DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill (@ Crossroads in Westpark)

Where To Dine In Irvine

Source: Mama Likes To Cook Blog by Valerie Mitchell

DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill - Irvine, California

DonerG
Turkish & Mediterranean Grill
3800 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, California 92606

(949) 861-2626

DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill - Irvine, California

Yes. This food was absolutely delicious!

DonerG is a family owned fast casual restaurant that features foods from their Turkish culture and the neighboring countries. They use fresh, natural ingredients that are locally sourced. They take pride in their food using the ingredients and techniques that result in food that they are happy to serve and happy to eat themselves.

Tabbouleh at DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill - Irvine, California

As a vegetarian, Turkish and Mediterranean food is generally a very good choice for me. They do have meaty options, but also have plenty of protein rich foods without meat. I can get a balanced fresh meal that is satisfying and makes me feel good.

Shepherd's Salad at DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill - Irvine, California

The prices are very reasonable. You can order individual meals or eat family style, which is my favorite way to dine. I love being able to try a variety of foods while sharing a meal with friends or family.

The falafel and vegetarian dolma are really fresh and flavorful as is the homemade hummus and baba ganoush. It would be easy to make a meal out of an appetizer plate, but I’d recommend you continue and try out some of the other dishes as well.

DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill - Irvine, California

The salads are fresh and have authentic flavor. The rice is prepared slowly using traditional methods giving it great flavor and texture.

Kids meals are available with plenty of options that will make even picky eaters happy.

Kids' Meal at DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill - Irvine, California

The meat is slow roasted on a doner (vertical rotisserie) and cut to order. I’m told it was tender, juicy and full of flavor.

The staff was friendly and helpful. They really looked like they were having a good time even though they were obviously working very hard.

DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill - Irvine, California

Tables are available in the restaurant or you can order your food to go. There is plenty of parking available even on a busy Saturday afternoon. They can also do catering for events. Food can be delivered or picked up in the restaurant.

DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill - Irvine, California

My meal was fantastic and I’m looking forward to going back to DonerG. I’ll plan to order extras again, so that I can take home leftovers to enjoy later.

Baklava at DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill - Irvine, California

Our thoughts: Denise & I eat here often for the very fair prices, the above average portion sizes, the tasty food and bottom line, the ROI. Well worth the try.   Let us know your thoughts.

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Things We Like: Restaurants: California Fish Grill

Where To Dine In Irvine

Irvine's California Fish Grill

California Fish Grill, fresh seafood eatery takes pride in serving the best tasting, freshest fish, by selecting only the highest quality seafood, having fish delivered daily and only using pure vegetable oil. Come enjoy the warm atmosphere for which California Fish Grill is known, as well as its exceptional seafood.”

Their words, not mine. That said, they pretty much nailed it both in description and in taste at the California Fish Grill in Irvine. Located at the corner of Culver and Barranca in the Crossroads Center, California Fish Grill stands out from the crowd, and that’s a good thing, since the crowds at lunch can quite often leave lines significantly out the door. The draw? Fresh fish and fair portions at a price that doesn’t leave you feeling like you took the bait for a sucker deal. How fair? The entire menu has only two items that are over $10. At a seafood restaurant. Fresh seafood, not Long John Silver’s.

The menu has a little something for everyone.

 

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Ahi Tuna Cajun Style (courtesy Yelp)

Charbroiled platters include White Roughy (I was told that’s the most popular), Salmon, Trout, Ahi Tuna (served medium or Cajun seared rare), Mahi Mahi, Catfish, Swordfish, Halibut and Giant Shrimp. All charbroiled items are topped with garlic butter source or served Cajun style (the way Denise and I prefer) and include rice or fries along with a small portion of coleslaw and bread.

Fried Fish Combo Plate (courtesy Yelp)

More of a fried fish fan? Deep fried frenzies await you then. Choices include Shrimp, Scallops, Catfish and Calamari.

Fan of Wahoo’s or Rubio’s? Get ready to change teams after trying their burritos or tacos. Cajun Mahi, Grilled Shrimp and for you landlocked types, Chicken Burrito wraps can tie you over. A personal favorite of ours are the Cajun Salmon Tacos. Other taco options include Battered Fish, Shrimp, Mahi and Chicken.

Salads are on the menu as well. Cajun Salmon, Seared Ahi Tuna, Asian Shrimp and Crab Salads are all very tempting and eye pleasing options offered.

Sides include fries and sweet potato fries, a pretty solid New England clam chowder and the highly recommended Grilled Zucchini.

The restaurant is a fast-casual concept. You walk in, place your order, take your number, fill your drinks and grab a seat (if you can, remember it’s very, very busy around the lunch hour). Drinks come with unlimited refills and there’s a salsa bar which features a couple of surprisingly strong offerings for a fish restaurant. Cocktail and tartar sauces along with lemons and cilantro are offered as well for taste.

When the restaurant originally opened in late 2005, it was the chain’s 3rd or 4th location. They now have 6 locations. While not exclusive to our area, it’s been a welcome addition and has not seen many (if any) lonely days since arriving. We highly recommend it and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback.

CALIFORNIA FISH GRILL

3988 Barranca Parkway #B
Irvine, California 92606
Phone: 949-654-3838
Fax: 949-654-3858

Hours:
Mon. – Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Some other reviews of California Fish Grill:

Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-fish-grill-irvine

Monster Munching: http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/01/california-fish-grill-irvine.html

Griffin Eats OC: http://www.griffineatsoc.com/2009/03/california-fish-grill-foothill-ranch.html

Creamistry Brings the Future of Ice Cream to Irvine (@ Crossroads Plaza in Westpark)

Where To Dine In Irvine

Source: Where Magazine

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Take your dessert to the next level at Creamistry in Irvine. A blast of liquid nitrogen flash freezes ingredients in seconds, giving you pure edible science in ice cream form.

Creamistry’s made-to-order ice cream just may be the freshest and creamiest ice cream in town. Using premium ingredients, including Straus cream, with organic and non-GMO soy options, Creamistry’s creations are only limited by your imagination. With roughly 50 base flavors and more than 50 mix-ins and toppings, the flavor combinations are endless. For those that can’t decide, ten signature flavors are available including vanilla bean with candied bacon, cookie butter, salted caramel, chocolate hazelnut and an array of Asian-inspired flavors such as Thai iced tea, red-bean and matcha green tea. Milkshakes along with ice cream cookie sandwiches are available as well. Pair your favorite ice cream flavors with a variety of cookies, including chocolate chip, macadamia and sugar.

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Co-owner Jay Yim, whose family has been in the bakery and sweets business for generations, first encountered the concept of liquid nitrogen ice cream in Korea nearly a decade ago. Smitten by the cool factor of liquid nitrogen smoke, Yim knew that customers would get a kick out of watching the process of their concoctions come to life. Mobile carts can bring cool treats to your next private party or special event too, delighting and entertaining your guests. 3972 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, 949.777.6627. creamistry.com

Our thoughts: Great ice cream – just be prepared – if you have a large family like ours – VERY expensive for ice cream though.  Here’s our attempt to help – a link to the Irvine Company to get a coupon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (good through the end of July).  Well worth one try…