About Us

Judy Fleenor is the former chef and co-owner of Café Chiarini. We believe that people deserve good healthy clean food at a reasonable price. Our produce is delivered fresh daily from local farms and prepared to order. There are too many chains in the OC, and people appreciate food made with love. This is proven with the loyal following we’ve had during our run with Café Chiarini. We received an outpouring of support after our closure to re-open. The reason we closed the 3rd and Olive location was because of unresolved partnership issues. Our new location “Crave” on 4th street in Santa Ana will better serve the local community. We have plenty of indoor seating, a large new kitchen, four cash registers, longer hours and we will be open on the weekends.

At Crave we believe simple fresh pure ingredients create the most satisfying and memorable dining experience. We make everything fresh. We spend a lot of time slicing, chopping, blanching, braising, baking, etc… You will be able to tell from the first bite. We offer gourmet seasonal food available for take-out, dine-in or delivery. Since we use fresh seasonal ingredients we will be introducing new specials weekly. If a new item becomes popular we will add it to our daily menu. We like to get feedback from our customers and keep things changing.

Crave is a casual place that you will receive a warm welcome when you walk in the door where fresh, innovative food is served up with unsurpassed quality and consistency. A place still dedicated to keeping our neighbors, friends and guests happy.

It’s all about the food…

  • We use healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, pressed canola, grape seed and vegetable oils.
  • We use seasonal locally grown, organic produce as often as possible.
  • We offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items on our menu.
  • All of our salad dressings are house made and gluten free.
  • We only use the freshest pure ingredients.
  • We bake our breads and goodies in-house daily.
  • Our fruits and vegetables are from local farms whenever possible.
  • We make almost everything from scratch daily.
  • We smoke, roast and grill our meats in-house daily.