Andrew Gruel

  • Food

    September 26, 2013

    Pier 76: Under Pressure

    The Long Beach restaurant makes great seafood at California Fish Grill prices

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    The Five Greatest Things Tasted At Decadence 2013

    There were many bites to be consumed at Friday's Decadence. The key was to arrive early and explore deep. If you got stuck following the same line of people, you missed out on some lip-smacking eats. Here were our favorites of the night.

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    This Week In Food: Roasting Hatch Chiles, Demoing with Andrew Gruel, and Winning All the Things!

    Hello, and welcome to August! Here's some lovely food news for you and yours... First, Edwin visited Diego's Downtown in Santa Ana for his weekly review, then he named the Orange County Cooler at JT Schmid's the Drink of the Week. He also announced that Lay's will be bringing back the flavors from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Andrew Gruel Of Slapfish Doing Kitchen Demo At Macy*s

    Kitchen demos always seem so hoity-toity. That is, until you actually know the chef. Then it's kinda cool. So we were happy to see one of the Weekly's favorite chefs schedule an appearance at the Macy*s Home Store in South Coast Plaza. What makes Andrew Gruel a favorite? 2012 Best Of winner for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Slapfish Serves "Summer Of Sustainability" Weekly Specials

    It's no secret that we love our Slapfish. Best fish & chips and seafood restaurant in our Best of 2012 make them legit. Edwin is a fan of their oysters, while this Forker stops for chowder fries. After surviving their freshman year in Huntington Beach, co-owners Jethro Naude and Andrew Gruel want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Behold, Slapfish's New Lobsticle: A Lobster Corn Dog!

    A couple years before becoming OC's Best Seafood Restaurant, Slapfish (then just a luxe lonchera) unveiled something called the Lobsticle, a half a grilled lobster tail served on a skewer. We called it seafood heaven on a stick. Now, the Lobsticle is back, reincarnated in corn dog form. The new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    This Week In Food: Sandwich Earls, Speckled Hens, and the Cutest Damn Toaster You've Ever Seen

    Thankfully, this week's food blog didn't have any gross stories to tell. I'm still creeped out every time I think of that KFC drumstick, but alas, we must move on. This week showed us some awesome things to look forward to. Let's take a look. Edwin reviewed the new Earl of Sandwich chain in Downtow ... More >>

  • Food

    October 11, 2012

    Anaïs Tangie, Gourmet Gal

    [Best Of 2012] SoCo Farmers' Market empress on her other favorite things about Orange County

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    No. 35: Carlsbad Aquafarm Oysters at Slapfish

    If Slapfish only served these oysters and nothing else, it would already justify the restaurant's existence. And co-owners Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude know how special these babies are. Gruel--who was a program manager of the Aquarium of the Pacific's sustainable-seafood initiative--is an advocate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    The Lime Truck To Open TLT Food, A Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Westwood

    The Lime Truck is going wheel-less. After two years of feeding hungry mobs at business parks, festivals and street food events throughout OC, Daniel Shemtob is taking his innovative New American fare north. He's the latest luxe lonchera chef to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, a move that ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    On the Line: Arthur Gonzalez of Roe Restaurant & Fish Market, Part One

    A couple of chairs flipped right side up in the middle of a gutted dining space. That is how we roll with Chef Gonzalez in his unfinished room, also known as Phase Two in the grand scheme of things at Roe in Belmont Shore. Thanks to some dedicated parking spots, we start our session on time and with ... More >>

  • Food

    June 14, 2012

    Slapfish Truck Stops Here

    The former luxe lonchera goes brick-and-mortar but is just as great

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Weekend Food-Event Roundup: Grillin', SoCo Farm-to-Food Truck Competions, and Top Chef OC!

    As we ease into summertime, everyone finds a excuse reason to gather. Our lineup includes two BBQ, one luxe lonchera, and Placentia's answer to Top Chef. If your schedule allows, check one out.Friday - Bistango's "Great American Grill-Off"To kick-off the weekend, this business lunch mainstay is thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    SLAPFISH: Brick and Mortar Preview

    "We want to change the way people think about and choose their seafood" says SLAPFISH co-owners Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude. "The idea is to get people to eat more seafood, but the right types of seafood, because sustainable tastes better."When we interviewed Andrew for On the Line last summer, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Las Vegas Crawfish Restaurant Featured on Man v. Food To Open in OC

    ​UPDATE, MAR. 6: The planned location of Hot N Juicy will be in Fountain Valley in the old spot previously occupied by Déjà Vu at Euclid and Edinger.ORIGINAL POST, MAR. 5:In recent years, we've seen more than a few food trends peak and peter out. Frozen yogurt store development is now frozen. Cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Ten Great Seafood Restaurants in Orange County

    ​You wouldn't go to a seafood restaurant to only eat the calamari. So why would we populate a list of seafood joints and only stick with the predictable, not to mention expensive, options? So for this list, we've drizzled on a few food trucks, some Asian eateries, a fish and chip shop and a marisc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    SlapFish Truck Announces Its First Restaurant Location--With Others In The Works

    ​Last month, we reported that OC fave SlapFish Truck would be going brick-and-mortar (yep, this is a thing these days), and now we've got an address to share.As announced on its Facebook page, the restaurant will be located at 19696 Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach. It's expected to open in early M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Anne Marie's Top Five Restaurants of 2011!

    ​Being the (relatively) new kid on the blog, I over-thought what I should include in my top five. All I really had to do was think about the places I'd already revisited without hesitation, and the answers were right there. Also, I've interviewed all but one, and getting to know the people behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Slapfish Truck to Open Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Let's count 'em, shall we? OC food-truck chefs who went brick-and-mortar: There was Hop Phan of Dos Chinos a few months ago, then the folks at the Tropical Shave Ice Truck. Most recently, Jason Quinn of the Lime Truck opened his Playground in Santa Ana, with fellow Great Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    10 Great Luxe Loncheras in Orange County

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​I was thinking of making a list that included ALL loncheras, luxe and not, but it'd be a wash: loncheras in a landslide. That said, I've warmed up a bit to the idea of non-Mexis muscling into the food-truck business with gourmet, usually overpriced meals. The one wond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    On the Line: Andrew Gruel of Slapfish, Part Two

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Andrew Gruel of Slapfish doesn't want diners to have just any tuna-fish sandwich; he wants to take the notion of a traditional one and "make it the apex of tuna sandwiches." As we continue our interview in the future home of his and Jethro Naude's test kitchen, Gruel shares ... More >>