The Next Door, San Clemente’s new bar and kitchen. is a concept from the same owners of the famed fondue restaurant, The Melting Pot (literally next door), for those who like comfort food at more accessible prices.
And the Next Door is offering Greer’s OC readers a chance sample beer and wine selections and try savory dishes. Just make a reservation for a complimentary wine flight or beer tasting on its private patio for guests of four or more, and mention promo code I HEART Greer’s OC.
The Next Door’s well-priced, seasonal menu is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu features small plates like Applewood bacon wrapped dates stuffed with bleu cheese ($5); pulled pork sliders with crispy onion rings on a Portuguese roll ($7), and a vegetarian roasted Mediterranean platter ($6).
Lunch and dinner plates range from salads ($7 to $8), and sandwiches ($10 to $12) to hearty options like the blue cheese and black pepper stuffed pork chop ($22); prime rib dip with sage au jus ($12); and signature bacon brie burger ($11).
Make sure to save room for dessert, including classic cheesecake; fresh berry sabayon, vanilla bean ice cream topped with fresh berries and drizzled with Sabayon; or chocolate n’ donuts, chocolate cake donut holes filled with warm chocolate ganache sprinkled with powdered sugar and a side of whipped cream.
The brunch menu includes custom omelets ($8.50), creme brulee French toast ($9.95) and crabcake Florentine ($10.95), and pick-your-pancakes: three pancakes with 4 strips of bacon or two sausages ($7.95).
Ra Ra for Sushi!
Stop by RA Sushi at the District in Tustin Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. to see Anaheim Ducks players participating in a sushi-rolling contest dedicated to benefiting and raising awareness for the Anaheim Ducks Foundation. Ducks players will pair with RA Sushi chefs to make their signature rolls that will be sampled by guests and a panel of judges.
The winning roll will available at RA Sushi in Tustin, Huntington Beach, Chino Hills and Corona Oct. 13, through April 9. RA Sushi will donate $2 of each roll to the Anaheim Ducks Foundation that supports exemplary organizations making a positive impact in the local community. (Last year’s winner pictured above, Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski, left, with his winning “The Big Wisniewski” sushi roll and teammate Scott Niedermayer.)
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