Showing posts with label Brea. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brea. Show all posts

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern in Brea

by @btsunoda

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, or better known as JFAT, recently introduced a new brunch menu. I was happy to learn about it and my wife and I recently visited their location in Brea.
JFAT is located next to Whole Foods in the Village at La Floresta mall on Imperial Hwy just east of Kraemer Blvd in Brea. The Village at La Floresta is marketed as the hip spot for retail shopping and dining on the east side of OC.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and quickly set the mood for Christmas. Garland was wrapped everywhere with ribbon and bows. Christmas trees were fully decked out with shiny glass ornaments.
An impressive lighted display of super premium wines is located near the entrance. Bottles of wine were lined up on the bar and they also had a fair number of craft beers on tap. TV screens were playing live sports, but it didn’t overpower the experience like a sports bar.

The restaurant is large and spacious. It is obviously designed for people to get together and converse over a good meal. In fact while we were there, there was a group of 8 that were enjoying brunch.

Totchos are simply Tater Tots topped with melted cheese and salsa fresca. 
Simply stated, they are nachos made with tater tots instead of tortilla chips. Since I favor tater tots over tortilla chips, I had trouble eating just one bite. 

Knowing that this would be a meat heavy meal, I ordered the Charred Brussels Sprouts. This came with smoked applewood bacon, pinenuts and underneath it was some maple syrup. I scooped downwards in the dish to gather the maple syrup. This was a great combination of flavors and textures and was one of my favorite items that day.

The Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Malted Ale Waffles was served topped with a thick and creamy thyme gravy and applewood smoked bacon. 
After pouring pure maple syrup on top of it all, I enjoyed the various taste sensations, crunchy, salty, sweet and smoky. I was quite happy with this dish.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sunday Brunch Buffet Extravaganza at TAPS Fish House & Brewery (Brea,CA)

When I think of brunch buffets, I think of the expensive $70+ ones at fancy hotels with fresh seafood and unlimited mimosas. At TAPS Fish House and Brewery, however, $35.99 gets you a buffet of over 100 items and your choice of beer or sparkling wine (2 TAPS beer or unlimited sparkling wine).

The owner Joe Manzella so loved the brunch he had in New Orleans that he was determined to replicate the fun here, with a balloon lady and all. He didn't know how well it would do but now TAPS does about 700 covers every Sunday brunch.


There's a DIY Bloody Mary Bar, though for our media tasting they had gone ahead and prepared some for us, complete with pepper, olive, and a cocktail shrimp as garnish.

There are over 100 items in this buffet. Where to start? Start with the fresh oysters, of course!
In this station they also had ceviches and dungeness crab salads. Then, move on to the made-to-order omelets

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Orange County Reviews

AnQi (Costa Mesa) - Red Hour
Bacchus Bar and Bistro (Irvine)
Blue C Sushi (Newport Beach)
Bruxie (Orange)
Burger Parlor (Fullerton)
Calivino Wine Pub (Anaheim)
Carolina's Italian Restaurant (Anaheim)
Charlie Palmer's at Bloomingdale's (Costa Mesa)
Crab Cooker (Tustin)
Cucina Enoteca (Irvine)
Great Maple Libations and Seasonal Plates (Newport Beach)
Hamamori (Costa Mesa)
Kaori Japanese Restaurant (Fullerton)
La Fondue (San Juan Capistrano)
Lido Deck (Newport Beach)
Nuoc Mia Vien Tay (Garden Grove)
Pizzeria Ortica (Costa Mesa)
Quan Hop (Westminster)
Quan Vy Da (Westminster)
Seasons 52 ( Costa Mesa)
Sidecar Doughnuts (Costa Mesa)
Siem Reap (Westminster)
Sushi Murasaki (Santa Ana)
TAPS Fish House and Brewery (Brea) : Brunch Buffet
Theorem by Portola Coffee Lab (Costa Mesa)
Vien Dong (Garden Grove)
Xanh Bistro (Fountain Valley)

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