Costa Mesa

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Fur Free Friday Covers South Coast Plaza

    ​Animal rights activists plan to spend their Black Friday not in lines in front of cash registers but in front of the malls themselves. That's because it's also Fur Free Friday, "the most widely attended annual demonstration in the history of the animal protection movement," according to an email ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Mom Accused of Locking Daughter in Closet for 6 Hours Locked Up

    ​A Costa Mesa mom accused of hitting her daughter three times with a stick and locking the 13-year-old in a closet for six hours over bad grades found herself on an extended time out.In Orange County Jail.Someone concerned about the abuse alleged to have happened Oct. 29 reportedly contacted Cost ... More >>

  • Food

    November 3, 2011

    Pizza D'Oro Is the Golden Pizza

    [Hole In the Wall] Classic Italian-American cuisine and a really, really big slice o' pie

  • Calendar

    November 3, 2011

    Earthlings Beware!

    Costa Mesa Playhouse

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Ramen Yamadaya Coming to Costa Mesa!

    ProfessorSalt.comKotteri ramen at Yamadaya​When I heard the news, it was like Christmas in October. Yamadaya, the renowned LA ramen shop, will open store No. 3 in Orange County in late November. There are plans afoot to open a fourth location in Westwood in December, maybe in time for actual Chris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Chad Martin Jurjaks Faces Trial for Allegedly Punching 2 Guys While Yelling "Fucking Mexicans"

    ​Trial is scheduled to begin today for a guy accused of attacking two Latinos at a Costa Mesa 7-Eleven without provocation in March, allegedly yelling "Fucking Mexicans" as he punched a 42-year-old man and his 26-year-old nephew.Chad Martin Jurjaks, 30, of Costa Mesa, faces up to seven years and f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Top Five Hits: Second Spin in Costa Mesa

    ​ Here are the top five selling record this week from Second Spin, 1781 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8870.This week's top seller is Irvine-based post-hardcore band Thrice, who graced the cover of last week's issue.

  • Columns

    September 22, 2011

    Gramps the Asshole

    [Hey, You!] Beware of 50-ish man who yells at adolescents

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Ruling Likely Kills Bans on Day Laborers Seeking Work on Streets of Costa Mesa and Mission Viejo

    ​Laws in Costa Mesa and Mission Viejo that ban day laborers from standing on public sidewalks to seek work from passing motorists are in jeopardy following a federal appeals court ruling.When the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided 9-2 Friday to affirm a district court's previous ruling th ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 8, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Talon Companies, Which Investigated Costa Mesa City Employee Suicide, to Protect Tea Party's Michele Bachmann

    The Tea Party's great hope, Michele Bachmann, needs protection.​What's good enough for the city of Costa Mesa also works for the Tea Party's headline presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann: Both hired Talon Companies to do some work for them.Costa Mesa is a small town in Orange County that has g ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2011

    It's Gotten Costa Messy In Costa Mesa

    Scenes from the civic dissolution of America's latest public-employee battleground

  • Music

    August 18, 2011

    The Day Green Day Came to Costa Mesa

    [Mental Notes] They played for 300 people, and we got in to see them!

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    3hree Things: On Hawleywood's Barbershop

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.​I've never been really big on "hairstyles," as a damning Google image search of me will surel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call for July 2011

    Brats Berlin Facebook​ Someone asked me once whether I was worried that there will be a time when we as food writers will run out of places to review. My answer was no. There will be never be a time when there won't be a new restaurant somewhere. This month is proof of that. We observed at at leas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Inaugural Costa Mesa Restaurant Week to Be Held This Month

    ​Add Costa Mesa to the ever-growing roster of cities that have decided, "Hey, this restaurant week thing is a pretty lucrative way to get customers to spend money they otherwise wouldn't on a typical week!" It joins Irvine, Fullerton and Newport Beach as a city not content to wait until those OC R ... More >>

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