UPDATED: Eric Doran, Co-Owner of Eat Chow, Killed in Car Accident

Categories: Local Eats
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Putting the finishing touches on breakfast.
John Gilhooley/OC Weekly

5/31/11 - Posted on Eat Chow's Facebook page:
Kat, Eric's wife, is coming home from the hospital today. Eat Chow is happy for her speedy recovery because we love her. We've missed her a lot.


Eric Doran was originally scheduled to be our featured chef for last week's On the Line; he even sat down for a photo session with us. However, co-owner Brian McReynolds told us two weeks ago Eric wouldn't be able to conduct the interview as previously planned, so we tried to reschedule our interview for another time. We were able to take pictures of Eric, and we looked forward to catching up with his many talents.

But tragedy struck early Friday morning, as Doran and his wife were involved in a collision along Highway 101 in Ventura County en route to a car show. Doran passed away; his wife sustained serious injuries but survived.

Eat Chow opened its doors in 2009 inside the Closet clothing store off Newport Boulevard to immediate praise, and Eric had been planning for some time to open a second restaurant.

Eat Chow's Facebook page is filled with the memories of fans, friends and family, to whom our thoughts and prayers go out. Services are pending, and we will publish the details as they become available. As our own tribute, after the jump are the photographs taken earlier this month by John Gilhooley of Eric displaying his culinary talent. Requiescat in pace, Eric; your kindness will not be forgotten, and your genius will live on with the thousands of people who'll forever remember your wonderful creations.

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John Gilhooley/OC Weekly


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John Gilhooley/OC Weekly
Doran's ground chuck beef burger with fries.

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Huevos rancheros from the A.M. menu.
John Gilhooley/OC Weekly

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Location Info

Eat Chow

1802 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA

Category: Restaurant


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7 comments
King_dragon76
King_dragon76

Thank you Eric for you opportunity i miss you my friend

Luke
Luke

This is terrible news. I am a regular patron of Eat Chow, and it was always a great pleasure to chat with Eric, he was a great guy. My sincere condolences to his family. May he rest in peace. 

Larson5
Larson5

Thank you for sharing these recent photos, I'm sure his family will love them! We will all miss Eric very much!

Love you Eric!!!

mary
mary

Eric was a friend if mine in Memphis. His heart was as big as his food was tasty. He'll be sorely missed. RIP Eric.

Cindy
Cindy

Horrible news. My heart goes out to his family and friends

Towelie
Towelie

Super sad. I feel really bad for his wife and family. Stuff like this is hard to heal and the community needs to show support.

I skate by that place at least 5 times a week and is a great addition to the spirit of Costa Mesa.  This is such bad news.

Thanks for the 411.

Christian Z.
Christian Z.

Thank you, Eric, for all the great meals I had there. Rest in Peace.

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