Month: April 2017

OC Register, Brad A. Johnson’s “75 Best Places to Eat in OC

The red leatherette booths, polished wood paneling and series of black-and-white photographs pay homage to the 1920s, when this place first opened. Most restaurants of that age survive on nostalgia alone, but A Restaurant continues to reinvent itself and remain not just relevant but also absolutely essential. Much of the credit lately goes to chef Jonathan Blackford, who has completely revitalized the kitchen in recent years. The steaks are superb, especially the prized Japanese Satsuma beef. People-watching in the bar is priceless.

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Orange Coast “Best Restaurants” 2017

A Restaurant
Let us count the ways we love A, still a Newport Beach icon. The dark, clubby lounge screams “Stay for one more.” Chef Jon Blackford’s confident New American cooking covers classic steaks, with surprises such as braised rabbit Bolognese. A mood-lifting sound system is a classy asset, and so is the satellite A Market by O.C.’s beloved pastry chef Shelly Register. 3334 W. Coast Highway, newport beach, 949‑650-6505, arestaurantnb.com

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