By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
This week's This Hole-in-the-Wall Life finally made me decide to write you. I live around the corner from Chicago Pizza, and it is the worst pizza in the world. In the six years I have lived here, once a year, I give them a shot. It's always the same Mexican dude there, so no reason to think it will be any different. It is always bad. I have talked to neighbors of mine, and they all agree. We have no idea how they stay in business. That awful crust is like a friggin' sponge. So seeing you write about this place after a couple of others I thought sucked prompted me to write. Did you really try the pizza? The Round Table the next block over has a whole crew of Mexicans that have been there for years, and it's a way better pie.
Also, a while back, I tried eating at New Panda in Santa Ana [Chris Ziegler's "Battle of the Strip-Mall Chinese Restaurants," May 2, 2002]. That was the worst Chinese food I have ever had. It's like it had sat there all day. I actually only got through some of the rice and just left the rest because it was so bad. I left it right there on the table and walked out. It is even worse than the Chinese place next to Chicago Pizza.
The last one I want to mention will make this whole story come back around to the beginning. I'm from Mexico—I grew up in the D.F. I love tortas. I'm always looking for decent Mexican places to eat. You've written about Q-Tortas [Gustavo Arellano's "Construction Cuisine," Jan. 2, 2003] a few times. So one day, I grab my brother, and we head down to this joint. Dude, if this is your idea of a good torta, then you don't know good tortas. Bad bread, cut down the side and filled like a taco. . . . It was just lame. A total disappointment. So here I am today, and I come across today's article and think, "Oh, man, he's writing about another crappy place."
THERE GOES MY GUN
The following addresses R. Scott Moxley's March 16 "Andy Get Your Gun," about an OC arms dealer who escaped prosecution despite AK-47s, rocket launchers and several other weapons and ammo found in his Irvine home.
You call this article about a licensed dealer's inventory news? So fucking what? You Californians are so very paranoid of guns it's ridiculous.
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