Holsteins at South Coast Plaza turns one this week and we are invited to celebrate its 1st birthday party with a tasting of the restaurant’s popular menu items.
We begin with Fried Pickles ($10) strips of tart pickles coated in breadcrumbs and oh so crispy. Served with an herb-caper mayo.
Moving on, Buffalo Chicken Dip ($12) arrives scorching hot in a skillet with a blend of blue cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing and chunks of chicken breast. We dip the tortilla chips into the dip and it is gooey goodness. I eat a few but stop myself from indulging too much.
Poutine ($10) is a plate of French fries topped with cheese curds, braised short ribs, and a really rich stout gravy. Add an egg ($1.50) and make a meal of it!
Next, we get a mini portion of Ahi Crunch Salad ($16 full portion) reminiscent of a Chinese chicken salad — with Napa cabbage, edamame, among other things — but with slices of seared ahi tuna instead of chicken. The soy peanut dressing is delicious! The table agrees it is a delightful mix of wonderful textures and flavors in one bite.
For our main course, we have a choice of burgers. My neighbor orders the Nom Nom ($15.50) which offers up a Kobe beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, crispy potato chips and 1000 Island dressing. He chooses onions rings as accompaniment.
I order Gold Standard ($15.50) a dry aged sirloin patty with smoked bacon, aged goat cheddar cheese, tomato confit, arugula, and garlic chive aioli. This is the restaurant’s most popular burger I’m told.
Because it’s a birthday party, we end with a “birthday milkshake” — a vanilla milkshake topped with birthday sprinkles.
Happy Birthday Holsteins!
Holsteins at South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626