The year of the burger
It's been a great year for burger joints in Orange County. We've eaten more burgers in the past 12 months than Popeye's pal Wimpy.
Husky Boy, Umami, A Restaurant, Slater's and Crow Burger are just a few of our favorites. Now, Crow Burger Kitchen in Newport Beach will be celebrating its one-year anniversary on Friday by giving away a $10 gift card from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. to every customer who orders a burger.
We say go for the Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger with black pepper cheese, cream cheese, goat cheese, fried onion, garlic mayo and wheat English muffin. Feel like playing it safe? Then order the Crow Boy burger, with American cheese, house-made ketchup, pickle relish, shredded lettuce on a buttermilk bun.
Each day, the sister restaurant to Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona del Mar grinds a top-secret proprietary blend of house-ground meats (prime, chuck, short rib, brisket and hanger steak) for its artisan burgers, and uses freshly-made buttermilk buns at a local bakery, organic vegetables, house-made ketchup and smoked bacon.
You're welcome to build your own burger by adding Crow chili, gourmet cheeses, caramelized onion, jalapeno peppers or make it hangover style with a fried organic hen's egg, smoked bacon and sharp cheddar.
Add a side of duck fat fries with house-made ketchup, or grilled green bean fries with olive tapenade, and the sweet potato fries are tasty.
Crow Burger Kitchen is at 3107 Newport Blvd. For more information, call (949) 673-2747, or visit http://www.crowburgerkitchen.com.
Get set for Nordstrom sale
Nordstrom's annual Anniversary Sale starts Friday. Before the season officially begins, you can snap up hot fall merchandise reduced through Aug. 5.
Find clothing, shoes and accessories from top brands, including Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Michael Kors, Free People, Cole Haan, Theory, Vince, John Varvatos, Boss Black, Diesel, Frye and many more. Also, find limited-edition beauty products and special deals from Clarisonic, MAC, Smashbox, NARS, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Philosophy, Kiehl's, La Mer, Voluspa.
In Orange County you can shop at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza, Nordstrom Brea Mall, Nordstrom Santa Ana, Nordstrom Mission Viejo, Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum or Nordstrom Fashion Island. For more information, visit nordstrom.com.
GREER WYLDER writes Greer's OC for the Huntington Beach Independent each Thursday and the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot each Friday. She's the founder and president of greersoc.com, a free daily email service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.