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Mike Mchugh

Recording engineer at the Distillery, drummer for Neil Armstrong Band. Fan of cheap-ass food. BREAKFAST: Burger House. "The food is great, and the service is wonderful. I always get the cheese-omelet meal that comes with toast. The place reminds me of Kansas, of this diner out in the middle of Colby, Kansas." LUNCH: "For sure, the Globe. I always get the turkey and sauerkraut on rye. It's fine German cuisine. The headcheese is superb." Have you actually had the headcheese? "As far as you know, yes. I also like the Gypsy Den because it has nice breasts." Chicken breast?"No, tuna breast." Tuna breast? "Aaaah . . ." DINNER: "Thai Spice. Man, I love that place. I really like the chicken-vegetable-tofu plate. They also have very large cups." And what can you do with these large cups? "You can put Thai tea or Thai coffee in them." Like how big are we talking?"We're talking probably 32 ounces." Burger House 799 W. 17th St. Costa Mesa (949) 646-9301 / Globe Delicatessen 1928 Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa (949) 642-3784 / the Gypsy Den Café & Reading Room 2930 Bristol Costa Mesa (714) 549-7012 / Thai Spice 615 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa (949) 548-4333 [AMR]


Rick Bassman

Founder, Ultimate Pro Wrestling. Two years ago, Bassman, a former club promoter, decided to get in on the gravy train that is professional wrestling. He now heads a burgeoning wrestling conglomerate that operates under the name Ultimate Industries. Bassman's companies not only put on shows throughout Southern California and on the Internet, but his Ultimate University has also become one of the preeminent wrestling schools, having placed a dozen in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and five in the World Championship Wrestling in just the past year. "The whole thing has just really taken off," says Bassman, who loves what he's doing and never stops doing it. So when he's eating, it's often with wrestlers. "I never try to keep up with them," he says. "Most of the time, I'm dieting, and a lot of those guys are ordering two meals at a time." For breakfast, the San Clemente resident likes the Beach Garden Café. "It's the ultimate beach hangout. It sits on a bluff right over the beach, and it's the kind of place you go to see everybody. It's always jumping on the weekends. Everything there is good. Especially the blueberry pancakes. The people are real nice, and the service is outstanding. I just love going there. A real nice place just to be." For lunch, he likes Jerry's Deli. For dinner, he's partial to Habana. "Everything there is good. I really dig the atmosphere. It has the best atmosphere and the best food. I really like to hang out at the bar. I love the bartenders. They're just cool, and they fit really well with the whole vibe of the place." Beach Garden Café 6181⁄2 Avenida Victoria San Clemente (949) 498-8145 / Jerry's Famous Deli 3210 Park Center Dr. Costa Mesa (714) 662-3354 / Habana 2930 Bristol Costa Mesa (714) 556-0176 [SL]


Jeff Walker

Barbecue motherfucker. Jeff Walker is a saucy boy. He'll say so, right out loud. The creamy-skinned 25-year-old (it must have taken him forever to grow that goatee!) gets to work by 3:50 a.m. to deliver juice for Odwalla. Once home, he mixes up a few cases of honey mustard (you won't believe the honey mustard) and goes to cook people's meat for them. Every weekend, he goes places like bug shows or kids' birthday parties to grill ribs and chicken and sell sauce. His girlfriend of one year dumped him because he is driven. BREAKFAST: "Me." LUNCH: "Me." DINNER: "Me."

Jeff Walker: You want breakfast? I can cook eggs on the barbecue. I can cook anything on the barbecue. I am a barbecue motherfucker. My family's from Fresno; it's our recipe. We used to win every barbecue contest ever. I'm gonna have T-shirts made for the girls that say 'Saucy Girl.' I'll give you one. I had to change the name from Walker's Barbecue Sauce because I did a Net search, and there's already a Hot Sauce Walker. So now it's BBQMF: Barbecue Mother Fucker! OC Weekly: Can you make a barbecue-sauce martini? Jeff Walker: No.

Contact Walker at bbqmf@hotmail.com or (562) 434-4647. Only $6 for a 16-ounce bottle! [RS]


Paula Spas

Singer for the Angoras, vegetarian. BREAKFAST: "The stuffed French toast at Side Street Café is the most decadent, luscious breakfast in the world! The French part of the toast is almost like a little crepe surrounding cinnamon bread. That would be enough, but then you discover the cream cheese and the fresh berry filling on the inside. Whooowee! Get there early because there's always a line to get in on the weekends." LUNCH: "The small café just to the side of Il Fornaio sells the yummiest sandwiches. They bake their bread daily, and if you call ahead, Eva will make my favorite sandwich for you, which is the eggplant with sun-dried tomato and ricotta cheese. They have a tiny patio for viewing the comings and goings of local business folk and the nearby health-club patrons. The staff is superfriendly." DINNER: "The first date with my fiance, Spencer, was at El Matador. It's our favorite restaurant. We always sit in the booths along the walls; they look like little private rooms. I always have the No. 3 combo, a cheese enchilada and a chile relleno. That and a margarita (or two), and I'm set." Side Street Café 1799 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa (949) 650-1986 / Il Fornaio Panetteria 18051 Von Karman Ave. Irvine (949) 261-2202 / El Matador 1768 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa (949) 645-0324 [AMR]



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