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Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • Food

    May 17, 2012

    Pho Bo Vang, Ann's Pho & Teriyaki and Maison de Pho and the Closing of the Pho Frontier

    A pho proliferation in South OC bodes well for the assimilation of Vietnamese food

  • Food

    May 17, 2012

    Rubalcava's and the Rise of Primo-Mex

    [Hole In the Wall] This Placentia meat market is launching an audacious experiment with Mexican food

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Potzol den Cano: A Home Run In a Bowl (And On a Plate)

    My in-laws make the best pozole in the world. This is not open for discussion; anyone who has ever had it at any Gutierrez family gathering knows the truth. Come Christmas time, certain houses from here to Lake Los Angeles smell like what my sister-in-law graciously refers to as "feet and butt s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    10 Great Thai Restaurants in Orange County (and Long Beach)

    For this list of ten great Thai restaurants, not only have I included those from Long Beach (a non-OC city that's always been under this paper's jurisdiction), but also some Thai-Cambodian, some Thai-Laotian, and even a Thai-sushi hybrid, because if variety is the spice of life, then why not even mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Allerto's Mexican-Indian Comida is All-Halal All The Time!

    Go to Allerto's if you're in the area, and you're craving Mexican and/or Indian food. Some might feel like they're making a pit stop on a road trip when entering the 24-hour restaurant. It's probably because it doubles up, with no barrier, to a gas station store. There are about a dozen small tables ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Ten Great Mexican-American Combo Plates In Orange County

    Sometimes we want regional Mexican food--corundas and pozole from Las Brisas de Apatzingán or thick, rich moles from El Moctezuma--and sometimes we just want the familiar old combination plate with its orangey rice and its goopy beans and its two enchiladas where the sauce runs into the other parts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    VIDEO: Ramen Gets Set on Fire at Kyoto Restaurant

    I just returned from an awesome trip to Japan, home of sakura blossoms, crazy vending machines, maid cafes, kawaii adorableness, Pocky and ramen--so much ramen. I slurped my weight in noodly goodness. Oh, pork broth and soft-boiled soy sauce egg, how I love thee. The most unique ramen experienc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Ten Great Indian and South Asian Restaurants in Orange County

    What a shame the county line lies where it does; the best Indian restaurants in SoCal lie just five minutes from Buena Park, La Palma and Cypress, yet they're in Artesia, squarely in Squid Ink territory. Damn. Still, we have some good contenders, from Afghan to Southern Indian; it's just a tragedy t ... More >>

  • Food

    April 5, 2012

    How Doritos Were Born At Disneyland

    Adapted from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'

  • Columns

    April 5, 2012

    Are There Different Kinds of Mexican Food?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And how can I get a copy of 'Taco USA'?

  • Food

    April 5, 2012

    Taqueria Two Guys Cheeses It

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana Mexican restaurant loves its cheese, damn the authenticity

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    10 Great Japanese Restaurants in Orange County

    ​For this list of Japanese restaurants, we intentionally left out the sushi bars, because, well, we already did that list. We also shut out the ramen joints, teppanyakis, and yakinikus because, well, we still want to do those lists. But you can certainly have ramen and sushi, even a Californi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Taco Bell Celebrates Its 50th Aniversary This Week; 5 Ways the Bell Helped Mexican Food Become Better in the U.S.

    ​Taco Bell, the Mexican fast-food giant everyone loves to hate, celebrates its 50th anniversary this week and...yeah. Heaven knows it's an easy whipping boy for everything wrong with Mexican food in this country: the bastardized meals, the incessant appropriation (this week: I finally reveal the n ... More >>

  • Food

    March 15, 2012

    Namastey India Chaat Up the Haters

    [Hole In the Wall] This Buena Park Indian restaurant is leading the city's subcontinental renaissance

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    On the Line: 'Sushi Dave' Fernandez of Sushi At the Venetian Gentlemen's Club, Part Two

    ​Our conversation continues, as Dave craves corned beef and pastrami across the street at Roscoe's Famous Deli. I realize this is probably his breakfast, lunch and even dinner (based on how busy he was in part one). If we didn't have places to be, I probably would've asked about the next destinati ... More >>

  • Food

    March 8, 2012

    Pho Binh Sells Vietnamese Taquitos?

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana restaurant sells pho, bun and other Vietnamese faves to a Latino clientele

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    The Five Most Influential Cities in the Development of Mexican Food in the United States

    ​SO...my much-promised book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America finally hits the bookstores next month (April 10), and review copies are slowly making their way around the nation's newsrooms. So I might as well start giving out bits and pieces to entice ustedes to preorder the damn thing ... More >>

  • Food

    March 1, 2012

    Taqueria La Poblanita Embraces the Nuevo

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim eatery sells quesadillas more deity than tortilla

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Ten Great Vietnamese Restaurants in Orange County

    ​Pity the other publications in the stable o' stallions that is Village Voice Media, because they have to come up with a list like this, too--and they don't have Little Saigon sitting smack dab in the middle of their publication area. How do we choose from the hundreds--yes, multiple hundreds--of ... More >>

  • Food

    February 23, 2012

    Ramen Yamadaya Offers Oink Noodle

    The first OC restaurant of this LA titan simmers the piggiest soup in Costa Mesa

  • Food

    February 17, 2012

    Huong Giang Is Hue Great

    [Hole In the Wall] This Little Saigon standard excels with the dishes of Central Vietnam

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    10 Great Burritos in Orange County

    O, cylindrical god!​You can hate tacos, not favor hamburgers, even look down on pho, but I dare say anyone who doesn't eat burritos on at least a weekly basis might as well pack up and move to Los Angeles...where you'll find even more burritos. Orange County was burrito country long before those t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Q&A With Jiro Dreams of Sushi Director David Gelb

    Magnolia Pictures​The other night, I had the chance to attend a Los Angeles screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the documentary about 85-year-old Jiro Ono, who is considered by many to be the greatest sushi chef in the world. In a way, the film can be described as 81 minutes of food porn (that fatt ... More >>

  • Food

    January 26, 2012

    Hoa Sen Serves Cheatin' Chicken

    [Hole In the Wall] The Garden Grove Vietnamese dive sells fake meats even a Midwesterner could love

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Irvine Loses One Vietnamese Restaurant; Gains Another

    Edwin Goei​The latter half of last year saw three new Vietnamese restaurants opening in Irvine, with Pho So 1, La Pho, and Pho Saigon Pearl vying for the wallets and mouths of the rice noodle-slurping public. It continues this year as The Irvine Company revealed that at least one more Vietnamese r ... More >>

  • Food

    January 12, 2012

    Tamarind of London Offers Curry for the Cultured

    This Newport Coast eatery introduces great Indian cuisine to the rich folks

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    10 Great Sushi Restaurants in Orange County

    ​You don't put out a Top Ten list of sushi joints in OC and not inspire some discussion. I'd be disappointed if this one didn't. So the comment board is open for objections, inclusions and even agreement on the ten we've chosen.Without further ado, the list:

  • Food

    January 5, 2012

    Gen Korean BBQ Makes You Wait for Your Meat

    The wait is long, but the rewards are great at this Tustin hot spot

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    On the Line: Chris Kim of Rolling Sushi Van, Part Three

    ​Our luxe lonchera love for Rolling Sushi Van ends with langostino. Ask Chris Kim for his sushi rice recipe, and you're good to go. If you would like to see a particular chef featured in On the Line, drop us a line note, and we'll see what we can do. To check out more of our interview, part two ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    On the Line: Chris Kim of Rolling Sushi Van, Part Two

    ​Our sushi entrepreneur continues rolling out answers as we learn more about Chris Kim's biggest influence, as well as how honey factors into a perfect dish. His no-nonsense interview begins in part one. If you're curious about his recommended dishes, stick around tomorrow for some langostino.Hard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Introducing Mitsuwa Irvine's Other Food Court Vendors That's Not Santouka

    ​As you compete for seats at the new Irvine Mitsuwa Marketplace's tiny, tiny excuse of a food court, there are three other food vendors who hope that you're not just there for the ramen at Santouka.Here is a brief rundown of who they are and what they offer.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    10 Great Korean Restaurants in Orange County

    Edwin Goei​This list was a difficult one. How to just pick 10 restaurant out of the rich bevy of delights found at our Korean District? Or the burgeoning centers of Korean cultures in Buena Park and Irvine? No list could ever be definitive enough to be absolutely conclusive or comprehensive enough ... More >>

  • Food

    December 22, 2011

    Tepache at El Chilango

    [Hole In the Wall] The Mexico City-style mini-chain serves the rare fermented-pineapple drink—yum!

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Excellent Sushi in Yorba Linda--Yes, Yorba Linda

    Dave Lieberman​One of the best things about writing about food in Orange County is the discovery of something great in a really out-of-the-way place. If you'd asked me what there was to eat in Yorba Linda, I'd have stammered something about the Wild Artichoke and are you sure you can't get to Plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain's Comic Book Now On Pre-Order! Yes, I Said Comic Book.

    Amazon.com​Anthony Bourdain. Chef. Author. Travel show host. Novelist. And now a comic book creator?! The man who seems to say everything and do everything (His new show The Layover premiered a month ago) has written a graphic novel about "a renegade and ruthless sushi chef, known to decapitate pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Where to Buy Tamales in Orange County this Christmas

    ​Because nothing exists on the Internet before three days ago, I'm reprinting a 2009 article I did on the best tamales in Orange County for the holidays--and I'm also ripping off a 2007 article I did on the same subject. I will also note that Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen and Taco María make great high ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    On the Line: Pedro Resendiz of Tamarindo Truck, Part Two

    ​Day two with Pedro Resendiz gets to the heart of what makes the Tamarindo Truck tick. We tie together family, life experiences and the menu, which differentiates the Resendizes' luxe lonchera from the rest. He also shares his thoughts on receiving criticism (and the importance of having a thick s ... More >>

  • Food

    November 24, 2011

    Yosuke Sushi Says Yes, No, Amaebi

    This Anaheim Hills Japanese restaurant has it all, from live sweet shrimp to teriyaki served in hubcap-sized combo plates

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Chef Gabbi's Tamale Demo At Orange Farmers Market THIS SATURDAY

    Gabbi's Mexican KitchenGabbi's Market Tamales​The Christmas music is already playing at the mall, which means it's tamale-making season here in Southern California. This Saturday at 10:30 a.m., as part of the Chef Demo Series at the Orange Home Grown Farmers Market, Chef Gabbi Patrick of nearby Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Ten Great Middle Eastern Restaurants in Orange County

    Kareem's​Over the weekend, I attended an art reception where the featured snacks were hummus and falafels. I still remember the days where the two (with tabbouli, natch) were staples of any left-of-center gathering, placed by conscious hosts who were attuned to the needs of vegetarians and wanted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    PBS Launches More Streamlined Food Site With Full Episodes of Julia Child

    http://www.pbs.org/food/​ PBS has long been the bastion of hype-free cooking shows, the home of Julia Child, as well as such varied personalities as Jacques Pepin, Martin Yan and Mary Ann Esposito in the old days; plus, the brilliant Korean-food documentary series Kimchi Chronicles With Marja Vong ... More >>

  • Food

    September 29, 2011

    Sushi Box Is Teriyaki-rific

    [Hole In the Wall] Elevating the placing of grilled meat on top of rice to an art form

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Five Mexican-Food Empires Started By Americans Ripping Off Unnamed Mexicans

    One of the few cases in Mexican-food history in the US where a Mexi wasn't ripped off by gabachos...​Michelle posted earlier today about how the man credited with creating Fritos, former Frito-Lay executive, Arch West, just passed away in Dallas. First thing I told her? "The origin story for Dorit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    On the Line: Josef Lageder of the First Cabin Restaurant, Part Three

    Photo by Meranda Carter​How can you go wrong with fried food? Seriously. Chef Josef Lageder even gives you a meat alternative, if the thought of veal makes you squeamish. (It shouldn't. In fact, it tastes even better.) He serves up a few words of cooking wisdom on the side, deeming this recipe use ... More >>

  • Food

    September 22, 2011

    Sutha Thai Kitchen's Salad Days

    [Hole In the Wall] This Tustin Thai restaurant, while delicious, wants to offer more

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Report (and Photos) From Last Night's Dos Lime Pop-Up

    Meg Strouse/OC WeeklyCrispy-skin salmon with orange couscous, watermelon, mango and tomatillo sauce.​See Meg Strouse's slideshow of last night's Dos Lime dinner here!We've never understood what led Jason Quinn and Hop Phan to open food trucks, other than lower startup costs, but whatever the motiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    On The Line: Josef Lageder Of The First Cabin Restaurant, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​This week, we are treated with an ocean view at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort for our interview with Executive Chef Josef Lageder. A man of diverse culinary talent, he's not only worked alongside Julia Child, but Sam Choy, too (That explains his love of using a rice cook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Five Things You're Doing Wrong With Mexican Food

    Flick user Ryan Leighty​We love Mexican food 'round here, and not just because I'm doing a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. It's the native cuisine of Southern California, something many Americans have seamlessly assimilated into their day-to-day lives--and an easy subject ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Diamond Jamboree To Get a Pho Restaurant

    Edwin Goei​Well that was quick. Greek Islands Cuisine has only been closed less than a month and already Diamond Jamboree has another tenant lined up to take its place--a pho joint. Pho Saigon Pearl will be the first and, so far, the only Vietnamese restaurant to make its mark in the predomin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Mitsuwa's Hokkaido Food Fair Starts Tomorrow

    Edwin Goei​ I went to lunch at Costa Mesa's Mitsuwa yesterday and saw booths already being set up for the market's annual Hokkaido Fair, a veritable celebration of Japanese food (particularly those from Hokkaido).

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