An OC Native’s Fun-Filled Week Includes Endless Spaghetti

Executive Chef at Mesa Lounge Tells Us Where to Eat in the Neighborhood

Name: Niki Starr Executive Chef
Credentials: Executive Chef, Mesa Lounge



One of the best deals in town is on Monday nights: Endless spaghetti at Black Knight at Triangle Square. After you get your fill in carbs, head down to Tavern Bowl for industry night bowling.



I love tacos, well Mexican food in general, but my go-to Taco Tuesday is Great Mex (cheap and delicious tacos). And for late night music and dancing, FOCUS at Tapas by the airport.


Wine Lab at The Camp has a great happy hour where you can get a sommelier wine flight for only $8. La Cave is the place to be late night—always bringing super talented DJ’s, dancing, and drinks.



My fave night at Mesa is Thursday with our PLUS + ONE party curated by our staff and the MDA promotional team. With dinner starting at 6 p.m., my favorite entrée is my Red Wine Braised Short Rib with a sherry cream sauce and house made gnocchi.



While I can’t remember the last Friday night I had off, I can tell you what I would do if I were to have one: Dinner at Vaca from my amazing mentor, Chef Amar Santana, and then see a show at Segerstrom Center for the Arts or a concert at The Observatory.



I am always up for the grilled skirt steak, bilbao chorizo and sunny side up eggs offered at Habana’s brunch menu on weekend mornings. Pair it with a mixed Sangria and you’ve got yourself the perfect Saturday morning ritual.



Once I have caught up on rest from the crazy work weekend, I like to meet up with friends for my favorite food group: RAMEN! Shin Sen Gumi in Fountain Valley is my favorite.

Mesa Lounge
725 Baker St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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