Jason Quinn

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    August 9, 2013

    This Week In Food: Tootsie Ice Cream, Nacho Burgers, and Cocktails FTW!

    Hello food round-up readers, I've missed you so. Our Mexican-in-Chief returns to us next week so you can look forward to more of his usual rabble-rousing on the food blog again. Until then, let's take a look at this past week... Edwin visited H20 Sushi & Izakaya at The Triangle in Costa Mesa, and i ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Tijuana Si!, Edwin Goei Win First Place At The OC Press Club Awards

    On Monday night, your favorite Orange County rag slaughtered at the OC Press Club Awards, winning more hardware than we could carry. (By the way, check out our own Taylor Hamby in an OC Weekly gown stat). And wouldya guess who won first place in the Best Food Blog category? Drumroll ... Dave Lieberm ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Notes, Quotes and Observations from Last Night's "Mad Meat Men" Bird Finale at Picnics in Costa Mesa

    With apologies to the dearly missed former Orange County Register sports columnist Randy Youngman, notes, quotes, and observations from last night's game fowl extravaganza at Picnics Kitchen in Costa Mesa hosted by the Mad Meat Men.*Fucking Dave, I swear: fucking mensch! Unlike me, he's not a shamel ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    The Playground To Stop Serving Lunch

    The Playground's kitchen staff is a tiny team that does it all--invent recipes, shop for ingredients, prep, cook, taste, repeat. But it seems that they are simply not finding enough hours in a day. The restaurant announced via Facebook that it will be discontinuing lunch service. Its final lunc ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Clay Oven, the Pop-Up Place: This Time, Seabirds

    Clay Oven has played host to a few pop-up restaurants recently, usually with cutesy names ("Play Oven" for the Jason Quinn pop-up), but tonight's "Clay Birds" seems like an obvious match: the ladies from Seabirds will be teaming up with Chef Geeta Bansal to cook two seatings' worth of Indian-inspire ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    An "Invitation Only" Restaurant Addendum To The Playground Revealed

    Before you say it, yes, we do tend to write a lot about Jason Quinn's The Playground. It just seems to happen that way, because; 1) Gosh darn it, we like it and...2) They keep doing blog-worthy things.Now there's a planned addendum, which is effectively a NEW restaurant altogether. Here's the scoop, ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    No. 28: Lunch at Playground

    You'd think there would be a lot of food choices in an area as concentrated with workers and residents as Downtown SanTana, but you'd be wrong. Good Mexican is out of the question, you can only eat so many arepas at Mil Jugos or Soul Burgers at Memphis before you're all doughy inside, and the Crosby ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Seabirds Will Team Up With Clay Oven In September Pop-Up

    After the pop-up with Jason Quinn at The Playground tonight, Chef Geeta Bansal of Clay Oven will team up with Jason Quinn's fellow Great Food Truck Race alum, Stephanie Morgan of Seabirds.

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    August 7, 2012

    Jason Quinn Hosts A Burger Eating Challenge, Featuring A 'Shit-Ton Of Foie'

    What foie gras ban? This Saturday, Aug. 11, the bird is back at The Playground in Santa Ana, where Jason Quinn will be assembling a beast of burger for 10 brave guests. The Shut The Duck Up Burger will feature a doubled version of the famed, off-the-menu Playground burger--Wagyu chuck and dry-a ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Five Ways to Beat Jason Quinn at the OC Fair Culinary Competition on Aug. 9

    So you know by now that this coming Thursday, August 9, I'll be facing off against chef Jason Quinn of Playground at the OC Fair's Pro Chef vs. Home Cook competition. The idea is sort of a mixture of Chopped and Iron Chef America, where we'll get access to a common pantry and have to incorporate a b ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    The Playground & Clay Oven Team Up To Do "Play Oven" Pop-Up

    It was two years ago that Jason Quinn, now famous (or is it infamous?) for his downtown Santa Ana restaurant The Playground, did his first interview here on this very blog. At the time, when I asked him "What cuisine that you are unfamiliar with would you want to learn more about and why?" he said: ... More >>

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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 20, 2012

    My Friend Went To The Playground's $130 Farewell to Foie Gras Dinner (And All I Got Were These Pictures And a Story)!

    A co-worker came up to me late yesterday all excited. "Tonight's the night!" he said, practically jumping up and down. Puzzled, I asked what the hell he was talking about. After some playful ribbing where he questioned my food guy street cred for not knowing, he told me. He was going to The Playgrou ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Web Extra: In the Kitchen With the Playground's Jason Quinn

    ​This week's cover boy is Jason Quinn, the hell-raising chef of the Playground in downtown Santa Ana. We spent a day in the kitchen with 25-year-old Quinn and his "ragtag team of dedicated lunatics." Read the story here and check out this video filmed by Kevin Lara and edited by CJ Mille ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Ten Great Burgers in Orange County

    Kevin Lara / OC WeeklySt. Roy Chef's Pub... a worthy stop.​If there's any list of these "Best Of Best Of Best Of" items that's likely to engender bitter debate, it's this one. Burgers inspire more debate than any other food we write about, mostly because everyone in Orange County, even those with ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Jason Quinn to Open Fancy Restaurant in Downtown Santa Ana

    ​Ever walked through the pedestrian plaza on Second Street between Sycamore and Broadway? You walk past the Gypsy Den and Memphis, then Lola Gaspar and the soon-to-open Road Less Traveled and Belly Sprout stores, and then, on your left . . . scaffolding and an indescribably ugly fence closing off ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    This Week In Food: Starbucks Supports Gay Marriage, Craft Cocktail Bar Etiquette, RIP Valhalla Table

    ​Makes your arteries harden just looking at it, doesn't it? Find out what the heck this is and more in this week's edition of what happened on the blog this week!

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    January 26, 2012

    The Playground Is the Brotherhood of the Purple Pants

    'The Great Food Truck Race 2' co-winner Jason Quinn opens his long-awaited restaurant

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    January 24, 2012

    Jason Quinn Called "Hot-Headed" By KCAL 9 News Report

    ​Readers of this blog should now be familiar with Jason Quinn's expletive-fueled and "Burn in hell" retort to an unhappy customer on Yelp. But what may have sounded like an ill-advised move last week is now looking like it could be a boon for the restaurant...that is, if you believe that there's n ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Jason Quinn Lets Everyone At Playground "Burn In Hell"

    ​Last week, Jason Quinn's response to a Yelper who wrote a negative review of his Santa Ana restaurant, Playground, caused quite a scene. Chefs respond negatively to negative reviews (shocking!) all the type, but they don't normally tell people to burn in hell.When the proverbial fit hit the shan, ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Watch The Seabirds Rock This Lipdub Video

    ​We submit for your consideration the air-guitaring, crotch-grabbing girls of the Seabirds Truck in what's possibly the first American lipdub video by a restaurant. If the Academy had a category for Best Lipdub by a Luxe-Lonchera, they'd walk away with a golden trophy. If you scour the interwebs, ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    This Week In Food: Japanese Video Game Food, Doritos Invented At Disneyland? & Sex In Exchange for McNuggets

    Mmm...brains...​As always, each week we bring you tales of the weird, wacky and delicious (see above). Here's your handy guide to the awesomeness we brought you this week!

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    January 17, 2012

    Jason Quinn to Yelp Reviewer: 'Burn in Hell'

    ​In the earlier days of Yelp, restaurant owners had to sit on their hands as amateur critics weighed in on their businesses, spewing out reviews that were sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes completely unfair. Now they get to respond, whether by thanking folks for coming in, apologizing to th ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Slapfish Truck to Open Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Let's count 'em, shall we? OC food-truck chefs who went brick-and-mortar: There was Hop Phan of Dos Chinos a few months ago, then the folks at the Tropical Shave Ice Truck. Most recently, Jason Quinn of the Lime Truck opened his Playground in Santa Ana, with fellow Great Fo ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    First Look: Playground

    Playground's duck rillettes​Jason Quinn's new restaurant, Playground, opened a couple of weeks ago on la Cuatro, near the Yost Theatre. Originally conceived as a high-end burger-and-beer bar à la Burger Parlor, Quinn revamped the concept to allow him and his staff a little more creativity in the ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Seabirds Brick-and-Mortar to Open in Downtown Santa Ana

    ​The Chase family's controversial rebranding of the Fiesta Marketplace as the East End Promenade caused a lot of hand-wringing and angry words from people who've accused downtown Santa Ana of pandering to hipsters and gentrifiers. Well, we've got a new idea: just call it "Great Food Truck Race" al ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    This Week In Food: The Simpsons Takes On Gastroculture, Marshmallow Vodka and Bruxie II

    Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox​ Behold: our weekly round up of all that is good in the foodie-sphere this week. Read what you missed or want to relive after the jump!

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    November 9, 2011

    Playground, Jason Quinn's New Restaurant, to Open Nov. 18

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyEventually one of us lazy louts will go east of Main to snap a photo​Jason Quinn--Lime Truck homeboy, kitchen badass and local luxe-lonchera hero--has announced the opening date for his new downtown Santa Ana restaurant, Playground. Located in the Fiesta Marketplace E ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Interview With Daniel Shemtob of The Lime Truck on Winning The Great Food Truck Race

    Jason Quinn and Daniel Shemtob in a photo by Christopher Victorio​The Lime Truck boys Daniel Shemtob, Jason Quinn and Jesse Brockman were victorious last Sunday, winning the competition and earning the $100,000 grand prize. We caught Shemtob for a short chat and though he's mum on that whole Koril ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Did The Lime Truck Win The Great Food Truck Race?

    ​Last night's Great Food Truck Race finale was a satisfying as these kind of shows can get, as the last two trucks, Hodge Podge and The Lime Truck, rolled into Miami for their last elimination challenge. There would be no Truck Stop, host Tyler Florence announced, at least not until later. They wo ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Report (and Photos) From Last Night's Dos Lime Pop-Up

    Meg Strouse/OC WeeklyCrispy-skin salmon with orange couscous, watermelon, mango and tomatillo sauce.​See Meg Strouse's slideshow of last night's Dos Lime dinner here!We've never understood what led Jason Quinn and Hop Phan to open food trucks, other than lower startup costs, but whatever the motiv ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    What Happened On Last Night's The Great Food Truck Race 2

    ​Last week on the Great Food Truck Race, there was anguish and drama, culminating in a revelation that one of the contestants cheated. This week's episode, by comparison, was feel good. There was levity as the show's trajectory, which was veering dangerously towards a bitter end, righted itself.&n ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    The Lime Truck Gives Out Free Food Tomorrow

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​Another two cities before the final showdown of The Great Food Truck Race and OC boys Daniel Shemtob, Jason Quinn, and Jesse Brockman of The Lime Truck are still very much the contenders we knew them to be. Last episode they came out victorious, wowing a Memphis veget ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Jason Quinn of Lime Truck and Hop Phan of Dos Chinos to Host Pop-Up Restaurant at Shark Club Sept. 19!

    Jason Quinn: Ready to go 2, 4, 6 on y'all!​Earlier this year, Aron Habiger of the Crosby hosted Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn for a pop-up night that had the SanTana restaurant slammed. We Forkers welcomed the occasion, not just because we all lover Habiger and Nguyen, but because it also heralded t ... More >>

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    September 5, 2011

    What Happened On Last Night's The Great Food Truck Race 2

    ​Last night's episode of The Great Food Truck Race took the remaining five trucks to Manhattan. Not that one. Manhattan, Kansas. The so-called "Little Apple", a small college town with a population of over 50,000. And emphasis was made on simplifying dishes and how college kids wouldn't have much ... More >>

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    August 25, 2011

    The Lime Truck Is No Lemon

    Daniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn's food truck is a champion on the Food Network and OC's luxe lonchera scene

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    August 15, 2011

    What Happened On Last Night's The Great Food Truck Race 2​For an hour-long show (has it always been an hour long?), last night's premiere of the second season of The Great Food Truck Race whizzed by like those sponsored VW pace cars. As you may already be aware, OC's born and bred luxe loncheras, Seabirds and The Lime Truck, are ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    The Lime Truck's Jason Quinn To Teach Burger Cooking Class at Sur La Table This Saturday

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​My, how far Jason Quinn has come in a year. Around this time last summer (well, actually closer to June), he and partner Daniel Shemtob bought a used truck from a failed luxe lonchera (Brooklyn Boys, if you must know), painted it green and called it "The Lime Truck." ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    crowburgerkitchen Plans To Open This Week in Newport Beach

    ​Depending on your perspective, we are currently in the midst of a burger Renaissance or a burger fustercluck. There are more places to get a ground beef sandwich now than ever before. Just over the recent few years, we've seen 25 Degrees, DG Burger, and G Burger. Just over the recent months, Bast ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    This Week in Food: Lime Truck Good and Bad, Racist Register Readers, and Fake Poop Meat!

    Rally 'round our Lime Truck boyos!​Another great week in Forker land--highlights after the jump!

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    June 23, 2011

    Jason Quinn of the Lime Truck to Open Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Santa Ana

    Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly​We've always wondered why the Lime Truck never made the Roy Choi-esque jump to a brick-and-mortar restaurant, but now the wait is over.Jason Quinn, the 25-year-old chef behind Orange County's beloved Lime Truck, will be opening a high-end burger restaurant in downt ... More >>

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    June 4, 2011

    Live Blogging The Finale of The Great Food Truck Race

    Photo by Christopher VictorioJason Quinn and Daniel Shemtob of The Lime Truck​Our sister paper New Times in Miami is in the heat of it. The filming of the Great Food Truck Race finale is happening this weekend in their city. Their reporter, Alexandra Leon, is doing a bang-up job live blogging the ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Did OC's Luxe Loncheras Make It To The Great Food Truck Race Finale? (SPOILERS!)

    Photo by Christopher VictorioDaniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn of The Lime Truck​This weekend, contestants on the second season of The Great Food Truck Race finished up its last stop before the finale. The show won't air until August, but as we've been reporting, fans, local news and bloggers have be ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Interview with a Great Food Truck Race Contestant's...Dad

    Photo by Christopher VictorioThe Lime Truck's Jason Quinn​As I wrote earlier this week, two of OC's luxe loncheras are contestants on the second season of The Great Food Truck Race, which is being filmed at this very moment. Although The Lime Truck and Seabirds are contractually prohibited by The ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    The Great Food Truck Race Rolls into Memphis. Did OC's Luxe Loncheras Make It To The Final Four? (Spoilers)

    Photo by Christopher VictorioJason Quinn and Daniel Shemtob of The Lime Truck​As we've reported before, Season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race is being filmed as we speak. Though the contestants are contractually prohibited by Food Network from revealing who's been eliminated thus far (or even if t ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Is The Lime Truck Competing in The Great Food Truck Race?

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​So is The Lime Truck going to represent Orange County in the second season of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race?  All evidence points to yes. 

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    July 22, 2010

    Jason Quinn of The Lime Truck, Part Three

    Photo by Christopher VictorioJason Quinn​For our final day of this On The Line profile, Jason Quinn of The Lime Truck shares a recipe for short ribs.   He adds that he does a different version of it every Sunday when they stop at The Bruery.If you missed the first or second part, click here a ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Jason Quinn of The Lime Truck, Part Two

    Photo by Christopher VictorioDaniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn​Today we conclude our Q&A with Chef Jason Quinn. If you missed the first part, read it here. Stay tuned tomorrow for our final installment: a recipe from the chef. What would you'd like to see more of in Orange County from a culinary ... More >>

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    July 20, 2010

    Jason Quinn of The Lime Truck, Part One

    Photo by Christopher VictorioJason Quinn and Daniel Shemtob​When I say that The Lime Truck is the youngest of OC's new age food trucks, I mean it. It's as green to the scene as their bright lime paint job. As you read this post, the truck would've been on the road roughly a month. The two guys beh ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Another New Food Truck Debuts in OC This Week (UPDATE!)​For those who think this food truck trend has reached saturation, here's another one that debuted in OC last week. Called The Lime Truck, this roach coach markets itself as serving "California beach cuisine." At the helm is Jason Quinn, a young chef who once worked at Charli ... More >>

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