Costa Mesa

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    [UPDATE: Kid Arrested!] Pot Story of the Year: Kid Takes Pot Brownie to School!

    *See bottom of this post for an update.Original Post, March 13, 8:27 a.m.: Sooner or later it had to happen: a kid gets his hands on a brownie, and not realizing it is laced with marijuana, he takes it to school and shares it with a bunch of his friends, all of whom become dizzy and sick to their st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    New BBQ Beef Stall To Open at Mitsuwa Marketplace Food Court

    The corner stall to the right at the Mitsuwa Marketplace food court in Costa Mesa has seen many tenants come and go. The last one was The Loft, a satellite of the Hawaiian BBQ joint, which was successful elsewhere but faltered here where Santouka's ramen and Miyabi-Tei's bentos rule.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Burger Bash Fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club March 9

    Food fundraisers feature some of the most lucrative combinations: Girl Scout cookies, pizza parties for soccer leagues and raffles involving hosted dinners are just a few that come to mind. Factor in a worthy cause, and you have the makings of something profitable. Deep pockets can whet their appeti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    [UPDATED with C.M. Results:] Lake Forest and Costa Mesa Held Sobriety Checkpoints Friday Night

    See the update at the end of this post with the checkpoint results released by Costa Mesa cops.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 15, 3 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department is conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Lake Forest starting at 6 tonight, while Costa Mesa kicks in with its own two hours later.Neith ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop Selects Second OC Location

    With a compound name like Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop, it can be mistaken for vegetarian or carnivore eats. We still can't believe they sprouted last spring. Its spot on the corner of 17th and Westminster streets in Costa Mesa is bustling on a Tuesday, long after happy hour is over. So it's no surpri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call for December 2012

    I think all of us who write and review restaurants get this question asked at least once, "Aren't you worried that you'll some day run out of restaurants to write about?"The answer is, of course, that it's impossible. Just as nurses will always be busy welcoming new babies into the world, we food wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    The Flaming P at Pitfire Pizza, Our Drink of the Week!

    Apparently there's a speakeasy in the back of the newly opened Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa, but you have to look in order to find it. I didn't know that, though, and I read the menu of cocktails available at the minuscule, no-seating bar up front. Then I looked at the garnish tray, which had mint, d ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call for November 2012

    Time for another restaurant roll call, folks, our monthly blog post that summarizes what's new and what's extinct. The big news was Surfas. Dave called it the "F.A.O. Schwarz for cooks and chefs" and after a few fits and starts, it debuted their first O.C. store in Costa Mesa's ever interesting SoCo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    SoCo Farmer's Market "Farm to Food Truck IV" Happens THIS SATURDAY

    Was it last year? I think it was, but anyhoo, I still have great memories of being a judge at SoCo Farmer's Market "Farm to Food Truck" contest, which pitted some of OC's finer luxe loncheras against each other in a Chopped-style contest utilizing the awesome produce found at the Costa Mesa treasure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    [UPDATED with Stats, Reader Right About 'Minority' Location:] DUI Checkpoint in Costa Mesa Monday Night

    See the update at the end of this post about a commenter to our original post being correct about the checkpoint location being in a minority neighborhood and stats from the police department.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 5, 6:09 A.M.: Sobriety checkpoints: they're not just for weekends and holidays any more. ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 1, 2012

    Steal This Sign

    [Hey, You!] And then swipe all the other crap the candidates are leaving around town

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Costa Mesa High Marching Band and Color Guard Need Help After Embezzlement Arrest

    Last week's arrest of Jennifer Border-Piatti for allegedly stealing $40,000 from the Costa Mesa High School Band Booster Club has not only spelled trouble for the nonprofit's 50-year-old treasurer.It may have also doomed the school's marching band and color guard program.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Jennifer Piatti, Costa Mesa High School Band Booster Treasurer, Accused of Stealing $40k

    Strange transactions involving the funds of the Costa Mesa High School Band Booster Club led to a complaint to police, an investigation and Thursday arrest of the nonprofit's treasurer.Jennifer Border-Piatti was held on suspicion of embezzlement after a search warrant was served on the 50-year-old's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Umaimono Gourmet Fair At Costa Mesa Mitsuwa From Thursday to Sunday

    We like our Costa Mesa Mitsuwa store for a lot of reasons. Find some of these reasons in our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown. They're also, of course, home to the venerable ramen purveyor Santoka. But then there's the reason why they always seem to grace the pages of this humble blog more often ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    OC Weekly 2012 Election Guide: Costa Mesa!

    Unlike other city election guides that have graced the benevolent blog pages of Navel Gazing, this one will take on a different format. A brief mention of the proposed city charter, titled Measure V, will precede an outline of city council candidates. Current council members tried to bring the initi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Eric Bever, Costa Mesa Mayor, is Fly in Soup Kitchen Bowls

    You might say Costa Mesa, California, officially went nuts years ago when the City Council closed a job center it had opened so employers could hire day laborers in a light-industrial zone instead of a city park where such meetings had been taking place. The problem with the job center? Laborers con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Edifica Talks About Rap en Español's Place in OC

    [Editor's Note: Spare Notes is a new Weekly music feature highlighting outtakes and personal stories from bands who just finished working their asses off to put out new music.]Eduardo Iniestra aka Edifica occupies a unique space with ever-expanding potential in OC's evolving hip-hop scene. The Cos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Another New Ramen Joint Opens in Costa Mesa; Replaces Peruvian Chicken Restaurant

    Let's count them, shall we: Santouka, Yamadaya, Mentatsu, Kohryu, Jinya, Daikokuya. These are what makes Costa Mesa the ramen cauldron of Orange County. I don't think there is any other town within our borders with a higher concentration of ramen joints and I'm not even counting the restaurants tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    [UPDATED with Caller a Police Union Stooge?:] Jim Righeimer, Costa Mesa Councilman, Cop Critic and Pension Cutter, Alleges DUI "Set Up"

    See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on media reports the false DUI caller is a Costa Mesa police union stooge.See Update No. 1 on a new Costa Mesa Police Department statement claiming the agency is super serious about investigating the false DUI report.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 24, 2:25 P.M.: Costa M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    [UPDATED with Booking Photos, More Details:] Ciprian Patrulescu and Paul G. Patrulescu Held in Granny Attack

    See Update No. 2 at the end of this post with booking photos of the suspects and more details about the attack.See Update No. 1 where a man who claims to be an arrestee says police got the wrong men.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 7:10 A.M.: An 84-year-old woman didn't want to eat with Ciprian and Paul G. P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Costa Mesa Restaurant Week Starts Tomorrow

    Doesn't it seem like it should be like the tenth year Costa Mesa Restaurant Week has happened, not just the second? But I checked: it was just last August that Costa Mesa officially launched its inaugural Costa Mesa Restaurant Week. Participating are just about all the big names in and around S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Curtis Michael Regulus, Ugly/Fabulous Police Mugshot Poser, Busted Again for Perviness

    Curtis Michael Regulus was sentenced in March to two years in state prison for rubbing his crotch up against a 14-year-old girl on a bus, kicked loose during the same month for time served and re-arrested eight days later for being a sex offender caught in a Costa Mesa park. A woman tells the Weekl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    [UPDATED with Victim I.D., New Details:] Gary Allen Smola, OC Homicide No. 28: Beaten to Death

    See the update at the end of this post identifying the victim as Gary Allen Smola, 50, plus more details.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 6, 8:25 A.M.: A man who lived alone in the 1700 block of Whittier Avenue in Costa Mesa was found beaten to death Saturday afternoon.Police responding to a 4:20 p.m. call of of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call for July 2012

    Slower month than usual this time, as we observed only a handful of restaurants opening. Some of the notable ones include Early Bird, the breakfast joint that perennial food blog golden boy Joseph Mahon debuted in Fullerton. This month also saw the resurgence of the Japanese convenience store Famima ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Mitsuwa's Kyushu & Okinawa Fair Is Happening This Weekend

    Mitsuwa fairs seem to happen pretty frequently, but even so, they're always reason to drop all lunch and dinner plans and take on the parking-lot madness for a taste of whatever Japanese treats and delicacies they're serving. This time, it's the Kyusyu & Okinawa Fair, and it's happening at ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 12, 2012
  • Food

    July 5, 2012

    Fifty Years of La Cave

    Costa Mesa's steakhouse shrine to young hipsters and elderly cool cats alike knows the best is yet to come

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    New Police Brutality Case in Costa Mesa Today?

    A witness to a Costa Mesa arrest that occurred this afternoon on 17th Street between Newport and Orange avenues contacted the Weekly alleging a brutal confrontation between police and an unidentified man. The witness, who didn't want to be identified, said police roughed the man up around 3 p.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Mochi Cream, New Dessert Shop, Opens At Mitsuwa Costa Mesa

    The Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa has a new sweet addition to complement its roster of savory food stalls like Santoka and Sky Express. Mochi Cream is a, well, mochi cream, specialist--a dessert that's made by wrapping the sweet, glutinous rice paste called mochi around flavored fillings like red bean.The p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Jinya Ramen Opens in Costa Mesa

    As I reported two months ago, Costa Mesa has just become the undisputed ramen capital of OC. The first Orange County station of Jinya has now opened not far from Yamadaya and across the corner from the Marukai where, of course, Daikokuya, another LA ramen import, stands. Let's also not forget Costa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Sobriety Stop Tonight in Buena Park, Saturday in Garden Grove; Costa Mesa Eyes Motorcycles

    There's mucho police enforcement going on along Orange County streets, starting tonight with a DUI/drivers license checkpoint in the 8000 block of La Palma Avenue in Buena Park from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday. The Garden Grove Police Department holds its own on an undisclosed stretch of that cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Top Five Hits: Factory Records in Costa Mesa

    Here are the top five selling records from Factory Records, 440 E 17th Street in Costa Mesa, (949) 722-8101. This week's top position goes to the new Off! self-titled LP.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call for April 2012

    What a busy, busy month in this crazy business of restaurants. We Forkers observed everything from the opening of a new French restaurant by the ex-chef at The Cellar, to a new Brazilian BBQ, to another food truck gone brick and mortar, to a waffle sandwich shop that seems to challenge Bruxie.  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop Opens in Costa Mesa With A Promo

    Are you ready for another salad restaurant? After Freshii, Saladworks and Tossed, now comes Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop in Costa Mesa. This one actually has been in the works for a while. You may remember that I wrote about the Beverly Hills-based concept about this time last year while they were st ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 19, 2012

    Mop Jock

    [Hey, You!] Gym etiquette for meatheads

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Mysteries of Costa Mesa: Armalite and the Creator of the M16, a Walking Tour

    ​For reasons not entirely clear, Orange County isn't out loud and proud when it comes to its connection to one of the most famous battle implements of all time. In my efforts to discover the one-time Costa Mesa location of ArmaLite, developer of the M16, I was met with blank stares and should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Another Lauded LA Ramenya Coming to Costa Mesa

    ​Did you hear about the ramenya that Jonathan Gold dubbed one of LA's 99 Essential Restaurants coming to Costa Mesa? No, not Ramen Yamadaya, which has been open for months. I'm talking about Jinya, the other slurp peddler that has restaurants in Studio City and the Miracle Mile of which Gold said ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Somewhere in Costa Mesa There's a Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday Night

    ​The Costa Mesa Police Department is running a DUI checkpoint Saturday night.As is agency policy, the location of the operation is not being released.Wherever it is, it's scheduled to run from 8 p.m. through 2 a.m. Sunday.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Chad Martin Jurjaks, "Fucking Mexicans!" Beater, Gets Nearly 3 Years in Prison

    ​One wonders if Chad Martin Jurjaks believes it was worth it: two years and eight months in state prison for yelling "Fucking Mexicans" at a 42-year-old Latino man and his 26-year-old nephew before punching them outside a 7-Eleven in Costa Mesa last March. The Caucasian brawler is just lucky he di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    [UPDATED: City Invited Feds to Raid Clubs Last October] Bizarre Costa Mesa Pot Shenanigans Behind Tonight's City Council Protest

    ​Update, Feb. 8 11:45 a.m: According to the Orange County Register, the city of Costa Mesa invited the DEA to raid medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city as early as last October. In a story published yesterday and updated this morning, the Register says it has obtained an Oct. 26 le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    A Sushi Restaurant And a Beer/Waffle Joint To Open at OC Mart Mix

    ​I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again: this OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa is quickly becoming an epicenter of interesting food. A few weeks ago a gourmet cheese shop opened there. Soon it will welcome an ice cream shop and a raw oyster bar. And now, SAFII reader thatguy542 clued me in on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Top Five Hits: Creme Tangerine in Costa Mesa

    ​ Here are the top five selling records this week from Creme Tangerine at the Lab, 2930 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa, (714) 932-0552.The number one spot this week goes to the Black Keys' new release, El Camino.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Chad Martin Jurjaks, "Fucking Mexicans" Attacker, Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes

    ​Chad Martin Jurjaks, a Costa Mesa white dude, pleaded guilty Thursday to yelling "Fucking Mexicans" as, without provocation, he punched a 42-year-old man and his 26-year-old nephew outside a 7-Eleven in his racially charged hometown last March. The counts the 31-year-old copped to were two felony ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 12, 2012


    [Hey, You!] The horrible traffic off Newport Boulevard heading into Costa Mesa creates another jerk

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    First Taste: Ramen Yamadaya Costa Mesa

    ProfessorSalt.comYamadaya's Kotteri ramen​They're finally open! Back in November we reported that Yamadaya's first Orange County restaurant was opening by the end of that month. They put up hand-written signs in their papered-over windows counting down the days. "8 Days," the sign promised, and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 5, 2012


    Tiki Bar

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Richard French Falls or Leaps to Death From Six-Story Parking Structure for Arts Venues

    ​Let's just get this out of the way first: it probably had nothing to do with the touring production of the musical White Christmas at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, nor Hal Landon Jr.'s 32nd annual turn as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory across the walk. But something p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Feds Bust Alleged Internet Auto/Boat Sales Scam By Russians

    ​The U.S. Department of Justice in Los Angeles announced this afternoon that a federal grand jury has indicted six foreign nationals--including one in Costa Mesa--for operating an Internet-based sales scam that allegedly defrauded more than $4.2 million from unsuspecting shoppers since 2007.Accord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Taste Test: Santouka Irvine

    ​The good news is the ramen at the newly opened Santouka inside the newly opened Mitsuwa Marketplace is identical to the venerable and always consistent Santouka in Mitsuwa's Costa Mesa store. The bad news is that the food court is half the size. Actually, it's a stretch to call it a food court. W ... More >>

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