Thursday, September 23, 2010

A is for Absolutely Amazing!!!

Not just because my name starts with A, but more specifically, because I LOVE "A" RESTAURANT!
Everybody has their "place" and A has become mine. Over the past year, I have befriended the staff and sat along their comfortably dark bar way too many times to count. The back-story behind the iconic Newport Beach location aside, the restaurant has so much to offer. This establishment has slowly grown it's following over the years. With the collaboration of a group of creative and diverse owners, A caters to various crowds. The menu will satisfy foodies and the ambiance welcomes diners from the original Arches restaurant to young people of the workforce, like myself.
The happy hour is my heaven. From 3 to 7, everything is half price...everything!!! You can order a Belvedere martini with freshly stuffed blue cheese olives or a simple brew. All drinks are discounted. They even offer champagne by the glass! (Veuve to boot!)
If you are in the mood for a sampling of appetizers, here are just a few of the popular offerings: spicy tuna over crunchy eggplant slices, calamari drizzled with a sweet asian aioli, mixed cheese and charcuterie plates, fresh oysters and the failsafe, the A burger. (Recently voted one of Orange County's Top Ten Burgers.) 
Stop into A for any group that wants to nosh on delectable food, while enjoying a peaceful ambiance over good drinks.
Other notable happy hours include Caneletto Ristorante Veneto at Fashion Island, Tommy Bahama's Island Grille, The Bungalow and Rusty Pelican.

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