Jason Quinn’s Playgound is open

Follow them on twitter at @PlaygroundDTSA

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

There’s meter parking around the area (free after 8pm) and a parking garage a block away.

Playground is opened at 11:00 am and they joked closes when the last customer leaves.
They are also closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The menu changes daily.  This is the menu for the soft opening

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 Quinn saying hello

Hangar steak with creamed spinach

Farmer Daughter’s pudding


Thanksgiving woopie pie

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