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Eating Out

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    No. 37: Breakfast Tacos at Chelas Mexican Grill

    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 23, 2013

    No. 36: Lamb Burger at Haven Gastropub

    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 22, 2013

    Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking: Cajun Steampunk

    This Santa Ana Cajun restaurant uses a novel cooking apparatus to bring you in, but it's the food that's keeps you coming back

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    No. 40: Tulsa Potatoes At Tulsa Rib Company

    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 21, 2013

    No. 39: Fried Almond Shrimp Balls at Capital Seafood

    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 21, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Edna's Filipino Cuisine

    Cambodians might be Long Beach's most visible Southeast Asians, but take any of the city's major streets across the river to the Westside and you'll quickly discover a large Filipino community hiding among the taco shops and wartime houses. Instead of its own designated strip of Anaheim littered w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    On The Line: Lucie Wood And Sean Schickling Of Steamers Jazz Club, Part One

    When we lived in Fullerton, our two favorite reasons to head into downtown were for The Reagan Years and Steamers. Our arcade may be long gone, but the independent coffeehouse breathes new life in the evening, thanks to Lucie Wood and Sean Schickling. For a brew more potent than espresso, this duo w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    No. 42: Pasta Salad from Crave

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    No. 41: Tiropites from Kentro Greek Kitchen

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    No. 43: Chicken Plate at Surfin' Chicken

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Angels Stadium's Chef, Lemonade (the Restaurant), and Broadway's Moscow Mule!

    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

    August 15, 2013

    Bangkok Spice: The Persistence of Thai

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant serves Thai standards, with a few surprises

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Costa Mesa Restaurant Week Starts Friday

    As far as city restaurant weeks go, this is one of the good ones. Costa Mesa, home to a lot of one of the best restaurants in OC--such as Mastro's on the high-end, and newcomer Pie-Not on the low-end--will hold its annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week starting this Friday, August 16 and last till, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    No. 47, Hitsumabushi at Sagami

    Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that 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 ... More >>

  • Food

    August 8, 2013

    H2O Sushi & Izakaya Is Not for Sushi Snobs

    Hipster sushi at the Triangle in Costa Mesa

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    No. 49, Paint it Black Pie at Rebel Bite

    Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: La Shish

    The plight of 130 Pine Avenue over the last few years is a direct reflection of the changing culinary landscape of downtown Long Beach. When I first moved to the LBC seven years ago, the prime dining drag was a paradoxical mix of high-end restaurants and seedy nightclubs and 130 Pine was a Hooters. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    No. 52, Free Happy Hour Food at Gulliver's

    Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that 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 ... More >>

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