Aw Shucks: Ways & Means Oyster House Joins Pacific City
More Pacific City culinary news has washed ashore, and seafood lovers—notably the oyster-obsessed—should be especially excited. Orange County oyster house Ways & Means, formerly of Orange, will join the lineup, with prime oceanfront views and fresh local fare.
"Orange County is definitely kind of home," says Partner Jennifer Delcham, a longtime California resident and Ohio transplant. The Orange location shuttered in October 2014 after being open for just one year due to a combination of rent and locale. "Ways and Means feels more like a coastal restaurant," she says of the family-run business shared with her husband, Partner Parnell Delcham, and mother, Partner Dena Mathe. They agreed to join Pacific City, just south of the iconic HB Pier, the same day they saw the venue—one they hope to ride their bikes to daily.
Loading its menu with many of the same ocean-inspired bites, the HB installment will lighten the former surf and turf cuisine with a focus on sustainably caught fish and fresh vegetarian plates. The oyster offerings will also expand, gifting the HB community with sea fare not typically found around town. Raw oysters and clams paired with mignonette, lemon, and tabasco; seafood towers; and creamy lobster bisque are just a few of the bites to look forward to.
Not only will food be sourced locally from nearby docks and farmers markets, the restaurant's vibe will align with Pacific City's promise to cradle local small business ventures and reflect the rich beach culture and aesthetics of HB. Set to open in early November 2015, the retail-restaurant hub has already linked arms with other independent SoCal restos like Bear Flag Fish Company, Lemonade, and Ola, a fresh culinary adventure backed by the HB-based Mahé team.
Ways & Means will also brighten its former darker steakhouse decor for the new beachside location, pulling the custom-made chandeliers and whitewash wood from the original stylebook and leaving behind the warm rouge booths. Jennifer describes the look as Nantucket beach casual with luxe elements, adding that the restaurant has one of the best perches at Pacific City, featuring an outdoor patio and "a completely unobstructed view of the ocean."
It will serve as a comfortable spot to lounge and enjoy daily deals, like Maine Lobster Mondays, Fizz Fridays, and Market Feast.
"We treat our guests like family," says Jennifer, whose team approaches their business as though they are "throwing a house party every day."
Stay tuned for more Pacific City updates throughout the year.
- The name "Ways & Means" comes from the company's hospitality tagline, "Any Way by All Means."
- Partner Jennifer Delcham is a former vegan, and she and her team are also behind award-winning L.A. vegan restaurant Crossroads.
- The Ways & Means partners are each rockstars in their own right. Parnell Delcham is a hospitality guru, Jennifer Delcham has a background in hospitality law, and Dena Mathe is so lovable, guests often invite her to take a seat at their table—and she obliges.
- Ways & Means' Brunch Burger, topped with a fried organic egg and hugged by a brioche bun, was named one of Orange County Register's "10 Burgers And Fries Worth A Splurge" in 2014. "Our burger's just sick," says Partner Jennifer Delcham.
- Jennifer and Parnell Delcham have a 3-year-old daughter, who regulars will likely have the honoring of meeting at the restaurant.