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'Top Chef' restaurateur's newest fried chicken the Crack Shack gets ready to open in Costa Mesa

'Top Chef' restaurateur's newest fried chicken the Crack Shack gets ready to open in Costa Mesa

With a name like the Crack Shack, it evokes curiosity.

It’s supposed to, according to its co-founder, Michael Rosen.

The fried chicken eatery set to open Monday in Costa Mesa is a riff on chicken and eggs.

Just think of “cracking an egg,” said Rosen, who founded the Crack Shack with “Top Chef” restaurateur Richard Blais.

With the Crack Shack, Rosen and Blais said they offer a higher form of fried chicken, using free-roaming, grain-fed Jidori chicken from Southern California and produce from local boutique farms.

“Mike really loves chicken and most chefs have a thing for eggs,” Blais said. “So, the idea sort of started there. We said, ‘Let’s do something...

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