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Valhalla Table Closes at The Camp :-(

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Just over two years. That's the amount of time Costa Mesa's ode to sausage and beer lasted. We didn't learn about this by driving past, or even their website. Actually, it was from an acquaintance's check-in on foursquare (thanks Dan!) Saturday night that caught my attention. He noted, "Closing for good on Monday!? Not good."

A quick call verified the intel; their final day of business was actually Sunday.

Ehrline and Liz Karnaga's second foray into indulgences, Valhalla Table was the quirky doppelganger to LA's Wurstkuche. Their original home, Layer Cake Bakery, still remains along a modest strip mall off Barranca in Irvine.

When we inquired further, the voice on the other end mentioned monetary reasons. Specifially, rent at the hipster entertainment venue was on the rise (surprise, surprise), and business could not keep up with a hike. So with the stagnant economy, property management felt the need to squeeze more out of their tenants? Gee, thanks--but what else can we expect from Shaheen Sadeghi?

Despite efforts to expand their menu to include customizable entrees like salads and burgers, Valhalla's gastronomical contributions are now a part of history. Our cravings for hops, meat and potatoes will have to seek refuge elsewhere.

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roni
roni

I'm so sad!  That place was a favorite!  Really good food AND good service!  :(

Guest
Guest

I'm going to miss the fries, the bratwurst and the beers.  Hope it opens elsewhere and hope the rent hike does not affect other places at the Camp, like Taco Asylum.

Tyler_saber
Tyler_saber

damn! that place was one of my faves. lame!

Oceansize_72
Oceansize_72

I would love to know where the manager guy with the baseball cap on backwards ends up. He gave fantastic service and was a big reason why we kept going back.

DanGarion
DanGarion

Fortunately I was able to try it out before closing on Saturday.

Nope
Nope

That really sucks, it was a great place to eat. Bummed :(

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