Bacchus Bar and Bistro - Irvine, CA

What better way to survive the mid-week slump then having Wine Wednesday with coworkers. With our small group of three, we headed to a local wine bar nearby. Bacchus is a hidden watering hole located off the 405 freeway inside the Quail Hill Plaza. They've got a pretty good selection of bottles (wine and craft beers) and about 4-6 beer selections on tap. The staff are supremely knowledgeable and helpful in narrowing down options if you are indecisive like we were. Some bottles are available for tasting, so ask if you can try before you buy. We settled on a bottle of Saldo, a robust, fruity red Zinfandel.

And then there's cheese. Cheeseboard offerings are three for $11 or five for $16, which is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me! Comes with one choice of bread or crackers. I had a couple in mind, but asked our server for recommendations, in which she mentioned a cheese that was off menu.

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So, we took her word and went with the following selections: Corazon de Rondo Manchego (sheep, Spain), Chevre with Rose Preserves (goat, France), Barely Buzzed with espresso grounds and lavender (recommended) and French bread. The board came with a side of grapes and quince paste. The Chevre was paired with honey and a bit of honeycomb. Absolute perfection!

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As soon as we sat down, a couple things caught our eye that we had to order. Luckily, a Yelp check-in will get you 25% off a bistro item with a purchase of a glass of wine. So yes, we were all in for food. Plus, we needed some food to fill our bellies.

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One of the items my coworkers were excited for was the Lobster Grilled Cheese. You heard right. Lobster, brie, cheddar and mayo on sourdough. The crust was crisp, it was cheesy and it was delicious.

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I love pork belly, so this immediately caught my attention - Glazed Pork Belly Tacos. It was GLORIOUS!! Three corn tortillas packed with pork belly, spicy/sweet soy reduction, kimchi salsa, cabbage and cilantro. I really dig the kimchi salsa, the pork belly was well marinated and the reduction was like icing on a cake. I highly recommend them!

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The evening was so enjoyable, we thought it would be cool to make this a weekly or bi-weekly gathering. Until next time, another adventure awaits!

Bacchus Bar and Bistro 6735 Quail Hill Irvine, CA 92603 www.bacchusbarandbistro.com