Last night we had a really wonderful BlogCrush meeting at Nieuport17 in Tustin. I am ashamed to admit that although I am an OC native (3rd generation thankyouverymuch) I had never been before. And what a jewel of a place, right in my backyard for over 40 years. Once the popular hang out for every famous pilot and aviation specialist…it is now home to amazing gourmet food (new Executive Chef Marco Colin), live nightly entertainment in a moody fireplace clad bar (Barnstormers) and staff that make everyone feel like royalty. One of the best parts of Nieuport17 is the owner, Bill Bettis. He has a long history in aviation (and a passion for it) and clearly still loves his restaurant to the core.
The décor is lodge-chateaux-retro-chic. With nearly 300 pieces of original (many signed to Bill) pieces of aviation artwork lining the walls. A perfect romantic getaway….and I personally can not wait to return. If you go without me, order an Old Fashioned. It does not disappoint.