Haven Gastropub elevates authenticity in craft beer, whisky and pub fare
Written by Susan Irby
Merriam-Webster defines gastropub as “a pub bar, or tavern that offers meals of high quality. Expand the definition to include high-quality craft beer and you’ve got Haven Gastropub. Now in its ninth year, it was one of the first such establishments in Orange County to feature craft beer exclusively. “Dedication to craft is our focus,” states Haven’s Beverage Director/Partner Wil Dee, a craft beer expert. Adds Executive Chef/Partner Greg Daniels, “We wanted to create a place that we would want to hang out, and where everything that goes out to the table—beer, spirits, and food—has been sourced with care, and we’re proud to serve to our guests.” The “beer board,” which features 14 draught beers, with selections changing frequently, complements the craft beer “book,” organized by style. But libations don’t stop there: Haven Gastropub offers meticulously sourced spirits, including a broad range of whiskey, gin, and more. From the kitchen, chef Daniels shares, “We’ve always taken classics and elevated them while also presenting new creative dishes.” From the pork belly to the local yellowfin and the black truffle béchamel Mac ‘n Cheese, a testament to Daniels’ approach is the number-one selling menu item, the Haven Burger—a custom grind that is grilled and topped with pickled red onion, roasted bell pepper, wild arugula, Saint Agur cheese and garlic aioli. Yet, the burger that won my heart is the Haven Breakfast Burger. Created for the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project, it features 25 percent mushroom chorizo with maple coffee bacon, sharp cheddar and a sunny side-up egg. Other menu highlights include the Jidori Chicken Wings with mango-Carolina reaper sauce, Grass-fed Beef Poutine, which is a melt-in-your-mouth haven of Stemple Creek Ranch beef, gravy, cheddar cheese curds, and pommes frites. For dessert, enjoy the House-Made Doughnuts and Molten Chocolate Tart.
Haven Gastropub 190 South Glassell Street, Old Towne Orange, CA 92866 ~ 714 221 0680 | HavenGastropub.com