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  • Bruxie Is a Euro-Smash

    published December 23, 2010

    For a city that can’t agree on a common language, the people of Brussels are united in pride on the waffle, their defining regional... More >>

  • Happy Family Mocks Meat

    published December 16, 2010

    More than six months have passed since Happy Family Vegetarian replaced May Garden in Costa Mesa, but practically every other person who walks in... More >>

  • Olive Gourmet Grocer Is the Anti-Whole Foods

    published December 9, 2010

    Let’s face it, foodies: Eating at Whole Foods is a crapshoot. Sure, potential gems lurk beneath those sneeze-guarded buffet islands and... More >>

  • Mariscos Licenciado #2 Turns Both the Flavor and the Volume to 11

    published December 2, 2010

    If you follow this rag faithfully, you should know this is a re-review of Mariscos Licenciado #2, an Anaheim restaurant Gustavo has long... More >>

  • Liang's Kitchen's Lines Don't Lie

    published November 25, 2010

    They say you need money to make money. You also need customers to attract customers. Witness this principle in action at Liang’s Kitchen, a... More >>

  • A Family Affair at Les Amis in Fullerton

    published November 18, 2010

    Everyone gets hummus at Les Amis, even if they don’t ask for it. It’s just a thimble of the paste, accompanied by a paper basket of... More >>

  • O Fine Japanese Cuisine Pleases

    published November 11, 2010

    The way I see it, there are two kinds of sushi-eaters in this world: those who abhor rolls and those who adore them. By the same token, there... More >>

  • Capital Grille Has Big Meat for Big Money

    published November 4, 2010

    Everything at the new Capital Grille at South Coast Plaza follows the expensive-steakhouse rulebook. Bedroom-sized, temperature-controlled,... More >>

  • It's DIY Time At Bari Bari Japanese BBQ

    published October 28, 2010

    What happens when a successful teppanyaki restaurant decides to branch out without its showboating chefs? You get a yakiniku: the same dishes... More >>

  • Aji Limon Is the Chifa Champ

    published October 21, 2010

    Ah, saltado. Here’s a stir-fry that neatly summarizes Peruvian-Chinese food, known as comida chifa, in one fell swoop of meat and... More >>

  • Valkyrie of Transcontinental Sausage

    published October 14, 2010

    Ehrline Karnaga began her working life as a white-collar stiff in the computer industry. But to look at her now is to see a different woman. She... More >>

  • No Sushi, No Problem at Izakaya Meijiya

    published October 14, 2010

    A guy walked into Izakaya Meijiya one quiet Sunday night. “Takeout?” he asked. Since the waitress didn’t show up for... More >>

  • Civilized Swilling

    published October 7, 2010

    In the evolutionary time line of pubs, the Pint House sits at a crossroads. Looking behind, it would see the dank neighborhood watering holes from... More >>

  • Seasons 52 Scores

    published September 30, 2010

    Seasons 52 is the latest ambitious, gimmicky, out-of-state chain to open in OC after True Food Kitchen. Where True Food aligned itself with a... More >>

  • Felix Is Doggie-Bag Heaven

    published September 23, 2010

    Felix Continental Cafe got a face-lift: They removed the light bulbs that bordered the old street marquee for something a little more tasteful.... More >>

  • Myung In Wins Pillow Fight

    published September 16, 2010

    You may have eaten bao, the pillowy white Chinese buns usually found three to a basket at dim sum. You may have even ventured to Buena... More >>

  • Listen for the Ecco

    published September 9, 2010

    I waited nearly a year for Ecco to open at the Camp in Costa Mesa. It’s not that I was necessarily looking forward to another Italian... More >>

  • True Food Kitchen Stays True to Its (Pretentious) Name

    published September 2, 2010

    I admit it: I had a chip on my shoulder going into True Food Kitchen. What a presumptuous name! Reading the marketing material announcing the... More >>

  • To Find Ngu Binh

    published August 26, 2010

    Like the guy at the bottom of a human pyramid, you’ll find Ngu Binh squished into the lower floor of a multilevel building full of... More >>

  • 'Cue It Up at Beachwood BBQ

    published August 19, 2010

    There is no endeavor more futile than debating barbecue. The folks at Beachwood BBQ know this as well as anyone. Recognizing how touchy the... More >>

  • The Feast Days of Summer

    published August 12, 2010

    Every day is a holiday for someone somewhere in this world—did you know, for instance, that Aug. 12, the day this issue hits newsstands... More >>

  • Ahab-Approved

    published August 12, 2010

    At my count, there are now four seafood restaurants where PCH cuts through Sunset Beach. Here, in a neighborhood largely ignored by the tourist... More >>

  • Huitlacoche at the Ritz-Freakin'-Carlton?

    published August 5, 2010

    The views are exhilarating: That much you should already know about Raya, the new restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. To get a more... More >>

  • Hotel California

    published July 29, 2010

    Sometimes, buzz about a new restaurant spreads organically by word of mouth. Other times, it’s manufactured by savvy PR people. If... More >>

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    Your Essential OC Happy Hour Guide

    published July 22, 2010

    Hmm. The happy hours feature on our food blog is called “Drunk After Work,” and the print headline of this list of OC’s most... More >>

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