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Eating Out

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Urban Plates Opens In Irvine Today

    If you've been to Tender Greens at the Irvine Spectrum and Lemonade at Fashion Island, you've already got a good idea of what to expect when Urban Plates opens today at 11 a.m. at the Crossroads in Irvine. The yuppie cafeteria concept continues here. Expect such dishes as grass-fed steak, free-range ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    No. 19: Salmon at Tavern On The Coast

    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 13, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Amar Santana, Azuna Tequila, and Sustainable Fish Farms!

    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 12, 2013

    Surfas Is a Chef's Toys 'R' Us

    The Costa Mesa branch of the legendary Culver City market has everything a serious cook needs, plus a café that makes a damn-good burger

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    22. Sausage Anything from Sabatino's

    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 10, 2013

    Olive Garden Jumping On Small Plates Bandwagon To Attract Millennials

    Since Marilyn Hagerty's viral review still isn't bringing in the young people to Olive Garden, Darden Restaurants, parent company of the chain along with Red Lobster and The Capital Grille, has been testing small plates on its menus and will be making them part of the permanent menu nationwide by De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    On The Line: Brian Fast Of Waff-N-Roll, Part One

    Luxe lonchera owner Brian Fast is no stranger to foodservice, but he is relatively new to the mobile meal scene. He draws his restaurant experience from Arthur's Coffee Shop in La Habra and collaborates with chef consultant Elizabeth Whitt to create fulfilling meals sandwiched in a waffle made with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    24. Champurrado and Pan Dulce from Las 3 Princesas

    We're now halfway through the Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Five Ways To Identify a Bullshit Food Writer

    I read a lot of food writing. A lot of it--in fact, at least 80 percent of my RSS feed is food--and I'm getting tired. I'm tired of having to sit there and mentally analyze every article I write for the signs of bullshit food writing, because the signal-to-noise ratio of food writing is headed strai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    27. Bloody Mary Brunch At Charlie Palmer

    We're now halfway through the Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    25. Grilled Watermelon Salad At XA Sweet & Savory Cafe

    We're now halfway through the Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to ... More >>

  • Food

    September 5, 2013

    Cuzcatlan: Class of Casamiento

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant serves Salvadoran food—and the best breakfast dish around

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Shillelagh

    If O'Connells on Fourth Street is the drunken surly grandfather of Long Beach's dive bars, then its attached restaurant Shillelagh is the sweet little grandmother of neighborhood cafés. Because as much as locals haunt O'Connells by night for its shuffleboard-and-Jameson vibes, they seem to frequent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Toshiro Konishi: Guru of Peruvian-Japanese Cuisine

    Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of world cooking. Today, she interviews Toshiro Konishi, one of Peru's most famous chefs. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    No. 30: 95% Of The Menu At Confetti Italian Ice

    We're now halfway through the Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to ... More >>

  • Food

    August 29, 2013

    Thai This Now: Coconut Rabbit

    Is the still-undiscovered Los Alamitos restaurant the best of its country's cuisine in OC since Thai Nakorn?

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    No. 35: Wild Mushroom Taco at Taco Asylum

    We're now halfway through the Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Taco Maria Now Officially Open; Menu Changes to 4-Course Prix Fixe

    Ever wonder why the marquee food critics for a publication never review soft openings? It's because the point of a soft opening is to make final tweaks before the ravening hordes descend on a restaurant. In Taco Maria's case, it's less a change to the dishes than a change to the timing. In an effor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    35. Chivito at Puerto Madero/El Gaucho #2

    We're now halfway through the Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to ... More >>

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