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Huong Giang

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    October 3, 2012

    No. 9: Farmers Market Feast at Anais

    Everyone talks about eating more simply, more healthfully. Everyone talks about going to the farmers market and eating more fruits and vegetables. Then they go to restaurants and get fried meat, fried potatoes, fried fried fried, and fruit only in syrup mode.Gross.It's different on Sunday evenings, ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    No. 10: Tortilla de Patatas At Ole Spain Delishop

    We love our breakfast morning, noon and night. Hot meals consisting of eggs and potatoes are always welcome, so when we were introduced to one dish in particular, it was love at first bite.Noticed by Niyaz back at number 30, we were pleased by Ole Spain's cuisine. Their tapas and bocatas seem unassu ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    No. 18: Meyer Lemon And Honey Duck Wings From St. Roy Chef's Pub At VINE

    Wings are easy to prepare, but difficult to make memorable. I mean, how much ghost chili can one douse before there are no more stupid daring appetites left to burn? An appetizer with its own handle is coveted--even more so since it already comes sauced! Unless they are true wings, you'll likely fin ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    No. 22: Fried Bologna Slider At The Burnt Truck

    With everyone else going back to school, we're reminded of that cliquish time of day known as lunch hour. Deli combos, vending machines and the occasional candy gram were standard diet. By college, we were SO over cold cuts and mayo. Anything that resembled a sandwich was avoided. We had all but ban ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    No. 26: Suckling Pig Dinner at Haven Gastropub

    Culinarily-speaking, there are few things that make you feel as caveman/badass as digging into a whole animal. But there just aren't many places in OC going whole hog in the kitchen. One local place that does is Haven Gastropub, which, with their suckling pig dinners provide quite the feast, fi ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    No. 29: Calamari at Three Seventy Common

    In my circle of friends, calamari for the table is a must. Because of this little tradition, I've seen my way around more than a few plates of crunchy squid bits.It's fairly standard from place to place; you can almost always assume you've ordered a pile of fried seafood with tartar and cocktail sau ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    No. 43: Cola Braised Pork at Haven Gastropub

    It might be fair to say that the chefs at Haven Gastropub have a hard-on for pork. Witness Haven's roasted whole-hog parties. Witness their participation in last weekend's Pig Out 1.0. Witness also their Cola-Braised Pork with Smoked Creamed Sweet Corn.

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    August 10, 2012

    No. 45: Any Sandwich from Paninoteca Maggio

    We are now more than halfway through our march toward our favorite dishes in Orange County. It's run the gamut from Japanese to Mexican, from American comfort food to post-Ramadan fast food. When we get to the end, you'll know it's time to go pick up your free copy of this year's Best Of issue i ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    No. 46: Any Vegetable Platter at Tana Ethiopian

    We are now more than halfway through our march toward our favorite dishes in Orange County. It's run the gamut from Japanese to Mexican, from American comfort food to post-Ramadan fast food. When we get to the end, you'll know it's time to go pick up your free copy of this year's Best Of issue i ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    No. 48: Comida Corrida at Lindo Michoacán No. 2

    We are now more than halfway through our march toward our favorite dishes in Orange County. It's run the gamut from Japanese to Mexican, from American comfort food to post-Ramadan fast food. When we get to the end, you'll know it's time to go pick up your free copy of this year's Best Of issue i ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    No. 49: Gordita de Tinga at El Rincón Chilango

    We are now more than halfway through our march toward our favorite dishes in Orange County. It's run the gamut from Japanese to Mexican, from American comfort food to post-Ramadan fast food. When we get to the end, you'll know it's time to go pick up your free copy of this year's Best Of issue in da ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    No. 50: Lobster Waffle at Bruxie

    Novelty first drew me to Bruxie. Waffle sandwiches were exciting, let alone the prospect of eating a cheeseburger waffle. But even that works here--even with syrup. Pretty much anything they throw into that bent, golden slab of crosshatched goodness is most always going to taste fantastic.Braised sh ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    No. 51: The Scone at Coffee, Tea and Tulips

    Whether you're at Coffee, Tea and Tulips for a fancy-ass tea service, or just regular ol' breakfast or lunch, "Moody Chef" Michael Samawi's lengthy menu can be difficult to navigate. American, British, French and Middle Eastern fare all appear, so once you think you know what to order, something els ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    No. 52: Huarache de Carnitas at El Paraiso

    A meal at El Paraiso feels as if you're a guest in someone's home. The same staff is always there and always hard at work in this Salvadorian kitchen no matter what time of day, forming pupusas, shredding cabbage for curtido and pouring steaming bowls of caldo. Hardly a lick of English is spoken in ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    No. 53, Chivito at Puerto Madero

    I struggled with which of my two favorite dishes at Puerto Madero to feature on this list first, though both undoubtedly deserve a place on this year's 100 Favorite Dishes. You'll have to wait a little longer to see what bested the remarkable Chivito, but for now, let's talk sandwiches. Of the ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    No. 55, French Toast at Starling Diner

    Our humble rag anointed Starling Diner's French toast as the "Best French Toast" a few years ago, but it was a category we created specifically for it--there were no other candidates. To see it for the first time will permanently alter your definition of French toast. First, it's broiled, not fried ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    No. 57, Gudeg at Indo Ranch

    If you're lucky enough to see gudeg at Indo Ranch, one of a handful of OC Indonesian restaurants (and I use that term very lightly here), it will be offered without rice. Indo Ranch's version is close to perfect despite missing the beef rinds in the sambal...that is if you even know what I'm talking ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    No. 59, Live Amaebi at Sushi Imari

    If you fancy yourself a sushi purist, you, too, might have dismissed Sushi Imari as a roll-peddler, an entity that would initially appear so diametrically opposed to the respected raw fish masters at Sushi Shibucho and Sushi Wasabi that it becomes like comparing a graffiti artist to Michelangelo and ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    No. 61, Olive Tree's Iftar

    Today marks the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month where the sons and daughters of Ishmael fast throughout the day, then stuff themselves silly on the iftar, the traditional meal that starts with the eating of a date and gets better from there. Most Little Arabia restaurants offer specials, but ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    No. 60, Any Burrito from Dos Chinos

    Earlier this month, Google's Venice Beach offices invited me to do a book signing for my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. They asked me if I wanted to bring up a luxe lonchera, and I asked that they invite Dos Chinos, since a lot of my speech would focus on the fusion aspect. And beside ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    No. 62, Sonoran Dog at Rubalcava's

    Roland Rubalcava has been doing great meals over at his family's market in Placentia, playing around with Mexican favorites while ensuring they do what Mexican food does best: comfort you like an abuelita while enticing you for more like a mujer from Los Altos de Jalisco. It's all great, but what re ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    No. 63, Sizzling Hiramasa Sashimi at The Catch

    If I'm at the Catch, I'm eating seafood and/or steaks--maybe a burger, if I don't need to impress anyone and want to pig out. But regardless of entree, my appetizer is always the same: the Sizzling Hiramasa Sashimi, a flowery title for a dish that skips across culture like the city in which it's mad ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    No. 65, Crispy Pork Belly from Lucca Cafe

    If there are two tastes our team has trouble denying, it's foie and pork. Especially pork, in all its glorious forms. Lucca Cafe's Cathy Pavlos floats our boat with this meal teaser, which we featured back in February. We suggest sitting down before our pork belly play-by-play.Coddled more than any ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    No. 66, French Toast with Bacon at Flurries Shaved Snow Bar

    The pairing of certain items may be unnatural: peanut butter & jelly in a burger, pizza bagels, Ric Ocasek and Paulina Porizkova, etc. Experimental dessert places take it to another level with what they're willing to try. Along the perimeter city of Cypress, one business wants to conjure up memo ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    No 67, The Venetian Roll at Sushi at The Venetian Gentleman's Club

    Yes, we went to the second floor of a gentleman's club in Anaheim looking for sushi. We weren't quite sure what to expect after paying cover, because seriously-- it was raw fish in a joint Magic Mike would likely frequent on his nights off. Yet we trusted our instincts and kept an open mind.Prop ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    No. 68, Okaki Asparagus at Hamamori

    With everyone's love of all foods with a face, sometimes we need to remind ourselves that good eats can be dug up from the veggie patch. So when we think of a mean, green snack worthy of our countdown, there's one obvious answer-- and it's even featured on a happy hour menu.Across the Bridge of Gard ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    No. 69, The "Fried Egg" at Eat Chow

    Nicknamed "the most important meal of the day", we consider breakfast the tastiest. Eggs, pork products, hash browns and waffles. . . .what's not to love? We have ours with coffee or orange juice. The uppity mix in bubbly and call it a mimosa. Its mass appeal satisfies the heartiest of appetites. An ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    No. 72. Pig Snout at Tacos & Carnitas Sahuayo

    The long-stewed trompa, pig snout, is hands-down one of my favorite discoveries of the past year. Trompa is such a rare thing to find in Orange County's taquerías that Gustavo and I both rushed down to sample the menu within the first two weeks that Tacos Y Carnitas Sahuayo had opened for business.

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    July 5, 2012

    No. 71. Chicken Ramen at Jinya Ramen Bar

    Surprise, long-time readers! Ramen makes it in to my 100 favorites list again this year. But this time, it's from Costa Mesa newcomer Jinya Ramen Bar, and their chicken ramen is a phenomenal, left-field version.

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    July 3, 2012

    No. 73. Kale and Mushroom Flatbread at 320 Main

    Flatbreads became trendy at some point after gastropubs embedded themselves in the culinary zeitgeist. A old-school pub can proudly serve a cheeseburger and pizza, but a gastropub must raise the stakes with a grass-fed porterhouse burger and flatbread. Still, many high-concept gastropubs make a sod ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    No. 74. Congee at King Lobster Palace

    Rice porridge is one of those breakfast foods Asian moms make when you're feeling under the weather. My mom did, anyway -- YAMMMV (your Asian mom mileage may vary). The best local version is served in Orange's King Lobster Palace.  Congee is what the Cantonese version is called, and you'll ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    No. 75, Fish and Chips at Slapfish

    From now until OC Weekly's Best Of issue comes out, Stick a Fork In It will be counting down one hundred of our favorite dishes in the county--one dish we think you should be eating each day until the magnum opus is published.

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    June 28, 2012

    No. 76, Fries at Playground

    From now until OC Weekly's Best Of issue comes out, Stick a Fork In It will be counting down one hundred of our favorite dishes in the county--one dish we think you should be eating each day until the magnum opus is published.

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    June 27, 2012

    No. 77, Carne en Su Jugo at La Cocina de Mi Abuelita

    From now until OC Weekly's Best Of issue comes out, Stick a Fork In It will be counting down one hundred of our favorite dishes in the county--one dish we think you should be eating each day until the magnum opus is published.

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    June 26, 2012

    No. 78, S'mores at Ti Amo Biscotti & More

    From now until OC Weekly's Best Of issue comes out, Stick a Fork In It will be counting down one hundred of our favorite dishes in the county--one dish we think you should be eating each day until the magnum opus is published.

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    June 22, 2012

    No. 80, Bulgogi and Potato Pizza at Chicken & Pizza Love Letter

    Even T.G.I. Friday's sells Korean short rib tacos these days, so it's not really a surprise that someone, somewhere would put bulgogi on a pizza, too. Chicken & Pizza Love Letter, hidden in a corner of the maze-like H Mart, is known for their super-crunchy, massive chicken wings, but it's a surp ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    No. 81, Braised Bacon at Break of Dawn

    Any Break of Dawn regular goes through phases with Chef Dee Nguyen's diverse offerings. I first obsessed over the tempura eggs before flirting with various other options: the cinnamon roll, sausage and rice, breakfast skillet, benedict, and kabocha squash soup with spring rolls for dipping. My ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    No. 82, Cake Donut at Cream Pan

    For the most part, a donut is a donut is a donut. Exceptions do exist--the fruit-stuffed catcher's mitt that is the strawberry donut at Glendora's Donut Man or the crazy creations at Portland's Voodoo Doughnut come to mind--but at first glance, there's not much that differentiates one chocolate twis ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    No. 83, Bistec de Pollo at Mercado El Rey

    It's perennially summer in Orange County, so it's important to never overlook one essential item on the cookout list: marinated meat. The carne asada at Carlos Market in Santa Ana gets a bath in sweet and citric Sunny Delight, and the Meat House's "house" seasoning is better than the Montreal s ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    No. 84, The Rhino at Rancho a Go Go

    BBQ is universally known as knock-you-out fare, but Rancho a Go Go truck's monstrosity The Rhino takes that statement to new heights. Grab a friend or two, throw caution and cholesterol concerns to the wind, and prepare to get your ass kicked by a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with a softball-size ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    No. 85, Cabernet Brownies at Blackmarket Bakery

    We've been imbibing on vino long before beer. Or even coffee, for that matter. And we've had a love affair with brownies since we first cracked open a Duncan Hines box. So it was instant attraction between us and the line of Cabernet brownies at Blackmarket Bakery in Irvine.Dessert doesn't do as muc ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    No. 87, Polenta Board at CUCINA Enoteca

    A memorable meal can be layered in flavor or simple in taste. In the case of our polenta board, it leans towards the latter. The fewer the components, the more a kitchen focuses on precise execution. Call it the In-N-Out school of thought: When an item is made well, it need not be fussy nor possess ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    No. 88, The Falafel Taco at Taco Asylum

    Pausing to allow for blasphemous screams, we learned of such atypical filling from the sister of the guy who imagined it. Giving some credit where it's due: Sean in the Asylum kitchen is partly responsible for mass quantities of prep work towards this creation. Previously a limited-time special, the ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    No. 89, Wagon-Wheel Bread at THE RANCH Restaurant

    While we're not the first to reach for the bread basket when waiting for dinner, this EDC-esque carb form has us mesmerized with its many spokes for varying tastes. Crafted specially for the dining room at THE RANCH in Anaheim, it rolls over any comparable chews we reckon in this county.A collaborat ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    No. 90, Toothpick Tacos at Mexico Supermarket

    Forget the Korean taco, Seabirds' avocado taco, even the Choco Taco: the most interesting taco in Orange County right now are the suckers above, which come directly to you from the late 1940s, when the crispy taco ruled America but taco fryers had yet to become popular and thus cooks fried them by c ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    No. 91, Hoppin' John at Memphis at the Santora

    Memphis can occupy many spots on this list, and we might just give 'em a couple of more--but on my end, I vow to only include the Hoppin' John on my part of this Long March, if only because I think it's their most unappreciated dish. You've had the gumbo, the soul burger, the po'boy, and all their o ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    No. 92, Free Beans and Chips at Taqueria Zamora

    If you're a Mexican restaurant in the United States, it's almost mandatory that you give customers complimentary chips and salsa--more so than, say, featuring a sleeping Mexican as a mascot. Some places fry the chips fresh and make the salsa, but most let Tostitos and Herdez do the duty. Sometimes, ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    No. 93, Pig in a Blanket Waffle with Gringo Bandito at Cafe Calacas

    Recently, the esteemed Café Calacas introduced a breakfast menu to join their list of Chicano-fied sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. The breakfast burritos are delicious; the breakfast sandwiches, fine. But it's with the humble waffle where husband-wife owners Rudy and Jackie Cordova are beginning ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    No. 94, "Pork Hash" at Huong Giang

    Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Now, on with the program...It's just two bites, if that, the compressed ham-habanero-daikon treat wrapped inside a banana leaf and sold three for 50 cents at Huong Giang in Litt ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Huong Giang Is Hue Great

    [Hole In the Wall] This Little Saigon standard excels with the dishes of Central Vietnam

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