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Get “Chowified” at Eat Chow Restaurant

chow 4Have you been ‘Chowified?” We have, and we love it.

Of course, we’re talking about Eat Chow, which has locations in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Soon, you’ll be able to get “chowified” in downtown Santa Ana when Eat Chow opens a third location later this year at Bush and Fourth Street.

“Chowified is a term we use when we’re developing a dish,” said Eat Chow COO and Partner Amy Curran. “We start off with a basic concept and then chowify it by adding more depth, more layers of flavor, and turn it into something unexpected.”

That’s exactly what she and Executive Chef and Partner Brian McReynolds have done with their new summer menu, which we recently sampled at the Newport location.

The menu includes Memphis-style BBQ chicken ($14), berry brie salad with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and triple cream brie ($12), lemon marscaponechow 3a French toast ($11), Chowified cubed steak sandwich ($13), barbequed duck enchiladas ($16), miso glazed scallops with avocado lime puree ($14), and an “a.m.” burger featuring a beef patty topped with a fried egg, cheese, Hollandaise sauce and applewood smoked bacon ($12).

“Breakfast is huge for us—people around here love breakfast,” Curran told us while we sampled the brie berry salad and the duck enchiladas (and a generous bucket of truffle fries). “People love the a.m. burger, and we have a popular item called a breakfast salad—that’s an example of how we chowify something.”

So what’s their favorite menu item?

chow 2“The ahi burger,” said McReynolds. “We sear it, add wasabi slaw, and serve it on a brioche bun. We get a lot of compliments on it.”

“And I have to compliment you on the duck enchiladas—this is terrific,” I said. “And the berry brie salad. And these truffle fries are not new, but they’re so addicting that we’ll need to come back soon and get chowified all over again.”

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This entry was posted on July 28, 2014 by in Dining Out, Neighorhood Gem, Newport Beach, Restaurant Experience and tagged , , , , .
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