[Hey, You!] It's not just the burgers that make it special . . .
For concert-going foodies (or food-loving audiophiles, I guess), the existence of awesome late-night food joints is a matter of life or death. There's nothing like ending an evening of music with the opportunity to talk about how wonderful everything was and how it should still be going on right at ... More >>
Hello ladies and gents, sorry we missed you last week! Let's take a look at what happened this week in food... Edwin visited the darling Taco Maria at its new home in the OC Mix for his weekly review. Then he announced that Craftsman, a wood-fired pizza place, will be opening in Placentia, and a Wa ... More >>
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 >>
As I promised in an earlier post I did, here's an update on Bonefish Grill being built in Tustin Marketplace, the seafood-centric restaurant that's part of a chain that started in St. Peterburg, Florida and has gone to expand to 32 states. The Tustin location will be the first in California.
We were candid when admitting to Kerri that we had no idea The Yost even served food (You know, besides the deep-fried variety that goes so well with cocktails). Yet the more we got to know Minton, the more we realized just how her lifestyle revolves around food. Whether it's her edible garden or co ... More >>
I thought I knew my way around In-N-Out's secret menu. I can rattle off my custom order in 3.2 seconds. ("Cheeseburger, protein-style, no onions, chilis on the side. GO!") I've even memorized the almighty matrix. So hearing about this secret item pretty much blew my mind. Behold, the Monkey Style ... More >>
Take a lesson from Underbelly, a Houston restaurant and wine bar which was sent a cease-and-desist letter from In-N-Out when the burger giant discovered that they were using the trademarked term "Double Double" to describe their burgers. What did Underbelly do? Well, they ceased and desisted alright ... More >>
Calm. That's the vibe we get from chef Roy Hendrickson. Perched in the Shorebreak Hotel, Zimzala's bustling exhibition kitchen is between both lounge and dining room. But for our interview, we converse at a quiet table in the back before lunch service. With experience that includes stints at Sam's S ... More >>
Updated, with new information at the bottom...ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 10, 11 A.M. If there is one fast-food company that gets universally positive coverage, it's In-N-Out--hell, even anti-fast-food crusader Eric Schlosser praised their practices at the end of his epic Fast Food Nation (and how cool that ... More >>
The Habit Burger Grill, the slowly expanding Santa Barbara-based burger empire nipping at the heels of In-N-Out and Five Guys, has just opened in Huntington Beach, its sixth restaurant in Orange County. And now reader Mike has just noticed that it will also be taking over the Burger King at the corn ... More >>
McDonald's just isn't real food. So, it would make sense that something so fake, so artificial, and so full of preservatives would not be able to house mold. So, we at the OC Weekly, being as eager to jump on the McDonald's hating bandwagon as everyone else - decided to put this rumor to the test.
Just when we thought the "Gangnam Style" phenomenon couldn't reach any weird new heights (it's already been translated into Klingon and performed by a middle-aged mother), we stumble upon this.
To get Alessandro to sit still for our meeting was next to impossible. Somewhere between emails, planning the daily special (sea bass with a white wine sauce made with grapes in their garden), and coordinating the staff schedule, we went over the questionnaire. What was the first thing your Nonna Id ... More >>
One of the travails of becoming a vegan, as Ari Solomon has found, is that your choices are pretty limited at In-N-Out. The LA-based activist once enjoyed the chain's burgers but can no longer eat them. So in an attempt to make In-N-Out more vegetarian-friendly, he started a petition that calls for ... More >>
This bracket ain't fancy-schmancy, but it's got some great burgers worthy of your stomach space. (And some not-so-great ones.) Read on!
[Hole In the Wall] This Fountain Valley restaurant shows what happens when Vietnamese kids get into the burger business
This can't be a new idea--undoubtedly, the hot dog and hamburger combo has been cooked up by stoners before--but I can't ever recall a fast food chain putting America's two greatest meat products on the same bun.The restaurant is Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a Midwest chain whose sole ... More >>
You might remember the place as the short-lived Marmalade Cafe (though even that outlasted Pablo's) at The District in Tustin. Now the Red Robin chain has taken it over to give In-N-Out and Five Guys some burger competition.If you're thinking that this location is too close to the other Red Robin at ... More >>
Cincinnati's Foxy Shazam is in the middle of a busy 2012. They released their fourth LP, The Church of Rock and Roll. The glam rockers bounced around the major label circuit for years before landing on I.R.S./EMI in 2011 and are having their greatest success to date. Catching up with the band before ... More >>
There's a been a flurry of new restaurant activity in Surf City lately. I've noticed three to be exact. Here's a quick rundown:Pizza Lounge takes the place of a departed Beach Pit BBQ at 301 Main Street (Suite 107) and is the sister of the Pizza Lounge in Laguna Beach. Along with the usual sus ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] The East Bay transplant brings its luscious wieners as part of our wave of outside regional chains
In-N-OutSee that trademark logo? Anybody? Trademark lawyers for Irvine-based In-N-Out are busy folks. The iconic burger chain has spawned ripoffs across the world--and that means war. But the company is smart, and understands that where there's a clone, there's a hungry market. In response ... More >>
Courtesy Bailey BluesKristine Flaherty (better known by musical moniker K. Flay) isn't your average rapper-singer-songwriter. After graduating from Stanford with degrees in psychology and sociology, she decided to take her then-hobby of writing and performing music more seriously. Besides the occ ... More >>
George Makri's La Habra burger stand straddles the comfortable center between dives and boutiques
Serious EatsIn case you needed another reason to love In-N-Out . . .Putting customer service to the ultimate test, Serious Eats writer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt decided to order everything on the chain's secret menu in one visit. Here's how the cashier reacted:
Dallas and its people are in a hubbub over In-N-Out, scheduled to make its debut in Texas there soon. The March issue of D Magazine (that city's version of Orange Coast) even commissioned a lengthy piece by a certain local food writer who thinks they're God's gift to fast food that extolled the Irvi ... More >>
Flickr user Phillie CasablancaThe big story in the OC food world was the $5 million class-action lawsuit against Taco Bell alleging the chain sells fake beef, but other, better things happened this week. After the jump!
Flickr user bridgetdsI like the Lakers, but despise Kobe Bryant. Ron Artest? Total weirdo, which makes him a class act in my book. And now another reason to like him: another In-N-Out nut.
Taco Bell, Del Taco, In-N-Out, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.--the list of fast-food chains with headquarters in Irvine is among the largest in the country. They came to our land of plenty not just because of a friendlier business environment, but also because Southern California has always offered delive ... More >>
Edwin GoeiYou may have not realized it, but there was a long hard slog to get the In-N-Out that replaces Kaplan's Deli off the Harbor exit of the 405 approved through the proper authorities. It opens on Friday.As the Daily Pilot reports, "The approval process was lengthy, requiring both the ... More >>
Kids, here's some advice. The night of Thursday, Nov. 18 is a very good time to stay indoors. Police departments will conduct what they're calling the "largest-ever Orange County curfew sweeps." Cops in nearly every city--Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, ... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] Another local answer to Five Guys
flickr user Adam Kuban Find out how Five Guys measures up to In-N-Out and more of what you missed this week in Stick a Fork In It after the jump!
Edwin Goei In-N-OutThis week in Dueling Dishes: Washington D.C.-based Five Guys Burgers and Fries versus the home team, In-N-Out. A Five Guys opened in Orange last week, the first of many more planned for OC. If you've read about Five Guys anywhere, you won't go a few sentences without so ... More >>
Flickr user klaraThe cruel April Fool's joke notwithstanding, has an In-N-Out been installed in a former yogurt shop on 23rd and Park Avenue South?
Kimberly ValenzuelaWith the recent opening of Lazy Dog Cafe in the Irvine Marketplace--the chain's third OC location--word is spreading about the little chain of restaurants with rustic decor and an eclectic menu. The man behind the food at all Lazy Dog Cafes is Executive Chef Gabriel Caliendo. P ... More >>
Ah, the good old days. Fake cops, food trucks and In-N-Out price hikes, oh my!Get the scoop on what you missed this week in food after the jump.
Grace LeShitake Mushroom Burger Hamburgers: The classic all-American food of convenience... and ultimate vegetarian deterrent. If we've learned anything from Fast Food Nation, it's that eating too many of them is bad. Veggieburgers--not too great for you either, but, damn, can they hit the spot. ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Burger ConquestApril Fools jokes don't get funnier when the prankees are New Yorkers who have been famously jealous of our In-N-Out burger. Gothamist has the story of a few jokesters (affliated with CollegeHumor.com, it seems) who put up sings on a shuttered building annou ... More >>
Five GuysThat's right, the East Coast burger chain is expanding beyond its only LA-area locations in south LA County. According to the Fast Food Maven, Five Guys' first OC store is slated for Tustin Street and Katella Avenue in the city of Orange, with an anticipated opening date of April 1.Five ... More >>
The booze-up, held at Irvine Lake from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature the county's best breweries, plus domestic and international brands, including ones from Hawai'i, Brazil and, of course, Belgium. Look out for The Bruery (from Placentia), TAPS (Brea), Bootlegger's Brewery (Fullerton) and the ... More >>
The survey from the "burgundy bible" rates this duo the best fast-food coffee and most popular fast-food mega-chain, respectively. Which makes me wonder if the reviewers--more than 6,000 of them, who visited more than 100 chains across the country--are living in a parallel universe. One in which Sta ... More >>
According to the Daily Pilot, In-N-Out wants to put up a 65-foot freeway sign at the site of where Kaplan's Deli used to be; right off the Harbor exit from the 405.The Costa Mesa Planning Commission doesn't like that idea so much. They denied In-N-Out's request. Next, the burge ... More >>
Great bar food should be the rule, not the exception. Important, but often overlooked, on the spectrum of gastronomic delights is the pairing of a great beer with a great (and specific) specialty bar food item: a burger, thick, salty fries, fish and chips, fried calamari, onion rings...You get the p ... More >>
It's all about the grilled onions. I decided to end a day of puttering around my apartment by getting some air and taking my Sunday Times up the street to the In-N-Out Burger on the corner of PCH and 2nd in Long Beach. For whatever reason, I was in a grilled onion mood for my Double Double, except ... More >>
In-N-Out, one of the best chains in history is celebrating its 60th anniversary tomorrow. This Southern California original always amazes me in that during the 60-years it's been cooking, quality or service hasn't declined. Also, there's the consistency. No gimmicky items such as a pastrami or gu ... More >>
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He hates Commies, loves Double-Doubles
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