I was invited to dine at CPK as a guest of MainPlace Mall in exchange for my coverage. All opinions are my own. 

Let’s talk about food. It seems to be one of my favorite topics and if you follow me on my Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you already know how much I love to share about food. So if someone invites me to dine out somewhere, you can 500% guarantee I’m going to be all over that! And that very thing happened a couple weeks ago.MainPlace Mall extended an invitation for us to come and dine at their CPK location.  I was excited to head over after work one day. Have you been over to MainPlace Mall recently? It’s located in Santa Ana and has been undergoing a bit of “facelift” lately, a sign of the times. As a teen, many of us enjoyed roaming around MainPlace Mall with our friends, and now the mall is basically growing up, right along with us. I like the idea of the transformation into more of a lifestyle center, offering shopping, dining and family entertainment too. It’s also centrally located in the city and is within close proximity to many of the city’s museums and other hot spots. CPK, otherwise known as California Pizza Kitchen. is just one of MainPlace’s dining options and is located in the “Patio Restaurants” area of the mall. Did I mention how convenient it was for me to pull up and park super close and just go right in? Other eateries in this section of the mall include:

  • Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
  • Wokcano
  • Applebee’s
  • Panini Kabob Grill

What I love about eating at CPK is whether you are stopping by for lunch, dinner or even small plates and sips after work, the food is always consistently fabulous because they strive to create unique dishes, using the freshest ingredients. You can actually taste how much care they’ve put into creating your made-to-order meal.CPK offers teas, sodas and other non-alcoholic options, as well as a full bar and beer and wine. We started the meal with a Cucumber Reviver, which is made with freshly puréed pineapple & cucumber with Monin. torn mint and agave sour and then topped with sparkling water. We also ordered a Sparkling Cranberry Cooler which is made with cranberry juice, sparkling water and fresh lime. These non-alcoholic drink options feel like a celebration any time of year.We decided to go with a few of CPK’s Small Plates and Appetizers to share, in lieu of ordering traditional meals. Do you ever do that? Maybe add in a cup of soup or a salad too? It’s fun to change it up. We tried to order things off the menu we hadn’t tasted before. If you ask me to choose which of these was my most favorite menu item, I wouldn’t be able to decide as they were all fabulous. Here’s what we tried:

  • Mexican Street Corn – This spin on a traditional favorite is made with creamy, sweet corn that’s been removed from the cob and roasted with smoked paprika, Feta and Parmesan. It’s served with fresh cilantro, lime and house-made Ranchito Sauce.
  • Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower – At first I wondered how this would even be a menu item and then I tasted it! Oh my goodness, it’s so good! Made with fresh cauliflower florets that are battered and fried to a golden brown. Then it’s tossed in house-made Sriracha buffalo sauce and topped with a salad of celery, cilantro, scallions and Gorgonzola.
  • Crispy Mac N’ Cheese – This is a twist on a classic dish. This mac n’ cheese is lightly fried with Panko and served on creamy cheese sauce.
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip – This is generally one of my family’s favorite appetizers and we make it all the time at home but we’d never tried CPK’s. It did not disappoint. It’s served hot with house-made blue and white corn tortilla chips.

We thoroughly enjoyed each of these are were so full after finishing them. However, it just seems unjust not to finish off a great meal with dessert. So we ordered one Butter Cake and a Brownie with Vanilla Häagen-Dazs on top from the Kids Menu. There’s always room for dessert, right?After we finished our meal, we took on the rest of MainPlace Mall for some serious shopping. I love the history of this mall as it has remained an integral part of the Santa Ana landscape over the years. It’s such a comfortable and inviting place to gather with friends and family for shopping, dining and entertainment. You should stop by and check it out soon!

MainPlace Mall is located at
2800 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

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19 Comments on Small Plates and Sips at MainPlace Mall’s CPK + Enter to Win a Gift Card

  1. Lauren
    October 2, 2018 at 12:47 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I like the pizza crust with salad on top.

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  2. Elena
    October 2, 2018 at 8:33 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I like the BBQ Chicken pizza

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  3. Will G
    October 2, 2018 at 8:41 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I like the bbq chicken pizza.

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  4. Rachel
    October 2, 2018 at 9:23 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I like their BLT pizza.

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  5. Jessica Mcfarlin
    October 3, 2018 at 12:58 am (2 weeks ago)

    I love the CPK Bbq chicken and Key lime pie!

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  6. Surbhi K.
    October 3, 2018 at 1:30 am (2 weeks ago)

    I love chipotle pizza and their bbq salad with avocado, so good and yummy!

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  7. Dan Dykstra
    October 3, 2018 at 2:57 am (2 weeks ago)

    I’ve never eaten here before.

    Reply
  8. Steve Weber
    October 3, 2018 at 4:23 am (2 weeks ago)

    I love the Hawaiian pizza the best.

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  9. Phylicia Phillips
    October 4, 2018 at 5:03 am (2 weeks ago)

    Adore the Hawaiian pizza

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  10. Elisa Hernandez
    October 4, 2018 at 11:39 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I’m excited to try the butter cake!

    Reply
  11. cas
    October 5, 2018 at 3:34 am (2 weeks ago)

    bbq chicken pizza is my favorite.

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  12. Kenia
    October 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I like the California Veggie Pizza.

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  13. Jeremy McLaughlin
    October 7, 2018 at 11:41 pm (1 week ago)

    Love the BBQ chicken pizza.

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  14. Karla R.
    October 8, 2018 at 5:13 am (1 week ago)

    The five cheese plus fresh tomato is the best pizza!

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  15. cep
    October 10, 2018 at 2:50 am (1 week ago)

    i love their pizza. my favorite is the bbq chicken.

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  16. Erin
    October 14, 2018 at 7:29 pm (3 days ago)

    I’ve never eaten there before.

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  17. Lisa
    October 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm (3 days ago)

    Five Cheese Pizza with Mushrooms.

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  18. Tamara Regan
    October 14, 2018 at 11:38 pm (3 days ago)

    I absolutely love the Avocado Club Egg Rolls. I could eat an entire platter of them all by myself.

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  19. Andrea P.
    October 15, 2018 at 4:55 am (3 days ago)

    I love the California club pizza and butter cake is the best!!

    Reply

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