RESTAURANT VISIT- Champagnes Bistro has a “neighborhood” vibe, and offers sit down dining as well as gourmet take away. With lots of ten minute parking, right up front, that works for me. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and have expanded their menu to focus on sit down dinner service. So I popped in to give it a try, and it was fantastic. Very diverse menu….something for everyone which I prefer. For example, a number of delicious salads are featured, Pasta Provencal, Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon, Carved Tri Tip Steak, Meatloaf, Short Ribs Bourguignon, and more. Lots of starters to choose from as well. And similar to Cucina Enoteca over at Irvine Spectrum, they have a selection of 50+ wines at retail prices which you can take away with your order, or enjoy table side for a $10 corkage fee.

Here’s what was served at our table…. 1) Carmelized Brussels Sprouts (butter, garlic, lemon anchovies, capers and bruschetta) $8.50- These were excellent, with a roasted flavor and more than we could enjoy! 2) Haystack Fries (shoestring fries, homemade blue cheese dressing, dash of spicy sauce) $5.95- OK, I know I should not have ordered these but they were calling to me. Ever have a menu do that? These are a must try if you enjoy Blue Cheese. 3) And a Margarita pizza which is the perfect “sharing” selection. I made sure they had an authentic pizza oven and they certainly do! (The location used to be an Italian restaurant.) Service was a pleasant surprise. Very attentive, and friendly. Do give it a try. Let’s support our local venues!

1260 Bison (at MacArthur) Newport Beach, CA (949) 640-5011 (printable menus are on-line)


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