First timer at Eat Chow! I’ve heard about this place from many of my foodie friends, but I’ve been too lazy to travel to Newport or Costa Mesa. Finally, Eat Chow opens a (larger) location in downtown Santa Ana, just steps from the popular 4th Street Market and Jason Quinn’s Playground.
I met some friends here for lunch on a cold, rainy day. I really wanted a hot sandwich but when our server said the Soup of the Day was Mushroom Bisque, I was sold and ordered a bowl of that and some fries. What kind of fries? I thought. They had 3 to choose from: plain, truffle or sweet potato. Since I couldn’t decide, our server suggested 1/2 and 1/2 with the truffle and sweet. Done! My companions ordered sandwiches, the Media Noche Cuban sandwich and the Chow Club for the other. Both came with salad, and they chose the mixed greens.
The fries came out first, piping hot, and a generous serving which was plenty for the 3 of us. The truffled fries were shoestring cut, thin like matchsticks. If you’re into thick cut fries, these may not be for you, but I am a huge fan of the skinny ones, and gobbled them up. The sweet potato fries were perfectly fried, and addicting as well. Both were served with a chipotle ketchup and the plain ol ketchup.
My soup was truly a mushroom fans delight. The bisque wasn’t as creamy as I had hoped, and in fact, I was tempted to ask for a dollop of sour creme. It was hot, filling and hit the spot on the cold day. The server asked if I wanted a side of baguette, which I assumed was complimentary. Found out it was not, but a small charge of $1.50. I could have passed on that, and used the fries instead. The girls seemed to enjoy their sandwich. They gave me a bite and it was tasty.
Everyone seemed to love their food, and we’re penciling in another get together. Parking available on the street or in the lot behind the restaurant, which shares with Yost and Playground. I believe its $1.50 for 1 1/2 hour of parking.