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Review: 10 more great Orange County dishes still available during the coronavirus pandemic

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 3, 2020

Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-894-2792, solitatacos.com Wood-fire rotisserie chicken from Solita in Huntington Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) Grilled meatloaf at Craft House Times like these call for comfort food, like

Highway, Dana Point, 949-481-7734, eatatcrafthouse.com Grilled meatloaf from Craft House in Dana Point (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) Chicken enchiladas at Playa Mesa Playa Mesa is currently serving a limited, scaled-back version

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Critic’s Notebook: Why I’m rating restaurants for their COVID-19 response

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • August 6, 2020

garden in the parking lot of Craft House in Dana Point (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) The servers at Scarlet in Rancho Mission Viejo and some at Craft House in Dana Point wear the tiniest plastic lip shields that cannot possibly

safeguard themselves or their customers from the spread of airborne particles. (Some at Craft House wear masks instead.) It looks like an act of protest rather than protection. On the former’s patio, my chair kept bumping the guest next to me, so we paid the

20 outdoor patios for date night dining: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 12, 2020

Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) Craft House The scene: An entire wall of windows on the front side of this gastropub slides out of the way to create an indoor/outdoor vibe next to the bar, but Craft House has also transformed its private

, eatatcrafthouse.com The converted parking lot dining area at Craft House in Dana Point (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) Fable & Spirit The scene: While the interior is gorgeous — velvet banquettes, floor-to-ceiling drapery, library bar shelves

Where to find the best fried chicken in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 12, 2019

Drive, Irvine, 949-932-0420, twobirdsrestaurant.com Fried chicken thighs from Two Birds at Trade in Irvine (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 3. Craft House What you get: A proper sit-down dinner with old-fashioned Southern fried

Point, 949-481-7734, eatatcrafthouse.com Fried chicken entree, served on Sunday nights only, at Craft House in Dana Point (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 4. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern What you get: A proper sit-down dinner

Review: COVID comfort ratings for Orange County restaurants

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • August 6, 2020

:  Partially Touchless menus? No Note: While the partially retractable roof can allow a subtle breeze at times, it is still indoor dining. Craft House, Dana Point COVID Comfort Rating: C  (July 2020) Temperature checks at door: No Masks enforced for customers

Ask Brad: What does a restaurant critic cook during a pandemic?

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 15, 2020

few small changes. I added that fresh garlic. And I like to swap the bell pepper with a poblano. But that’s about it. This is the best meatloaf recipe I’ve ever found (although the meatloaf at Craft House in Dana Point comes pretty close.) This

Ask Brad: How to find wine bargains in restaurants

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • November 7, 2019

Granted, most people don’t drink full bottles of wine at dinner on a weeknight, but drinking on Wednesdays has its perks. On “Wine Wednesdays” you can get 40% off all bottles at Craft House (34094 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949-481-7734

The 75 best restaurants in Orange County in 2019 (30-16)

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • May 2, 2019

Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer) 24. Craft House (2018 ranking: 38) Here’s something for your bucket list: meatloaf. Seriously, chef Blake Mellgren makes the world’s best meatloaf. He also makes terrific pork ragu with housemade pasta and an insanely

, eatatcrafthouse.com Spicy fried chicken sandwich served on a housemade white cheddar biscuit with housemade bread and butter pickles, iceberg slaw, honey sriracha and fries from Craft House in Dana Point. (File photo by Paul Rodriguez) 23. Kyung Bok Kung (New for 2019

Best thing I ate: Critic Brad A. Johnson’s 20 best dishes of 2018

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 19, 2018

Register/SCNG) 10. Meatloaf at Craft House. This is the holy grail of meatloaf ($26). The first thing you’ll notice is the intoxicating scent of charcoal. That’s because it’s finished on the grill, which causes all the fatty bits to turn black and even

catch fire a little. It might still be smoldering when it arrives, served on a bed of pureed hominy and braised greens. 34094 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949-481-7734, eatatcrafthouse.com Grilled meatloaf with hominy grits at Craft House in Dana