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  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    No. 86, Smoked Trout at Provenance

    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! Provenance's house-smoked trout, which was recently transferred from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    No. 87, Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café

    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! There isn't much to San Clemente's Rider's Club Café beyond burgers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    No. 88, Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro

    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! Perhaps the most literal foodstuff on Earth, the Korean pub food cal ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Liberation Brewing Company Is Long Beach's Newest Brewery-In-Planning

    A bright craft beer spotlight shined on the city of Long Beach last year when its newest brewpub, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, won the title of Best Mid-Sized Brewpub in the country (after only two years in business!) at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. And before the end of the year, another ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Watch Gordon Ramsay Agree That Dark Meat is the Better Chicken

    Earlier this week, I ranted about how much better dark chicken meat was compared to white chicken meat. Now, I have about 11 Michelin stars agreeing with me. Behold, Gordon Ramsay's recipe for Szechwan chicken, in which he says, "Chicken thighs do a lot of work, so they need more cooking, but cooke ... 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

    In Defense of Dark Meat Chicken, Or: Chicken Breast Kind of Sucks

    I still remember the day McDonald's switched to all-white meat chicken nuggets. It was horrible. Only a week before, I would hunt through my six-piece boxes, looking for the slightly darker, better tasting chunks of chicken, but that day everything was the same shade of lighter beige-ish brown. Not ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Stop Over-Distilling Tequila, Or Why Ambhar Is The Worst Tequila To Enter The Market Since Cuervo Gold

    Because I get so many pitches from public relations people whose approach to their career is to employ the steamroller approach to e-mail communication ("Dear Food Writer and/or Blogger"), it's hard to remember which clueless human megaphone sent me the e-mail about Ambhar tequila. I do know that, a ... More >>

  • Food

    May 22, 2014

    Barcelona On the Go Has a Luxe Lonchera Legacy

    [Hole In the Wall] This food truck continues to roll with its pan-Latino menu

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    The 10 Most Important Burritos in Burrito History

    Burritos have been on my mind as of recent, and not just because of the whole pendejada involving Chipotle putting short stories by authors on its cups and bags...none of whom are Latinos. I'm doing something with burritos that will come out...soon, and I think I'm going to have one tonight at 2 a.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Tamarindo Truck To Be Featured On Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

    We got a message from the good people at Tamarindo Truck informing us that they will be featured on Guy Fieri's show, Diners, Drive-In and Dives, at the end of the month. We featured Pedro Resendiz and his luxe lonchera on our On The Line column three years ago, and it's due time more people gave th ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Sol Grande Casa Noble Reposado Margarita at SOL Cocina, Our Drink of the Week!

    While I like SOL Cocina in Newport Beach and respect the hell out of Chef Deborah Schneider for being able to nail great Mexican food without being a diva about it ala Rick Bayless, I always find her restaurant a work in progress. The off-menu chile de árbol salsa she has right now, for instance? N ... 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

    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 >>

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