Disclaimer: I was invited to a tasting event at Maro Wood Grill, all opinions and photos are my own.
One of the most beautiful places in Southern California is Laguna Beach. My husband and I used to hang out in Laguna when we were first dating, this beach city has a lot of special memories for me. Recently, I was invited to a tasting event at Maro Wood Grill in Laguna Beach and it was hands down, the best food I've ever eaten.
Maro Wood Grill is inspired by Argentina's appreciation of the pure simplicity of the lost art of cooking over open ﬁre. Sourcing local produce, grass fed beef and making everything from scratch, you can taste the inspiration and culture in every bite.
Maro Wood Grilled opened its doors in March 2010, in an intimate friendly space, just a few steps from the ocean. (I took this photo after taking a 5 minute walk from the restaurant.) The interior accommodates 8 bar height guests around the exhibition kitchen and the covered outdoor heated patio sits 28 guests. I really enjoyed the dimly lit patio, it is the perfect date night spot. Okay, so let's start talking about the food.
Mushroom Ceviche & Grilled Sourdough
A delicious way to start your meal at Maro. The Mushroom Ceviche has surprising hints of lime and jalapeno and is such a hearty bite for an appetizer.
Okay, I'm going to try and explain the flavors on these appetizers to the best of my ability. I know I won't do it justice, because even looking back at these photos I can still taste the amazing aroma from the wood fire grill. The mushroom and spinach empanadas were delicious, but the smoke and sea salt flavor on the edamame and green beans took these natural flavors to the next level. It's the kind of stuff you dream about.
The Wood Grilled "Oysters Rockerfeller" with a Burnt Lemon Wedge was my first time having oysters. The oysters with smokey lemon zest and the grilled sourdough went together so good for a crunchy bite. One of my favorites of the entire evening was the Ricotta Noquis and Grilled Tomatoes. Noquis is a traditional Argentinean meal, that was commonly served at the end of the month, when just before payday, potatoes were the only food left in the house. Maro maintains this tradition and in fact on the 29th of every month, $1 is placed under each plate of Noquis.
The protein, left to right: Flat Iron and Chimichurri, Mesquite Lamb and Baba Ghanouj and Short Rib with Roasted Veggies.
Before I start talking about the amazing, mouth watering protein that is served at Maro Wood Grill, I have to tell you that everything is organic and grass-fed. I had no idea how much better organic grass-fed protein would taste. I mean, of course, Maro is responsible for the amazing wood grill flavor, but all of the protein was just so tender and mouth watering, and cooked to perfection. Seriously, the best piece of meat I've ever eaten.
When I tell you that this dessert at Maro Wood Grill is not only delicious but award winning, I'm not exaggerating. The Banana Bread Pudding is the Golden Foodie Award Winner for “Most Delicious Dessert” in Orange County. Executive Chef (pictured above) Debra Sims proudly shares their Golden Foodie Award with restaurant goers, because, well the customers are the ones who voted right?
When thinking of the perfect night out or date night spot, Maro Wood Grill is perfect. Romantic, quiet atmosphere, delicious food and great location. Oh, and the house sangria was really good too, almost too good, if you know what I mean.
You can find Maro Wood Grill on:
1915 South Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA. 92651 | 949.793.4044 |