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Apr 8, 2002 10:57 PM

Pinot Provence In Orange County: Is It One Of The Best?

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  1. I've eaten at Pinot Provence two or three times, although not recently. Each meal was exquisite, both in preparation and presentation. I particularly remember a Hudson Valley foie gras appetizer, done with pears, that was unique, and that I'd order again and again, given the opportunity. If I recall correctly, the Provencale style of this Pinot makes the best of in season veggies in every course. I also remember excellent seafood. Setting is very comfortable; not overly elegant, and the service was perfect. I don't think you'd be disappointed with dinner here.

    1. My SO has eaten at Pinot several times and has found it to be excellent. However, he thinks it is very similar to Pascal in Newport Beach. We just ate at Pascal last Friday night (again) and loved it, as usual. It was fabulous. The rabbit is out of this world! Anyway, you can't go wrong with Pinot, but I believe Pascal to be just as good.

      1. Of all the Pinots in the "chain," this one is THE best in Southern California (gotta admit, Pinot Blanc in Napa is still my favorite). Living in LA, if given time and resources, I'll happily drive to Costa Mesa to eat at this branch of the Pinot family. Absolutely lovely...

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        1. re: Pinot Slut

          Thanks for the reply. By the way you have one of the most original and interesting handles I've seen. I will toast your creativity this evening.

        2. Best vs. all the others or best restaurant in the county? Best in the county is Aubergine in Mewport Beach where Tim Goodell puts out truly wonderful food in a very pleasant environment.

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          1. re: carter
            torta basilica

            Many are not fans of Aubergine anymore - and definitely do not go on a weekend. Been having service problems for awhile now. I'd still pick Pinot or maybe Pasqual for traditional. (Actually, would drive to LA, but that wasn't the question...)