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OC Food Issue 2014: Wrap-tastic!

From burritos to egg rolls, crepes to dosas, behold Orange County's favorite wrapped meals

OC Food Issue 2014: Wrap-tastic!
Photographer: Riley Kern | Design: Dustin Ames
Model: Olivia Houston | Photography Assistant: Genevieve Davis

So we sat at Weekly World Headquarters, trying to figure out what the theme for this year's food issue should be: Mexican food? We kind of did that years ago. Sandwiches? Meh. Salads? Weak salsa.

"What about wraps?" someone asked.

"Wraps are lame," the Mexican in Chief shot back. "Just an excuse for gabachos to not say 'burrito.'"

Riley Kern
Salmon Poke Burrito at Bear Flag
Dustin Ames
Salmon Poke Burrito at Bear Flag

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Seoulmate

4712 E 7th St.
Long Beach, CA 90804

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Long Beach

Capital Seafood

2700 Alton Pkwy, 127
Irvine, CA 92606

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Irvine

Bear Flag Fish Company

7972 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92657

Category: Restaurant > Seafood

Region: Newport Beach

Alta Coffee

506 31st St.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Coffee Shops

Region: Newport Beach

Munchies!

10130 Garden Grove Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Dessert

Region: Garden Grove

Kaisen Kaiten

3855 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Santa Ana

Shik Do Rak

14775 Jeffrey Road, Ste. H
Irvine, CA 92618

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Irvine

Shik Do Rak

9691 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Garden Grove

Vishnu Restaurant

17945 Sky Park Circle, Ste. J
Irvine, CA 92614

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Irvine

Lola Gaspar

211 W. Second St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Santa Ana

Kareem's Restaurant

1208 S. Brookhurst St.
Anaheim, CA 92804

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: Anaheim

Athenian Burgers

8511 La Palma Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620

Category: Restaurant > Fusion

Region: Buena Park

Samurai Burrito

18932 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Category: Restaurant > Sushi

Region: Fountain Valley

Kim Huong

17311 Mcfadden Ave., #B
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Tustin

BRODARD

9892 Westminster Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Garden Grove

301 Cafe

301 W. Santa FE Ave.
Placentia, CA 92870

Category: Restaurant > Cafe

Region: Placentia

101 Noodle Express

5408 Walnut Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Irvine

Zankou Chicken

2424 W. Ball Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92804

Category: Restaurant > Armenian

Region: Anaheim

Alberta's Mexican Food

765 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Tustin

El Toro Bravo

1450 El Camino Real, Suite B
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Tustin

El Toro Bravo

739 W. 19th St., Ste. G
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Costa Mesa

Papa Hassan's Grill

882 S. Brookhurst St.
Anaheim, CA 92804

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: Anaheim

Nate's Korner

3960 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Category: Restaurant > Deli

Region: Santa Ana

Flappy Jack's Pancake House

2848 N. Santiago Blvd.
Orange, CA 92867

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: Orange

Calacas, Inc.

324 W. Fourth St., Ste. A
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Restaurant > Deli

Region: Santa Ana

La Casa Garcia

531 W Chapman Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Anaheim

Roma D'Italia

611 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Tustin

Roma D'Italia

424 N. Main St.
Orange, CA 92868

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Orange

Renata's Caffe Italiano

227 E. Chapman Ave., Ste F
Orange, CA 92866

Category: Restaurant > Cafe

Region: Orange

Adonis Mediterranean Grill

202 Park Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > Mediterranean

Region: Laguna Beach

Anepalco's Cafe

415 S. Main St.
Orange, CA 92868

Category: Restaurant > Cafe

Region: Orange

Anepalco's Cafe

3737 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92868

Category: Coffee Shops

Region: Orange

Potzol Den Cano

1003 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Santa Ana

Lam Van

8888 Bolsa Ave.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Westminster

Wholesome Choice

18040 Culver Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: Irvine

Kéch Café

17966 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Category: Restaurant > Fast Food

Region: Fountain Valley

"A burrito is a wrap," someone else said.

"So is an egg roll."

"And a crepe."

"Dosas."

"Is Camel running this week?"

The jefe was sold.

Turns out many of OC's favorite foods, from burritos to dosas to spring rolls and beyond, are technically wraps, even if no one calls them by that lame name. So behold our compendium of our favorite wrapped foods in OC. We'll spare you the chaos that was giving this list a title, which started off with "Wrapper's Delight" and "The Wrap-ture!" and went downhill from there . . .

 

SPICY PORK BURRITO WITH EVERYTHING
at SEOULMATE

The little pink house in Long Beach has been open for less than a year, but it already serves some of the best Korean-flavored food in the city. The reason the spicy pork burrito with everything made it in this issue isn't because it has the best daeji bulgogi, but rather because of how effortlessly everything is fused. With egg and avocado inside an almost-perfect flour tortilla, the burrito threatens to burst yet never does. Everything else is on point: the pork is nice and meaty; the rice perfectly cooked. You even get a free cookie at the end. Now if only parking were just a little bit easier. . . . 4712 E. Seventh St., Long Beach, (562) 433-1158; www.seoulmatelbc.com.

BANH CUON TOM
at CAPITAL SEAFOOD

Dim sum brunches don't always need to feature dozens of dumplings in steamers—you can get something a little more filling, too, such as the banh cuon tom at Capital Seafood in Irvine. Order the banh cuon, and you'll get an oblong plate piled high with rolled sheets of rice noodles, inside which a handful of shrimp lay. Yes, it does look as though it's drenched in soy sauce, but worry not: the sauce that covers banh cuon is sweet, much less salty than its Kikkoman cousin. You'll also get a chopstick workout because it's kind of slippery, but once you make a successful transfer from plate to plate, you're in for simple, shrimpy goodness. 2700 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, (949) 252-8188; irvine.capital-seafood.com.

SALMON POKE BURRITO
at BEAR FLAG

Think tortillas are too hefty to be a proper poke delivery vessel? Well, you're wrong. Bear Flag's burrito is the perfect combination of raw fish, rich sauce, vegies and rice, all enveloped in a respectable cocoon. The sauce is rich enough and the fish tasty enough to lend flavor to the tortilla. Plus, unlike many burritos, the tube doesn't leave you feeling full—instead, you almost feel healthy. 7972 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 715-8899; www.bearflagfishco.com.

SURFER'S BURRITO
at ALTA COFFEE

The scrambled eggs are delightfully fluffy; the bacon, strong and plentiful; the potatoes, pillowy soft without being mushy. But the best part of Alta's Surfer's Burrito is the size: You won't be bagging up any leftovers. You can finish the burrito in one sitting, and you will feel pretty good after you're done. Heck, you could probably go surfing afterward. 506 31st St., Newport Beach, (949) 675-0233; www.altacoffeeshop.com.

DESSERT CREPES
at MUNCHIES!

Trendwise, crepes are kind of over, long surpassed by cronuts, milky buns and dozens of other en vogue desserts. But that doesn't mean they still can't be kind of cool sometimes. Take the dessert crepes at Munchies!: decadent, crispy and wrapped around your choice of froyo-esque toppings. Ice cream? Go for it. Cheesecake? By the slice. Mochi, diced fruit . . . whatever else you might want. Oh, and you can get green tea crepes, too. 10130 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, (714) 534-7286.

DAILY SPECIAL HAND ROLL
at KAISEN KAITEN

In the world of sushi, hand rolls are not only the most economical way to get full, but also one of the funnest things to eat. And as one of the cheaper things on the menu, you get three or four perfect bites of fish and seaweed (and other miscellany). There are no better hand rolls than the ones at Kaisen Kaiten, Orange County's best rotating sushi restaurant. Each day, there's a different hand roll on special, and the kitchen doesn't skimp. You can get soft shell crab, eel, even lobster-filled rolls for less than $2. The conveyor belt is nice and all, but when you can basically eat a lobster tail's worth of sushi for around $10, why would you eat anything else? 3855 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, (714) 444-2161.

DDUK BO SSAM
at SHIK DO RAK

Most people go to all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue places to shovel meat in their faces—and there's nothing wrong with that. But next time you go to Shik Do Rak, try this: Take a sheet of the cool rice paper or sliced radish and lay it on your plate. Dollop some of the potato salad on top. Then add some of the bean sprouts or other ban chan. Finally, pile on your meat. Roll it, dip it in some sesame oil, then eat. After you swallow, try a spoonful of the egg soup. Isn't that better? Isn't the contrast in textures nice? The temperature differences? Isn't that the way you want to eat your Korean barbecue? 14805 Jeffrey Rd., Ste. H, Irvine, (949) 653-7668; also at 9691 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, (714) 534-7668.

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6 comments
johnny_automatic
johnny_automatic

I just keep trying to figure out why you keep considering Long Beach part of Orange County?  Did LA Weekly and it have a fight?

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

There are some great recommendations on this list.  Thanks!


sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

trying to take ownership where none belongs is the insecure ones attempt to control ( "wraps are lame")


all things come from others


enjoy instead of insults

 
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