Chapter One: the Modern Local

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Beef Culotte (bacon-wrapped, coffee & chocolate crusted, dijon smashed potatoes)

I don't know what's up with the name Chapter One: the Modern Local, but I don't really care. I love good gastropubs and this is a good gastropub. The Beef Culotte was perfectly cooked (though maybe a tad cold) and the whole thing just tasted solid. Though it's hard to mess up bacon-wrapped steak. You could serve bacon-wrapped steak on a pile of dead rats and I'd still lick the plate afterwards. And by plate I mean the dead rats. Get it? It's that good.

One complaint about the ambiance though: they had a live DJ and the music was crazy loud. I love a good beat as much the next person, but not when I have to scream "What was that?!" every time I'm trying to reply during a conversation. And it's not like there's dancing going on, so I'm really not sure what's up with the live DJ.

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Mac & Cheese (white cheddar, fontina cheese, smokey bacon, fried onions, toasted panko) - One of the better macaroni and cheese I've ever eaten that didn't involve the use of truffles. Truffles are so played out, man. What is this, 2009?

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Southwest Salmon BLT (southwest rub, sweet corn aioli, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cilantro, ciabatta roll, duck fat shoestring fries)

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Italian Burger with Portabella (our special beef blend, Italian herbs, roasted tomato relish, provolone cheese, parmesan cheese crisp, portabella mushroom, basil aioli, duck fat shoestring fries)

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Homemade ketchup - Not as sweet and salty as you're probably used to. Tastes more like fresh pureed tomatoes.

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Chocolate, Coffee, Rum (soft chocolate ganache, coffee soil, brown, rum butter powder, basil) - This thing was strangely salty, though I couldn't place where the salt was coming from. It was either from the ganache, or from the rum butter powder, or from the "coffee soil", or from the salt shaker I kept dumping in my mouth. But wherever it was coming from it rubbed me the wrong way. I'm all for desserts, but I'd probably never order this again.

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Chapter One: the Modern Local
227 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 352-2225
chapteronetml.com