220 E 4th St, Ste 102
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Cuisine: American (New)
Sat, 08/20/2016, 8:30pm reservation
Once was the Lime Truck has now been turned into a brick and mortar spot. The winners of the Great Food Truck Race Season 2 have developed something special at this Downtown Santa Ana eatery. The menu is constantly changing and geared towards providing fresh ingredients as they come. It's globally inspired and they make note of what country or person offers that inspiration for the dish.
The interior actually is nothing special. It's simple, with yellow painted walls and a bar. They have a decent selection of beer, cocktails and wine.
In terms of ordering, if you're into changing your dishes rather than ordering as is, this place isn't for you. You must order as is. If you're not happy with how something tastes, they'll be happy to put in something more suitable for your palate.
Overall, the Playground is probably one of, if not, the best restaurant in Orange County. The menu is playful (hence the name) and I love that it's geared towards fresh ingredients while utilizing a seasonal menu. They've done something pretty special here and no wonder it's always pretty booked. Tip: There's a parking structure around the corner making it conveniently easy.
Notable dishes: Black Mission Fig Sticky Toffee Pudding, Pan Roasted Corn and Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken