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The Playground

Map & Directions 220 E. 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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OC Weekly's Description

At the Playground, Jason Quinn exhibits the ballsy confidence that has gotten him this far. The former Lime Truck chef scribbles on his chalkboard wall, “If you want your meat well-done, bring it with you” because he not-so-coyly refuses to do his burgers warmer than medium-rare. The now-controversial Playground burger is the bloodiest in all of OC, but also one of the greatest. The barely cooked patty is as thick as two fingers, and you don’t chew it; rather, you inhale the thing like beefy air. It shares the lightness of sushi and doesn’t feel greasy, even as the juices trickle down your forearm. That it shares a kinship with steak tartare and Ethiopian kitfo more than a Double-Double is the reason the cheese, the bun and the misplaced shreds of iceberg lettuce disappear from your peripheral vision. You focus instead on that deep-crimson core and marvel at how very good this hand-ground Wagyu beef is when eaten nearly raw.

Member Reviews

  • crackingfilms wrote a review for The Playground
    on 01/10/13

    I live around the corner. I love that they've crossed the dividing line in Santa Ana, that they're bringing this new experience to a side of town that's been unfairly pigeonholed - a side of town I personally love being an import from europe myself. The beer selection is excellent, the food is whack - in a good way. You never know what something is going to taste like and even... More >>

  • louismurillo63 wrote a review for The Playground
    on 01/05/13

    This restaurant has terrible customer service. The owner, Jason, is very unrefined and rude. My party was angrly and abruptly told to leave by Jason when I requested oranges for my drink. The ambiance is not inviting and the staff is just as rude as Jason is, go figure.

  • javamidori
    javamidori wrote a review for The Playground
    on 09/06/12

    We loved brunch so much that we came for sunday supper! We were all blown away!!! the food was amazing and seemingly never-ending!!! the servers were all great and Jason even came over a few times to explain some of the dishes and share a drink (or two) with us! i definitely recommend Playground and can't wait for an invitation to his new "invitation only"!!

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Tips from foursquare

  • Jaymie D. on 11/16/11

    Order one of everything

  • Danny O. on 11/16/11

    The playground burger is ridiculously good.

  • Nazli S. on 12/02/11

    Best Burger I have ever had! And make sure to see Jarrod the beer guy! He's AMAZING!

  • Arnold on 11/20/11

    Try the homemade bread and butter. Mason jar and marbles included.

  • Chuck D. on 04/21/13

    Awesome Dinner!!! Words do not do justice.

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