Jason Quinn

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    November 19, 2014

    TLT Foods, The Lime Truck's Brick and Mortar, Opens Today!

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    November 7, 2014

    The Playground Burger Is Going Away... For Now (They're Opening a Burger Place)

    We really enjoy the Playground's burger here at Weekly World, so imagine our fear when we heard over Instagram that the restaurant will no longer be offering it after this Saturday. Shock, horror, grief. And then I read another two sentences, and it turns out they're discontinuing it because they' ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Taco Maria to Host Indie Chefs Week Event in October!

    I walked by Taco Maria yesterday on the road to...something, and head cabrón Carlos Salgado reminded me of a crazy event they're hosting in October: Indie Chefs Week, a critically acclaimed happening that brings in chefs from across the country to culinary hot spots. It'll be the first time it's ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Now Casting: The Great Food Truck Race 5

    ​Remember the first two seasons of The Great Food Truck Race? When they pitted actual working food trucks against each other? Remember when OC's own The Lime Truck won Season 2, which provided co-owner Jason Quinn some of the seed money for his now infamous brick-and-mortar, The Playground? Thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Playground's Hatch Burger Back With a Vengeance!

    Anyone who dines frequently at the Playground is bound to come across dishes that wow on that particular visit but have vanished upon your return. I can think of many meals instantly: white Zinfandel vinegar-glazed quail with lentils; pork belly nachos; the meatloaf sandwich; Uncle Lou's Fried Chick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    10 Late-Night Restaurants that UCI Students Are Grubbing At Right Now

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Is The Playground Overdoing the No-Modifications Thing? Maybe. Does It Matter? Probably Not.

    Usually, the letters our mero-mero editero receives accuse us of everything from low IQ to being in league with the devil for any of a whole litany of sins. Our music critics are accused pretty much weekly of being tone-deaf, and anything we write about politics guarantees angry letters from the ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2012

    Navel Gazing's Project Un-uncensored

    Looking back at 2012 news that was fit to blog but not to print . . . until now

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Former Playground Sous-Chef To Open New Restaurant in Laguna Beach

    Frank De Loach, Jason Quinn's sous chef at Playground, is striking out on his own.Come next week (the planned opening date is November 3), the man who spearheaded the six-course omakase and other projects at the ex-Lime Trucker's Santa Ana restaurant is opening a pizzeria and birreria called NEApoli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Tipping 25%: The New Normal?

    What percent are you? 15? 20? 30? No, this isn't a new Occupy movement or another Romney gaffe. We're talking about tipping. According to consumer experts, the norm is higher than ever. The New York Post reports that in the Big Apple, "suggested" gratuities for service industry workers can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    The Lime Truck To Open TLT Food, A Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Westwood

    The Lime Truck is going wheel-less. After two years of feeding hungry mobs at business parks, festivals and street food events throughout OC, Daniel Shemtob is taking his innovative New American fare north. He's the latest luxe lonchera chef to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, a move that ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    On the Line: George Wu and Lawrence Tai of Waffles de Liege, Part One

    Friends either complement each other or tend to act like twins. For the guys of Waffles de Liege, it's somewhere in the middle, as you'll see in this week's luxe lonchera interview. We met for lunch on their day off and discussed the business -- like those requests for bean-and-cheese burritos?!Your ... More >>

  • Food

    June 14, 2012

    Slapfish Truck Stops Here

    The former luxe lonchera goes brick-and-mortar but is just as great

  • Food

    May 10, 2012

    Anepalco's Cafe Has Le Mexique

    Danny Godinez's second restaurant serves Mexican meals in the French style

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    April 18, 2012

    A Recap of 'Bites: A Raw Bar' at The Playground

    When I spent a day with The Playground gang a couple months ago for my cover story on chef Jason Quinn, I was in awe of the ideas that kept spewing out of the mouth of sous chef Frank DeLoach. He came up with a brilliant soft-shell crab and waffles dish, and later proposed they do something with a D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    On the Line: Bob Brown of Spudrunners, Part One

    Bob ran late for our interview, so I did the next best thing: Grill his team. Ben, Daniel and Justin were more than happy to share stories between orders. Like this one time, when their Spudrunners luxe lonchera's engine fell out while Daniel drove up the 57. Bob pushed it with his Kia rental, and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Las Vegas Crawfish Restaurant Featured on Man v. Food To Open in OC

    ​UPDATE, MAR. 6: The planned location of Hot N Juicy will be in Fountain Valley in the old spot previously occupied by Déjà Vu at Euclid and Edinger.ORIGINAL POST, MAR. 5:In recent years, we've seen more than a few food trends peak and peter out. Frozen yogurt store development is now frozen. Cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    This Week In Food: Best Burgers In OC, No More 'Pink Slime' at McDonald's and Chanel's Winery

    A happy hour, indeed!Chris Victorio/OC Weekly​This week in Stick A Fork In It was exciting as always, but we're most excited by the announcement of our next Happy Hour with 89.9 FM KCRW at Memphis at the Santora! This will be our third event with "food goddess" Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's "Good F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    10 Great Luxe Loncheras in Orange County

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​I was thinking of making a list that included ALL loncheras, luxe and not, but it'd be a wash: loncheras in a landslide. That said, I've warmed up a bit to the idea of non-Mexis muscling into the food-truck business with gourmet, usually overpriced meals. The one wond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

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

    ​Those who thought that The Great Food Truck Race would be spoiled by social networking, blogs and Twitter were proven wrong last night. This past episode contained more unexpected twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan production. The remaining four teams were in Memphis, Tennessee, where t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Daniel Shemtob Chats About The Lime Truck's Semi-Permanent Home in Costa Mesa

    ​During The Great Food Truck Race premiere party last Sunday night with The Lime Truck and Seabirds at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa (3303 Hyland Ave.), I noticed that there was a bar area set up inside with indoor seating and a wall of blackboards with "The Lime Truck" scribbled in gigantic lette ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    The Higher Standard of Review for Expensive Burgers

    Dave Lieberman​Two weeks or so ago, Jeff Overley at the Orange County Register wrote a poll for their Food Frenzy blog about whether gourmet burger joints are a rip-off. Overley knows his stuff, and he's got his feet on the ground when it comes to value received for money paid. When something is e ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Dos Chinos to Open Brick-and-Mortar Location Next Los Angeles?!

    Photo by Amy KaplanDON'T LEAVE US!!! :-(​Long ago, I made Hop Phan--the man behind the brilliant, hilarious Dos Chinos luxe lonchera--promise to let us know first when he finally settled into a brick-and-mortar location where he could hawk his Asian-Mexican fusion. I'm glad to report that Phan kep ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    [UPDATED: It's The Great Food Truck Race's Fault] The Lime Truck Sued For Alleged Trademark Infringement

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​UPDATE, JUNE 23, 2011, 8:28 A.M.: Gustavo here, so don't blame Edwin for my subsequent rant. Just got the paperwork for the lawsuit that some weak-sauce chain of "Mexican" food called Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, filed in United States Federal Court, Southern District of ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Dave's Top Five Restaurants for 2010

    Flickr user doug88888​These are not necessarily my top five restaurants in Orange County (though they're up there); these are the top five restaurants I visited for the first time in 2010. I might have visited ten times during the year or just once, but these are the five restaurants that stand ou ... More >>

  • News

    January 25, 2007

    McKnight Fall

    Gary McKnight built an athletic empire at Mater Dei. Will his role in a pedophiles return to campus destroy it?