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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Five Ways to Make the Most of OC Restaurant Week

    If you haven't already checked out the 2014 Orange County Restaurant Week selections, now's the time. Recommending five good places is like listing 10 great (fill in the blank), it will generate the kind of commentary that makes me wonder if people know how to read intros. It's a list, people. Like ... More >>

  • Food

    February 20, 2014

    Chianina Is in Steakhouse Limbo

    This Long Beach restaurant awaits greatness, its liquor license and the cows it's raising for its steaks

  • Food

    February 13, 2014

    Pho Crystal Noodle House: Pho for Mexicans

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana restaurant specializes in pho for a Latino clientele—but it's still great

  • Food

    February 13, 2014

    Tasty Garden: Denny's By Way of Hong Kong

    The new Irvine restaurant does excellent Cantonese and Hong Kong waffles

  • Food

    February 6, 2014

    Solita: A Little Bit of SOL

    This great Huntington Beach place is Deborah Schneider's follow-up to her pioneering Newport Beach Mexican restaurant

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    10 Essential Newport Beach Restaurants

    ​Last week, Newport Beach's Restaurant Week concluded. But this week, my list of restaurant essentials continues, this time for the city that includes Corona Del Mar, Balboa Island, and the parts of Newport Beach that still feel like Irvine. Some of the listed restaurants participated in last week ... More >>

  • Food

    January 30, 2014

    BLK Burgrz: Kobe, Or Not Kobe

    This Ladera Ranch restaurant does Kobe-grade beef burgers right, but for a price

  • Food

    January 30, 2014

    A Guide to Every OC City's Booze Scene

    How we drink, from best (Santa Ana) to blurst (Villa Park)

  • Food

    January 23, 2014

    Atun Is the Warhol of Raw Fish

    This Long Beach restaurant does artful sushi and even better yakitori

  • Food

    January 16, 2014

    Rick Bayless: Red O No You Didn't

    Three Weeklings look for good Mexican food at the 'authenticity' guru's new Fashion Island restaurant

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    On the Line: Scott McVean of PdM Kitchen, Part One

    If you think you know PdM Kitchen, think again. While it may have sister bakeries and cafes, this particular spot near the intersection of Jeffrey and Alton has something the rest do not: dinner. Full-service meals of roasted chicken, flat iron steak, plus beer and wine. This found within a chain no ... More >>

  • Food

    January 9, 2014

    Bonefish Grill: No Bones About It

    This Tustin seafood house is owned by the same corporation as Outback Steakhouse, but it serves good food, with servers who actually give a damn

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    On the Line: Aaron Anderson of Harlow's Fine Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails, Part One

    When I inquired about Harlow's, I was referred to Hoover, their bar management program contact. He referred me to Harlow herself, who became my liaison to Aaron Anderson. Team Harlow creates a cozy, classy environment for patrons. To elaborate on the team concept, we extend some of our questions to ... More >>

  • Food

    January 2, 2014

    Istanbul Grill's Turn of the Turnip

    [Hole In the Wall] This Fountain Valley restaurant brings Turkish food to OC

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Pho America

    For years after moving to Long Beach, I stayed away from Pho America. It sounds silly now, but no matter how much I was craving delicious beef broth, I just couldn't bring myself to walk inside a place that I was convinced by its very mention of America had to be bastardizing the integrity what it s ... More >>

  • Food

    December 19, 2013

    Miraflores Peruvian Express: El Charmer

    [Hole In the Wall] This Westminster restaurant brings Peruvian food to an emerging South American district

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Dave's Top Five Restaurants of 2013

    I used to throw this list together; I picked my favorite restaurants and dashed off the paragraphs in just a few minutes. Apparently, though, some of you are foolish enough to give a damn what I think about food. I'll be frank; I'm jaded. I'm tired of the food hype machine, every PR person's wet dr ... More >>

  • Food

    December 12, 2013

    Escar-GO to Oc & Lau Restaurant

    The wait is unforgivable, the staff inexperienced—but this Little Saigon place serves tasty snails

  • Food

    December 5, 2013

    Lanta Thai Fusion: Four Courses

    [Hole In the Wall] This Orange restaurant offers a refined experience but doesn't water down the grub

  • Food

    December 5, 2013

    Selanne Steak Tavern Is No Duck Soup

    Teemu's steakhouse takes over French 75's old space in Laguna Beach

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Ten Great All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants in OC

    If you want to eat all you can at an all-you-can-eat in Orange County, there will be a lot of Indian, a lot of sushi, and a lot of Korean BBQs. This list has more than a few of each. But there are non-Indian, non-KBBQ, non-sushi options, too...just not that many. Share your favorite spots for glutt ... More >>

  • Food

    November 21, 2013

    Long Hai: Beyond Little Saigon

    [Hole In the Wall] This Tustin restaurant offers great Vietnamese food far from the enclave

  • Food

    November 14, 2013

    Ways & Means' Razor Clam Blues

    The Orange oyster house has a Michelin-starred chef and prices to match

  • Food

    November 7, 2013

    El Pollo Norteño: Chicken Politicians

    [Hole In the Wall] This OC chain makes some of the best pollo asado around, bureaucrats be damned

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    10 Great Desserts in OC and Long Beach

    You know the feeling: when they come around after you've demolished your meal, asking if you have room for dessert. You want something sweet to round off the night, but the dessert menu is the same tired list of cheesecakes and molten lava cakes that aren't even made there. So you lie, tell the wait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Let Robert Irvine Take You On a Ride With Restaurant Express

    Chef, restaurateur, and all-around bad ass Robert Irvine definitely kept us entertained and interested over the years with shows like Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant Impossible. But starting on November 3rd, Irvine is into a whole new game. His newest show Restaurant Express is hitting the Food Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Grande Bakery and El Pollo Norteño, Legendary Mexican Restaurants, Closed by Santa Ana via Eminent Domain

    Multiple generations of Mexican families have sworn by the masa of Grande Bakery, off Grand Street in SanTana, open since 1951 and the second-oldest remaining Mexican eatery in Orange County. They were drawn by their pan dulce and tamales and champurrado and tortillas. And when they were done with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Las Vegas Special w/Penn Jilette, Oscar Goodman & More!

    Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!

  • Food

    October 24, 2013

    Aleppo's Kitchen Is a Syrian Stunner

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant in Little Arabia offers nine different types of kibbeh, as well as other specialties

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Eat This Now: House Special Squid at Royal Capital Seafood Restaurant

    Here at Stick a Fork In It, we're used to passing along recommendations, but we're all about following up on a good tip, too. Recently, a friend--who goes by the luchador-like name "El Buche" (The Stomach) for his never-ending appetite--told us about the House Special Squid with butter sauce at Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Honda Center's Culinary Makeover, Marche Moderne's Pig-Out, and More!

    Another week, another edition of the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830. As usual, we turn the mic over to producer/co-host Andy Harris to guide is through the fun. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    The Best Drinks in Orange County

    The humble "drink" doesn't get the respect it should. Centuries ago, tea and coffee houses were the centers of philosophical and political discussion. The Age of Enlightenment conveniently corresponded to the rise coffee shops in Europe, and revolutions were planned around steaming glasses and kettl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    The Best Places to Drink in Orange County

    In honor of the recent release of our largest issue of the year, Best Of 2013, we present to you a handy guide to the places we deemed the best drinking establishments in Orange County. Best Sports Bar, Best Place to Get Drunk on Rum, Best Cougar Bar...it's all here folks. Thank us now, curse us dur ... More >>

  • Food

    October 10, 2013

    Seasons of Japan: East Meets South

    This Irvine restaurant shows how people from Georgia like their Japanese food

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    No. 2: Sauteed Chicken at Cafe Hiro

    Just ONE DAY left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), which means that very, very soon, you'll be able to run to one of the awesome businesses who loan us a few square feet of space and pick up a copy of our annual Best Of issue. YEAH!!! Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    No. 4: Prime Gastro Burger at Dublin 4

    Just one week left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), which means that very, very soon, you'll be able to run to one of the awesome businesses who loan us a few square feet of space and pick up a copy of our annual Best Of issue. YEAH!!! Enjoy! In a county stacked deep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    No. 5: Lamb Tenderloin at Medii Kitchen

    Just one week left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), which means that very, very soon, you'll be able to run to one of the awesome businesses who loan us a few square feet of space and pick up a copy of our annual Best Of issue. YEAH!!! Enjoy! Chris Sarkissian is best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    No. 5: Apple Pie Cookie at XA Sweet & Savory Cafe

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a few weeks left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), to correspond with our annual Best Of issue. YEAH!!! Enjoy! I said in an earlier 100 Favorites entry on XA's ch ... More >>

  • Food

    October 3, 2013

    The Blind Pig: Off-Broadway

    This Rancho Santa Margarita restaurant has a great view and a slew of young talent, but the food is still in progress

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    No. 6: Charcuterie at Little Sparrow

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a little over a week left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), to correspond with our annual Best Of issue. YEAH!!! Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    No. 7: Ají Verde at Inka Mama's

    The Peruvian green sauce at Inka Mama's carries on the precedent set last year of including condiments in our annual parade of food-cravings. The salsa de ají verde turns a small basket of ordinary bread into a dump truck for the spicy green sauce. When you run out of bread, you'll ask for more. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Checking In: Sunday Brunch At Lark Creek

    When Irvine Spectrum began updating their dining selections, we were pleased with the results. Better wine options, spacious patios and a greater range of quality cuisine revitalized the plaza. However, one thing that didn't work so well was brunch. Besides the endless dim sum at Capital Seafood, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Patchwork Edible, Mad Hungry Woman, and More!

    Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!

  • Food

    September 26, 2013

    Pier 76: Under Pressure

    The Long Beach restaurant makes great seafood at California Fish Grill prices

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    No. 15: Ta Pin Lu at Pagolac

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a few weeks left in our listicle of listicles known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launch ... More >>

  • Food

    September 19, 2013

    Joe Schmoe's: House of Meat

    [Hole In the Wall] This Cypress hot dog stand serves regional hot dogs, great hamburgers and wonderful frozen custard

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    No. 16: The Chicken at XA Sweet & Savory Cafe

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a few weeks left in our listicle of listicles known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    No. 17: Mashed Potatoes at Tender Greens

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a few weeks left in our listicle of listicles known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    On The Line: Justin Miller Of Pizzeria Ortica, Part One

    Chef Justin Miller isn't one to hobnob with guests; he spends his time perfecting the menu at Pizzeria Ortica. He grew up a water baby, but learned cooking was his real passion. The importance of food was instilled early in his life, making for some great stories in this week's OTL. Could you elabo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    No. 18: Twice-Baked Potato Purée at James Republic

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a few weeks left in our listicle of listicles known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launch ... More >>

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