OC Weekly, December 17, 2013 | Anne Marie’s Top Five Restaurants of 2013

From OC Weekly, Anne Marie’s Top Five Restaurants of 2013

Anne Marie’s Top Five Restaurants of 2013
2. ARC Food & Libations

recall Noah’s interview, when he gave an inkling of what to expect with ARC. To be honest, I felt like I was jumping on a proverbial bandwagon by loving it here. And I tried to resist their charms, but the truth is, this place pulls together all the elements of what I love in a dining experience. Whether I’m here with a confidante ordering all the side dishes Wednesday night at 10 o’clock, or tackling a $20, no-longer-off-menu burger with gusto (and yes, I can and did finish it) one lazy Sunday afternoon, ARC fits the occasion. Simply prepared meals, served by a passionate staff, including barkeeps who have me requesting Dickels in a Box (thanks Cho, for ordering our first). And let’s not forget moody fire– either seated at the counter, entranced by the wood-burning oven, or socializing out on the patio. It’s pretty near perfect.

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