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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Burrissimo - Costa Mesa

1534 Adams Ave #D 
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 

By Guest Writer: Jeff L.

Their theme is “fresh Italian” and their selection of what you could put on your meal was impressive.  The concept behind Burrissimo is similar to Chipotle.  You basically pick your meat and veggies and they then get wrapped up in an Italian herb tortilla with some angel hair pasta and sauce.  Their selection of toppings is very extensive.

We started with the bread sticks which looked underdone and were. They were served with an interesting honey butter which, when they were consistent were good, but a little too much on the honey side and less on the butter side. The first batch was more of an applesauce consistency with the second batch being what you would expect in regard to creaminess. The bread was very light and fluffy.

We then had the pepperoni rolls which were served with 3 sauces, alfredo, pomodoro and ranch. The alfredo sauce had this orange hue so I had to doubletake, it could use a little on the flavor side but did have a little kick towards the end. Pomodoro was a simple marinara sauce.

The Tuscany sausage potato soup was really good. Seasoned perfectly and it was light yet hearty.

The Burrissimo wrap is an intriguing concept, at first I’m thinking an Italian wrap with angel hair pasta inside would be weird, but it works. I had the meatball inside which was good but by the time you put all the veggies on it the meat to total product ratio seems small. They make their meatballs from scratch which I respect. I had a smidgen of diavolo sauce because it was too hot but combined with the pomodoro sauce made for a zesty combination. 

The Zeppoles were a little on the dry side but combined with the dipping sauces it worked.

Bottom line is that if you want fresh, high quality food for a reasonable price point you should try this place.

Editor's note: Jeff was invited to try Burrissimo as part of a media event.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fleming's "Small Plates, Big Pours" now through 6/30/2013

Fleming's in Newport Beach is currently running an awesome promotion for wine lovers through the end of June.  You can go and get a small plate of amazing food, paired with an extra-large (1.5 times their normal serving) pour of premium wine for $24.95.  Some of these wines run close to $25 a glass by themselves, so this is a great deal.  There are seven different small-plates to choose from.

shiitake risotto, chili oil, porcini butter drizzle
chimichurri dipping sauce, fennel citrus salad
pistachio-mint pesto, "F17" sauce, polenta fries
boneless, savory arugula and spinach, natural au jus
fresh vegetable salad, spicy mustard sauce
meyer lemon-honey glaze, carrots, green beans, asparagus
soy-ginger dipping sauce, arugula, jicama salad
I was invited in to try a small plate and some wine.  I chose the Lobster Tempura, V chose the Filet Mignon.  
The lobster was fantastic.  The succulent lobster tail was juicy, tender and fried perfectly crisp.  The jicama salad had a nice spicy kick to it as well.  

V really liked the filet mignon.  She loved the sauces that it came with.  She said that the risotto came in smal nuggets that were slightly pan-fried to give them a slightly crispy exterior that gave way to a creamy interior.  
Fleming's in Newport Beach will also be starting Sunday brunch near the end of this month.  I can't wait to try it!

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Burrissimo Costa Mesa - GIVEAWAY!

Have you guys heard of this new Burrissimo restaurant in Costa Mesa?  They also have a new location coming soon in Brea.  Burrissimo is a fast-casual restaurant that is similar in food-prep style to Chipotle.  The difference though, is that the burritos are made with Italian ingredients!  Burritos come filled with angel hair pasta and a variety of toppings, such as pomodoro sauce, alfredo sauce, roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes and so much more!  Burrissimo has offered to give out PRIZES TO 11 OF MY LUCKY READERS!

Ten lucky winners will win a $10 gift card to Burrissimo

One GRAND PRIZE winner will win a Burrisimo prize pack.  The prize pack must be picked up at Burrissimo, Costa Mesa by June 27, 2013. Prize pack consists of:

  • A pair of Costa Mesa 60th Anniversary celebration concert tickets for Friday June 28 at 4:00 PM. For more info, visit the Costa Mesa 60th Anniversary Celebration website
  • $25 Burrissimo Gift Card
  • Burrissimo Logo Cap
  • Bottle of BSting Signature Hot Sauce
  • An order of free Zepoles (Italian Donuts)
By the way, if you visit the restaurant between 6/24 and 6/30, you will receive a free order of Zeppoles with a minimum $7 purchase!  To enter the contest, please use the rafflecopter form below!
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