Krazy Smokey Teriyaki is a barbecue restaurant in Cypress. This is ‘cue for a city with a huge Asian-American population and eaters from the nearby office parks and community college raised on multicultural fare. So instead of Southern hospitality, customers get the manic greetings of an izakaya, complete with a clucking rubber chicken. While Krazy Smokey does use wood to smoke all of its meats—a mix of chips depending on how the owner feels, although he was complaining to a customer the other day about how hard it is to get cedar—the sauce here is teriyaki: slightly watery, but peppery. Appetizers are just egg rolls—delicious, sold in three. The complimentary side isn’t hush puppies or mac and cheese, but a bowl of miso soup that’ll actually make you stop and appreciate its creamy, scalding qualities—and when was the last time you bothered to think about miso soup as something other than what needs to be guarded against splashing and staining your shirt?
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One of the unlikeliest barbecue meccas in OC is within a small space at 11513 Knott Avenue in Cypress, in a shopping plaza that has seen better days. For nearly 20 years, it has hosted one pit master or other who appreciated the phi...