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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    No. 89, Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong

    Behold the beginning of 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! By Courtney Hamilton Thai curries in their red, yellow, and green v ... More >>

  • Food

    June 26, 2014

    Break of Dawn Is Back!

    [Hole In the Wall] Dee Nguyen's Laguna Hills restaurant reopens after a three-month shutdown

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe

    Behold the beginning of 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! I wrote about Grill Cafe earlier this year, and I keep going back th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    No. 96, Jajangmyeong from Ching Chinese Express

    Behold the beginning of 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! I praised Ching Chinese Express earlier this year, so let me lovingl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    No. 98, Any Special Dinner by Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald

    Behold the beginning of 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! I'm proud to say that I've eaten at Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    On the Line: Jim Walker and Louie Feinstein of The Bungalow, Part One

    Two big things were brewing as we sat down to interview Jim and Louie. The second topic can wait until tomorrow, but we were there to celebrate the launch of lunch at The Bungalow. What I liked most about their new service was the option to order ahead. Get your hands on the menu, call when you're a ... More >>

  • Food

    June 19, 2014

    The Southern Comforts of Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

    Transcending the gastropub fad with down-home charms

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Taste Test: J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine

    The following represents just a few initial impressions of J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine. This is not a full review. First, the room is palatial--tall as a school gymnasium, decorated as though it were for royalty, with at least three kinds of dangling chandeliers and light fixtures. Also, no single wal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine Opens at The District In Tustin

    It's been about three years since Pablo's Cantina shuttered at The District in Tustin. Even longer since Bistro West closed in that very spot. Does anybody even remember Bistro West? Now a new restaurant has moved in. J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine is the restaurant that's owned (at least the last time I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Cucumber Cobbler at Aqua Lounge at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, Our Drink of the Week!

    I was supposed to meet someone for a drink at the lounge inside the Island Hotel last month. Instead, I found the property deep in construction mode. The "bar" was a handful of stools across from check-in. Turns out it had been this way for months, with a buffet-style cafe set up for hotel guests on ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 12, 2014

    Nacho Grande

    [Hey, You!] The hardest-working man in food business

  • News

    June 12, 2014

    CYPRESS

    Not Cyprus

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Belmont Brewing Company

    The list of reasons why Belmont Brewing Company is the ultimate summertime lunch spot is a long one, but it starts with the incomparable waterfront view and ends with the award-winning house-made beer. In between is a thoughtful menu of beyond-brewpub eats, friendly local servers who have been aroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    The 10 Best Places to Watch the World Cup in Orange County

    Today marks the start of the FIFA World Cup, and this means either you're preparing for a month of ditching work or not giving a shit. But, culinary-wise, all of you should cheer this soccer tournament, as that means many OC restaurants will offer specials, open at special hours, and overall just be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    2014 Summer Dining Guide to the Valle de Guadalupe's Campestres, Stands and Restaurants

    Last summer, Tijuana Si! declared 2013 as the year of the campestre, or country style restaurant with the opening of so many new places in Mexico's premier wine country. This year will certainly shatter the previous wine and dine season leading up to Vendimias (wine harvest festival) with even more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    On the Line: Scott Raczek of Tavern Bowl, Part One

    To be familiar with Scott Raczek is an honor. For his past employment with Mr. Stox to Raxzek's ongoing charitable contributions, this is someone with a genuine spirit. We begin our interview with a thorough response to a simple inquiry. Most undervalued ingredient: Red beets are becoming very popu ... More >>

  • Food

    June 5, 2014

    Old Malaya Grill: OC's Second Malaysian Restaurant!

    The opening of this Huntington Beach eatery is exciting news

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    On the Line: Rainer Schwarz Of Driftwood Kitchen, Part One

    Timing is everything, so being selected as one of the first to share Driftwood's concept also meant that we were privy to learn that it's less than a month out from opening its doors. I chat with Rainer about this and his restaurant group, among other topics. What can you tell us about Driftwood K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Delightful Crepes Cafe

    "Delightful" is one of those adjectives that almost makes you cringe from the doily-fringed feelings of charm it involuntarily conjures. The question "Isn't that delightful?" brings to mind images of crustless tea sandwiches, babies wearing bow ties and senior citizens who do yoga. But quesadillas m ... More >>

  • Food

    May 22, 2014

    Fireside Tavern Needs No Reservations

    Costa Mesa Crowne Plaza's newest eatery is a hotel restaurant locals need to discover

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Cinco de Mayo

    The annual Mexican-themed drinking holiday may have come and gone this year, but Cinco de Mayo is still alive and well in Long Beach--on Pacific Ave. and Fourth St., that is. That's where the Cinco de Mayo Mexican restaurant lives, smushed between the now-boutique Dolly Varden Hotel and the donut-sh ... More >>

  • Food

    May 15, 2014

    El Amerikano Offers Full-Mex

    The people who did Kentro Greek Kitchen open a Mexican-inspired restaurant in Fullerton

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Brix at the Shore

    When you're totally verklempt and might challish from hunger, it's best to grab your favorite shiksa and do lunch at Brix in Belmont Shore. That's where you'll be greeted with a Soho-wine-bar interior so glossy that it almost subverts a menu that is full of so much New York deli jewishness, you'd th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 15, 2014

    Burlesque Brunch

    Yost Theater

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    The Top 5 Redditor Restaurant Ideas: Grandmas, Flapjacks, and Bondage

    Anyone who's ever eaten has had an idea for a restaurant, even if unintentionally. Sure, most of the time they're completely forgettable, but don't tell me you haven't spent more than a minute wondering if your gourmet cereal bar could make it (I'm just saying, throw some mustaches on the wall and s ... More >>

  • Food

    May 8, 2014

    Provenance: Fresh, Fresh, Fresh!

    LUCCA's Cathy Pavlos opens this new restaurant and its garden to Newport Beach

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Five Places In OC to Dine for Mother's Day

    Flowers? Check. Glittery card? Check. Reservations for Mother's Day? Good question. Here are a few last minute options for you to ponder. Don't forgot to make reservations! Ways & Means Oyster House - Orange Our recent On the Line subjects will be in the kitchen come Sunday for a full day of holid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Gin-Gin Mule at Orange Hill, Our Drink of the Week!

    Being one of a few restaurants in OC that's perched on a high-enough mound of earth, Orange Hill is still, after all these years, making a killing on that view. The valet is still mandatory and if you eat at the actual restaurant, it's going to cost you about $40 for a 14-ounce New York steak and an ... More >>

  • Food

    April 24, 2014

    Grill Cafe Should Rename That Koobideh!

    [Hole In the Wall] This Laguna Hills restaurant sells awesome Persian under a terrible name

  • Food

    April 24, 2014

    The Breakfast Bar's a Good Egg

    This Long Beach restaurant is the city's latest morning haven, with a must-try, secret-recipe omelet casserole

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Now Open: The Winery in Newport Beach

    Just over a week ago, our leading men at The Winery unveiled their newest locale off Pacific Coast Highway. I stopped by a few days before to view the former Villa Nova space. Extreme makeover is an understatement-- between a wall of wine lockers requiring use of a library ladder and imported counte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    On the Line: Benjamin Wallenbeck & Justin Odegard of Ways & Means Oyster House, Part One

    Best friends. Significant others. Chefs de Cuisine. However you want to classify them, I've been interviewing pairs for On the Line as of late. I don't know if they're trending, but there's a positive energy that occurs when you have another person to collaborate with (Maybe it's because you share t ... More >>

  • Food

    April 17, 2014

    Eureka! It's a Burger Discovery

    This chain of beer-and-burger-centered restaurants is poised to expand all over—but is it good?

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Eat This Now: French Toast at James Republic

    James Republic is the kind of restaurant that can't sit still. It's a constantly moving target. The menu doesn't just revolve; it evolves. You go there, enjoy a dish and when you come back, it is entirely possible that dish is either gone or tweaked into something unrecognizable. I once had a perfec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    On the Line: Mark and Angela Dunton of District Wine, Part One

    Learning to appreciate wine is like learning to appreciate anything else. It takes time and an openness to trying new things. I learned that with wine, it's not about what it pairs well with as much as it's about what you like (although the adage about red wine with red meat is spot on). Drink what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Vida at Anepalco's Cafe at the Ayres Hotel, Our Drink of the Week!

    Orange County's best restaurant just got better last month, as Anepalco's Cafe's Ayres Hotel location got a full-fledged bar. Chef-owner Danny Godínez wanted cocktails to go with his magnificent creations but is asking for time, as his Peruvian barkeep is still working out the kinks on the cocktail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    10 Essential Buena Park Restaurants

    To tourists, if Anaheim is New York, Buena Park is Chicago: Orange County's second city, the one they go to after they've exhausted all that Disney has to offer. But to locals, Buena Park is more than just the territory of Knott's and knights; it's also the home of a burgeoning Korean population and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    This Week In Food: Pot Tacos, Meaty Sins, and Way Too Much Fast Food News

    What's up, duders? It's time for another food round up! First, Edwin took us to Samurai Burrito in Fountain Valley for his print review, then he gave us the March Restaurant Roll Call where we see restaurants lost and gained in the past month. He told is to eat the sushi at Tabi-Ji and shared Taco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    On the Line: Chris Brodeur of Tangata, Part Two

    With upcoming changes to their menu (like dinner options and happy hour), there's always something to discuss. Read our interview with Chris Brodeur of Tangata, part one. And now, on to part two . . . Hardest lesson learned: Don't ask an angry chef something twice! Do you have any skills that a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    On the Line: Chris Brodeur of Tangata, Part One

    Museum dining has a certain air about it. You're surrounded by works of art in a (mostly) serene environment. The food should be just as composed, or at least match the mood. At the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Chris Brodeur creates beauty in the kitchen. I arrive one afternoon, another patron seekin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Provenance in Newport Beach Now Open; Q & A With Chef Cathy Pavlos

    Cathy Pavlos, chef/owner of LUCCA Cafe in Irvine, opened her second concept yesterday in the Eastbluff neighborhood of Newport Beach. There's much to say about Provenance, but I got Pavlos to discuss her sophomore effort, answering all those questions you're thinking. Take it away, Cathy! What is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    On the Line: Peter Petro of Ten Asian Bistro and Bosscat Kitchen, Part One

    Chef Peter and I share a common babysitter growing up: PBS. More specifically, one OG celebrity chef (before they were even referred to as celebrity) by the name of Martin Yan. His fascination with food began with family memories in the kitchen, and television helped fueled his passion to create. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Man Gets Hit With Chair for Burping!

    I must say that in my many, many years of reviewing restaurants--hell, eating at restaurants--I've been lucky to not see people unleash bodily functions in public. I've seen maybe three people vomit outside restaurants (and they were restaurants with booze, mind you), and cannot remember ever hearin ... More >>

  • Food

    March 20, 2014

    Boathouse On the Bay: Deja Ocean View

    This Long Beach restaurant is a reincarnation of the recently defunct McKenna's

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Eat This Now: Leche Frita at Cafe Sevilla

    Save for the luxe lonchera Barcelona on the Go, there are few ambassadors of Spanish cuisine in Orange County. For a complete Spanish experience--and I do mean, like, with flamenco dancers and the Gipsy Kings as the constant and only soundtrack--one must go to Long Beach to Cafe Sevilla. Here you wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Now Open: Fireside In Costa Mesa

    While options are aplenty for meeting or eating in Costa Mesa, finding a space to call your own is tough. The popularity of happy hour specials has a direct correlation to your chances of scoring a spot to rest your drink (or your ass, for that matter). Generally, the dining scene within hotels surr ... More >>

  • Food

    March 13, 2014
  • Food

    March 13, 2014

    Nesai California Italian Cuisine & Bar Is the Last of Old Newport

    Visit this little-known gem before it is changed into something unrecognizable

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