Serving up a delicious menu of homemade offerings, the aptly named Plaza 1forty9 Café located at 149 North Glassell features everything from Kobe burgers, hummus and rotisserie chicken to delicious kabobs, great desserts and an excellent selection of wine and microbrews.
Previously an antique shop, the space has been completely renovated by the new owners, Mikey Medali and his father, Sammy, who added a kitchen, as well as an outdoor petfriendly patio. Inside, enormous photographs bring a burst of color to the buildings original brick wall, which dates from the 1880s. The restoration earned a preservation award from the Old Towne Preservation Association.
A lifelong resident of Orange, Mikey enjoys creating a wonderful dining atmosphere and affordable, homestyle cooking for patrons. One of the most popular menu items is the Kobe burger, priced at $10.99 and served with garlic house fries tossed in Italian white truffle oil and parsley.
We serve fivestar quality food at a threestar price, Mikey said.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, the sitdown restaurant caters to residents, the Chapman University demographic and merchants working in the area. Chapman students and faculty members receive a discount, while delivery is available to anyone in the Plaza area within a mile of the restaurant.
Plaza1forty9 Café is also a great place for friends to gather. The restaurants list of specialty beers includes offerings from local breweries like Anaheim Brewery, Bootleggers, Evans Lager and Karl Strauss.
Were also working with Bruery Provisions next door, Mikey said. Our customers are welcome to bring their beer into our restaurant as long as you order a meal.
Mikeys father is a veteran in the restaurant business, while Mikey owned a nightclub in Irvine. He says its always been a dream of his to have a business in his hometown of Orange. Now its a reality.
Were a nice place where you can get a good homecooked meal at a price you can afford, Mikey said. Its a welcoming environment. We want everyone who walks in the door to feel like theyre home.
Published in the Nov/Dec 2011 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review
Written by Karen Anderson, Photograph by Jeanine Hill
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