I think I have found the perfect place when looking for a craft cocktail and tasty burger in Orange County. I was checking out the new Black Box in downtown Santa Ana (DTSA) at a recent media tasting and was curious to see what became of the former Little Sparrow Restaurant.
Black Box has a family dining area and a separate speakeasy area down a hallway (located on the right of the kitchen).
The vibe was casual and friendly and our server offered our group an aptly named Welcome Punch. It was a tasty and refreshing start but as I looked at the cocktail menu, I really wanted to try one of the beverages on the menu. Soon that beautiful drink that I had my eye on appeared on the table, the Changeling.
Made with house-made strawberry shrub, muddled basil, Jamaican bitters, vodka and a twist of lemon, this sweet and citrus cocktail tastes like a vacation in a glass. The friendly bartenders will also make a bourbon variety for you if you prefer.
Others in our party tried the OC ’n Cream (Gin, Liquor 43, honey, lemon, and orange infused olive oil, egg white) and the Penecillin #2,(Mezcal, ginger, honey, lemon, Fernet Vallet mist). The friendly bartenders offer a Barkeeps Inspiration beverage, where they create a specialty drink for you based on your mood and preferences.
We were all very pleased with the beverages and were ready for dinner. My husband and I ordered a Classic burger and a Blue Lines style burger. The generous burgers were juicy, flavorful and cooked perfectly.
The Blue Lines burger starts with a 6 oz Angus beef patty and is topped with Danish blue cheese, basil aioli, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, served on a fresh grilled bun.
We also tried the French fries. They were so good that I was barely able to get this photo before they were gone. We were very pleased with our meal and will be returning soon.
If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a tasty burger, and maybe a handcrafted cocktail, Black Box is a great choice.
Black Box has specials like Why Not Wednesday? (Why not get free fries with that burger?) and Thirsty Thursdays ($2 draft beer with any burger).
On Family Night Sundays Black Box offers a free kids burger with every full burger ordered. 5:30-8 pm. Kid(s) must be 10 or under.
There is also a Happy Hour every Wednesday – Sunday, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Next time you are looking for a good burger and fries and possibly a cocktail, step into the Black Box, I think you will enjoy it!
300 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701