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    October 30, 2014

    Capital Noodle Bar: Ni Hao, Hainan

    The last time I had a perfect plate of Hainan chicken rice, it was in Singapore at some random hawker center I probably couldn't locate now if you gave me a map. Other than Savoy Kitchen in Alhambra, the undisputed king of Hainan chicken rice in Southern California, I've found very few restaurants h ... More >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 12, 2014

    The "World's Hottest Chile" Served At Clay Oven in Irvine

    Remember a few years when the Bhut Jolokia (a.k.a. the Ghost Pepper) was purported to be the hottest chile in the world? Well not so much anymore. It's not even in the top 5 these days. Depending on what you read or who you believe, the current hottest chile pepper in the world is either the Trinida ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

  • 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

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    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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    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 >>

  • 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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    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

  • Food

    January 30, 2014

    BLK Burgrz: Kobe, Or Not Kobe

    This Ladera Ranch restaurant does Kobe-grade beef burgers right, but for a price

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    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

    Kolache Factory Is Czech-Mex

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

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    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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

  • Food

    October 3, 2013

    The Cheese Shop: Frontin' for Fromage

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa store at the OC Mix stocks great cheeses and even better sandwiches

  • Food

    August 29, 2013

    Sausage Party In Orange County!

    Mattern Deli, LinX and all the other places to get a banger (and a green chorizo and longanisa and bratwurst) in your mouth

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Mustard's

    Southern California is the land of the hamburger, an American foodstuff that has seen gourmet and street versions battle it out for decades and left the equally as all-American hot dog to wallow in its bacon-wrapped solitude. Forgetting the L.A.-reclaimed Sonora dog or the recent attempts to overs ... More >>

  • Food

    July 18, 2013

    Raise a Toast to Cortina's

    Eat a sandwich or five at this Orange deli while the original Anaheim location rebuilds from a fire

  • Food

    July 11, 2013

    Pagolac Is a Big Fish in a Smaller Pond

    The venerable restaurant moves its famous seven courses of beef to a smaller, though not necessarily better, location

  • Food

    July 4, 2013

    No Shrimp On the Barbie At Pie-Not

    Have a meat pie and lamingtons at this Costa Mesa joint, the true ambassador of Australian food to our county!

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    June 26, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Pee & Gee Fish Market

    Few strip malls in Long Beach have more cultural significance than the one on the southeast corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. It is here where Snoop Dogg filmed his "What's My Name" music video and where hip hop fans for decades have flocked to take their picture unde ... More >>

  • Food

    June 20, 2013

    Gyutan Tsukasa's Tongue-on-Tongue Action

    What's that sizzling on the smoky grill in Mitsuwa Marketplace? Why, it's beef tongue!

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    May 29, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Mosher's Gourmet

    The West Coast might not be able to compete with New York on Jewish deli's, but as a native Angeleno, it's still been hard to get used to lunches in Long Beach without a good one around. You know, the places that are always named with a possessive (Canter's, Langer's, etc.) and serve pastrami on rye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: On Broadway

    In today's fancy food world of duck fat fries and $15 casual chain burgers, a simple, cheap sandwich shop is a welcome respite. Hand-sliced meats, fresh vegetables and a baked-this-morning French roll are all that's needed to make this girl swoon, but On Broadway--located in an unassuming corner sto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Valenza Chocolatier Making Things Sweeter In Costa Mesa

    We stepped into a kitchen space known as The Hood (conveniently located down the street from our offices) for a ribbon cutting. This commercial rental space is now the home of Amy Jo Pedone. Her chocolate journey began with the passing of her dear cousin to ovarian cancer. Despite her finance degree ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Vegan Pizza Opens in Garden Grove

    If Pizza & Chicken Love Letter wins the prize for the most fanciful pizzeria name, the new Vegan Pizza would win for the most no-nonsense. Vegan Pizza serves, you guessed it, vegan pizzas. It just opened in Garden Grove and claims to be the first vegan pizzeria in Orange County. As far as I know ... More >>

  • Food

    April 11, 2013

    Taco Nazo: OC's LA Fish Taco Cousin

    This La Habra restaurant sells great fish tacos straight outta La Puente

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    April 2, 2013

    On The Line: Joe Martin of Masterlink Sausage, Part One

    We admit it. We expected Joe and Mike to be much older. Instead, we were greeted by a couple of business-savvy guys who are not only knowledgeable, but happen to name drop a few of our former subjects. Hardcore since '64, this specialty company produces over 84 types of smoked sausage and meat produ ... More >>

  • Food

    March 28, 2013

    Michael's Pizzeria Bar Exam

    Sit at the bar to watch your pizzas being made at its new location in downtown Long Beach

  • Food

    March 7, 2013

    Tony's Deli Sits at the Crossroads of Anaheim

    [Hole In the Wall] This sandwich spots makes old-school sandwiches

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    February 13, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Rocco's Deli Italiano

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Tortilla Tuesdays: La Tortilla Factory

    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 >>

  • Food

    December 20, 2012

    The Attic: Old Folks At Home

    The Long Beach gem serves great Southern fare in a creaky Craftsman house

  • Food

    November 8, 2012

    Surah Korean BBQ & Sushi Will Put You on a Beef Bender

    The Buena Park restaurant's all-you-can-eat meat feast is not for the weak-willed or of the partly full stomach

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    November 2, 2012

    Dave's Case For Proposition 37!

    Proposition 37, the Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Food Act, is one of the more controversial items on this Tuesday's election slate; the whole foods movement and a whole slew of chefs and food industry people support it, and the "no" side is funded by large companies like Monsanto a ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Porky's BBQ (and Muggie's Chicken and Biscuits)

    Going to high school in the suburban San Fernando Valley is a terribly lonely adventure and so I often took the Blue Line down to Long Beach to visit friends. One day, we hopped on a bus down to Redondo Avenue, following a local rumor floating around that said Snoop Dogg's mom had opened a soul food ... More >>

  • Food

    August 30, 2012

    Danger Dawgs: Bacon-Wrapped Bueno

    [Hole In the Wall] Kathy Hernandez runs this Costa Mesa cart solo

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    August 21, 2012

    Tortilla Tuesday: Flour Tortillas at Rubalcava's Market AKA Best Flour Tortillas in Southern California

    In the borderlands, a flour tortilla is sacramental, holy, filling, the true daily bread: fluffy, filling, thick, pliable, toothsome love. In Southern California? Universally, shit.I've eaten tortillas my entire life, and the flour versions have only been consumed out of necessity for quesadillas (d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Game of Burgers: Fast Food Fiefdom, First Round!

    Sorry, ladies and germ: I really wanted to do as thorough a Game of Burgers first-round review as possible, but the news side of my life has occupied the past couple of days. Instead of being completely thoughtful, I'll try to be succinct, and offer my thoughts.One thing I do want to explain: the ov ... More >>

  • Food

    July 19, 2012

    Roe Your Boat to Roe Restaurant

    McKenna's former chef opens a new seafood restaurant on Belmont Shore

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    June 21, 2012

    On the Line: Greg Pugliese of Pizza e Vino, Part Three

    The second concept in the works was previously written up by Niyaz. Pizzeria Solo in Yorba Linda will feature 10 classic pizzas, plus a full kitchen to accommodate an extended menu of chicken, steak and fish entrees. We're crossing our fingers that both joints will launch by end of the year.Greg inf ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    The New York Pizza Faktory Joins OC's Burgeoning Halal Scene

    The thought of eating an oozingly delicious all-halal BBQ chicken pizza at another restaurant besides Anaheim's San Giovanni's Pizza seemed blasphemous at first, but the more (halal) pizza, the merrier, right? The New York Pizza Faktory has opened its second location in Tustin, after having well-est ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    On the Line: Greg Pugliese of Pizza e Vino, Part One

    Greg should be the unofficial city ambassador for San Clemente. Not only does he reside there and prefers the beach, but he enjoys dining close to home. And why not? Greg shares stories of his mom's insane cookie-making skills, and we discuss two more concepts the owner has in the works. More on tho ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    On the Line: Jonathan Eng of Le Pain Quotidien, Part One

    Le Pain Quotidien has been around since 1990, but took its own sweet time arriving in Orange County. They transplanted Jonathan Eng from New York's Bleeker Street bakery to helm the daily breadmaking last autumn. Hungry to explore his dining options beyond Fashion Island, we meet up to recharge over ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    10 Great Chicken Dishes in Orange County (and Long Beach)

    There are lot of chicken dishes out there and I have only ten slots on this list. So I picked out my faves using my own unscientific criteria of what constitutes a chicken dish, ruling out others because chicken wasn't the star. What remains are dishes where I felt America's favorite poultry got top ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    10 Great Sandwiches in Orange County

    For this list of things eaten between two slices of bread, I've limited it to those that couldn't possibly be mistaken for a hot dog or a burger (thank goodness we already did those lists). Even then, the problem with these 10 listicles is that I still had to cut out a great many sandwiches for spac ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    DNA Tests of Fish Served In LA and OC Finds Rampant Mislabeling

    That snapper you just ate? Chances are it wasn't snapper. According to a study just released by the non-profit advocacy group Oceana, in 34 samples they tested from sushi bars, restaurants, and markets in LA and OC, none of them were actually snapper. 

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