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Theatre Dining at the all-new George’s Cafe

We dined as a guest of the venue

I love bringing my kids to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to see performances. We usually end up eating dinner before the show at South Coast Plaza until the opening of the new outdoor dining venue next to the Segerstrom, Center 360. You can imagine my surprise last week when we went to see the ON YOUR FEET Broadway musical and discovered that the restaurant has an all-new name and delicious new menu!

Center 360 is now George’s Cafe, named after the George Argyros, who along with his wife made the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza outside of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts possible. The restaurant has the same ambiance – private tables, long communal tables and a large bar. The best part of the restaurant is the new menu, especially the appetizers.

Everything on the menu looked so delicious that my son and I wanted to try everything. We started our dinner with their poke nachos and brussels sprouts. The server had recommended the brussels sprouts, and I was so glad that she did – they were amazing! Some of the best brussels sprouts I have ever had.

The salmon sandwich came highly recommended as well, and I could see why. It featured grilled Scottish salmon, lemon-tarragon aioli, crisp bacon, California avocado, heirloom tomatoes and head leafed lettuce. I was impressed that the delicious dish was only priced at $9!! The fish was seasoned to perfection and when all the flavors came together, was pure perfection.

My son was in the mood for a sandwich as well and ordered the California Club sandwich. The sandwich was large enough for two people to share and featured maple-brined roasted turkey, swiss cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, beefsteak tomato, leaf lettuce, avocado, radish sprouts, grilled onions, and aioli on toasted country white bread.

While we both already ordered our sandwiches, our taste buds were tantalized by the description of the short rib grilled cheese, so we decided to order it to share. I am happy that we did because this comforting sandwich was mind-blowing. It featured red wine-braised short rib, gooey gruyere cheese, and apricot jam in whole grain bread.

George’s Cafe is now our favorite place to get dinner and drinks before seeing a show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and I guarantee it will be your new family favorite too. George’s Cafe is located in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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