This is Part One in a series from my journey to Orange County, CA. My visit there occurred two years ago in April 2011 but I felt the reviews and such should be finally posted. Enjoy!
I arrived in Orange County at noon local time, but as I was flying there from Atlanta it had been about 8 hours since a nasty fast food airport breakfast and to say I was ravenous was an understatement. I arrived at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, got checked in a made a beeline for the restaurant Del Sol. While my neighbor had raved about the buffet at the Hyatt I had to take a pass. I was hungry but not so hungry that I was going to be able to eat 25 bucks worth of breakfast food. I asked for a menu.
It was a toss-up between the $14 Reuben or the $15 burger. I was leaning toward the Reuben as it truly takes a lot of effort to mess up a sandwich and while not looking for a gourmet experience the hotel kitchen was as yet untested. If I’m paying $15 for a hamburger it better be a damn good hamburger. I took a risk and ordered a Wagyu Style Kobe Beef burger cooked medium. The bun came loaded with 8 ounces of ground kobe beef, white cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, a fried egg, tomatoes, lettuce and a thin slice of grilled pineapple. Now I wasn’t sure about the slice of fruit on a bed of beef but in this sandwich it worked. It was absolutely delicious and worth every penny. The burger was cooked correctly, neatly assembled and a mouthful. Instead of fries I got a salad of field greens lightly dressed with a nice vinaigrette. It was perfect and tasty.
So far the hotel was batting 1000.
(Note: The restaurant is now dubbed SHOR American Seafood Grill and they do offer a hamburger with different ingredients but I feel comfortable in assuming that it would be every bit as tasty as what Del Sol offered.)