LA Times: Head to Restaurant Marin in Costa Mesa for giant English muffins and chicken pot pie

LA Times Head to Restaurant Marin in Costa Mesa for giant English muffins and chicken pot pie

Another favorable review!

Name: Restaurant Marin, named after co-owner Marín Howarth. She and her husband, chef Noah Blom (he worked at Daniel in New York City), are also the duo behind Arc restaurant next door. Restaurant Marin opened in April. 

Concept: The restaurant, located at the South Coast Collection shopping center in Costa Mesa, bills itself as a modern-day diner.  So there’s chicken pot pie, a fried chicken sandwich, pancakes, a patty melt and meatloaf on the menu — but it’s all more elaborate than what you would expect. Almost everything is sprinkled with pink salt before it leaves the kitchen. And instead of laminated menus and greasy booths, your food is served in a beautiful, intimate space outfitted with tabletops made of sea glass, distressed mirrors, chandeliers and short plush blue booths that curve ever so slightly at the ends. Howarth also designed the space. 

Read the full article at LA Times!

(Photo By Jenn Harris / Los Angeles Times)

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

Did you just remember that Father’s Day is THIS Sunday, June 19? Don’t fret! SOCO is here to help! With an assortment of award-winning restaurants to treat dad to, specialty boutiques, and unique classes, SOCO and The OC Mix are your one-stop shop for all the fathers in your life. Read on for some of our favorites, and we will see you soon at SOCO and The OC Mix!
SOCO Collection and The OC Mix are located at 3303 Hyland Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92626. For more information on SOCO’s events and offerings, visit
For the mixologist: Cocktail kit from The Mixing Glass
For the BBQ Master:
Jumbo BBQ Seasoning gift set from Savory Spice Shop 
Treat dad to a delicious brunch at Bistro Papillote 
For the kid at heart: Fun floaties (Toucan shown here) from Local Fare
For the stylish handy man: the Vitra Toolbox from Design Within Reach
Take dad to lunch and enjoy a variety of tapas at Pueblo! 
For the next road trip or camp out: Burton Backhill Duffel Bag from Gear Co-op
For the aspiring chef: take a cooking class together at Surfas
Pick up Father’s Day sweets SusieCakes 

Orange Coast: Savory Spice Becoming a One-Stop

This might well give Orange County cooks pause: “We’ve had a wonderful 5-1/2 years in Corona del Mar,” says Savory Spice Shop owner Laura Shute, when asked about the June 19 closing of her Newport Beach location.

But, no worries! Shute’s merely consolidating her stores, and little-but-mighty sister Savory Spice Stop in Costa Mesa’s The OC Mix will carry on as usual for all your herb, spice, and seasoning needs. So, no break in the spice supply chain. I’m as glad as anyone else, since I’m very partial to Savory Spice’s Santa Maria-style seasoning for grilled tri-tip—so good in my Viet-Central Coast mashup banh mi.

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