Honda Center Debuts Revamped Food Offerings

Categories: Local Eats
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Arena food tastes better when garnished with Canuck tears.
Q: What's better than an awesome cheesesteak at OC's home of hockey?

A: An awesome cheesesteak with a Ducks home victory on top. Cue the Bro Hymn!

Honda Center executive chef Gretchen Schultz has redesigned the menu at almost every one of the eateries in the arena, from the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club to the hot dog stands. She's buying better ingredients, she's treating them simply, and she's not limiting the good stuff to the fancy restaurant on the middle level.

Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
The biggest addition to the food at the Honda Center is the Bluewater Grill, which has opened its first arena location on the 200 level. Given that it can get pretty chilly inside during the games, the very good clam chowder (exactly the same recipe as in Newport Beach and Tustin, no changes) is a good way to warm up. While the fish and chips are very good, the way to go might be the "shrimp roll", like a New England-style lobster roll, but with bay shrimp.

Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
The OC Grill has opened, also on the 200 level, serving cheesesteaks and hoagies. Arena or no arena, they serve a hell of a good cheesesteak, easily within the top 3 cheesesteaks in OC. House-baked bread helps (though an Amoroso roll wouldn't go amiss). Chicken steaks are available, but why? What are you, some kind of vegetarian?

Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Behold, one of the best cheesesteaks in OC. Really.
(If you are vegetarian, Oggi's has started selling a vegetarian pizza called the Hercules, you can get hummus, pita and vegetables at OC Grill and you can get fresh fruit from the Melissa's Produce-designed stand near the main entrance. Also, beer. Beer is vegetarian.)

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