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What the Stick a Fork In It bloggers learned about food in Orange County in 2011

Gustavo, Edwin, Dave and I each downed dozens of bowls in the span of a short few weeks during our Final Pho tournament this past spring. Much as I love the great pho served up in Little Saigon (the best in the nation, of course), I had to break up with pho because this intense fling of ours burned too hot without regard for the consequences. We needed a break from each other, and I went six months without even giving her a second thought, jerk that I am.

But pho took me back because she's forgiving, understanding and, above all, comforting. Pho and I have too much history together, and I start 2012 with a new appreciation for why I fell in love in the first place. (Shuji Sakai)

OC’s cocktail masters
Kevin Lara
OC’s cocktail masters
St. Roy’s Chef’s Pub: Big-ass burger
Kevin Lara
St. Roy’s Chef’s Pub: Big-ass burger

Location Info

Map

St. Roy Chef's Pub

211 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Clemente

Tavern On 2

5110 E. 2nd St.
Long Beach, CA 90803

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Out of Town

DG Burger

3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Costa Mesa

Burger Parlor at Rialto Cafe

108 W. Wilshire Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Fullerton

Slater's 50/50

8082 Adams Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Huntington Beach

Pizzeria Mozza

800 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Newport Beach

Luigi's D'Italia

801 S. State College
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Anaheim

Jollibee and Red Ribbon Bakery

601 N. Euclid St., Ste. A
Anaheim, CA 92801

Category: Restaurant > Fast Food

Region: Anaheim

Indo Ranch

22722 Lambert St., Ste. 1701
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Restaurant > Indonesian

Region: Lake Forest

Sol Del Sur Bistro

31115 Rancho Viejo Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Category: Restaurant > Bistro

Region: San Juan Capistrano

The Riders Club Cafe

1701 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Clemente

Cismontane Brewing Company

29851 Aventura
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Rancho Santa Margarita

Pizza Port

301 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: San Clemente

Bread Gallery

1624 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: San Clemente

Jean Paul's Goodies

656 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > Coffeehouse

Region: Laguna Beach

320 Main

320 Main St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Seal Beach

Broadway By Amar Santana

328 Glenneyre St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Laguna Beach

Memphis At The Santora

201 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Restaurant > Southern

Region: Santa Ana

Two 40 South

240 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Brea

AnQi Gourmet Bistro by Crustacean

3333 S. Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Restaurant > Bistro

Region: Costa Mesa

Nirvana Grille

24031 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Category: Restaurant > Grill

Region: Mission Viejo

Nirvana Grille

303 Broadway St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Laguna Beach

LaRocco's Pizzeria

122 S. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: San Clemente

Left Coast Brewery

1245 Puerta Del Sol
San Clemente, CA 92673

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Clemente

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