Laguna Beach Magazine December 2010 : Page 82

EAT, DRINK, FOOD, FLAVOR Dine FEATURED RESTAURANT PHOTOS BY LINDSEY GARRETT, MODCHIK PHOTOGRAPHY CARY REDfEARN AHI SANDWICH Holiday Retreat Lumberyard offers classic comfort during a busy season. By jeanette calo Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to close; Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to close; happy hour Monday – Friday, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Price: $12 to $32 Location: 384 Forest Ave. More info: 949-715-3900; lblumberyard.com Other favorites: Free-range rotisserie chicken, served with mashed potatoes and broccolini. Get a rotisserie chicken with all the trimmings to go, and feed the whole family. ostalgia often conjures up Norman Rockwell-esque holiday images of smiling families and roaring fires. And while the cynic in us—pushed by a lack of parking and long lines to see Santa—may think that part of America is in the past, Lumberyard provides a glimpse of hope through all the holiday madness. Not that the restaurant is old-fash-ioned. Opened just two years ago, Lumberyard boasts a contemporary rustic interior with first-class cuisine. But its idyllic Forest Avenue exte-rior and cozy interior—combined with its take on hearty American cuisine—makes it an inviting place to retreat during the holiday season. “People love coming here because it has a warm atmosphere,” says Cary Redfearn, who owns the restaurant with his wife Suzanne. After own-ing Oysters in Corona del Mar for N Notables: Tuesday is half-price wine night, for glasses and bottles. Bring home a bottle of Lumberyard’s signature syrah or chardonnay. 22 years, Cary decided to open a restaurant in Laguna, his hometown since 1974. “We started out with a LUMBERYARD PLANKS specific concept that we wanted to be a community restaurant with an approachable menu,” he says. restaurants “bar chefs.” Try the seasonal Pumpkin Under the direction of chef Battered Rum, or opt for regular favorites such Armando Ortega, Lumberyard as the grapefruit-based City Hall or Go Green, a specializes in comfort food classics, savory brew that features fresh muddled basil. Pair including meatloaf and chicken with a generous appetizer—the popular crispy pot pie, and updated dishes such zucchini Lumberyard Planks or ahi tartare. The as pan-seared sea bass, served with Dungeness crabcake salad is also a favorite. edamame and corn ragout—an In addition to comfort foods including pasta arguably more delicious version and burgers, the restaurant serves top-quality of traditional succotash. Ample fish and meat. Its signature cedar-planked king portions leave diners satisfied, and salmon—finished with soy-mustard glaze and Lumberyard has a lively atmosphere applewood smoked bacon—is an absolute must, that makes it an ideal “ground zero” as are any of the super-tender steaks on the menu. for Hospitality Night festivities, says Savor the velvety filet mignon, served with deca-Cary, who recommends reservations dent triple cheese potato gratin, and pair it with on their busiest night of the year. the buttered green beans. Top the night off with Before dinner, sidle up to the the decadent Lumberyard Hog Heaven Pie, or in-spacious u-shaped bar and savor a dulge in the fresh fruit cobbler, a spiced apple and drink painstakingly prepared by the mango treat that is a true taste of the holidays. LB 82 LAGUNABEACHMAG.CoM

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