Thankfully & Finally, A Tiki Bar + Slider Joint Hatch(es) in Tustin!

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We're sitting at our desks on a Thursday morning at a time some may consider way too early to daydream about crab and cocktails, but it's happening thanks to a recent lunch that blew our socks off and left us wanting more! 

If you've been to The District in Tustin lately, you'll notice a swanky new addition going by the name of Union Market. Inside, you'll find everything from Portola Coffee Lab to Farmers and Artisan Candle Company to The Dirty Cookie. While the possibilities for shopping, eating and drinking are endless, this sunny Saturday afternoon we opted for Hatch, because what feels more like summer than tiki cocktails and sliders? 

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The Food
Our favorite aspect of Hatch is their insistence that more options > less options, which is a snacker's (our) dream! The menu is broken into protein focused categories- beef, pork, poultry, fish and veggie. While a la cart ordering is available, we opted for the 2 slider + side combo each. Our complete order: 

Bologna - grilled mortadella, pepper jack, aioli, greens, tomato
Buffalo - buttermilk fried chicken, parmesan, sriracha buffalo sauce, carrot + celery slaw
Fried Soft Shell Crab - fried crab, tomato, greens togarashi aioli
Special of the day - Pork belly, asian slaw and subtly sweet sauce we've since forgotten the ingredients of, oops! 

First place was a tie between the Fried Soft Shell Crab and the Bologna. Two sliders with drastically different flavor profiles won our hearts on this fine day. Seasoning, texture and size were sheer perfection.

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Also, the onion rings and bread pudding ROCK as do the array of sauces you can dip anything and everything in (garlic aioli, togarashi, ranch...the list goes on).  

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The Drinks
With whiskey bars popping up on every street corner we were stoked to see a cocktail menu and spirits list specializing in a variety of rum cocktails and an even greater inventory of rums available to drink as your alcohol palate sees fit. We both ordered Hemingway's ghost, one with Papa's Pilar Blonde and the other with Papa's Pilar Casked Rum. Both fantastic, the blonde with a greater mouth feel and the casked with a bigger punch. The lime juice and simple syrup were subtle enough to allow the Papa's Pilars center stage. 

Real life was forgotten during this meal. The service, ambiance, food and cocktails were a mid-century, artistic escape from the real world- everything a memorable dining experience should be. 

- C & S