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Aloha Hawaiian BBQ
Not to be outdone by the Koreans, the Hawaiians borrowed their kalbi (beef short ribs) and made it into something called “the plate lunch.” The word “plate” is a misnomer, especially at Aloha. What you get in their Hawaiian BBQ Mix is more like a trough in which kalbi, hunks of chicken and a formidable hill of sliced barbecue beef are piled high with rice and mac salad—food designed to make new Hawaiian Islands out of the people who can finish it. 2336 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-1888.

Huong Huong
In Little Saigon, arguably the most popular barbecue dish is called thit nuong, grilled pork marinated in fish sauce and lemongrass. It tops flotillas of rice, noodles, even sandwiches. Hundreds of restaurants serve it, but if you just want this money meat to take home, go to Huong Huong. Here, you can buy it by the pound, then take it to the office, a potluck, or someone’s backyard cookout. The possibilities are as endless as the raves you will receive. 9262 Bolsa Ave., Ste. 3, Westminster, (714) 895-6551.

Sahara Falafel
The name may say falafel, but in Sahara Falafel’s BBQ Combination Plate, you’ll find a kafta—grilled beef sausage tenderly flipped over the lapping fires of a grill no bigger than a school desk. Smear it with toum (a punchy, over-the-top paste made of garlic), wince and repeat. Afterward, get some falafel for dessert. 590 S Brookhurst St., Anaheim, (714) 491-0400.

Blake’s Place: All grills, no frills
John Gilhooley
Blake’s Place: All grills, no frills

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Blake's Place

2905 E. Miraloma Ave., Ste. 3
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Anaheim

Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

4050 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92868

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Orange

Cambinos Asian BBQ

5721 Lincoln Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Cypress

Shin-Sen-Gumi Fountain Valley Robata & Yakitori Restaurant

18315 Brookhurst St., Ste. 1
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fountain Valley

Manpuku Tokyo BBQ Dining

891 Baker St., Ste. A-2
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Costa Mesa

Cham Sut Gol

9252 Garden Grove Blvd., Ste. 10
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Garden Grove

Aloha Hawaiian BBQ

2336 N. Park Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Santa Ana

Huong Huong

9262 Bolsa Ave.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Westminster

Sahara Falafel

590 S. Brookhurst St.
Anaheim, CA 92804

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: Anaheim

Agora Churrascaria

1830 Main St.
Irvine, CA 92614

Category: Restaurant > Brazilian

Region: Irvine

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Agora Churrascaria
Nothing I’ve written about so far matches the sheer joy of eating barbecued meat at Agora. As far as I’m concerned, this upscale Brazilian take on barbecue in Irvine is charred-meat mecca. Cuts of cow, chicken wrapped in bacon and filet mignon wrapped in bacon (I think I may have mentioned the bacon) are all fire-roasted whilst impaled on swords. These swords, by the way, are also the method of transport to your table. Most of what is unthreaded from these sabers and onto your plate is simply seasoned with sea salt, allowing the natural sanguine flavor of the meat to sucker you into eating more than you ever thought you could. When you become so stuffed you can barely speak, flip over the provided card to the red side. Only then will the protein parade stop. 1830 Main St., Irvine, (949) 222-9910.

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