Bravo TV Best New Restaurant List – Little Sparrow

Bravo TV Best New Restaurant List – Little Sparrow brings Spring flavors to Downtown Santa Ana
Little Sparrow

The French-New American Bistro boasts seasonal fare as Little Sparrow Executive Chef Eric Samaniego creates an eclectic menu inspired by both iconic and non-traditional, seasonal ingredients using French and Californian cooking styles, complemented with influences of Japan, Mexico and the Mediterranean.
Little Sparrow Pacific Cod

“When I think of cooking in the spring I envision bright colors and freshness, but still having some rich and bold flavors that are carried over from the winter months. For example one of my new seafood dishes uses cod, which is dense and flakey but served with a fragrant saffron broth to balance the dish,” explains Chef Samaniego.

Spring dinner menu highlights include:
Grilled Prawns at Little Sparrow

Grilled Prawns: Cilantro, carrots, and salsa verde

Farro Salad: 5:10 egg and mushrooms

X.O. Mussels: Mussels, ginger, shallots, and xo sauce

Pici with Braised Lamb Neck: Handmade pici, braised lamb neck, black kale, and Calabrian chili

Roasted Pacific Cod: Tomato jam, mustard greens, and saffron broth

Little Sparrow XO Mussels

Spring brunch menu highlights include:

Kimchee Fried Rice: Gochujang grilled pork belly, Napa cabbage, carrots, haricot vert, and eggs

Banana Foster Pancakes: Served with fresh whipped cream and maple syrup

Avocado Toast: Grilled bread, chicken liver, yuzu kosho, and white soy

Bananas Foster Pancakes

Bananas Foster Pancakes

Little Sparrow, which has already received numerous awards and accolades in Southern California, recently earned the recognition of being featured on Bravo TV Network’s culinary competition series, “Best New Restaurant,” hosted by acclaimed Chef Tom Colicchio and executive produced by restaurateur and TV personality, Gordon Ramsay.

Chef Eric with Tom Colicchio

Chef Eric with Tom Colicchio

One of sixteen award-winning restaurants chosen across the country, the French-New American bistro stands tall as the only Orange County based competitor. With fellow judges, CEO Maggie Nemser and Witchcraft restaurant co-founder Jeffrey Zurofsky by his side, Tom Colicchio evaluated each restaurant on the dishes that were served and also on the decor, hospitality and overall concept during the course of food competitions, obstacles and of course, hidden cameras.

Little Sparrow
300 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA
(714) 265-7640


Nightly dinner and Sunday brunch are served in a lively neighborhood setting, comprised of high ceilings, exposed ducts, bistro chairs, inviting banquettes and touches of artwork and colorful accents throughout. Little Sparrow offers late-night happy hour after 10 p.m. and half-off all bottles of wine every Wednesday.

Among being chosen to be on of the sixteen restaurants to compete for BravoTV’s “Best New Restaurant,” Little Sparrow has won “Restaurant Of The Year” and “Pastry Chef Of The Year” from Brad Johnson of the OC Register and “Restaurant Of The Year” from Orange Coast Magazine.

Little Sparrow owners and Culinary Team

Little Sparrow owners and Culinary Team

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