Show 576, May 4, 2024: Maizano Cocina at Mercado Gonzalez, Costs Mesa, with Restaurateur Jorge Salim

Jorge Salim Vilches of Apapacho Group

Maizano, the cornerstone destination eatery of Costa Mesa’s Mercado Gonzalez Northgate Market, has expanded its hours to include lunch. When the restaurant debuted in November, it opened with a dinner-only menu. As the restaurant enters spring, Executive Chef Alan Sanz has debuted a curated menu of lunch dishes. Available Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. – to 5 p.m., the masa-focused menu pays homage to the diverse culinary landscape of Mexico through vibrant and modern interpretations of its regional cuisine.” (Maizano is closed on Monday and Tuesday.)

“As we expand our offerings to include lunch service at Maizano, I’m thrilled to showcase the diverse flavors and traditions of regional Mexican cuisine,” comments Executive Chef Alan Sanz, who has cooked in renowned kitchens around the world. “Our dishes tell the stories of the culinary landscapes of Yucatán, Puebla, and Oaxaca and serve as a tribute to the rich tapestry of Mexican gastronomy.”

“Sanz’s lunch offerings epitomize Mexican haute cuisine with a contemporary twist. The entire antojito section of the lunch menu features smaller masa-based dishes, using fresh masa from the Mercado’s Tortilleria La Gonzalez. These starters include Gordita de Pulpo featuring octopus in adobo, fresh green salsa, and a chicharron crumble; a playful Chapulín Taco featuring grilled Oaxacan cheese, smashed avocado, and fried grasshoppers; and a vegan Tlacoyo topped with green fava beans and a nopales salad.” 

“Maizano is the newest venture from Gruppo Apapacho visionaries Jorge Salim and Javier Hernandez Pons, known for their successes with restaurants across Los Angeles and Mexico City, including Cha Cha Chá, Loreto, and Mariscos Za Za Zá. With Maizano, they’ve opened a portal to the culinary epicenter of Mexico City. Its revolving glass doors whisk diners into its modern minimalist dining room, which features leather-bound chairs, crimson marble countertops, and warm earthen-toned walls adorned with Mexican curios and indigenous cookware.”

An elevated Chef’s Table Experience at Chef Alan’s Chef’s Counter looking in to the kitchen at Maizano is on the horizon for June. Jorge stylistically refers to it as a “Mexican Omakase.”

Restaurateur Jorge Salim of Gruppo Apapacho join us in-studio.

Show 566, February 24, 2024: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is now Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie continues with us in-studio to further discuss her new outlet as Food Columnist for Culture OC and chat about recent and future columns.

Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her past (and future) coverage of Strong Water in Anaheim, the only Orange County nominee as a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. Also, more salivating specifics on the range of South of the Border edible delights available at Mercado Gonzalez’s food stands in Costa Mesa. There is also a high-prolife, full-service destination restaurant, Maizano and Bar Entre Nos, from the team responsible for the highly acclaimed LA Cha Cha Cha in the Arts District of DTLA.