Usually I loathe developers and their evil ways, but in the case of Bravo Avo it totally worked out in my favor. So I must thank the company that displaced Avo Kilicarslan and his restaurant, because now he has moved from Costa Mesa to Huntington Beach and a whole new city of diners will be able to discover what others have known for years.
Kilicarslan is one of the best chefs in Orange County and has been for more than 25 years.
Avo and his wife, Najda, had a similar restaurant behind the Wyndam Hotel in Costa Mesa since November 1979. An Armenian from Turkey, Kilicarslan combined those influences with traditional Greek food and the result was spectacular. He was voted one of America’s Best 50 chefs by American Express and his restaurant was consistently voted one of the best in the county.
Then progress came calling. A proposed light rail project threatened to bulldoze the large facility. While the rail plan sputtered, a new plan of a condominium complex was erected and developers bought out Kilicarslan’s lease.