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Steelhead Brewing Company - Irvine, Orange County

kc girl | Jun 16, 200411:34 AM

Went for a casual dinner at this place and liked it. I had been in a few times before when there were auto concourse meetings (the hot rods and the vintage autos in the parking lot drew me in while perusing the area that day)

Anyway, the other day, we walk in and it was too noisy for me. The bar area is not separated from the dining room and the TV sports are/were always on. I asked for a booth and soon, I heard nothing but the low-key conversation at our table. Maybe the wing back chairs at some of the tables would provide as much privacy and sound deflection as the high-back booths.

Anyway, I ordered a house blonde ale and it was not too bubbly and had a smooth, slightly sweet finish. Gal friend had a Coke (and said she can not drink Pepsi. She is a "super taster" medically diagnosed in childhood when she wouldn't eat anything.) Guy friend had dark ale. He is more of a connoisseur in beer and liked it, although it was slightly bitter. Their selection of home brews is wide.

I ordered Chicken Piccatta ($12.99) and, at first, thought it didn't look like what I was used to (fka, light sauce, a little tart from capers and lemon). Howevee, it was actually very good. They browned the butter, added only a slight amount of lemon and capers, and it wasn't a lot of gravy all over it, just a hint of new flavor to the grilled chicken breast with a little left over for the potatoes. I also liked that the chicken was not breaded (also fka). Served with fresh steamed broccoli and a huge round of slightly chunky fresh mashed potatoes, I was very happy with it.

Guy and gal friends split a pizza - one-half cheese only (that's right, the "super taster") and the other half, Thai Chicken with Hoison sauce (???!!!) He offered a taste of a slice, but there was no way I was going to let that strong Hoison change the sojourn of the delicious Chicken Piccatta to my buds.

I understand they are newly open for breakfast on the weekends. I will try it again for a mid-range casual dinner and/or breakfast.

Oh, and service was brief, punctual, and friendly.

Any other reviews of this place? Good or evil.

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