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  • Where There's Smoke, There's Leadbelly's

    published December 26, 2013

    The folks at Leadbelly's finally installed the lighted sign about three weeks ago, and it doesn't say "Leadbelly's Southern-Style Barbecue,"... More >>

  • Seoulmate Serves Pork Stew for the Seoul

    published December 19, 2013

    You're a few blocks from Cal State Long Beach on Seventh Street and directly across from Woodrow Wilson High. For a moment, you consider... More >>

  • Escar-GO to Oc & Lau Restaurant

    published December 12, 2013

    Spain may have its tapas bars and Japan its izakayas, but in Vietnam, there are quán ôcs. Literal translation: snail eateries.... More >>

  • Selanne Steak Tavern Is No Duck Soup

    published December 5, 2013

    Though its Open Table page says Selanne Steak Tavern's dress code is casual, you'd feel severely underdressed in anything less than a collared... More >>

  • The Melt: So Cheesy!

    published November 28, 2013

    Few foods have a higher enjoyment-to-effort ratio than the grilled cheese sandwich—it's a fact as true as the sun rising in the east. As... More >>

  • Kolache Factory Is Czech-Mex

    published November 21, 2013

    If you're not from the Czech Republic or Texas, chances are you've never heard of kolaches. And if you've never been to those parts of the Lone... More >>

  • Ways & Means' Razor Clam Blues

    published November 14, 2013

    Our server at Ways & Means Oyster House was obviously new, but then so was everyone else. The restaurant had barely been open a week, and... More >>

  • White Wasabi: What's a Wasachio?

    published November 7, 2013

    If you've been to your share of sushi bars, White Wasabi Sushi + Beer will resemble most of them. Take the floor plan of a random neighborhood... More >>

  • Eat Meat At All That Barbecue

    published October 31, 2013

    It has been two days since you digested the equivalent of three meals' worth of meat in one sitting at All That Barbecue in Irvine. It took... More >>

  • Taco Maria, Full of Grace

    published October 24, 2013

    There are meals that cease to be meals and become experiences you think about for days afterward. Carlos Salgado's four-course prix fixe at... More >>

  • C4 Deli: Cure for the Common Reuben

    published October 17, 2013

    The kitchen makes a fabulous Reuben at C4, the new deli opened by Jeff Jensen and Jeff Hall, the guys who gave us the equally fabulous Chapter... More >>

  • Seasons of Japan: East Meets South

    published October 10, 2013

    There are thousands of Japanese fast-casual chains akin to Seasons of Japan across the U.S., but only nine are actually called "Seasons of... More >>

  • The Blind Pig: Off-Broadway

    published October 3, 2013

    My buddy Chris and I are old-school: Instead of Twitter or Instagram, we still text food pictures to each other. Random times during the week,... More >>

  • Pier 76: Under Pressure

    published September 26, 2013

    I don't know when I've had a better moules frites than the ones Pier 76 Fish Grill is cooking right now. When I pried open that first shell,... More >>

  • Papa Hassan's Has a Brand-New Bag

    published September 19, 2013

    Do you remember your first shawerma? I do. It was 15, maybe 20 years ago. As with a hazy memory of a movie in which I can recall the actors but... More >>

  • Surfas Is a Chef's Toys 'R' Us

    published September 12, 2013

    If the SOCO Collection in Costa Mesa weren't already a cool scene with its permanent farmers' market sheds; the OC Mix; and its eclectic grab... More >>

  • Lark Creek a Lark

    published September 5, 2013

    Unless you're one of those Chicken Charlie guys who deep-fry everything imaginable—even unimaginable—for a living, I bet you've... More >>

  • Thai This Now: Coconut Rabbit

    published August 29, 2013

    It was Saturday around 7 p.m. Prime time for a restaurant. Yet there you are, one of only two parties at the Coconut Rabbit, a 3-month-old Thai... More >>

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    Sausage Party In Orange County!

    published August 29, 2013

    Sausage might just be the most universal meat in the world—hell, even vegans have soyrizo. And Orange County, unsurprisingly, hosts a... More >>

  • Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking: Cajun Steampunk

    published August 22, 2013

    Everyone who sat at the counter in front of the steam kettles had questions. "How does it work?" "How much did it cost to install?" Chef Ritter... More >>

  • The Woods: Meatloaf and a Pint

    published August 15, 2013

    If the Woods looks like a bar, it's because it's just that. Imagine a long, narrow room the width of three bowling lanes, lit dimly not for... More >>

  • H2O Sushi & Izakaya Is Not for Sushi Snobs

    published August 8, 2013

    When eating at the new H2O Sushi & Izakaya at the Triangle in Costa Mesa, Sushi Shibucho worshipers will need to try very hard to not think... More >>

  • Diego's Downtown: The Missing Link

    published August 1, 2013

    Diego's Downtown seemed to have materialized from nowhere. Apart from the location at the former Cafe Azteca across from the Yost Theater, the... More >>

  • Tavern On the Coast: Act of the Apostle

    published July 25, 2013

    To any chef who has cooked for a Thomas Keller restaurant, here's a piece of advice: Wherever you go and whatever you do, always flaunt your... More >>

  • Raise a Toast to Cortina's

    published July 18, 2013

    Before I went to Cortina's, I'd never seen anyone clink sandwiches as though they were flutes of champagne. I was waiting for my meal, sitting... More >>

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