Chef Jason’s Playground is now open

Chef Jason Quinn, formerly from the Lime Truck, opened his own restaurant called Playground located at 220 E. Fourth Street in downtown Santa Ana.

I was invited to the soft opening on Wednesday, November 16, and my friends and I decided to order everything from the menu and share.

The menu looked like a flashback of all the favorites that the Lime Truck once served.  To me,  the food that Jason created is why I became such a fan of the Lime Truck!

The food is made fresh, by hand, and based on seasonal availability. Melissa Produce is the main produce supplier, Blackmarket Bakery does their desserts,  and portions are tapas style, easy for sharing with friends. In fact, its best if you bring a group of friends so you CAN try everything!  It truly is a feast for the eyes and palate.

The restaurant has a full bar, with beers on tap from the local breweries.

The official opening date is Friday, November 18.  There’s 2-hour meter parking around the area (free after 8pm) and a parking garage a block away.  Playground is opened at 11:00 am and closes when the last customer leaves (that’s what Jason said!). They are closed on Mondays.

Follow them on twitter at @PlaygroundDTSA

Welcome to Playground

The list of beers on tap

Brussel sprouts with country ham
Butternut squash with Duck Confit
Tandori chicken
The dining area is communal style

The Playground Burger
Blistered shishito peppers with edamame
Duck fat fries
Pork bellies in a steamed bun
Handmade buccatini
Homemade pickles
Chopped salad
Our bread, your butter
PEI Steamed Mussels
Risotto with fresh moscovy duck
Queso Fundido with House goat chorizo, ghost chili, queso chihuahua & corn chips
Homemade gnocchi
Chef Jason saying hello
Hangar steak with creamed spinach
Farmer Daughter’s pudding
Thanksgiving woopie pie

Saturday: Food trucks at claremont

Claremont High School food truck fundraiser is Saturday

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We here in San Bernardino County are relative newbies to the food truck game, with the first major food truck festival happening earlier this year, and a lessening of restrictions by county officials happening during the summer.

Claremont, however, is in Los Angeles County.

How come I haven’t heard of food truck festivals happening there?

Well, it just so happens there’s one coming this Saturday (November 19).

It’s being put on by the Claremont High School Music Boosters and will benefit the school’s bands and color guard.

Dubbed the Food Truck Mania, it’s a smallish event — 14 trucks are currently in the lineup — but in my experience, smaller events are better if you want to actually eat something. The lines tend to be smaller and shorter lines usually translate to quicker prep times.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Claremont High School, 1600 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

Admission is $3 for CUSD students with ID, and $5 for everyone else. Those under five are free.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Follow the jump for a list of the current lineup.