Chef Mike Grant
World’sGreatestChefs.com I 2019
What is your first food memory?
We lived in Washington DC and my father flew F-4’s in the Air Force. He was making a cross country trip and his relatives gave him fresh Salmon from Vancouver, so he flew it home. He woke my brother and I up around midnight to eat the freshest salmon I’ve ever eaten.
Did you grow up in a cooking family?
Growing up in the South my mother did all the traditional cooking. When I graduated college, my mother retired her cooking duties. At the same time, my father’s best friend was a German chef who owned a deli and restaurant. My father really got into cooking, so I learned alongside him.
Who has influenced your cooking the most?
George Biel-the founder of Hillstone Restaurant Group. He sets the standard for clean, straight forward, high-quality dishes.
Restaurant Review: Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point
OC Foodie Girl I January 29, 2019
So I admittedly don't get down to Dana Point too often but I heard that there has been a bit of a renaissance going on in the city for the past few years, so I was eager to head down to try the highly touted Coastal Kitchen.
Coastal Kitchen opened up in mid-2016 in a historic building that was actually the first commercial building in Dana Point. It's' been lovingly transformed into a beautiful restaurant with a coastal ambiance taking full advantage of the Southern California lifestyle with large open glass doors and cozy fire pits all along the north entrance.
On the Line: Mike Grant of Coastal Kitchen
OC Weekly I October 23, 2017
As someone who has managed his own dining room, kitchen and as owner of Coastal Kitchen, Mike Grant is a bit of a triple threat— knowing his restaurant through and through. We have him chatting about his family, cooking and education, and how they sometimes intertwine.
Tell me about a signature dish at Coastal Kitchen. What inspired the dish, and what the components?
S'mores Pie. My children love making and eating s'mores. It always annoys me how sticky and dirty I get making them. . . so we figured out how to eat them with a fork. Graham cracker crust, chocolate mousse filling, fresh meringue— torched for marshmallow flavor.
30+ Top Places to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Orange County
SoCal Pulse I May 2, 2017
Take mom to experience something new this Mother’s Day—Coastal Kitchen—the latest addition to the Lantern District in Dana Point. Coastal Kitchen’s relaxed southern California vibe is reflected in their clean decor and from-scratch menu. This Mother’s Day, they will be offering both their signature lunch and dinner menu with dishes such as jumbo lump crabcakes, pan seared scallops and filet mignon. Most importantly, moms can sip on a selection of hand-crafted cocktails.
Clean Cuisine at Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point
OC Mom Blog I April 7, 2017
All of my friends have been raving about Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point, so when I was making plans for our family seaside staycation at the DoubleTree Suites Doheny Beach, I also made reservations for us to have dinner at Coastal Kitchen...When we arrived at the restaurant, I was in awe of how beautiful it looked. There is a large outdoor patio and a fire pit with androck chairs by the front door – the only thing missing was some marshmallows to roast. The inside of the restaurant is even more beautiful than the outside. The entire interior has a chic nautical look and is the perfect ambiance for families to enjoy a relaxing meal together.
The restaurant features a large menu with coastal culinary offerings. When it comes to the appetizers, there are so many delicious choices. We were having trouble selecting just one appetizer to start our dinner, so we ended up ordering two.
10 Best Restaurants for Filet Mignon in Orange County
CBS Los Angeles I March 21, 2017
As one of the newest seafood and steak restaurants within the Lantern District in Dana Point, Coastal Kitchen offers guests a fresh, from-scratch menu that embraces local Southern California flavors. Under the direction of Chef Andrew Palma, guests can enjoy a range of dishes, but their filet mignon which is a Newport Pride Natural, aged a minimum of 21 days, butchered in-house daily and broiled in the Montague at over 1200°, stands out from the crowd. Served alongside steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, and house made steak sauce, this dish paired with Coastal Kitchen’s historical location makes for a memorable dining experience.
Coastal Kitchen, the Perfect OC Eatery
Greer's OC I February 6, 2017
It’s no surprise that Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point was noted as one of the top restaurants to open in OC in 2016. Owners, Michael and Christina Grant are both longtime Hillstone Restaurant Group veterans, and now with their own place, they put much thought into the design, ambience and the food is amazing.
It opened last June in in the Lantern District in Dana Point at one of the city’s most historical sites—in a commercial building from 1924. We love the floor to ceiling windows, the expansive wrap around bar, and modern and clean Nautical design.
he new executive chef Andrew Palma is creating delicious dishes—starters, signature salads, sandwiches, seafood and steaks--including our favorite hearty Cioppino, filled with pan-seared scallops, autéed shrimp, jumbo lump blue claw crab, manila clams, PEI mussels, grilled Batard bread, topped with fresh herbs; and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, filled jumbo jump blue claw crab meat, lightly breaded and pan crisped. Served on a white wine mustard sauce and coleslaw.
I don’t think you can find a better Heirloom Tomato salad in OC, and you have to start with the dreamy Parker House Rolls, served with warm brown butter and herbs. The hearty shortribs with roasted brussels and slaw were perfect and you must save room for dessert—Coastal Kitchen’s take on S’mores, this one is a pie with chocolate custard, marshmallow meringue and graham cracker crust was delicious.
EATS: Coastal Kitchen
Love Luxe Life I January 26, 2017
Coastal Kitchen, a new seafood and steak restaurant, is now open in the Lantern District in Dana Point at one of the city’s most historical sites. Boasting New-American coastal cuisine, the menu features quality dishes of sustainable seafood, farm-fresh salads, sandwiches and Newport Pride Natural steaks that are aged a minimum 21 days and butchered in-house daily. The menu is rounded out with a regional draft and bottled beer selection, curated wine list, and classic craft cocktails.
Under the direction of the newly appointed Executive Chef Andrew Palma, Coastal Kitchen’s from-scratch kitchen delivers an impressive dinner menu of signature salads, sandwiches, seafood and steaks.
Coastal Kitchen: Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Arugula Flat Bread
Sauté Magazine I December 2016
Coastal Kitchen embraces the relaxed southern California vibe through quality dishes of sustainable seafood, farm-fresh salads, artisanal sandwiches and premium dry-aged steaks in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant, which features large wood tables, deep navy upholstery, and nautical decor, opened in the Lantern District of Dana Point this past June.
Under the direction of the newly appointed Executive Chef Andrew Palma, Coastal Kitchen’s from-scratch kitchen delivers an impressive dinner menu of signature salads, sandwiches, seafood and steaks. Andrew’s passion for food stems from the creative aspects of being in the kitchen and physically seeing where his ingredients come from.
Top Restaurants That Opened In Orange County In 2016
CBS Los Angeles I December 13, 2016
As 2016 comes to an end, one thing is for sure: Orange County’s dining scene continues to improve, with new places opening up. Both those who enjoy going out and trying new places, or those that consider themselves true foodies, can use this list of new restaurants below as a checklist of new eateries to try. These are the best restaurants that opened in 2016 in Orange County.
Coastal Kitchen opened in June and embraces the relaxed southern California vibe through quality dishes of sustainable seafood, farm-fresh salads, artisanal sandwiches and premium dry-aged steaks in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant, which features large wood tables, deep navy upholstery and nautical decor, opened in the Lantern District of Dana Point where Chef Palma has added his personal touches to the seasonal seafood men ith opular dishes such as the Cioppino, made with pan-seared scallops, sautée hrimp, jumbo lump blue claw crab, manila clams, PEI mussels, grilled Batard bread and topped with fresh herb.
Dana Point Times I November 25, 2016 I Kristina Pritchett
Coastal Kitchen had a particularly young set of chefs as a local Brownie troop filled into the kitchen to earn their cooking badge.
Last week, Brownie Troop 3532, second graders from Malcom Elementary School, gathered at the Dana Point restaurant to learn how to bake rolls, make french fries and put a topping on a s’mores pie.
One of Coastal Kitchen’s owners, Christina Grant, is also one of the Brownies’ moms and invited the girls over to be able to earn their badge.
The group, with the restaurant’s Chef Andrew Palma, went over each of the food items and asked the girls questions along the way.
“He has four girls, so he’s completely in his element,” Grant said watching as Palma and the girls gathered around a big counter in the kitchen.
The girls squealed as the potatoes went through the slicing machine and laughed as Palma used a kitchen blowtorch to cook the marshmallow meringue on the pies.
The girls were able to enjoy the food they cooked at the end of their visit.
OC Weekly I August 3, 2016 I Edwin Goei
There's a bit of history on where Coastal Kitchen now sits. It was the first commercial building in Dana Point, constructed in 1924 and surrounded by empty fields. Old black-and-white pictures of the Blue Lantern Fountain Lunch, as it was then called, a rest stop on the long journey between San Diego and LA, hang on Coastal Kitchen's walls. The city of Dana Point as we now know it literally grew around the building in the past century.
Dana Point Times I June 14, 2016 I Kristina Pritchett
Coastal Kitchen owners Christina and Mike Grant welcomed members of the public, city officials and friends to officially open the restaurant with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday afternoon.
The building originally opened in 1924 as a gas station and had a café beside it, making it one of the city’s most historic sites. Now, there are sliding doors to open up to Pacific Coast Highway, hardwood floors and a nautical theme to go with the cuisine.
“The bar here is where the original café was,” said Christina Grant. “We wanted to keep some of that feeling of the original building but also make it a bit more modern.”
The Grants wanted to open a restaurant together for a few years, and that dream was made possible earlier this year when plans to open the eatery began.