By the Numbers: Sea Legs
There are many Los Angeles Italian restaurants, and Sea Legs is one that stands out. That’s why it’s among the finalists for The Taste of Groupon Awards. Read on to learn how one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles stacks up.
320 Main in Seal Beach is one of the many Los Angeles restaurants where Chef Alexander Dale honed his culinary skills before joining Sea Legs.
2012—the year Sea Legs won the OC Restaurant Association’s Golden Foodie Award for best California cuisine.
4,000 unique bottles are housed in the restaurant’s spacious wine cellar, along with 40 wine lockers
10 craft cocktails are available, including unique takes on classics, like the candied-bacon old-fashioned
2 days each week—Saturday and Sunday—when brunch is served at Sea Legs
To Master Chef Massimo Navarretta—who grew up farming and wine-making in Campania, Italy—it makes little sense to separate wine from food. At his eatery Onotria, which received Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence in 2011 and 2012, he groups dishes on the menu by wine pairing, rather than by main ingredient or ability to be balanced on the tip of a tiny dessert spoon. Seafood-based plates, such as prosciutto-wrapped tiger shrimp or poached octopus with artichokes, complement a glass of dry, sparkling white wine. Lightly breaded pork medallions accompany a light, dry red, while hearty lamb chops or filet go with a bolder varietal such as zinfandel or merlot. These dishes can serve as tasting plates for groups, entrees for individuals, or finger food for visiting giants.
To create the seasonal menu, the kitchen uses hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, as well as organic and biodynamic ingredients. Meals are served under a high-peaked ceiling with wooden rafters, in a dining room with exposed-brick columns and mottled walls that echo the look of an old-country trattoria.
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Thompkin Cellars in Costa Mesa is the place to be.
Driving to Thompkin Cellars? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
Thompkin Cellars may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
At this self-described urban microwinery, vintners crush, age, and bottle their own vintages using local California grapes. Inside its capacious cellars, juices from grapes grown in regions such as Paso Robles, Napa, and Sonoma age in oak barrels. The resulting vintages are available for purchase onsite, online, or through a nearby genie, and also fill glasses Thursday–Sunday in the attached tasting room. There, patrons can meander through rows of barrels, stop to rest their glass on a granite-topped bar, and on nicer days, catch a salt-sprinkled breeze through the open warehouse door.
Handcrafted, full-bodied wines are the standard at Orange Coast Winery, where head winemaker Doug Wiens creates a number of varietals with grapes sourced from across the state. At the new Ocean Cellar tasting room in Corona Del Mar, visitors are invited to partake in luxurious wine tastings, where they sample a variety of the fermented fruits of Wiens' labor. Available throughout the season, some varietals include a Syrah reserve, a spicy Tempranillo, a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, and
a 2012 reserve Cabernet Sauvignons.
With its long wine list and TVs in the bar area, the store has enough to keep oenophiles and sports fans happy.
Cocktail enthusiasts will be happy to know that Wine Gallery has affordable and tasty liquor and spirit options.
At Wine Gallery, drivers can make use of the street and valet parking nearby.