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Eating Out

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    November 21, 2014

    Five Restaurant Trends We Can Live Without, 2014 Edition

    This needs nearly no introduction: food trends evolve. A while back, it was cupcakes and stuff stirred into mac 'n cheese; before that, it was reinvented comfort food and moonshine. Many of the items on this list appeared years ago in Los Angeles. As with many things, it took a while and now it's st ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    Koc Crawfish Crosses a Crawfish Joint and a Snail Restaurant, Adds Beer

    You've seen the likes of KOC Crawfish Beer Club & Restaurant before. With its neon signage, blink-and-you-miss-it strip-mall location, and cartoon mascot of a sea creature you're about to consume in a whirlwind of cayenne-garlic butter and lemons, KOC is obviously the latest entry in the growing gen ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    Ten Thanksgiving Dinner Options in OC

    While most places are closed on Thanksgiving, there are some that aren't. Disneyland, movie theaters and the following spots are establishments we came up with when rustling up some recommendations. It's a list 'o fun, alphabetized and peppered with noteworthy details. Location info links below guid ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    TLT Foods, The Lime Truck's Brick and Mortar, Opens Today!

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    November 13, 2014

    The Boathouse Collective's Costa Mesa Zen

    "Where is this place?" my date asked nervously, looking around at the barely lit street and deserted sidewalks. We were driving through a desolate, industrial part of Costa Mesa we'd never been to and had no business being in before tonight. A factory with gigantic pressure vessels and pillars spe ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014
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    November 10, 2014

    On the Line: John Cuevas of Waterman's Harbor, Part One

    A chef tasked to helm a kitchen is tough work. So when I learned John Cuevas oversees three, I almost felt bad for the man. Yet he is in good spirits when we finally sit down on a hectic Saturday evening to go over his responses. You could've opened Waterman's anywhere. Why Dana Point Harbor? There ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Amor y Tacos: For the Love of Mole

    Have you ever heard of "Mole Tots"? Yes, that's "mole," as in the legendary Mexican sauce made from more ingredients than you have fingers to count, plus tots, as in tater, the cafeteria staple you loved as a kid. Order it at Amor y Tacos in Cerritos, and you're served a fruit basket's worth of the ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Laguna Beach's House of Big Fish Resurrected as Big Fish Tavern

    Laguna Beach's The House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer--the restaurant with a mouthful of words for a name and a slew of awards from us including Best Happy Hour 2011 and Best Seafood Restaurant 2010--closed last month when its owner, Casa Resorts, decided it was was going to focus on its hotel prop ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    Hello Kitty Cafe Coming to Orange County!

    As a little girl, Hello Kitty was the epitome of cool. I'd purchase pastel pens and pencils, gum that (maybe) lasted 20 minutes and collect all the trinkets they'd tape to our bags. Back in 2010 was my first sighting of a Hello Kitty mobile of sorts: they didn't carry food yet, but I scored a coin p ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    Five Great Pumpkin-Less Fall Treats

    Satirist John Oliver put it best in his recent rant on the pumpkin spice gimmick: Come autumn, we look at pumpkins and go "I don't know why, but I simply have to drink that." There are plenty of valid (and delicious) applications for pumpkin, don't get us wrong, but there are a myriad of other fal ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    Rollie's Bakery & Mexican Cafe Closes; Kaminariya Yakitori Dining Opens in Tustin

    Rollie's Bakery was one of OC's few Bolivian restaurants, specializing in salteñas, which are "ostensibly empanadas, but few in Latin America are so sturdy that they can contain broth inside their shells," as Gustavo wrote in his Hole-in-the-Wall column back in 2009. The restaurant opened in 2008 ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    On the Line: Sheri Drewry Of Wilma's Patio, Part One

    Researching a family-owned restaurant always uncovers a story. In the case of Wilma's Patio, it spans over 30 years on picturesque Balboa Island. Wilma passed away earlier this year, but her establishment lives on thanks to daughter Sheri, plus her kitchen and dining room family. How long have you ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Restauration: Where There's Smoke . . .

    The closer you get to Restauration, the more you smell the sweet wood smoke that snakes out of its tall chimney stack. It's a wonderful scent, a scent that says something rustic, something special is being made, even if the oven the chimney is attached to is used mostly for pizzas. More than anythin ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014
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    October 23, 2014
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    October 9, 2014
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    October 9, 2014

    The Best Restaurants in Orange County, 2014

    Well everyone, its that time of the year again. We've pondered ever so hard and have come up with a list of what we think are the best everything in Orange County. Now, for those of you who can't click over to the Best Of section of our website, or pick up a paper copy (Seriously though, they're glo ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    4. Bison Sausage From Break Of Dawn

    We had to check our archives to make sure this particular dish wasn't written up yet, since our fellow Weeklings have given accolades to a good portion of Dee Nguyen's Laguna Hills menu already. But can you blame them? Being closed for three and-a-half months was a lesson in missing something once ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    SOCIAL Costa Mesa Opens

    A new restaurant and bar opened in Costa Mesa last night. It's called SOCIAL Costa Mesa at 512 W. 19th Street at the location of the former London Pub. The chef is Jeffrey Boullt, who was previously the sous chef at Playground. Here's a snippet of what the press release says about the dishes he's c ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Snuff A&O Kitchen Bar's Cigar Dessert--Quick

    Let me tell you about the first time something I ate at a restaurant made me . . . um, trip out. Yeah, that's what I'll call it. It was a dessert served at the new A&O Kitchen Bar in Newport Beach: The Tobacco & Whiskey Brulee looks innocent enough, served in a flip-top glass jar. But it isn't; you ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: The Breakfast Bar

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: in Long Beach, breakfast is such a religion, we'll even eat it for lunch. We'd much rather grub down on an omelet smothered in Hollandaise sauce than sit in a church pew or eat another standard sandwich--and the constant lines outside of the city's most wel ... More >>

  • Food

    September 25, 2014

    Wrap N' Roll Kabob House Burns up Brea

    [Hole In the Wall] Know your nihari at this Pakistani restaurant

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    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 >>

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    September 22, 2014

    On the Line: Shirley Chung of TWENTY EIGHT, Part One

    Shirley Chung is one busy chef. You may recognize Chung from her stint on Top Chef: New Orleans. Yesterday she wrapped up a cooking demo at the inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. Now her focus is on the final touches to get TWENTY EIGHT ready for opening in October. This week, she make ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    LYFE Kitchen To Open in Irvine Spectrum

    Irvine Spectrum is getting yet another new restaurant. This time it's Chef Art Smith, Tal Ronnen and Jeremy Bringardner's health-food concept called LYFE Kitchen, which stands for "Love Your Food Everyday". It's planning to open at the outdoor mall in November, next to TLT Food (which is The Lime Tr ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Battle Bougey Cafeterias: Urban Plates vs. Tender Greens

    Conceptually, Urban Plates and Tender Greens are the same place: your middle school cafeteria line meets farm-to-fork food. Their menus are nearly the same: entrees, salads, and sandwiches assembled around lean proteins or vegetable preparations. (Though Urban Plates does distinguish itself by offer ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    Capital Noodle Bar Opens In Irvine Tomorrow!

    Capital Noodle Bar--the spin-off of Diamond Jamboree's Capital Seafood and Irvine Spectrum's Capital--has announced that it will have its soft opening tomorrow at Crossroads, the same plaza as Creamistry, Urban Plates and DonerG. The Noodle Bar is located next to Ha Long. As Anne Marie reported a f ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    The VIP at Del Frisco's Grille, Our Drink of the Week!

    I was at Irvine Spectrum recently in search of a private dining room for an upcoming small gathering of friends. I considered Paul Martin's and Capital as options, but then I realized Brio Tuscan Grille and Del Frisco's Grille, the two brand new restaurants where there was previously parking lot, ju ... More >>

  • Food

    September 4, 2014

    El Portón Colombiano Has Paisa Power

    [Hole In the Wall] This Huntington Beach restaurant offers great Colombian grub

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    August 30, 2014

    Wall Street Journal Critic Spits on the Mexican Wine Industry with Unusual Saltiness

    This year's Vendimias, Provino's annual wine harvest festival in the Valle de Guadalupe saw another season of sold out events and special tasting dinners featuring some of the best chefs in the world. It was a challenge due to the fact that the government of Ensenada never fixed the collapsed highwa ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Jinbei Thinks Different

    I usually avoid using the too­-easily misconstrued word to describe anything. But not since Kappo Sui in Costa Mesa have I encountered a more authentic Japanese restaurant in OC than Jinbei. No other word suits it. If John Wayne were a man's man, then Jinbei is a Japanese restaurant's Japanese rest ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Three New Restaurants Debut At Irvine Spectrum

    Irvine Spectrum is now home to three new eateries. About last week or so, Del Frisco's Grille and Brio Tuscan Grille opened next to each other in what used to be the parking lot across from Yard House. And this week the second outlet of Urban Seoul, Chef Kacy Jun's Korean-Mexican mash up, opened up ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    On the Line: Christopher Tzorin of Tortilla Republic, Part One

    First impressions of chefs are generally positive. While it might be a dog and pony show for me, instinct will say whether they are genuine in their demeanor and response. The first time I met Chris Tzorin, he was working alongside Pascal Olhats during a culinary competition I judged. While he hamme ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014
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    August 13, 2014

    Happy Dining, OC's First "Dry Pot" Restaurant, Opens in Irvine

    You have, of course, heard of the Mongolian hot pot, right? Served at places like Little Sheep, hot pot is the spicier/bolder/funkier cousin to Japanese shabu shabu, where you encounter not just the standard bearers of sliced beef, lamb, chicken and pork, but also the decidedly kinkier diversions of ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Sushi Roku To Open First OC Location at Fashion Island

    Sushi Roku, the L.A.-based sushi joint probably most known as where the celebrities get their California rolls, is going to open its first Orange County location at Fashion Island across from True Food Kitchen, next to Macy's. The chain--part of a restaurant group that also owns BOA Steakhouse at W ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    This Week In Food: Glassware, Umami Cocktail, and a Long Overdue Yelp Lawsuit

    Happy weekend, folks. Let's take a look at what's up with OC food... Edwin took a walk down Retro Row in Long Beach and tried out their newest restaurant, Social List. He announced that Sushi Rook will be opening its first OC location at Fashion Island, and that it's time to prepare for Costa Mesa ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    Mamounia Is Moroccan for Morrocans

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant offers tajines, belly dancers and the sweetest tea in the land

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    August 7, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Ahimsa Vegan Cafe

    Last year, Long Beach's oldest vegan and raw restaurant unceremoniously disappeared from its long-standing location at 340 E. 4th St., without so much as a closing party or note to loyal customers. Despite wonky hours and notoriously slow cook times, Zephyr was the much-loved bastion of health food ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Taco Maria Extending Hours To Brunch And Late Nights

    If you know me, then you know that the way to my heart is through my favorite meal. So when I learned that Carlos Salgado was not only extending hours, but including Sunday brunch, I made time to visit their first service. While Edwin is the official restaurant reviewer, I have no problem admitting ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Costa Mesa Restaurant Week Next Week (August 15-22)!

    Costa Mesa Restaurant Week happens next week. The event, which started happening three years ago, is becoming one of the better restaurant weeks in the county because of the strong roster of restaurants Costa Mesa already has. When I say strong, I mean it. We're talking about Taco Maria, which is p ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    This Week In Food: Hatch Chiles, Hopscotch's Kitchen Walkout, and Shattering Craft Whisky Dreams

    You better read this dining digest or I will stick a fork in you! Just kidding :) But let's take a look at what happened this week... Edwin went to PokiNometry in Anaheim for his food review. Then he continued our countdown of the Weekly's favorite dishes with the 10-item plate at Thuan Kieu Noodle ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    57. 10-Item Plate at Thuan Kieu Noodle & Grill

    Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! There's one reason--no, scratch that--there are ten reasons to go to Thuan Kieu Noodl ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Hamburger Mary's

    There aren't too many places where lunch includes a sandwich with a sexually suggestive name and a bill that gets dropped on the table, placed delicately inside of a sequined high-heeled pump. But then again, there aren't too many places like Hamburger Mary's, Long Beach's most flambouyant--and larg ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Baja Chef on the Move: Chef Benito Molina Celebrates 14 Years at Manzanilla; Chefs Javier Plascencia and Carlos Valdez Expand with Bermejo and Kochi Kochi BBQ

    Tonight in Ensenada, one of the founders of Modern Mexican cuisine, chef Benito Molina will celebrate 14 years at Manzanilla with chefs Antonio Livier and Daniel Ovadia (Paxia, D.F.) at 8 P.M. When Molina first opened he was part of a small band of chefs that were the first generations of Mexican ch ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    On the Line: Justin Lopez of Stonefire Grill, Part Two

    A family guy in the non-traditional sense, Justin Lopez joined the restaurant business to make a good thing even better. His commitment to Stonefire translates to food-centric extracurricular time and travels that inspire new dishes. Here are a few more noteworthy facts about our subject. We starte ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    62. Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich at Little Sparrow

    Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Little Sparrow has made its reputation with fancy cocktails, sumptuous meals, and exq ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    "Best Taste of Santa Ana" Event This Sunday

    There's a lot of great food to taste in Santa Ana, but not always all at once, together, at one single event. Tasting festivals like the one this post is about has been done many times before in Santa Ana, I'm sure--this isn't their first rodeo. But if you're already tired of OC Fair deep fried foo ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne

    Taking on the epic, awesome Sunday brunch at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club resident bar & grill

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