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OC - "Nana Jean's" (formerly Black Sheep Bistro)


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OC - "Nana Jean's" (formerly Black Sheep Bistro)

Joani Macaroni | May 14, 2011 07:16 PM

We don't get out to Tustin much but that may change after our lunch today at Nana Jean's! Just happened to be in the Tustin Old Town area for a community event around noon, and spotted what used to be "Black Sheep Bistro." (303 El Camino Real, Tustin 714-486-2528)

Since it was a slightly cool, overcast day, we decided to eat indoors (a patio is also available) and were seated right away. Ice water and slices of a light but tasty bread with a mildly "zippy" orange spread appeared quickly. Hubby initially balked at the "it's not butter" spread but found it very tasty once he noticed me enjoying it.

He ordered a small bowl of their chili "garnished with toasted cumin and crema" and promptly decided it was the best chili he's had. It's a no-bean, all chunks of meat chili. He followed that up with a meatloaf sandwich "served on a bun with camelized onions, smoked cheddar cheese and bacon" and potato salad. (Sandwiches include a choice of one side).

I opted for the veggie grilled cheese sandwich: "Brie, cheddar, oven dried tomatoes, grilled vegetables and cranberry Dijon mustard. Has to be the best meatless sandwich on the planet" says the menu. It was excellent. I selected a side of Aunt Karyn's Cole Slaw. I will pass on the cole slaw next time. I loved the sweetness of the grape halves but the rest of the the slaw wasn't to my personal liking, with its chunks of midget dill pickles and wide shreds of cabbage.

The iced tea was good and refilled promptly. Service was very friendly and at a pace that pleased us.

"Specialties" are available after 5 p.m. and include lamb shanks, short ribs, meatloaf, salmon, and pot pies - we'll be back to try their dinners soon, along with the Portuguese soup (ham hocks, white beans, andouille sausage, red skin potatoes and kale). There's also a Matza ball soup and a vegetatian cauliflower/corn chowder.

There motto is: "Nana Jean's - Where Everyone's Family." Open daily 11 to 9.

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