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Food and Cooking

  • Food

    December 5, 2013

    Lanta Thai Fusion: Four Courses

    [Hole In the Wall] This Orange restaurant offers a refined experience but doesn't water down the grub

  • Food

    December 5, 2013

    Selanne Steak Tavern Is No Duck Soup

    Teemu's steakhouse takes over French 75's old space in Laguna Beach

  • Food

    November 28, 2013

    Tortas, Tortas, Tortas At Tortas Sinaloa!

    [Hole in the Wall] This Santa Ana eatery is the best OC place to explore this Mexican-food trend

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Ten Great All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants in OC

    If you want to eat all you can at an all-you-can-eat in Orange County, there will be a lot of Indian, a lot of sushi, and a lot of Korean BBQs. This list has more than a few of each. But there are non-Indian, non-KBBQ, non-sushi options, too...just not that many. Share your favorite spots for glutt ... More >>

  • Food

    November 21, 2013

    Long Hai: Beyond Little Saigon

    [Hole In the Wall] This Tustin restaurant offers great Vietnamese food far from the enclave

  • Food

    November 21, 2013

    Kolache Factory Is Czech-Mex

    Tustin's new restaurant bakes traditional Czech pastries with fillings that are all-American

  • Food

    November 14, 2013

    Ways & Means' Razor Clam Blues

    The Orange oyster house has a Michelin-starred chef and prices to match

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    5 Great Vietnamese Soups That Aren't Pho

    When you think Vietnamese cuisine, it's no question that pho comes to mind, and it's completely reasonable that it does. However, it'd be a shame to miss out on other Vietnamese soups that, though blood brothers of California's favorite soup, play on completely different flavors, smells, and texture ... More >>

  • Food

    November 7, 2013

    El Pollo Norteño: Chicken Politicians

    [Hole In the Wall] This OC chain makes some of the best pollo asado around, bureaucrats be damned

  • Food

    November 7, 2013

    White Wasabi: What's a Wasachio?

    The Long Beach restaurant does crudo and other things that make it distinctive, even if it looks like every other sushi bar

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    10 Great Desserts in OC and Long Beach

    You know the feeling: when they come around after you've demolished your meal, asking if you have room for dessert. You want something sweet to round off the night, but the dessert menu is the same tired list of cheesecakes and molten lava cakes that aren't even made there. So you lie, tell the wait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Let Robert Irvine Take You On a Ride With Restaurant Express

    Chef, restaurateur, and all-around bad ass Robert Irvine definitely kept us entertained and interested over the years with shows like Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant Impossible. But starting on November 3rd, Irvine is into a whole new game. His newest show Restaurant Express is hitting the Food Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    The Better Sazerac at Memphis at the Santora, Our Drink of the Week!

    I have always had an affinity for the French. It runs in my family: There's French blood on my mom's side, I spoke with my grandfather better in French than Vietnamese, and my dad sang me French songs when I was a child, so it shouldn't be a surprise that when 14-year-old Charles Lam had to choose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Miyabi Shabu Shabu Takes Over Sushilicious Space

    As we mentioned here several months ago, a new Japanese grill and shabu shabu called Miyabi was going to take over the space left over by Sushilicious across the street from IVC. Now that restaurant has opened. The only change appears to be that the shabu shabu part has taken top billing: the place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Grande Bakery and El Pollo Norteño, Legendary Mexican Restaurants, Closed by Santa Ana via Eminent Domain

    Multiple generations of Mexican families have sworn by the masa of Grande Bakery, off Grand Street in SanTana, open since 1951 and the second-oldest remaining Mexican eatery in Orange County. They were drawn by their pan dulce and tamales and champurrado and tortillas. And when they were done with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Las Vegas Special w/Penn Jilette, Oscar Goodman & More!

    Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!

  • Food

    October 24, 2013

    Aleppo's Kitchen Is a Syrian Stunner

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant in Little Arabia offers nine different types of kibbeh, as well as other specialties

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Why Comparing Five Guys and In-N-Out Is Stupid

    Ever so often I see two people get in an argument about Five Guys and In-N-Out, and I can't help but cringe. They directly compare the toppings, the meat and the buns like they're nothing, and they can't agree about which restaurant is better. Eventually it gets dropped, but everyone involved ends u ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 24, 2013

    Halloween Foodtacular

    OC Fairgrounds

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Eat This Now: House Special Squid at Royal Capital Seafood Restaurant

    Here at Stick a Fork In It, we're used to passing along recommendations, but we're all about following up on a good tip, too. Recently, a friend--who goes by the luchador-like name "El Buche" (The Stomach) for his never-ending appetite--told us about the House Special Squid with butter sauce at Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    The 10 Greatest Songs about Tamales EVER

    Fans of rap genius Tyler the Creator must've scratched their head in confusion when he released a music video this month for his equally head-scratching song "Tamale." What exactly could a hip-hop head possibly know about this quintessential Latin American meal, and why would he craft a song based o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Ways & Means Oyster House Opens In Orange in Old Spiros Spot

    Shuck Oyster Bar at The OC Mix will no longer be the only oyster bar in OC. While there's never been a shortage of places that serve oysters here (even before Shuck debuted), when Ways & Means Oyster House opens this Wednesday in the old Spiros spot near Old Towne Orange, it will be only the secon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Honda Center's Culinary Makeover, Marche Moderne's Pig-Out, and More!

    Another week, another edition of the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830. As usual, we turn the mic over to producer/co-host Andy Harris to guide is through the fun. Enjoy!

  • Food

    October 17, 2013

    C4 Deli: Cure for the Common Reuben

    This new Santa Ana deli by the guys who gave us Chapter One is on its way to becoming great

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    5 Things You'd Thought You'd Miss After Going Vegan

    The decision to go vegan can be an overwhelming one, especially in a culture where animal products are in so many different foods. But with growing interest in alternative sources of meals that don't include meat or dairy, many products that vegans thought were gone for good are opening back up. Som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Five Ridiculous Nicknames Americans Have for Mexican Food

    While you will find no greater apologist for the American love affair with Mexican food, even I have my limits. While I understand language is a fluid thing, with the same viscosity as a big ol' bowl of queso, sometimes Americans go too far. While I understand gabachos don't speak Spanish as a first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    The Best Drinks in Orange County

    The humble "drink" doesn't get the respect it should. Centuries ago, tea and coffee houses were the centers of philosophical and political discussion. The Age of Enlightenment conveniently corresponded to the rise coffee shops in Europe, and revolutions were planned around steaming glasses and kettl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    The Best Places to Drink in Orange County

    In honor of the recent release of our largest issue of the year, Best Of 2013, we present to you a handy guide to the places we deemed the best drinking establishments in Orange County. Best Sports Bar, Best Place to Get Drunk on Rum, Best Cougar Bar...it's all here folks. Thank us now, curse us dur ... More >>

  • Food

    October 10, 2013

    Seasons of Japan: East Meets South

    This Irvine restaurant shows how people from Georgia like their Japanese food

  • Food

    October 10, 2013

    Spice India: Buffet Your Day

    [Hole In the Wall] This Lake Forest restaurant offers a great selection of Indian standards and rarities

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    No. 2: Sauteed Chicken at Cafe Hiro

    Just ONE DAY left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), which means that very, very soon, you'll be able to run to one of the awesome businesses who loan us a few square feet of space and pick up a copy of our annual Best Of issue. YEAH!!! Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    5 Mexican Foods That Should've Never Been Sold in a Can...But Were (Or Are)

    Whenever I lecture about the history of Mexican food in the United States, I always bring up the point that Americans love the cuisine so much that they have long subjected themselves to devouring its worst manifestations. I ain't talking Tex-Mex or Javier's, but rather the disturbing trend of dishe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    No. 4: Prime Gastro Burger at Dublin 4

    Just one week left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), which means that very, very soon, you'll be able to run to one of the awesome businesses who loan us a few square feet of space and pick up a copy of our annual Best Of issue. YEAH!!! Enjoy! In a county stacked deep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    No. 5: Lamb Tenderloin at Medii Kitchen

    Just one week left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), which means that very, very soon, you'll be able to run to one of the awesome businesses who loan us a few square feet of space and pick up a copy of our annual Best Of issue. YEAH!!! Enjoy! Chris Sarkissian is best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    No. 5: Apple Pie Cookie at XA Sweet & Savory Cafe

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a few weeks left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), to correspond with our annual Best Of issue. YEAH!!! Enjoy! I said in an earlier 100 Favorites entry on XA's ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    National Taco Day, Baja Edition: 5 World Champion Tacos to Tackle South of the Border

    All this taco talk from those crazy New Yorkers has got me thinking about my upcoming trip to Baja for the 3rd Annual Baja Culinary Fest, October 24-27, where some of the best tacos in Mexico can be savored from the taquerias to carts and to beach shacks. Certainly, the best seafood tacos in Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Hey, New York City: Drop Your Mexican-Food Inferiority Complex, 'Cause You're All Right!

    Dear New York City: I love you. No, really: I do. I try to get there at least once a year when business takes me back East. So whenever it comes to the inevitable conversation people have with me about your supposed lack of Mexican food, I gladly defend your honor. When people from Southern Califor ... More >>

  • Food

    October 3, 2013

    The Blind Pig: Off-Broadway

    This Rancho Santa Margarita restaurant has a great view and a slew of young talent, but the food is still in progress

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    No. 6: Charcuterie at Little Sparrow

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a little over a week left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), to correspond with our annual Best Of issue. YEAH!!! Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    No. 7: Ají Verde at Inka Mama's

    The Peruvian green sauce at Inka Mama's carries on the precedent set last year of including condiments in our annual parade of food-cravings. The salsa de ají verde turns a small basket of ordinary bread into a dump truck for the spicy green sauce. When you run out of bread, you'll ask for more. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Five Ways to Drink Coffee When It's Burning Hot Outside

    Orange County gets the shit end of the stick when it comes to coffee culture. We have great roasters and beautiful coffee shops, but when it's time for a cuppa joe'? It's 105 degrees outside, and you could brew a pot by just setting it out in a parking lot. No wonder Seattle claims caffeinated bragg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Checking In: Sunday Brunch At Lark Creek

    When Irvine Spectrum began updating their dining selections, we were pleased with the results. Better wine options, spacious patios and a greater range of quality cuisine revitalized the plaza. However, one thing that didn't work so well was brunch. Besides the endless dim sum at Capital Seafood, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Patchwork Edible, Mad Hungry Woman, and More!

    Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!

  • Food

    September 26, 2013

    Taqueria Guadalajara Lonchera: Tapatio New Wave

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana food truck serves specialties from Guadalajara

  • Food

    September 26, 2013

    Pier 76: Under Pressure

    The Long Beach restaurant makes great seafood at California Fish Grill prices

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    No. 15: Ta Pin Lu at Pagolac

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a few weeks left in our listicle of listicles known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Ararat Armenian Brandy, Our Drink of the Week!

    Armenians have been making wine for so long that there's serious scholarly debate whether they were the first winemakers in the world. Let's put it this way: they were pressing and fermenting grapes while my northern European ancestors were still figuring out that pointy things kill animals and long ... More >>

  • Food

    September 19, 2013

    Joe Schmoe's: House of Meat

    [Hole In the Wall] This Cypress hot dog stand serves regional hot dogs, great hamburgers and wonderful frozen custard

  • Food

    September 19, 2013

    Papa Hassan's Has a Brand-New Bag

    The legendary Middle Eastern restaurant is now in Anaheim but serving the same great comfort food

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    No. 16: The Chicken at XA Sweet & Savory Cafe

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a few weeks left in our listicle of listicles known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launch ... More >>

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