Gastropub unites foodie obsession with hipster cred



— Chapter One’s mixologists put culinary twists on popular cocktails in the Artist’s District. 

Trendy new developments are popping up everywhere in downtown Santa Ana. It’s the epitome of a community melting pot where hipsters, ethnic and chic new business owners come together to create a bohemian scene.

Among the historic buildings, on the southeast corner of Broadway and Third stands a sleek new restaurant, Chapter One: The Modern Local.

The sparkling windows along the outer walls of the corner building make it hard to believe a run-down travel agency was once on the site.

Outside, neatly aligned tables for two make a perfect accommodation for a sunny day.

Upon entering, the scents of spices cooking deliver aromas that are quick to make your stomach grumble.

The bar is fully stocked with beverages from all over the world and also include flavor-infused culinary cocktails specially prepared by a mixologist on duty.

Just as chefs are considered culinary artists rather than cooks, mixologists take the art and skill of mixing cocktails to a higher level combining anything edible to create unique concoctions.

Amid the mouth watering selections on the menu are tapas, various plates, sandwiches, soups, salads and dessert.

While the descriptions of the dishes being prepared make them sound appetizing, presentation is impressive.

The Italian Burger with Portabella mushrooms, oozing with condiments, is a treat for adventurous, gourmet burger enthusiasts.

It features a delicious tower consisting of roasted tomatoes, relish, basil aioli, and two types of cheeses, which include Provolone and a Parmesan cheese crisp.

The flavors come together perfectly, gratifying every taste bud.

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The Duck Fat fries are topped with a unique blend of herbs and spices. The thin cut fries go well with the burger and are even more flavorful when dipped in Chapter One’s homemade ketchup.

The average price of a dish ranges anywhere from $6 to $12.

If you’re looking to have a meal in a tranquil atmosphere with a hint of formality, go midday during the week when business honchos gather for meetings.

If you’re more of a social butterfly,
go later during the week for a late dinner or even Sunday brunch, which has live entertainment and endless mimosas served until 3:30 p.m.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or randomly in the mood for good food, make sure you make your way to Chapter One.

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