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Local Spotlight: KettleBar at Union Market

Kettlebar Restaurant

I love trying new places, but for some reason when I’m finally ready to grab a bite I tend to lean towards going to my favorite go-to spots in Orange County. Fortunately this past Sunday our original dinner plans got nixed, which brought us to the Union Market where we stumbled upon KettleBar restaurant. So glad we decided to check it out because we loved it!

If you’ve never tried steam kettle cooking, I would highly recommend it. It’s southern seafood cooked in stainless-steel kettles from steam coming from a broiler. You see a line of kettles along a bar where the cooks prepare dishes in and when the food is ready, they lift a lever and pour the food into a bowl. The dishes are big enough to share which always makes for a fun dinning experience. It’s become a very big trend down here with Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking opening up various locations in the OC. While I haven’t tried Ritter’s, I can say Kettlebar blew us away.

Kettlebar Tustin

My husband and I started off with their calamari and I have to say it was some of the best we’ve tried. So fresh and perfectly cooked. It didn’t come with much of a sauce because it didn’t need any. For the main dish, they have an array of choices from their signature Kettlebar Pan Roast, Cioppino, Bouillabaisse, Jambalaya  and Gumbo dishes. We opted to try their Gumbo which had shrimp, crab and sausage along with the usual Gumbo trimmings, and it was so flavorful with the perfect amount of spice.

Calamari KettlebarKettlebar Gumbo

To end the night we ordered their beignets which came with a banana Nutella sauce that was heavenly. The beignets were perfectly light and fluffy. Along with our delicious drinks, it made for a perfect date night. The service was friendly and helpful. The decor and ambiance was upscale with red booths, tall ceilings, dark wood tables, modern lights and large mirrors. We can’t wait to go back and try some other menu items. 🙂

Kettlebar beignets

Kettlebar at Union MarketKettlebar Interior

Have you ever tried steam kettle cooking? Are you a fan of Southern or Cajun food?

*As always, Local Spotlights are my own personal opinion. Posts are not sponsored or endorsed.

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  • Reply sandy

    Nice blog you have 🙂

    Bisous de France

    04/27 at 4:35 am
  • Reply Samantha

    This place looks so cute and the food looks delicious!

    04/27 at 4:46 am
  • Reply Vanessa

    Happy Monday, darling! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! You look so lovely as always! I’m always so smitten with this restaurant!!! The food looks delicious!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    04/27 at 9:40 am
  • Reply celyn

    oh wow food looks so good I am a huge fan of cajun cooking but we cant find that many good restos that serve it where I’m from!


    04/27 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Yummy! Everything looks great here.

    04/27 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Connie

    Both the drinks and the food look amazing!

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    04/27 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply ~ Carmen ~

    I’m pretty much drooling over those drinks & beignets. Mmm. :]

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    04/27 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Amanda Brezovsky

    This place looks great! Never had the steam kettle cooking before, but it sounds wonderful! I probably should not have read this at midnight because now I’m hungry lol.

    04/27 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply charity

    I’ve never heard of steam kettle cooking but any restaurant that serves beignets with nutella has to be good!

    04/28 at 6:37 am
  • Reply Andrea Nine

    How fun!!! I need that martini about now! Lol. You look so cute too!!

    04/28 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Liz Lizo

    The gumbo looks delicious and the beignets have my literally drooling over my computer!

    – Liz

    04/28 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Jessica Hart

    The food looks delicious! And, now I’m hungry! Thanks for sharing this spot.

    the way to my Hart

    04/28 at 11:00 am
  • Reply K / Pure & Complex

    Okay Vanessa, girl you are making me hungry lol. This place sounds amazing, too bad it’s not in my town. Whenever I visit, I definitely have to check this place out. Amazing photos as well girl. I hope to see you at my new blog next week.

    Kay of Pure & Complex

    04/28 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Melanie

    This all looks incredible!
    Melanie @

    04/28 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Diane Rivero

    I never would have thought to check this place out. Now I need to – especially for those beignets!

    04/28 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply ronlet

    food looks yummy!! xx

    04/28 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt

    That place looks great and you look so cute

    04/28 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Christine

    This place is so cute! And beignets with banana Nutella sauce!? Count me in!

    Christine |

    05/03 at 8:28 am
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