If you are a Southern California gourmet food truck lover then there is a good chance that you have eaten at or at least heard of the Lime Truck in Orange County. They have won numerous accolades for their inventive California, ingredient-driven cuisine, most notably Season 2 winners of the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” The Lime Truck has been one of the best food trucks to hit the road, in large part to Chef Jason Quinn. Chef Quinn is one of our favorite chefs because he continues to raise the bar with his commitment to fresh, quality ingredients and creates dishes that are inspired by what is in season.
We have been waiting with much anticipation for the result of his vision for his first brick and mortar restaurant. This Friday, November 18, Quinn will open, The Playground. The Playground will be located in downtown Santa Ana at the corner of Fourth and Spurgeon.
The Playground plans to change the menu every week, which is a tough thing to do, but it means that guests will never get bored. They will also offer 15 craft beers that I expect will change almost as often. This will give them a chance to pair different beers along with the food.
The menus will be written on the blackboard-covered walls behind the counter. With the different colors of chalk and the communal-style dining, it is slightly reminiscent of your childhood playground.
In addition to snagging craft beer expert, Jarred Dooley, formerly of The Bruery to manage the craft beers, Chef Jason has also surrounded himself with some spectacular talent. . Brad Radack, Executive Sous Chef, has worked in a number of places around the US after completing is training at Le Cordon Bleu College in Scottsdale, AZ, Frank Deloach, Sous Chef who specializes in curing and pickles great ingredients, Karl Pfleider, Sous Chef formerly at the Crosby and April Ventura, Sous Chef former Chef de Cuisine at Golden Vine Winery. With this all-star line-up guests are sure to be rewarded by the results of this team’s collaboration and genius.
220 East 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701