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  • 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?

  • 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 2, 2014

    Now Casting: The Great Food Truck Race 5

    ​Remember the first two seasons of The Great Food Truck Race? When they pitted actual working food trucks against each other? Remember when OC's own The Lime Truck won Season 2, which provided co-owner Jason Quinn some of the seed money for his now infamous brick-and-mortar, The Playground? Thos ... 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

    The 10 Meatiest Sins of Orange County

    As a former two-year vegetarian, ribs, pastrami, and barbecue chicken were nowhere in my dictionary. At barbecue restaurants, I (sadly) opted for salads and pasta while my friends sucked on ribs. One bite of meat was a capital vice. Then I became not a vegetarian. Vegetarians, this is your guide to ... 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 27, 2014

    Four Loko Is (Spiritually) Dead

    Well, that's it. Nearly a decade after it was first introduced and four years after it removed caffeine (and two other stimulants) from its formula, the Four Loko that once was is finally dead. Chicago-based Phusion Projects came to a settlement Tuesday with 19 different state attorney generals and ... 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

    Mexicali's Craft Brewer's Guild Wants to Judge Your American Beer

    Ever wanted to see how your homebrew stacks up against others in the growing Baja craft beer scene? Mexicali's Craft Brewer's Guild is finally giving you the chance by allowing--for the first time since cerveza artesanal from the northwestern Mexican state began capturing American tourists' attent ... 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

    Tacos Radioactivos: ¡Viva las Loncheras!

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana lonchera serves up Mexico City treats

  • 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

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Boulevardier at Bambú Lounge at the Fairmont Newport Beach, Our Drink of (Last) Week!

    I still maintain that Bambú Lounge at the Fairmont Newport Beach is the most underrated hotel bar in the county, a place where the food is good and affordable considering the surroundings, and the cocktails spectacular. The bar is smart--they even know how to make a great Man o' War, a Kentucky coc ... More >>

  • Food

    March 6, 2014

    Nice Food Restaurant: More Soup

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurants focuses on Taiwanese food, with Chinese favorites as well

  • Food

    March 6, 2014

    Tabu Burgers & Bites: Get Your Hamburguesas Here

    This new spot serves burgers with SanTana flavor

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Eat This Now: Turkey Meatloaf Sandwich from Lucca Cafe

    According to Punxsutawney Phil, we can expect winter to be over any time now. Unless you're in Orange County, where it never quite started. Stores are already stocked with beach attire, despite recent Storm Watch 2014 reports. We are an anomaly to the rest of the country, but that doesn't prevent us ... More >>

  • Food

    February 27, 2014

    Mercado Corona: Crown Jewel of Latino OC

    [Hole In the Wall] This Laguna Hills market serves Mexican and South American customers with equal excellence

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    On the Line: Alexander Dale of SeaLegs Wine Bar, Part One

    Chef Alexander Dale and I met the morning of Valentine's to go over his questionnaire. In the unusually peaceful wine bar, we covered topics that included his connection to Villa Nova and his juice obsession. You find culinary inspiration based on the weather. Any ideas for the recent rainfall and ... 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

    Honda-Ya Box: Costa Japan

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa restaurant is the first outpost of the Japanese pub chain to specialize in fast food

  • 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 9, 2014

    There's Now a Burrito Vending Machine, and We Should All Hail Its Redundant Genius

    Oy vey, my inbox and Facebook page has been flooded with people sharing the news of a burrito vending machine in West Hollywood. People: this is nothing new! I've been trying chimichangas out of vending machines in Southern California for years, and you might as well count the lunch lady at Anaheim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    15 Signs You Grew Up Eating Tex-Mex Food

    I know, I know: where the hell does a born-and-bred Mexican from California get off telling the rest of the world about the glories of Tex-Mex cuisine? But hear me out, world: I am Tex-Mex's most arduous non-Texan defender. I've crisscrossed most of the state doing research for my Taco USA: How Mexi ... More >>

  • 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

  • Food

    December 19, 2013

    Seoulmate Serves Pork Stew for the Seoul

    The Long Beach restaurant makes good Korean-Mexican burritos, but its best dish is pure Korean mom food

  • 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

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Where to Buy Tamales in Orange County for Christmas, 2013 Edition

    This is hilarious. Every year around this time, I get asked where to buy the best tamales in Orange County. Really, the answers rarely change. Below is the article on the subject I did last year, which itself is mostly a retread of a story I did back in 2007. This time around, a shout-out to the aw ... More >>

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