Keeping true to his philosophy of only using the freshest seasonal ingredients, acclaimed chef Scott Brandon has unveiled a new summer menu at Fireside Tavern. Located in the recently renovated Crowne Plaza in Costa Mesa, Fireside is a classic American tavern with a modern feel.
The Lunch menu has added Asparagus on Toast (roasted jumbo asparagus with extra virgin olive oil and lemon zest, served on grilled Rockenwagner raisin-walnut bread spread with Bellwether Farm’s ricotta cheese and topped with a soft poached organic egg and shaved Manchego cheese); Heirloom Tomato Bisque (prepared fresh in-house, a rich tomato soup made from Brandywine heirloom tomatoes and aromatic vegetables, finished with a touch of cream and drizzled with basil oil infused with orange zest, and served with a mini grilled Vermont cheddar cheese sandwich for dipping); and Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad (thinly shaved Tuscan kale and Brussels sprouts, tossed with sliced heirloom apples, Marcona apples, shaved Fiscalini Bandage cheddar and house made peppercorn ranch dressing).
New Dinner selections include Steamed Venus Clams (clams steamed in Reisling wine, Spanish chorizo, roasted garlic, lemon juice, fresh herbs and butter, and served with grilled rustic bread); Jumbo Lump Crab Cake (a 3 oz. crab cake made from all white, jumbo lump crab, sauteed in clarified butter and served on a nest of Tavern Slaw, and topped with house made Sweet 100 tomato relish); Wild Gulf Shrimp Spaghetti (sauteed with fava beans, asparagus, roasted field mushrooms, rainbow carrots and tossed with Rusticella di Abruzzi Italian spaghetti in a sweet Piquillo pepper sauce with hints of Sherry vinegar, honey and cream); Grilled Loch Duart Salmon (prime Scottish salmon fillet, grilled and served over chilled yellow tomato gazpacho, roasted asparagus spears, frisee and crispy twice-cooked fingerling potatoes); and Pan Roasted Pacific Halibut (center loin Pacific Halibut served with a Bilbao chorizo, potato hash and a house made preserved lemon salsa verde.)
Fireside also offers a Bar menu from3 p.m. until midnight, featuring small plates to accompany a signature cocktail, craft beer or glass of wine. A new addition to the Bar menu is Blue Crab Deviled Eggs (with lump crabmeat, smoked bacon breadcrumbs and a radish salad.)
Fireside is located in the Crowne Plaza at 3131 Bristol St., off the San Diego Freeway, in Costa Mesa. The restaurant is open for a breakfast buffet from6 to 9 a.m., lunch from11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from5 to 10 p.m.There are two Happy Hours, from3 to 7 p.m.and again from 10 p.m. until midnight. Fireside can be reached at (714) 557-3000.