a Fall Panzanella Salad with Black Mission Figs, Heirloom Tomato, Marinated Olives, Chicories, Point Reyes Bleu Cheese, and Banyuls Vinaigrette; Brussels Sprouts with Farmer’s Honey, Sweet Potato Hay, Housemade Tasso Ham, and Hazelnuts; Pan Seared Muscovy Duck Breast with Frog Hollow Pears, Cauliflower Puree, Chicories, and Roasted Shallot Duck Jus; and Charbroiled Oysters with Smoked Tomato Butter and Crispy Shallots.
SOCIAL Costa Mesa features an all-star team, headed by Dorsey and Chef Boullt. James Wood, popular Orange County bar expert, has been consulting with the restaurant’s Assistant General Manager Jason Hunter, a Level 1 Sommelier and the former Bar Manager at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego. Together, they have created a cocktail and wine list to perfectly complement Chef Boullt’s menu. SOCIAL’s opening mixologist team, trained by Dushan Zaric, recently named “Best Bar Mentor of 2014” by Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Award, includes Mike West, Alejandro Pareja, and Nick Stolte. As classically trained, professional mixologists, their priority is to use their thorough knowledge of spirits, wine, craft beer, and the freshest ingredients to create unique cocktail experiences tailored to each guest. Signature cocktails include Sadie the Goat’ with housemade orgeat, Jamaican Rum, fresh guava juice, lime, fennel bitters, Peychauds bitters, and a red wine floater; and Border Patrol’ with mezcal, tequila, charteuse, housemade lemon cordial, a tomatillo and chili salt rim, and meyer lemon leaf garnish.
The restaurant design also is a unique component of the culinary experience at SOCIAL Costa Mesa. The open atmosphere encouraged lively interaction, and the reclaimed wooden tables and leather booths gave a rustic feel to match the cuisine. SOCIAL Costa Mesa will be open Tuesday to Friday from 4pm-1am, and on the weekends from11am-1am(closed on Mondays). Dinner is be served nightly from5pm-10:30pm, with weekend brunch from11am-3pm. Happy Hour will be Tuesday to Friday 4pm-6pm, and late night bites will be available Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30pm-1am. Sunday nights from4pmto close will be Industry Night,’ and SOCIAL will offer 50% off select menu items and cocktails for hospitality professionals. Valet parking isavailable.