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digkv Apr 11, 2007 09:45 AM

I hear that this place has really gone down hill and wanted to go there for my birthday next month. Should I look for another place, expecially since this place is in the boonies? Any other recs then? thanks

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    Audrey_Ekstrom RE: digkv Apr 12, 2007 07:15 AM

    4 of us had dinner at Park Ave on Saturday night before Easter and we were pleased. We had eaten there before and didn't feel it had gone down hill. The dishes we enjoyed were lamb chops, filet mignon medallions, halibut, and the surf and turf. There is construction going on on Beach Blvd. in front of the restaurant so it's a little difficult to spot the sign when approaching from the North.

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      OCBites RE: digkv Apr 12, 2007 09:23 AM

      Haven't been myself recently, but there has been no change in chef or ownership. That said-- if Stanton is the boonies to you-- where isn't? What part of OC or LA do you feel ok with traveling to? Knowing that helps when suggesting options for you.

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        digkv RE: OCBites Apr 12, 2007 11:11 AM

        Ok thanks. Actually, I feel that Park Ave is like in a weird area because it's right acroos from a strip club, the whole place just appears really seedy when looking at the businesses around it. But are there any other better restaurants that are in the Park Ave price range that are good? Thanks.

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          JeetJet RE: digkv Apr 12, 2007 11:26 AM

          I never noticed any strip club. I have noticed some trailers. Once inside I feel like I am in a class place on Park Ave. NYC. The bar is cool. The tables have nice seating with space between you and the next table. Start with the Spinach Salad. Fun with food says she loves that salid and that got my wife and to try it and it alone is reason to go. The burgers are very good and the steak sand are also good. I think Park Ave. is a good place for a group of people to have fun and not have to pay big bucks.

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            OCBites RE: digkv Apr 12, 2007 08:47 PM

            Huh, I never noticed a strip club in all my visits. Maybe all the new construction has exposed it. Stanton's Beach Blvd. is undergoing MAJOR redevelopment (Park Ave. kind of kicked things off, so they're a bit of a pioneer, I 'spose). So what appears seedy now won't remain seedy much longer.

            Anyway, just east a bit in Cypress is Cafe Hiro-- an OC hound fave. A quick board search will yield many reports.

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              Das Ubergeek RE: digkv Apr 21, 2007 07:16 AM

              Stanton isn't Newport Beach, that's all. This works to your advantage because the prices are lower since they don't have to pay inflated rent. If Park Avenue were on, say, Harbor Boulevard in the tourist district or on the Balboa Peninsula, the prices would double.

              It's a perfectly safe place, it's actually quite near to a lot of things (easily accessible from Irvine, LBC, Anaheim), it's just that you say "Stanton" and people say, "uh, where's that?"

              And no, Park Avenue is the best restaurant in Stanton, at least until Thai Nakorn finally opens.

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            JeetJet RE: digkv Apr 17, 2007 01:18 PM

            Your post reminded me that it has been too long since I have the spinach salad at Park Ave. Five of us went on Sunday for dinner. First, nothing has changed about this place. Also, there is no strip club across the street but there is a nice looking night club. The strip club is several blocks away. But this place is about that cool 60's googie-style inside and high-end dining with low 60's prices – well, almost. We took our son and his wife for there first dinner at Park Ave. They loved it and want to return soon and my son said he has a couple of clients that he wants to take there. Five of us shared two of the Spinach Salads made table side. Then for dinner I had the Skirt Steak Salad- marinated with maple, soy, molasses and ginger, hidden under a high pile Chiffonade Lettuce. It was not on the menu Sunday but they made it for me special request and it was very good. A thin long slice of skirt steak that was done med and juicy yet still had a good char outside. My son ordered ”Surf N Turf.” Steak with Pesto Brushed Shrimp with Baked Cheese & Scallion Potatoes. He was very happy with that dinner but I could tell he was still hungry when he finished. It seem like a small portion but then the price for five of us was $120. Not bad at all considering my wife and daughter-in-law had filet mignons and we all had those special deserts. I had the $5.5 dollar shake. “Good, but it is not worth five dollars.” Sorry, I heard it in a move someplace. Yet that ice cream was as good as what we hand-crank in our White Mountain ice cream maker using Alton Browns recipe. My wife ordered the right desert that had us all thinking we will return very soon. A “Fruit Crumble” (cobbler) made with a mix of berries and a nice scoop of ice cream on top. A very nice portion as well and really is enough for two.

            I almost forgot, my granddaughter had the Park Ave., Cheese Burger (10 ounces of chopped sirloin) and a Twice Baked Potato. She could not eat more than half and they packed it up for her to take home. I ate it Monday for lunch. This is a sirloin steak and should not be called a burger. This “Burger” is in a league of its own. Do not think twice about ordering this burger for dinner. It is a serious steak house meal.

            Park Ave. In Stanton just a 10 minute drive toward the beach from Knott’s

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              digkv RE: JeetJet Apr 17, 2007 03:30 PM

              Oh Thanks everyone for the reply, I guess I will be going here, I'm looking forward to it. And by the way JeetJet your quote is from the greatest movie ever made, "Pulp Fiction" Vincent Vega says it.

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                JeetJet RE: digkv Apr 20, 2007 12:53 PM

                Have you seen the well-to-do, Chowing down at Park Avenue.
                On Beach Boulevard, that famous thoroughfare.
                With their noses in the air. Where Stanton sits.
                Puttin' on the ritz

                From the Park out behind, they come at dinner time
                Steaks and shrimp cooked perfectly.
                Take just a few dollars and spend every dime.
                For a wonderful time.

                Try the chopped sirloin, in the bun
                That fruit crumble is tasty fun
                Drink at the Googie Bar like a million dollar trouper
                Super Duper.

                Happy Birthday

                Park Ave. In Stanton, 10 minutes toward the beach from Knott’s. Look close cecause it is behing the heavy equipment working on the street.

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: JeetJet Apr 21, 2007 07:18 AM


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                    JeetJet RE: Das Ubergeek Apr 21, 2007 08:43 AM

                    I forgot about the filet mignon. All this talk got me hungry to go back this weekend. No joke Baby, I’am as serious as a hart attack.This place is Great Fun and great Food and not pretentious. Last week I noticed a New York Strip and I be thinking about it ever since.

                    Have you seen the well-to-do, Chowing down at Park Avenue.
                    Down Beach Boulevard, that famous thoroughfare.
                    With their noses in the air. Where Stanton sits.
                    Puttin' on the ritz

                    From the court out behind, they come at dinner time
                    Steaks and shrimp cooked perfectly fine.
                    Take a few dollars and spend every dime.
                    For a wonderful time.

                    Try the chopped sirloin, in the bun
                    That fruit crumble is tasty fun
                    Drink at the Googie Bar – like a million dollar trouper
                    Super Duper

                    That's where each and ev'ry hungry hound goes
                    Medallions of filet mignon and Rubbing elbows
                    A must try is the New York Strip
                    Come let's mix where Sinatra , Deno and Davis types sit
                    Puttin' on the ritz.
                    Puttin' on the ritz
                    Puttin' on the ritz

                    Park Ave. In Stanton, 10 minutes toward the beach from Knott’s. Look close cecause it is behing the heavy equipment working on the street.

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              ElissaInPlaya RE: digkv Apr 20, 2007 02:59 PM

              3 of us met here last night. Yummy stuff! I enjoyed my pear and parsnip soup, lovely halibut -- and shared a molten-chocolate souffle. 4 drinks among the 3 of us. (they have a full-bar), and a hottie, yet still attentive, waiter. No waiting at 8 p.m. Total tab, including tip was $120. What's not to like?

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                brentbacher RE: digkv Jul 31, 2008 10:59 AM

                Our experience at Park Ave is as follows--as we pulled into the parking lot, the 50's decor was apparent. When we opened the door, it all came together. We were greeted by the hostess and then we retreated to the bar. I really liked the star light fixtures directly above the bar and the black and white pictures of Hollywood celebrities was fun. As we sat down we both ordered a glass of white wine. We settled in and began our first journey at Park Ave.. We started off with the lobster fritters, these were a hit! In fact, we ordered two orders of these and we were pleased that both orders were consistent and tasty--only the fresh garnish changed. I loved the large pieces of fresh corn and the sauce which marries all the flavors. After the fritters, we ordered the marinated black angus and the braised pork belly. The angus tenderloin was excellent, a unique marinate with a bold flavor that I loved. After this, I ordered the cocktail Tommy Bahamas, which was amazing. This was the best cocktail I've had in a long time. The fresh mint was apparent and I nursed this drink for a good 30 minutes.

                The wait staff had opened our bottle of wine when we arrived and it was at our table when we sat down. BTW, no need to bring your own bottle, the wine list at Park Ave. in impressive. We loved the decor of the dining room and especially the garden room. As we settled in at our table our waiter introduced himself and suggested the heirloom tomatoes which I loved. The tomatoes paired with the watermelon and the feta was nice, I've never had a dish like this. We did try the Park Ave. sage extra virgin olive oil with the 3 varieties of bread. We loved those flatbread crisps. The warm spinach salad was prepared for us tableside. I loved the pepper bacon and the fresh garlic chips. After our salad we ordered the mahi-mahi and the medallions of filet mignon. The fish was cooked properly and seasoned nice, but what I really was amazed by what was I thought were sweet potatoes. I ran this by our waiter, he mentioned they were plantains. Cool approach, I loved this take on sweet potatoes. After the fish, I was becoming very full and was unsure that we would finish all of the food. At this time, my wife had ordered the bread pudding and the chocolate soufflé. Our waiter put the order in and brought out the medallions of filet mignon. I knew I'd love this dish and I've tried to make a version of this at home. The demi-glace sauce, most likely from a red wine reduction and veal or beef stock was heavenly. The beef was perfectly cooked and the sauce really brought out the bold flavors of the beef. Onto dessert, this is my wife's passion. She devoured both dishes in a snap. She was in heaven. I typically don't eat desserts but the sour cream ice cream was nice and the soufflé was perfect, excellent texture.

                I love Chef Slay's approach to clean eating--fresh ingredients, attention to detail and everything made from scratch. Our dining experience at Park Ave. Restaurant exceeded our expectations. We will go back.

                1. annalulu RE: digkv Jul 31, 2008 05:41 PM

                  If Park Ave was just a little closer (I'm in Atwater Village, after all,) I'd visit far more frequently. Their desserts have changed a bit, I certainly miss the "Lil Pot o'Heaven", but using seasonal ingredients for an ever-changing dessert menu is fine too.

                  The thing that will ALWAYS stand out for me, the reason I think this is a great restaurant and I wish them continued success, is the following:
                  When Park Ave first opened, I happened to be at an outdoor event at the park right across from the restaurant. They had sample menus and it looked great, so we went for an early dinner and enjoyed it very much.

                  A few weeks later, I wanted to bring someone down, so I made an actual reservation. At the time, things were still new, so when I let slip that I was driving down from Los Angeles, someone must have made note. The chef came out to to speak with us that evening and it was really a delight.

                  Okay, fine, no big deal there. UNTIL, just a few months ago (a few years have passed at this point,) when I made a reservation again for four of us to "celebrate" a friend's divorce. Wouldn't you know, they actually recognized my name and the chef came out again to discuss the changes on the menu and to thank us for making the drive.

                  Absolutely stellar service, and an exciting, well-thought out menu. What more could I ask?

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