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  • 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    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?

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    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

    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

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    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
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    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

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    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

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