Saturday, September 13, 2014

Slidebar's Menu Tasting, September 10th, 2014

Lovely evening for a menu preview

This past Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to preview the Slidebar's new menu which also featured craft beer paired with each item.  Usually, when I think of the Slidebar, I think of mixed drinks and loud music.  While there's nothing wrong with mixed drinks and loud music, I also enjoy eating food and drinking craft beer.  The Slidebar has recently employed a new award-winning chef, Oge Dalken, who has designed a menu which appeals to a broad range of tastes.  The new menu items feature locally grown, hormone-free, and responsibly grown ingredients from a variety of Orange County vendors.  Using local products reinforces the Slidebar's belief in supporting local music as well as food. 
Craft beers used for pairings, was great to see some local beers!
The menu preview night included selections from the appetizers, entrees, and dessert sections of the new menu.  Each item was paired with a craft beer, which further enhanced the flavors and experience.  As a self-professed "picky eater" I was happily surprised with the selections on the menu.  While I must admit, some of the selections made me nervous to try, I can say that I enjoyed all of them.  The Coulotte Steak made from a choice top sirloin cap, coated in coffee-coco rub, wrapped in bacon and topped with velvety beef demi, sundried bing cherries, stilton blue cheese and served on Dijon mashed potatoes was both mine and my boyfriend's favorite item from the evening.  We both thought that the flavor was well balanced and was prepared immaculately.  We were able to share with Chef Dalken how much we enjoyed the steak, and he told us it is one of his favorite dishes to make.

Side patio, which I never had noticed before!
From "picky eaters" like myself to "foodies" like my boyfriend, I think the new menu has something for everyone.  I'm very excited to see that another well-established venue in Orange County is taking the plunge into the world of craft beer as well as incorporating a menu which is enhanced with beer pairings.

Pizza Port Ponto Session IPA
Ahi sliders paired with Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA
Coney Dog paired with Ninkasi Tricerahops DIPA
Mac N' Cheese paired with Chimay Trappist Ale
Chicken & Waffles paired with Bootlegger's Pumpkin Ale
Coulotte Steak paired with Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown Ale

Banana Bread Beer Float with Wells Banana Bread Beer

Owner Jeremy Popoff talking with guests about the new menu


  1. My mouth is watering reading about the food and especially the drinks. Looks amazing!

  2. It was a great evening, I can't wait to go back! Thanks for reading! : )