Diego Velasco

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Diatribe with Dave: 10 Years at Santora with Chef Diego Velasco

    Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Memphis at the Santora Now Offering Sunday Evening Chef Dinners!

    Those of us who live at Memphis at the Santora have been asking Chef Diego Velasco for years the same question: when are you going to open Sunday evenings?The answer is now--for Velasco to mess around with ingredients in a way that strays from his Southern-fied take on food.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    [SLIDESHOW] 250 Attend OC Weekly/KCRW Good Food Happy Hour at Memphis at the Santora

    ​Did you miss out on our co-Happy Hour with KCRW-89.9's Good Food with Evan Kleiman at Memphis at the Santora on Tuesday? Sucks to be you. You missed out on free cocktail samples handed out by members of the Orange County Bartenders Cabinet--and it wasn't sips but basically whole cocktails. You mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Specials Announced for OC Weekly/KCRW Happy Hour at Memphis at the Santora March 13

    ​How can your restaurant qualify to host an OC Weekly/KCRW Good Food with Evan Kleiman Happy Hour? Pretty simple: you have to be awesome. I have to like you--which, if you're awesome, is already taken care of. You have to sell booze. And you have to create a happy hour drink special and a food spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Crawfish Boil at Memphis at The Santora

    Michelle Woo/OC WeeklyFeeling crabby--er, crawfishy? Memphis at the Santora has a party idea for groups of eight to 20: a crawfish boil, complete with all the fixings. For $30 per person, you get a pound and-a-half of the little (cooked) creatures, along with smoked sausage, corn, potatoes, cor ... More >>

  • Food

    April 21, 2011

    Chapter One: the modern local Is Downtown Santa Ana's Next Chapter

    Jeff Hall, formerly of Haven Gastropub, forges his own path with a new restaurant

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Memphis at the Santora Now Open Tuesdays, Now Has Build-Your-Own-Burger Night

    ​Am glad to say that my watering hole, Memphis at the Santora, has succeeded enough that they're now open for dinner on Tuesday nights. Better yet: they've elected to use this night to allow people to build their own burgers! Remember: Memphis knows meat the way the Catholic Church knows how to co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Detroit Bar Owner Jon Reiser Shares A Secret

    Danielle Bacher​Even if you don't know him by name, you've probably attended at least one show at a Jon Reiser venue in the past decade. He owns Detroit Bar with Dan Bradley, Diego Velasco, David Hastie, Mike Harris and Scott Hamilton (who also own all Memphis Restaurants and Tin Lizzie Salo ... More >>

  • Food

    August 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Memphis to Open New Restaurant in Manhattan Beach

    The much-beloved Memphis Restaurant (both its Costa Mesa and SanTana locations) will soon have a third addition to their family: Memphis at the Beach. Head chef Diego Velasco told me recently they expect to open their first non-OC venture early in July. The menu will retain most of the Southern-ized ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Memphis at the Santora's New Night Menu--Try the Meatloaf Sandwich (Seriously!)

    Pardon this unasimmilated Mexican, but what is the great gabacho aversion to meatloaf? I've enjoyed it the dozen or so times I've tasted the meat--not my favorite carnal creation, but also no headcheese (another much-maligned butcher offering). I thought about this on Saturday as I chomped down on a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 8/22-8/24

    Debra's Girls Present: Going Green Theme Party, Friday 7 p.m. Long Beach's favorite gay bar pitches in to help the environment. Ripples 5101 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 562-433-0357 Hootie & The Blowfish, Friday 8 p.m. Hold My Hand! House of Blues 1530 S. Disneyland Dr. Anaheim, CA 714-778-2583 ... More >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    Saloons and Such

    Watering holes, bars, dance halls, houses of ill repute, whiskey, wine, tequila, whiskey, whiskey, beer, whiskey, whiskey & also whiskey

  • Features

    July 19, 2007

    Natural Wonders

    Four chefs — and one agricultural commissioner — on why they go green

  • Food

    June 7, 2007

    Big Easy Barbecue

    Memphis chef Diego Velasco shares his secrets to the perfect backyard summer feast

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2007

    Scenes from the Mexican Madness

    With apologies to Orange County Register sports genius Randy Youngman, notes, quotes and observations from my first book signing at Librería Martínez last Thursday: *Fliers for the event promised free tequila for adults courtesy of SanTana-based La Tequilera, but some pendeja called t ... More >>

  • News

    December 14, 2006

    A Christmas Story

    Diego Velasco at Williams-Sonoma

  • Features

    October 13, 2005

    Rich Man, Po Boy

    In 10 years, Memphis has become the center of Orange County's hipperati universe