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    November 27, 2014

    Future Restaurateurs: You Can Stop Naming Your Restaurants "Urban" Now

    Listen up future restauranteurs and those who would name restaurants: Using the word "Urban" to name your eating establishment is now officially overdone. That is to say: If your first name ain't Keith and you're not a country music star looking to open a rib joint, you might as well as try to come ... More >>

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    November 26, 2014

    Waterman's Harbor Is All About That Bass

    There's a dish being served right now at Waterman's Harbor in Dana Point that may be the best fried fish in all of OC. The entire creature--a whole black bass with its skin and tail intact, its head propped upright, mouth agape--is flash-fried under a barely there batter. Even though it's presented ... More >>

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    November 26, 2014

    Eat This Now: Soft Tofu Soup & Bulgogi Combo at Dae Myoung Ok

    In one sprawling Irvine shopping center, there are three Korean restaurants that serve soondubu jjigae, the Korean soft tofu soup that comes out in a boiling cauldron. All of them are worthy. All of them are good. But Dae Myoung Ok Korean Restaurant might just be its Methuselah. The walls are plain ... More >>

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    November 24, 2014

    Battle Delivery Sushi: Ippo Sushi vs. DelSushi

    For a while now, UC Irvine and its surrounding community has had but two food delivery options: pizza, the old standby, and sushi. That's right, sushi. And it's not even just one sushi delivery service. Two different sushi storefronts compete for hungry student money: DelSushi and Ippo Sushi. Both l ... More >>

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    November 24, 2014

    Temakira, Sushi Hand Roll Shop, Opens in Costa Mesa

    Recent years have brought on various sushi innovations in OC. Ten years ago it was the advent of revolving sushi, such as Kula, Kaisen, and Gatten. Then came the all-you-can-eat concept that places like Sake 2 Me seems to have mastered. This year, we've seen a sushi burrito joint (Samurai Burrito), ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    Five Restaurant Trends We Can Live Without, 2014 Edition

    This needs nearly no introduction: food trends evolve. A while back, it was cupcakes and stuff stirred into mac 'n cheese; before that, it was reinvented comfort food and moonshine. Many of the items on this list appeared years ago in Los Angeles. As with many things, it took a while and now it's st ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    Koc Crawfish Crosses a Crawfish Joint and a Snail Restaurant, Adds Beer

    You've seen the likes of KOC Crawfish Beer Club & Restaurant before. With its neon signage, blink-and-you-miss-it strip-mall location, and cartoon mascot of a sea creature you're about to consume in a whirlwind of cayenne-garlic butter and lemons, KOC is obviously the latest entry in the growing gen ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    Ten Thanksgiving Dinner Options in OC

    While most places are closed on Thanksgiving, there are some that aren't. Disneyland, movie theaters and the following spots are establishments we came up with when rustling up some recommendations. It's a list 'o fun, alphabetized and peppered with noteworthy details. Location info links below guid ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    TLT Foods, The Lime Truck's Brick and Mortar, Opens Today!

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    November 13, 2014

    The Boathouse Collective's Costa Mesa Zen

    "Where is this place?" my date asked nervously, looking around at the barely lit street and deserted sidewalks. We were driving through a desolate, industrial part of Costa Mesa we'd never been to and had no business being in before tonight. A factory with gigantic pressure vessels and pillars spe ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014
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    November 10, 2014

    On the Line: John Cuevas of Waterman's Harbor, Part One

    A chef tasked to helm a kitchen is tough work. So when I learned John Cuevas oversees three, I almost felt bad for the man. Yet he is in good spirits when we finally sit down on a hectic Saturday evening to go over his responses. You could've opened Waterman's anywhere. Why Dana Point Harbor? There ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Amor y Tacos: For the Love of Mole

    Have you ever heard of "Mole Tots"? Yes, that's "mole," as in the legendary Mexican sauce made from more ingredients than you have fingers to count, plus tots, as in tater, the cafeteria staple you loved as a kid. Order it at Amor y Tacos in Cerritos, and you're served a fruit basket's worth of the ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Laguna Beach's House of Big Fish Resurrected as Big Fish Tavern

    Laguna Beach's The House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer--the restaurant with a mouthful of words for a name and a slew of awards from us including Best Happy Hour 2011 and Best Seafood Restaurant 2010--closed last month when its owner, Casa Resorts, decided it was was going to focus on its hotel prop ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    Next Thursday, Have Dinner With Your Own Personal Truffle in Long Beach

    Do you love truffle? Like, really really love truffle? If you do, I've got the dinner for you. Next Thursday, Nov. 13, Michael's on Naples in Long Beach is having a $300 six-course dinner with wine pairings included. The biggest perk though? Your own personal Alba white truffle complete with truffle ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    Good Beer Company Opens in Downtown Santa Ana

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    November 4, 2014

    Hello Kitty Cafe Coming to Orange County!

    As a little girl, Hello Kitty was the epitome of cool. I'd purchase pastel pens and pencils, gum that (maybe) lasted 20 minutes and collect all the trinkets they'd tape to our bags. Back in 2010 was my first sighting of a Hello Kitty mobile of sorts: they didn't carry food yet, but I scored a coin p ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    Five Great Pumpkin-Less Fall Treats

    Satirist John Oliver put it best in his recent rant on the pumpkin spice gimmick: Come autumn, we look at pumpkins and go "I don't know why, but I simply have to drink that." There are plenty of valid (and delicious) applications for pumpkin, don't get us wrong, but there are a myriad of other fal ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    Rollie's Bakery & Mexican Cafe Closes; Kaminariya Yakitori Dining Opens in Tustin

    Rollie's Bakery was one of OC's few Bolivian restaurants, specializing in salteñas, which are "ostensibly empanadas, but few in Latin America are so sturdy that they can contain broth inside their shells," as Gustavo wrote in his Hole-in-the-Wall column back in 2009. The restaurant opened in 2008 ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    On the Line: Sheri Drewry Of Wilma's Patio, Part One

    Researching a family-owned restaurant always uncovers a story. In the case of Wilma's Patio, it spans over 30 years on picturesque Balboa Island. Wilma passed away earlier this year, but her establishment lives on thanks to daughter Sheri, plus her kitchen and dining room family. How long have you ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: La Ceiba

    Despite not having a very large Salvadoran population, Long Beach has been an overall good place to have a pupusa addiction. The city's farmers markets are filled with acceptable $3 versions of the cheese-bean-and-pork-stuffed corn tortillas, and there are even several authentic Salvadoran restauran ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Restauration: Where There's Smoke . . .

    The closer you get to Restauration, the more you smell the sweet wood smoke that snakes out of its tall chimney stack. It's a wonderful scent, a scent that says something rustic, something special is being made, even if the oven the chimney is attached to is used mostly for pizzas. More than anythin ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014
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    October 23, 2014
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    October 9, 2014
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    October 9, 2014

    The Best Restaurants in Orange County, 2014

    Well everyone, its that time of the year again. We've pondered ever so hard and have come up with a list of what we think are the best everything in Orange County. Now, for those of you who can't click over to the Best Of section of our website, or pick up a paper copy (Seriously though, they're glo ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: The Auld Dubliner

    One of the greatest joys about eating in Long Beach is finding that unassuming, unexpected and surprisingly authentic ethnic fare; and this column has proved that you can easily wander your way through the cuisines of El Salvador, Cambodia, Trinidad and Peru, all without ever leaving city limits. ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Oktoberfest

    Muckenthaler Cultural Center

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    October 7, 2014

    4. Bison Sausage From Break Of Dawn

    We had to check our archives to make sure this particular dish wasn't written up yet, since our fellow Weeklings have given accolades to a good portion of Dee Nguyen's Laguna Hills menu already. But can you blame them? Being closed for three and-a-half months was a lesson in missing something once ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Six Award-Winning OC Beers to Try Now

    The OC beer-scape has grown and improved quite a bit over the last year, and this past weekend's Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver was only a testament to what we already knew: OC beer rules. Although the usual award-winners like TAPS Fish House & Brewery and The Bruery didn't place, oth ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    SOCIAL Costa Mesa Opens

    A new restaurant and bar opened in Costa Mesa last night. It's called SOCIAL Costa Mesa at 512 W. 19th Street at the location of the former London Pub. The chef is Jeffrey Boullt, who was previously the sous chef at Playground. Here's a snippet of what the press release says about the dishes he's c ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Snuff A&O Kitchen Bar's Cigar Dessert--Quick

    Let me tell you about the first time something I ate at a restaurant made me . . . um, trip out. Yeah, that's what I'll call it. It was a dessert served at the new A&O Kitchen Bar in Newport Beach: The Tobacco & Whiskey Brulee looks innocent enough, served in a flip-top glass jar. But it isn't; you ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    "Dude, Where's My Curry" Opens in Foothill Ranch

    Groan if you must. Go ahead, take a few cheap shots in the comment section. You know you want to. Anyone for "Dude, Where's the Pepto?" or some meaner variant of that? But to me, the name owner Rohit Walia picked for his Indian restaurant in the quiet suburban sprawl of Lake Forest's Foothill Ranc ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: The Breakfast Bar

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: in Long Beach, breakfast is such a religion, we'll even eat it for lunch. We'd much rather grub down on an omelet smothered in Hollandaise sauce than sit in a church pew or eat another standard sandwich--and the constant lines outside of the city's most wel ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Wrap N' Roll Kabob House Burns up Brea

    [Hole In the Wall] Know your nihari at this Pakistani restaurant

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    September 24, 2014

    Moulin Opening Tomorrow In Newport Beach

    A French revival is underway off Bristol, as Moulin prepares to open in the former Pascal Epicerie spot. Classifying itself as a bistro, epicerie and cafe, the space experienced an extreme makeover in recent months. An outdoor fountain, beer and wine selections, and eye-catching Rotisol oven are a f ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    On the Line: Shirley Chung of TWENTY EIGHT, Part One

    Shirley Chung is one busy chef. You may recognize Chung from her stint on Top Chef: New Orleans. Yesterday she wrapped up a cooking demo at the inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. Now her focus is on the final touches to get TWENTY EIGHT ready for opening in October. This week, she make ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    LYFE Kitchen To Open in Irvine Spectrum

    Irvine Spectrum is getting yet another new restaurant. This time it's Chef Art Smith, Tal Ronnen and Jeremy Bringardner's health-food concept called LYFE Kitchen, which stands for "Love Your Food Everyday". It's planning to open at the outdoor mall in November, next to TLT Food (which is The Lime Tr ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    UPDATE: Taco Bell's Parent Company Opens a Bánh Mì Shop...withwithout Communist Star in Logo

    UPDATE: SEPT. 18, 12:22 P.M.: Yum! Brands will be taking down all signage and branding that features a red star by the end of day, according to an e-mail sent to Thanh Cung, the president of the Vietnamese-American Community of Greater Dallas. They'll also be coming up with a new logo and are asking ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Battle Bougey Cafeterias: Urban Plates vs. Tender Greens

    Conceptually, Urban Plates and Tender Greens are the same place: your middle school cafeteria line meets farm-to-fork food. Their menus are nearly the same: entrees, salads, and sandwiches assembled around lean proteins or vegetable preparations. (Though Urban Plates does distinguish itself by offer ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    Capital Noodle Bar Opens In Irvine Tomorrow!

    Capital Noodle Bar--the spin-off of Diamond Jamboree's Capital Seafood and Irvine Spectrum's Capital--has announced that it will have its soft opening tomorrow at Crossroads, the same plaza as Creamistry, Urban Plates and DonerG. The Noodle Bar is located next to Ha Long. As Anne Marie reported a f ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    The VIP at Del Frisco's Grille, Our Drink of the Week!

    I was at Irvine Spectrum recently in search of a private dining room for an upcoming small gathering of friends. I considered Paul Martin's and Capital as options, but then I realized Brio Tuscan Grille and Del Frisco's Grille, the two brand new restaurants where there was previously parking lot, ju ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Alien Sandwiches

    In all my time living and writing about food in Long Beach, there is one culinary truth that continues to hold fast about the city's otherwise vibrant downtown: a good, cheap sandwich is hard to find. Sure, you can buy two pieces of bread stuffed with meat from a few corporate outposts around down ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    El Portón Colombiano Has Paisa Power

    [Hole In the Wall] This Huntington Beach restaurant offers great Colombian grub

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    August 30, 2014

    Wall Street Journal Critic Spits on the Mexican Wine Industry with Unusual Saltiness

    This year's Vendimias, Provino's annual wine harvest festival in the Valle de Guadalupe saw another season of sold out events and special tasting dinners featuring some of the best chefs in the world. It was a challenge due to the fact that the government of Ensenada never fixed the collapsed highwa ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Jinbei Thinks Different

    I usually avoid using the too­-easily misconstrued word to describe anything. But not since Kappo Sui in Costa Mesa have I encountered a more authentic Japanese restaurant in OC than Jinbei. No other word suits it. If John Wayne were a man's man, then Jinbei is a Japanese restaurant's Japanese rest ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Company Recalls Nut Butters Sold at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Others Due to Salmonella

    Careful before you snack everyone, there's another nut butter recall going on. nSpired Natural Foods, a food company that produces nut butters for Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Kroger, and a bunch of other stores issued a voluntary recall Tuesday over some salmonella concerns. The recall affects peanu ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Three New Restaurants Debut At Irvine Spectrum

    Irvine Spectrum is now home to three new eateries. About last week or so, Del Frisco's Grille and Brio Tuscan Grille opened next to each other in what used to be the parking lot across from Yard House. And this week the second outlet of Urban Seoul, Chef Kacy Jun's Korean-Mexican mash up, opened up ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Craft Beer Bar Native Son Alehouse Opens in DTSA, The Copper Door Opens Kitchen

    Big news for craft beer in Downtown Santa Ana the past few weeks: Native Son Alehouse has finally opened its doors for crowds and craft beer lovers alike. Currently serving beer from various Orange County breweries, the joint also aims to incorporate beer, wine and mead from around the world into it ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    On the Line: Christopher Tzorin of Tortilla Republic, Part One

    First impressions of chefs are generally positive. While it might be a dog and pony show for me, instinct will say whether they are genuine in their demeanor and response. The first time I met Chris Tzorin, he was working alongside Pascal Olhats during a culinary competition I judged. While he hamme ... More >>

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