[Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove restaurant serves Korean food for the masses
For more than 50 years, Long Beach's Park Pantry has occupied the southeast corner of Broadway and Junipero, baking sugary breakfast pastries and serving classic diner eats to the local hoards. In that time, however, a lot around it has changed. Many of the city's other hometown American-food havens ... More >>
A banh mi turf war is brewing in Fullerton. Banh Mi Che Cali, which we've written about here on these blogs and featured on our Best Of lists, Favorite Dishes lists, and lists of other lists, has opened what has to be their biggest, most gigantic store yet...and this one also serves pho in an a ... More >>
We've heard of chefs operating multiple restaurants, but who frequents more than one daily? When your two concepts are on the same stretch of Pine Avenue in Long Beach, the answer is Walter Cotta. Depending on the time of day, Cotta will bounce between the Latin flair of Alegria and Italian hospital ... More >>
A new Vietnamese restaurant in isn't news, especially in South County, the new pho frontier. But a Vietnamese restaurant that serves beignets in South County? You don't see that everyday.
In our ongoing quest to locate a solid first meal of the day, we were introduced to the cuisine of Nathaniel Nguyen. We should preface this by mentioning that brunch is served inside a Greek restaurant across from South Coast Plaza. It's offered on weekends from 8 a.m. to noon at this location only. ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Westminster spot brings Pakistani food to a county sorely needing it
Lake Forest residents have one more choice to add to the ever-growing collective of Vietnamese restaurants here. Pho Sapa opened recently in the space vacated by the first incarnation of Chili Chutney, at Jeronimo and El Toro. The restaurant is advertising two specials to get people in the door ... More >>
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a chat with Alain Senderens. Enjoy!
As Gustavo reported back in January, Judy Fleenor of Cafe Chiarini fame was planning to open a new restaurant called Crave on 4th Street in the former Tommy Pastrami space. The restaurant has now opened (actually, it opened about a month ago).
It's Friday ladies and gents, but before you go out and drink yourself to oblivion or find something more productive to do, let's take a look at this week in food. Edwin went to Two 40 South in Brea and experienced a wine fountain! I don't mean an actual fountain, which would really be in poor tast ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana spot makes fabulous Cuban cuisine
How fun are the vino-vending machines at the Brea bistro? Very!
I've been served by hundreds of waiters and waitresses over the course of five years as a food writer in Orange County. Most encounters are unremarkable for better or worse, and that's a sign of good service in my book. We once had such an inattentive waiter at the now-shuttered Carino's that I actu ... More >>
"Lakewood Village" is the type of quaint, planned downtown area that was originally built for the soccer moms and AARP members living in suburban Long Beach, but its orthopedic shoe store and secondhand book shop have become surrounded over the years by amenities for the rest of us. More specificall ... More >>
Up to now, the closest thing to a sushi bar you could get at Fashion Island was Hana Grill at the food court. Blue C Sushi will change this soon. It is a revolving sushi joint where the plates of sushi roll by on a conveyor belt, just as it does at all the other kaiten sushi restaurants in our count ... More >>
Chris Sarkissian is best known for a chain of pizza joints called Pepz. Learning about his new venture with Medii Kitchen, we realize this wasn't a cautious step forward, but more of a well-educated step back. We've got a lot of ground to cover in this week's On the Line.Your earliest food memory:My ... More >>
There is a social contract implied when you dine in a restaurant in this country. The social contract is pretty simple: "Don't be an ass." It shouldn't need to be said, really, but apparently restaurants are special places where manners aren't needed and you can act however you like.Anyone who's eve ... More >>
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit with Carme Ruscalleda, the renowned Catalan chef. Enjoy!
[Hole In the Wall] This sandwich spots makes old-school sandwiches
Noah Blom's latest restaurant, in Costa Mesa's OC Mix, is a throwback to a time when cooks used firewood and only firewood
Despite the prevalence of Louisiana Fried Chicken locations in Long Beach (a fact that continues to baffle me, as most are also under the same roof as a "Chinese food to go" establishments), there are few places that actually serve Louisiana-style soul food. BBQed meats slathered in sweet and spicy ... More >>
Ch-ch-ch-changes happen all the time in the restaurant industry. Chefs leave, and are replaced by someone with a vision more aligned with that of the establishment. Alfonso Ramirez helms the kitchen within Westin South Coast Plaza's fine-dining establishment, Pinot Provence. Where have you worked in ... More >>
For the voracious foodie, indecisive eater and social butterfly alike, Dishcrawl is for the first time spreading its bar-crawl-for-food concept to the eclectic restaurants of downtown Long Beach.On March 12, Dishcrawl reps will escort ticketholders to four locations across downtown's dining and ente ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana favorite makes homestyle Mexican food for abuelitas and families
The 2-month-old Orange restaurant gets awesomer by the day
Since the founding of Harvard back in the 1600, college students have always frequented the open-til-two or the 24-hour restaurants, whether it was grog they were seeking or ramen, either as a study break or after a long night of partying at the generic frat house. Six hours of sleep and under ha ... More >>
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit to Barcelona, where Sebastian Mazzola is making his name at 41°. Enjoy!
When a Total Wine & More store PR rep first contacted me about displaying things I like to drink in their adult beverage stores, I balked because, let's face it, who cares what a news and film blogger consumes? But when I discovered my old pal Greer Wylder of the Greer's OC dining, fashion and t ... More >>
Hello ladies and gents, let's take a look at this week in food... Edwin reviewed Taverna Blu, the new Greek restaurant in the Irvine Spectrum, and it seemed to prove that dining at the Spectrum has turned over a new leaf. Yum! Then he moved on to funny things and shared a story about Guy Fieri, and ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Fountain Valley restaurant is a Chinese-American classic
The Greek restaurant proves Irvine Spectrum's dining scene is not what it used to be
Ah, Guy Fieri, with the constant mocking of your hedgehog hair, that scorched-earth Pete Wells review, and people are going to your NYC restaurant ironically, it seems that you can't get a break. Perhaps you (or your company) shouldn't have neglected to register the domain name GuysAmericanKitchenan ... More >>
Read our interview with Steve Parker of The Tulsa Rib Company, Part One.And now, on to Part Two . . . .When you're not in the kitchen cooking, what are you doing?Training for triathlons, back packing and gardening. Unfortunately, training has gone downhill the last couple of months. I used to do Oly ... More >>
Michael's, which began as a very good fine dining Italian restaurant on Long Beach's Naples Island (and still is), is opening its third pizzeria today. This one is at Downtown Long Beach's Promenade. According to its Facebook, the mayor will be there for a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.
As he awaits final inspections for the new home of The Tulsa Rib Company, Steve Parker finds time to answer our questions. "We've had 32 years to get prepared," he says of the decision to move after so many years in the same Orange strip mall, "so we should be alright on it." Special thanks to Liz P ... More >>
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit to Luxembourg, where René Mathieu wows both royalty and commoners alike. Enjoy!
[Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim hookah lounge bests its competition with great food
The Vietnamese crepes at this Westminster restaurant are a worthy challenger to those at the venerable Van's Restaurant
Sometimes there is just that one family you look at and think, I wish I could be related to them. For a lot of us who watch cooking shows religiously, it's the Deen family. Bobby Deen is lucky enough to be part of that family and while it seems like they get along so famously while the cameras are r ... More >>
Gruff New Yorker attitudes don't last long on the laid-back, breezy streets of Long Beach, but there is always room for a cured-meat-filled, Italian-style sandwich with some East Coast sass. Signal Hill's Rocco's Deli Italiano just opened a second location in the East Village Arts District, and its ... More >>
If you haven't booked something by now, you're screwed. At least, that's what most people think. If you believe there needs to be roses and grand gestures of champagne and caviar on Thursday, you're wrong. Unless your someone special is that high maintenance, and then it's a Catch-22. Instead of the ... More >>
I am a gabacho. While I have many non-gabacho food-shopping habits (markets in Tijuana, an intimate familiarity with my local Northgate, a love for nopales, etc.), when time is of the essence, I resort to the dreaded White Folks Supermarket--you know, Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, et al.The problem is t ... More >>
We've made a list of great sandwiches, even devoted an entire issue of our dead tree edition to notable noodle dishes, but what about rice? We often take it for granted because, well, because it's rice. But rice is essential, rice is good, rice is the giver of life and what makes these next ten dish ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa deli is slowly introducing office drones to Korean cuisine
This Long Beach luxe lonchera settles down to become a great restaurant
The only cool thing about slaving all day at a computer buried inside one of the many faceless Irvine office parks is that one hour of freedom where you get to drive to the nearest retail corner and get a plastic plate full of fast casual ethnic food at lunch-special prices. In my glory days of boun ... More >>
Is it really the end of January? Well, if you're undecided on where to watch the Harbowl (since we shouldn't refer to the other name, per this article) this weekend, one joint has an answer.Savannah Chop House wants to fill your belly with two polar opposite options on Sunday. Take your pick between ... More >>
A server at a St. Louis Applebee's served a large party, which caused the restaurant's point-of-sale system to kick in an automated 18 percent tip.This didn't sit well with Pastor Alois Bell of Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church (what is it about certain churches that makes them string ... More >>
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