• Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    Amar Santana Announces Upcoming Concept: Vaca, a Spanish Restaurant

    When a chef goes off to open their own concept, it's a risk. Those that succeed are in it for the long haul. Some are even crazy enough to go through the process a second time. In the case of Amar Santana, he is revving to go. Previously based out of Charlie Palmer's inside Bloomingdale's, chef ret ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Moulin Opening Tomorrow In Newport Beach

    A French revival is underway off Bristol, as Moulin prepares to open in the former Pascal Epicerie spot. Classifying itself as a bistro, epicerie and cafe, the space experienced an extreme makeover in recent months. An outdoor fountain, beer and wine selections, and eye-catching Rotisol oven are a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Santa Ana's Bristol Street Easter Cruise Over?

    As a former cruise passenger on E Street in San Bernardino--because I didn't have a car and there was absolutely nothing else to do in San Berdoo--I find it disturbing that no one's invited me to the Bristol Street cruises in Santa Ana each Easter night.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    California Lodge Suites Hotel in Santa Ana Adds Another Cause for Complaints: Whoring

    Here's an important tip to sleuths amateur and professional: If you are looking for a place that might be a brothel, start with the inn in town that has generated 365 police calls in the past year and a half.Based on a tip from a john, and with a Los Angeles television news crew in town, cops busted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    DX Peruvian Closes in Santa Ana; Inka Mama's Takes Over

    DX Peruvian--the restaurant at the corner of Bristol and Sunflower next to Bella Cuba and technically in Santa Ana although it's directly across from South Coast Plaza--has closed and now become the fourth branch of Inka Mama's. The switch-over happened this week.This INCArnation (sorry, couldn't re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    On The Line: Alfonso Ramirez Of Pinot Provence, Part One

    Ch-ch-ch-changes happen all the time in the restaurant industry. Chefs leave, and are replaced by someone with a vision more aligned with that of the establishment. Alfonso Ramirez helms the kitchen within Westin South Coast Plaza's fine-dining establishment, Pinot Provence. Where have you worked in ... More >>

  • Food

    October 11, 2012

    Danny Godinez, Food Genius

    [Best Of 2012] The culinary genius at Anepalco’s shares his favorite things about Orange County

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    On the Line: Pascal Olhats, Part One

    "I think it's time that Orange County made its mark in the country by being a restaurant scene. It's going to take some time. . . It's simmering, but we need to make it boil."It's unfair to associate Pascal Olhats with only one establishment, since he's spent the last 20-something years parlaying hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    A Very Brief Review of Starbucks' Cool Lime Refresher

    I ended up at the Starbucks on Bristol and Memory Lane today because my favorite Mexican bakery, Las 3 Princesas, didn't make any champurrado today and I needed something to dip their excellent pan de anís in. While I placed my order for a latte, the barista offered me a sample of the new Refresher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Potzol den Cano: A Home Run In a Bowl (And On a Plate)

    My in-laws make the best pozole in the world. This is not open for discussion; anyone who has ever had it at any Gutierrez family gathering knows the truth. Come Christmas time, certain houses from here to Lake Los Angeles smell like what my sister-in-law graciously refers to as "feet and butt s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Battle of the Bristol Street Burgers: Umami Burger vs. TK Burger

    South on Bristol, in the middle of Orange County's Hipster Triangle, is a burger place everyone should try. The meat is fresh, the bread is baked specifically for the burger and everything is made to order. It's even in walking distance of the Camp and the LAB, just to give diners a little something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Chapman University Religion and Economics Conference Draws Scholars from Far and Wide

    ​Chapman University today and tomorrow hosts what is billed as "a major international conference" on religion, economics and culture. Participants include Chapman's Nobel laureate in economics Vernon L. Smith and academics not only from the Orange campus and UC Irvine but Yale, Harvard, Notre D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Taste Test: Bella & Baja Restaurant "Where Italy Meets Mexico"

    ​ Baja & Bella. Stella's and Bella. La Fogta Baha Grill. Depending on where you look, these are the many names and aliases that this puzzler of a restaurant that recently opened on MacArthur Blvd. near Bristol uses. But that's not the most beguiling part in all this. The restaurant that can't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Sabores Mexican Grill Shutters; Bella Cuba Moves In

    Photo by JB​It used to be a Carl's Jr. Then Lani Grille moved in around 2006, trying its best to fill the grand space, the biggest dining room in a restaurant-heavy island at the northwest corner of Bristol and Sunflower. Lani offered Asian-inspired Polynesian food, something the South Coast Plaza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Portishead's Geoff Barrow On Touring Third, Misconceptions About Dummy and His Upcoming Hip-Hop Record

    ​Thirteen years after their last North American tour, pioneering British trio Portishead are back to finally make the rounds in support of their latest album, Third, released in 2008. It's been a while, but for good reason; between having babies and working on new musical projects, they've been qu ... More >>

  • Food

    September 29, 2011

    Sushi Box Is Teriyaki-rific

    [Hole In the Wall] Elevating the placing of grilled meat on top of rice to an art form

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    OC's Only Blimpie Closes

    Flickr user mokolabs​Orange County's only outpost of the Blimpie sandwich-shop chain, located at 840 The City Dr. S. in Orange, has closed its doors, part of a reshuffling of businesses that has seen the departure of a doughnut shop, a cell-phone store and a flower shop.Management for the Orange C ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 25, 2010

    The Mexican Debated Tom Tancredo, and No Chingazos Were Thrown!

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, why Mexicans should learn how to dance to tropical music

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Is It Wise for Chick-Fil-A to Donate Their Chicken Sandwiches to the Poor?

    ​Far from me to criticize charitable efforts in these hard days but forgive me for being a bit cynical with a recent press release announcing that the Chick-Fil-A on Bristol and Macarthur in SanTana wants you to donate $5 so they can, donation by donation, give 30,000 hungry people in Orange Count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    #1 AKA The Best Dish in Orange County RIGHT NOW: Taco Acorazado at the the Two Alebrije's Grill

    Photo by the Elmo Monster...​This is it, cabrones: the best dish in Orange County! Want the best restaurant? You'll have to pick up our Best of OC issue next Thursday. Gracias for all the comments, the criticisms and other randomness. 'Til next year, or the next mass list of something or other!Som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Good Shrimp/Fish Tacos, False Advertising at Baja Cachanilla

    Cachanilla is also a plant...​I've always enjoyed the shrimp and fish tacos at Baja Cachanilla in SanTana--each juicy, plump, on handmade tortillas and topped with one of the thicker, sweeter fish taco creams you'll find. It's better than Baja Fresh just a couple of blocks down Bristol, and Wahoo' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Kogi Truck Sighting Out OC Weekly's Window!

    Spencer KornhaberThis looks vaguely familiar...​Just goes to show you, if you write ninety hellazillion stories & blog posts about them, they will come. Yes, that is the Kogi Korean BBQ truck. And yes, that is the parking lot of the John Wayne-adjacent cluster of battleship-gray office buildin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2009

    Santa Ana's Yogurt Bar Offers a Taste of the Caribbean in a Cup

    ​So you didn't manage a vacation (or even a staycation) this summer? Try a taste of this froyo café's pineapple and coconut flavor. As you take your first spoonful, you're transported (mentally, at least) to a palm-fringed island--Antigua, perchance--the water lapping at your toes. You can almost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    The ampm on Bristol and Red Hill Sells Expired Kit-Kats

    ​Yes, the title of this blog is a serious charge. I realize that. But it's one that I'm able to back up.Last week, I went to the ampm (that's the "official" way to spell the name of the place, I know it looks weird all lower-case, but take it up with them) on the corner of Bristol and Red Hill on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Kogi BBQ Truck Scheduled To Do Costa Mesa This Saturday Night

    Keith May​In case you haven't noticed, Kogi has been making routine weekend stops in O.C. this month.Two Saturdays ago, it was Fullerton.  This past Saturday, it was Orange.  This coming Saturday, it will be Costa Mesa, at the Holiday Inn on Bristol near the 405, from 6 p.m.-midnight.When I rend ... More >>

  • Food

    March 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 11/21 - 11/23

    Coats for Cubs, until April 22 Bring in your real fur clothing, including trims, accessories and shearling to any Buffalo Exchange and let them know it's a donation for Coats for Cubs. Condition is unimportant. Donations will be given to the Humane Society to provide bedding and comfort to orphaned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 5/23 - 5/26

    Memorial Day Weekend Sales at the LAB, Friday-Monday Sidewalk sales by Urban Outfitters, Harlow's, Carve & Blends and Habit The Lab 2930 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Standing Up for Justice and Peace, Friday 5 p.m. Peacefully protest the wrongs of the world Outside South Coast Plaza Corner of B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Off to Meet the Wizard of Irvine Co.

    Apparently there were 500 of them, a swarm of janitors in purple and yellow t-shirts making their way around the sprawling headache known lovingly as South Coast Plaza. They were scheduled to gather at noon on the corner of Sunflower and Bristol and then march to some undisclosed location and hold a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2008

    What You Missed Over The Weekend Part XV

    On Friday night, Dave Segal watched London duo, Black Ghosts, put on one of the better hipster-dance live shows he's seen in a while. Saying, "It was kind of like a combination of Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers, full of aggressive beats, filthy synth textures and sing-along tunes." Saturday found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2008

    SanTana Cruises into the Past

    News this afternoon that the SanTana police department will shut down most of northbound Bristol Street until tomorrow morning to stem off car cruising is about as breaking as that the city is mostly Mexican. The city has unsuccessfully battled cruisers on Bristol for almost 20 years. In 1989, the c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007

    Friday - 11/16

    The Rocky Horror Show at the Maverick Theater, Orange County Peace & Justice protest in Costa Mesa, “Shag: The World, the Flesh & the Devil” at Pure Color

  • Food

    June 22, 2006

    Summer Grub Guide

    Your guide to the best damn eats in OC

  • Food

    April 6, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This week in Randomness

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2006

    Police Put the Smackdown on Mexican Kids

    Getting calls from my various Chicano yaktivist pals, and they're saying the kids are marching out of Westminster, Garden Grove, and Anacrime. Reports of police beating up kids on Bristol and Warner in SanTana, although the kids supposedly through rocks. Pendejos. Off to take pictures. . .

  • Food

    September 1, 2005
  • Food

    July 28, 2005

    Burger Safari

    Ground beef well-done with a side of amnesia

  • Culture

    May 19, 2005

    Art for Arts Sake

    Graffiti is the real deal

  • Food

    April 14, 2005
  • Food

    February 10, 2005

    Ramen Wars!

    Slurping through Orange Countys steamiest Ramen bowls

  • Columns

    September 16, 2004
  • Food

    April 17, 2003

    Give the Satyr a Brew

    Scouting Santa Ana for superior lunches

  • News

    April 3, 2003
  • Columns

    April 3, 2003

    What Are We Doing There?

    How to fight the war from home

  • Columns

    February 20, 2003
  • Features

    September 26, 2002
  • Columns

    December 20, 2001

    New War, Old Protest

    Where are the goddamned donuts?

  • Columns

    September 13, 2001
  • Music

    March 1, 2001

    Now Sample Free!

    Drum-and-bass perfectionists. Roni Size/Reprazent get real.

  • Food

    June 1, 2000

    Where Is Nozolle?

    St Capriccio Italiano

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