Chelsea Madren aka OC Food Diva: Culinary Researcher and Freelance Food & Travel Writer
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Orange County Mining Company, Orange, CA
A winding narrow road up one of the hills in the city of Orange reveals old mining tools and rail cars. At the top of the hill, Orange County Mining Company resembles an old mining camp building – weathered wood on the outer exterior, rusty mining lamps line the ramp to the entrance, and a giant weathered metal door invite you in. A wooden staircase leads you down to the hostess stand. The interior décor looks like you’ve stepped into a mine shaft from the walls with stones bracketed by wood planks to the lights simulating lanterns. All of the tables have a great view of Orange County. If you have a late seating, you can view the Disneyland fireworks from there too.
All entrees include the Farmers Market Salad Bar, their specially prepared hot cheese bread, seasonal vegetables, and choice of garlic mashed potatoes or rice. The salad bar is awesome! Pick up a chilled pan pie (like you’re panning for gold) and select from fresh greens and toppings on one side. On the other side, homemade pasta and vegetable salads are colorful and flavorful. As you exit the salad bar, to your left are the daily soups ranging from steak chili to split pea to chicken noodle. All of them are homemade and excellent. You can actually order Farmer’s Market by itself. As they say, “We won’t count how many times ya’all go back.”