The Wild Goose Tavern isn’t your average hunting lodge. This upscale saloon specializes in elevated pub fare served alongside seasonal beers. Happy hour is served Monday to Friday from 3 to 7 pm, when all food items on their happy hour menu (including a classic cheeseburger and bratwursts) are just $5. Pair these with any of the drink specials, like $3.50 Coors Light drafts or $1 off well drinks, and you’ve got an incredible meal at an incredible price.
Everyone who stops in goes, ahem, wild, over the Wild Goose Tavern. The atmosphere is a hunting lodge mixed with a little bit of hipster dive bar, plus it has a breezy outdoor patio (perfect for brunch) and corner booths. The Wild Goose has extra long hours, 10 a.m.-2 a.m., because patrons just can’t get enough of this neighborhood favorite. Happy hour is from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and loaded with tasty options, plus the Tavern also has a weekly special. Don’t miss out on the Kobe dog or the sweet potato and goat cheese fritters.
Chefs, restaurateurs and food journalists descended on the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel Sunday to celebrate the achievement of local culinary experts.
The Golden Foodie Awards, now in their fourth year, recognize the best culinary stars at independent Orange County restaurants and are the people’s choice of food awards.
Culinary writer and Food Network television personality Simon Majumdar led the ceremony and bestowed the 14-karat gold Golden Foodie statues on winners.
The winners were announced at Sunday’s gala, which the Los Angeles Times, parent company of the Daily Pilot sponsored.
Winner of the 2015 Golden Foodie Awards:
Bartender of the Year 2015: Alex Filkins (Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa)
Though this establishment has a great patio, folks in Orange County primarily frequent this Tavern for the delicious food and décor, which reminds patrons of a hunting lodge. Stuffed stags, beavers, and other critters surround the interior as customers enjoy their cocktails and seasonal beers. Calling their menu “elevated pub grub,” Wild Goose offers burgers and salads as well as white truffle fries. It’s their wide selection of sausages though, that really stands out on the menu. Like a neighborhood bar, the Wild Goose Tavern can attract an overflow crowd at times.
Sometimes it’s all about the drinks. One Friday night when we met friends in Costa Mesa for some killer cocktails at Wild Goose Tavern – refreshing Moscow mules and a bourbony drink called the General – I kept seeing plates glide by with hearty munchies. OC Restaurant Week is my chance to try them for $20 per person. Their three-course dinner includes a choice of three items. I’m going Southern comfort food with my picks: pulled pork fries, peppadew cheddar burger and bananas foster bread pudding for dessert.
Wild Goose Tavern recently celebrated its two-year anniversary by holding a fundraising party that netted $22,110 for Newport Beach-based We Are Ocean, a non-profit charity dedicated to reinvigorating and enriching the lives of cancer patients and survivors.
Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa has raised thousands of dollars for charity since the popular restaurant opened its doors in 2012, and they’ve done it again with their 2nd Annual Luau & Pig Roast held June 22.
Proceeds from this year’s event totaled more than $11,000, and benefitted Irvine-based Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California.
Costa Mesa’s Wild Goose Tavern made a donation today of nearly $5,500 to the American Red Cross tornado relief efforts. In response to the Category 5 Tornado that ripped across Oklahoma and Texas this Monday, Wild Goose dedicated 100% of its total proceeds from Tuesday’s business in support of those whose lives were touched by the devastation.
“We can’t thank our guests enough for the incredible support,” said Wild Goose co-owner Mario Marovic. “As soon as we heard the news, we wanted to find a way to support those in need and making a donation to the Red Cross was an obvious choice. It warms our hearts to see how much the community cares and we’re thrilled to make even the smallest difference.”
Red Cross representative Dave Martinson joined Marovic, co-owner Andrew Gabriel, and general manager Dan Noon at Wild Goose where a check for $5,459 was presented, earmarked specifically toward tornado relief efforts.
Those who were unable to join in the fundraiser on Tuesday are invited to text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a secure $10 donation through their wireless carrier, or visit www.redcross.org to learn how they can help in the tornado relief effort.
About the Red Cross:
Founded by Clara Barton in 1881, The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross operates under the fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.
About Wild Goose Tavern:
Wild Goose Tavern is located at 436 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. In addition to classically-crafted cocktails, seasonal craft beers, and a vast selection of premium spirits, Wild Goose offers guests a menu comprised of artisanal burgers, tacos, and gourmet sausages. Open daily from 10am for lunch and dinner with cocktails ‘til 2am. On-site parking available. Private bookings at email@example.com. For more information, call 949.722.9453 or visit goosebar.com
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Tonight only, the restaurant has announced on its Facebook that it will donate 100% of all its Taco Tuesday food and drink sales to the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross with proceeds directed to tornado disaster relief.
“The Wild Goose Tavern is the newest bar in Costa Mesa that not only serves up strong cocktails but also a consortium of delectable sausage treats.”
“When I first got wind that a new bar was opening in Costa Mesa, I was not that interested. But then I heard that it would have good pub food, cocktails made with fresh ingredients, a pretty extensive whiskey collection as well as small-batch spirits, they had my attention! I anxiously awaited its opening day but today, the wait was over.”
“The menu will feature elevated pub food that was a collaborated effort by Marovic, Gabriel and their culinary trained chefs. The menu will feature house made sauces, gourmet pub burgers, sausages and salads. They will serve locally sourced boar, alligator and rabbit sausage perfect paired with a craft cocktail menu with the bar’s very own resident mixologist.”
“These days, OC’s most anticipated drinking joints aren’t velvet rope, pinkie-raising hotspots with snooty bartenders and microscopic, overpriced appetizers. Instead, we’re seeing a crop of new watering holes that seem cozy, casual and inviting, where everybody knows your name (well, maybe).”
“They quite possibly will have the largest whiskey menu in the area. Housemade foods include even their sauces and condiments! Early visitors have talked about how comfortable and at home they feel with the relaxing ambiance and refurnished decor.”
With an array of signature, handcrafted cocktails by professional mixologists and draught and bottled beers, including locally brewed craft beers, the Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa promises to be the premier destination for tasty libations once it opens this fall. Complete with a full menu featuring burgers, seafood, and exotic, locally made sausages, this watering hole is fit for any occasion. The retro, lodge-like décor, complete with reclaimed wood walls and rustic mirrors, provides character and vibe, and the ambiance will surely make the Goose a favorite haven for those seeking a unique and fun night out. Lead mixologist Kevin Eyles’ Mango Habanero Margarita exemplifies the refreshing offerings of Wild Goose’s cocktail menu with its sweet flavors of mango and precise heat of habanero-infused tequila. Made with house-infused habanero Sauza Hornitos Reposado, fresh habanero mango puree, hand-muddled fresh mango and mint, lime juice, and topped with Sprite with mango and mint garnish, the Mango Habanero Margarita’s undeniable flavor appeases the senses.
“The warm, lodge vibe comes alive with interior decorations such as a mounted ram’s head, a mythical jackalope, and of course, a Canadian goose, among other taxidermic treasures. A stained-glass lamp situated over a corner booth is an relic from the original Wild Goose in Anaheim.”
“We wanted to create a place that we wanted to hang out in,” co-owner and Newport Beach native Andrew Gabriel said. “Not a regular old bar or night club, but we kept family and friends in mind when thinking about our concept because we wanted that cozy atmosphere that brings people together.”
“We love to explore food and drinks with our friends and families,” Gabriel said. “We just pulled a bunch of ideas from different places we’ve visited outside of Orange County, San Francisco being the main source of inspiration.”
Wild Goose Tavern is set to open in Costa Mesa early November 2012. Nestled within the Westcliff area, Wild Goose aspires to be much more than a local watering hole. The intimate bar, owned by Mario Marovic and Andrew Gabriel, will provide guests with straightforward, world-class cocktails, seasonal beers and elevated pub grub in a space that’s cozy and casual with vintage décor reminiscent of a hunting lodge saloon.
“We wanted to create a place with laid back atmosphere, where guests can enjoy quality libations and artisanal fare without being stuffy and overly pretentious,” said Marovic. “The type of place where you can relax and unwind among friends in a quaint and comfortable setting, that’s the Goose.”
In addition to classically-crafted cocktails made using fresh, high-quality ingredients, guests will find a select range of draught and bottled craft beer, premium wines by the half bottle, as well as shelves stocked with single barrel whiskeys and small-batch spirits.
Basic in concept with a culinary twist, the scratch-made menu will be comprised of artisanal burgers and tacos, a wide range of locally-made bratwurst sausage, and seasonal salads, among an assortment of pub-style appetizers. Many sauces, including ketchup will be house-made. Whenever possible, the menu will also showcase locally-sourced fresh produce and ingredients.
In line with its lodge motif, comfy diamond-tufted booths and banquettes back up to walls trimmed with vintage wood scaffolding planks, an array of taxidermy including a Canadian goose, ram, beaver, and tossed in for good measure, a mythical “jackalope,” or two. A blend of framed hunting prints and paintings, retro beer signs, repurposed lighting fixtures fashioned from old chicken feeders, and a large vintage American flag further punctuate the authentic rustic vibe. With plenty of natural elements throughout the space, it will be hard not to feel enveloped by its warm ambiance.
At the heart of the room stands a unique, curved bar topped with classic hammered copper, while the hand-built back bar is completely clad in raw, reclaimed wood picked from an old barn in Tennessee. Tables, chairs and barstools are equally unique, each hand-made from raw materials. A small, yet cozy outdoor patio is decked with a wrap-around banquette, providing yet another space for guests to relax and enjoy.
In time for the holidays, the doors are scheduled to open to the public in early November following a week of soft openings including private bookings and charity events.
Wild Goose Tavern is located at 436 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Open daily from 10am for lunch and dinner with cocktails ‘til 2am. On-site parking available. Private bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 949.722.9453 or visitgoosebar.com