Coming in hot and fresh from the Vegas strip is Holsteins Shakes and Buns. With an emphasis on fresh, natural, and organic, the very first California location has found a home in the heart of Orange County, at the South Coast Plaza, adjacent to Bloomingdales (taking over the spot that once used to be Charlie Palmer).
Holding fast to its Vegas roots, the new location in Costa Mesa features a menu of a specialty burgers, house-made sausages, riffs on traditional American snacks and appetizers as well as a tempting and tasty variety of shakes.
Holsteins first opened its doors in September and has just recently launched a new happy hour menu to get customers well acquainted with their fun, trendy menu items. Happy hour at Holsteins will be held Monday-Thursday at two different times: 4-7pm and 10pm to close. I love the late night happy hour because it’s a rare day that I ever make it to these insanely early happy hours in Orange County and I think more restaurants need to realize how late it is we all work. Who needs drinks at 10pm? Me, please.
If you’re looking for variety in your happy hour, I’m happy to announce that the Holsteins happy hour menu will change seasonally. Much like the wine and beer they have in a cellar (that can be seen upon entering).
Speaking of beer, the Costa Mesa location of Holsteins is proud of showcase some of the finest California breweries with their beer flights. When offered an opportunity to try one, I couldn’t pass it up. Our beer flight featured these four amazing beers and breweries: 21st Amendment – Hell or High Watermelon; Ballast Point – Grunion Pale Ale; The Dudes – Grandma’s Pecan Nut Brown; Left Coast – Asylum Bourbon Barrel and Coffee Aged Triple Belgian Ale.
To start things off for the newly launched happy hour at Holsteins, we sampled the two featured appetizers for the current season – Poutine (fried egg, stout gravy, braised short rib and cheddar cheese curds) and the Buffalo Cheese Dip (shredded chicken in a buffalo and bleu cheese sauce). Both appetizers are hearty and perfect for the Fall season.
While diving into our appetizers, I happened to glance over at the beverage menu and noticed a cocktail that appealed to me – the Beers Knees. It’s a blend of Hoegaarden Hefeweizen and Nolets Gins and I was curious how they’d pull off gin and beer and it did not disappoint. You’ll get the same level of refreshment you’d expect from a cold glass of beer with an added twist of lemon.
Considering we were dining at a place known for their shakes and buns, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try their two famous burgers – The Big Fat Greek and the Gold Standard. My favorite, and quite possibly yours as well (once you try it) was the Big Fat Greek. I was sold from the first bite of the juicy greek spiced lamb and feta cream. Some lamb burgers are dry but this one stays moist and you’re left craving each bite.
But if lamb is not your thing, definitely check out the Gold Standard made with dry aged beef sirloin, smoked bacon, tomato confit, and a creamy steak sauce. You can get your burgers with onion rings, sweet potato fries, or just normal fries.
If you’re not already too full, Holsteins has an impressive list of shakes to round out your meal. I recommend the The Fat Boy – it’s a mix of almost every candy and vodka. What’s not to love?
Aside from shakes, Holsteins has a great dessert menu. We decided on the Moo Moo Platter which has a little bit of everything from the dessert menu (including, get this – nitro meringues!) and washed it down with a root beer float that was spiked with Not Your Father’s Root Beer.
It’s exciting to have Holsteins in a central location in Orange County with a fun menu and an impressive cocktail list that caters to almost every palate. If you’re looking for the next hot spot, check out Holsteins.