The Wild Artichoke

4973 Yorba Ranch Rd.
Yorba Linda, CA. 92887
www.thewildartichoke.com

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The Wild Artichoke is a small neighborhood restaurant that produces eclectic cuisine at reasonable prices.  Gayot gives The Wild Artichoke a rating of 14/20.  Chef James D’Aquila changes the menu daily which is a pleasant departure from the standard local establishment.  We opted for the Chef’s Tasting Menu to see what inspired the chef this evening.

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1st course – Endive salad with pears, grapes, blue cheese, candied walnuts and champagne tarragon vinaigrette.  I enjoyed the combination of the pungent blue cheese with the juicy, sweet pears and crisp endive.  The candied walnuts added a nice sweet and spicy crunch and the dressing provided an acidity to complete the dish.  This was a nice salad and start to the tasting menu.

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2nd course – Mussels in a white wine garlic cream sauce finished with pernod.  The mussels were cooked perfectly and the pernod gave the sauce an anise finish.  The sauce created by the cream and liquor from the mussels was excellent.  I had to ask our waitress for some bread to sop up the sauce. This was a good mussel dish and my favorite taste of the night.

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3rd course – Short Ribs with mashed potatoes, portobellos and roasted vegetables.  This was your classic meat and potatoes dish; everything was cooked well and properly seasoned.

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4th course – Pumpkin fritters served with home made ice cream.  The fritters were crispy, light and airy and had the scent of pumpkin.  The fritters had a nice aroma but lacked some seasoning and were best eaten with the decadent ice cream.

The Wild Artichoke lives up to what they set out to do; they produce quality food at neighborhood friendly prices.  The four course tasting at only 40 dollars is a good deal.  Although I did not think any of the dishes were spectacular they were all solid.  The Wild Artichoke is worth a visit when in the area to discover the Chef’s daily inspiration.

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