When is the last time you visited CPK? For us – it had been a while. So when we were given the opportunity to check out the new menu items at CPK at one of their newly renovated restaurants, we jumped at the chance.
We took the kids to lunch at CPK located at the Irvine Spectrum – right across from the movie theater. It was a Saturday afternoon and the restaurant was full of families and couples enjoying delicious-looking meals, including a birthday party group in the patio who had dozens of plates full of pizza slices strewn about the table.
We sat down and we were greeted shortly by our waitress. We ordered a couple of cocktails and the kids had their menus ready to go with crayons nearby to keep them busy. Soon after, the first course came – french bread and an olive oil with spices mixture. We were starving, so we dug right in.
The CPK team brought out an amazing variety of foods (with plenty of vegetarian options), each one better than the last. By the end of the meal, we were already making plans to return.
The cocktails were spot on. We had three different concoctions with enough alcohol to let us know that we were getting our money’s worth. They came accompanied with a variety of flatbreads that alone would have been enough for a meal.
These flatbreads are also available during their happy hour at a super reasonable price. My favorite was the shaved mushroom and spinach because of the texture and the strong cheese. If your kids like cheese pizza, then I would recommend the bianco flatbread.
Next we had the asparagus and arugula salad off of their small plates menu. If I’m being completely honest, there is nothing small about this salad. It’s big enough for at least two people to share, and would make a great starter plate to share before the main course.
CPK also offers tortilla spring rolls that are reminiscent of chimichangas. We were served the Mediterranean Veggie roles that were filled with mushroom, eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, mozzarella and parmesan and served with a side of marinara.
This plate quickly became my second favorite dish at CPK. Thankfully, everyone else was too focused on all the other food to pay attention to the rolls so they became all mine while the kids and the hubster dined on the famous CPK pizza.
The kids got the chance to go behind the hot pass to try their hands at pizza making. It was like their own mini birthday party at CPK!
Birthday parties at CPK
Kids can play chef and make their own pizza from the freshest ingredients. The fun also includes a VIP–style behind-the-counter restaurant tour, a meal from our award-winning CPKids menu and a certificate for a free CPKids Meal for each child’s next visit. We also spoil the birthday child with a CPKids chef jacket!
The kids (and I) got a kick out of seeing all the different toppings available in the pizza topping drawer. There are hundreds of pizza toppings combinations!
The final pizza results were a big hit with the kids. They had a blast knowing that they had put together their own pizza – from stretching out the dough to placing the toppings on the pizza. It was definitely a memorable experience and we’re hoping to schedule a return visit in June when the four year old celebrates a birthday.
We went on to have a couple of other dishes including a mountain of veggies that made up the Harvest Kale Salad. This massive salad could easily be shared amongst at least four people. The goat cheese took this seasonal salad over the top and I hope you get a chance to try it before they take it off the menu.
CPK routinely adds new dishes to adjust for the current season. The two that we had were a big hit, so I’d definitely recommend that you check out this special insert (as depicted in the gray box).
The hubster got a real treat during our visit with CPK’s fire-grilled rib eye. It was 12 ounces of juicy goodness topped with creamy bleu cheese butter and a side of fingerling potatoes and arugula salad. That dish was enormous!
We ended our meal with a couple of dessert knock-outs – a brownie sundae and their amazing butter cake. Now the butter cake – that is my number one dish at CPK. It’s that one dish that just threw everything over the top. It’s creamy, not too sweet and ridiculously buttery. It also pairs extremely well with their coffee and B-52 (which does contain alcohol).
You can ask CPK to put the coffee in a to-go cup if you don’t get a chance to finish it, but after such a delicious meal, you’ll probably want to hang out a bit in the restaurant and absorb everything.
Lunch at CPK surpassed all of our expectations. They’ve completely one-upped their last menu but it still continues to be an incredibly family-friendly place to visit for lunch or dinner. They have something for everyone and while the CPK kids menu is full of options for all the chiclets, they’ll also find plenty of dishes off of the regular menu that they’d like as well.