The Alley’s New Menu Will Have You Coming Back for More
Written By: Ashley Ruiz
Photographed By: Joshua Rhodes The Alley
While driving down PCH, a small green and white lighthouse catches your eye. A sign reading “The Alley,” hangs from it and you make a mental note to check it out. But, this time is different. You gaze upon a crowd of young and old walking out of the building, smiling and laughing before going on their way. You make a sharp turn into the parking lot, and walk past the couples enjoying a meal with their furry friends on the glass patio. ‘Next time I’ll have to bring my dog,’ you think.
Inside the dimly lit bar, your eyes skim the chocolate-bar tiled ceilings and the double-sided railway clock that breathes a feeling of nostalgia into the room. A server greets you with a warm smile like you’re the best of friends. She asks if you’d like to sit at the bar or the restaurant, and for some reason it feels natural to take a seat on one of the low bar stools. It’s a scene out of the infamous 80’s sitcom: a bar that feels like home, where everyone knows your name and the staff is always glad you came.
If you’ve never been to The Alley, let this be your call to action. If you have, chances are you want to go back – especially after hearing about these new menu items and classic entrees.
Let’s start with the dessert. Why not? We’re all adults here. One spoonful of fluffy whipped cheesecake, vanilla ice cream, and raspberry sauce will have you hooked on The Alley’s Famous Deep Fried Cheesecake “Xango.” The flaky, pastry tortilla-wrapped cheesecake is a treat that’s indulgent, creamy, and surprisingly light. Luckily, The Alley is offering a Xango with a Yelp check-in!
If you prefer your calories in a glass rather than on a plate, reach for the infamous Vesper Martini. Hand-shaken, not stirred, this drink is as smooth as Mr. Bond himself.
Looking for something new? Stimulate your senses with the sweet, spicy, and refreshing Cucumber Margarita. This triple threat is a mixture of Patrón Reposado, Patrón Citronge, agave, jalapeño, and a splash of cool cucumber to temper the heat.
Don’t fill up on dessert and drinks, though, because this casual, feel-good pub doubles as five-star culinary cuisine. Move over, 007, there’s a new secret agent in town.
The new Chopped Caprese Salad is a mix of spinach, basil, and artichoke hearts perfectly coated with a light, lemony vinaigrette perfectly suitable as a starter or a meal in itself. But why would you want to stop there?
Cut into the slow braised Lamb Shank, or rather, lightly graze your fork over the tender meat and watch it fall off the bone. Bring out the flavor of the gravy glazed lamb with a robust red wine – half off on Wednesdays!
The Spicy Chopped Chicken Scampi is tossed with a savory beurre blanc butter sauce and kick of red chili. It is, however, unparalleled with the creamy basil bleu cheese pasta and sliced filet. This dish is back by popular demand and appropriately named Jeff’s Special, because when guests at The Alley make special requests, Owner Jeff Chon listens. The succulent, buttery filet is delicious!
There is an exclusive pub menu that boasts The Alley’s take on “bar food.” Parmesan crusted Mac and Cheese, the savory Pub Burger with Fries and a Twice Baked Potato with chicken or steak that’s big enough for two are amongst the top features.
On Friday and Saturday nights, skip the at-home pregame and enjoy $5 Patrón and Crown apple shots, wells, wines, and drafts. I apologize in advance for the hangover I may have caused you. If that’s the case, quell your hangover with their weekend brunch and $10 bottomless mimosas. Hey, you’re on your own for Monday… unless you come in for their juicy $12 ribs.
Clearly, there’s not a day of the week that lacks an enticing special and not a thing on the menu that won’t excite your palate. Cheers!
4501 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
The Alley Newport Beach Launches New Innovative Menu