Last week we had the pleasure of indulging in the best brunch bites in all of Orange County at OCWeekly’s Fresh Toast. It might have been raining outside but my belly was full of sunshine as I left completely stuffed. This year brought new epic bloody marys and cuisine from some of the tastiest restaurants around. This is always one of our highly recommended events and this year even the gift bags were worth more than the price of admission. Lucky for you we snagged an extra one to give to our readers! You can see all of our amazing photos and find out how to enter below!
First, let’s start with the Bloody Mary’s. Pictured above you”ll see my top choice for this year’s bloody mary battle. This delicious bloody mary made by The Country Club really set things off with a delicious housemade bloody mary mix topped with a “scotch olive”. The bloody mary had a classic tomato base with smoked paquilla pepper and kettle one vodka. In addition, the scotch olive was prepared with a blend of lamb and beef, covering a Spanish green olive. It was then fried with their special breading and seasoning. So clever and creative!
SeaSalt Woodfire Grill described their bloody as a simple, classic Bloody Mary that they just through together garnished with house, slow roasted tri-tip, linguisa sausage, cheddar cheese, and fresh herbs. Additionally, it was rimmed with a fabulous lime salt. I admit, we especially enjoyed this bloody mary because of the accompaniments.
Next, it would not be brunch without some chicken and waffles. We were beyond impressed with the way Krave in Irvine perfected their chicken wings. There is an art to creating a perfect chicken wing. The skin should always be super crispy and the sauce should be just enough to keep it that way.
The Cannery in Newport Beach never disappoints and this year guests were all about their creme brulee french toast. It was aces in my book!
Finally was the delicious coffee from Thunderking Coffee Bar in Costa Mesa. Their salted caramel latte made with cashew milk and Thunderking nitro coffee brew was a hit. This is not just your average coffee. For instance, each special cup is brewed at a specific ph level to maximize the smoothness and flavor of the coffee.
Did you have a chance to attend OCWeekly’s Fresh Toast? Which brunch bite was your favorite?
Want to win your own Fresh Toast Gift Bag? Items include tickets to Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach, Smart Cups energy drink, N.4 hair care products, and other fun goodies.