Anne is a photographer and food blogger supreme. She documented our post-construction decorating and has introduced the world to our food in photographs.
The Clay Oven in Irvine is our favorite Indian restaurant. It’s family owned and committed to similar standards as our own. We’ve worked with them twice on pop-ups, “Play Oven” (a six-course seafood tasting menu) and “Clayground” (six exciting pork dishes added to the Playground’s menu), all inspired by Indian flavors and techniques.
CONCRETE WAVE DESIGN
If you’ve admired the concrete bar top in 2.0 or checked out the new bathrooms in Playground, you’ve seen the handiwork of Andrew and his team at Concrete Wave Design. These guys are awesome. As Playground expands, we’ll feature a lot more of their work.
We’ve broken ground on Dough Exchange, our bakery featuring gourmet doughnuts and pastries and coffee in the morning, European sidewalk sandwiches for lunch and meat pies and artisan breads in the afternoon and evening.
We’re proud to be members of Downtown Inc., facilitating the enhancement of Downtown Santa Ana as a vibrant shopping, entertainment, business and cultural destination for all.
DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA FARMERS MARKET
We love Thursdays, because that’s the day the Farmers’ Market sets up right in front of Playground on the Spurgeon promenade. You’ll often see our chefs wandering the stalls getting inspiration and ingredients from the vendors.
These guys designed The Lime Truck’s logo, shirts and the wrap on the second truck. They’re going to help us with our logo and design our shirts. We’re proud to call them friends.
One day this guy came into the restaurant. He said, “Love your food but got to tell you your website sucks.” We knew he was right, but we’ve always been more about substance over form and hadn’t made it a priority to worry about the lack of style in our website. He offered to help us out and built our new website, which blew us away. Thanks for the tough love, Jon.
LUNCHBOX BY PLAYGROUND
The 4th Street Market is due to open in August. We’re anchoring the Market with three food stands, the bar and a wine shop. The three food stands are NOODLE TRAMP, where we’ll sell Khao Soi, Thailand’s answer to ramen and pho; PFC (Playground Fried Chicken); and WAGYU CHUCK, where we’ll sell fresh-ground Wagyu burgers on fresh baked buns from DOUGH EXCHANGE and fried torn baked potatoes.
Almost from the beginning, Melissa’s provided the exquisite produce as well as ideas and support to The Lime Truck and contributed to our ability to continually innovate the new foods that kept our customers coming back. We’re continuing that relationship at The Playground and look forward to many years of cooperation as we strive to deliver the freshest and most creative products to our customers.
We love artisans, and in the field of coffee we know of no greater artisans than those crazy guys at Portola Coffee. Not only do we go there on our time off for the best cup o’ joe in Orange County, but until they taught us how to do it ourselves we had one of their baristas make the coffee we serve at Sunday Brunch. Now we buy all of our custom-roasted beans from them. They’re coming to the 4th Street Market too.
THE EAST END
We’ve adopted the East End as our home. We share it with a number of exciting, cutting edge retailers as well as some traditional veterans, and our landlords are quality human beings whom we like and trust. We encourage you to try the other restaurants in the East End, to attend some of the many events at the Yost Theater and to check out the many retailers.
THE YOST THEATER
Finally Orange County has a great downtown venue for concerts and late night action. You’re going to love the historic building, the great acoustics and the outstanding acts. Save your appetite for a meal at The Playground before or after the event.