Jeff Duggan

  • Food

    September 12, 2013

    Surfas Is a Chef's Toys 'R' Us

    The Costa Mesa branch of the legendary Culver City market has everything a serious cook needs, plus a café that makes a damn-good burger

  • Food

    June 27, 2013

    Portola Coffee Lab's Jeff and Christa Duggan Are the Deans of Caffeine

    With their Costa Mesa coffeeshop, plus a second location opening in Old Towne Orange, the Tustin couple are re-defining OC's coffee culture, one cup at a time

  • News

    March 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Now Showing: New Menu Selections From TAPS

    Proprietor-founder Joe Manzella of TAPS Fish House & Brewery sat down for a meal as executive chef Manny Gonzalez, Tom Hope, director of culinary, and brewmaster Victor Novak took turns offering our luncheon the backstory on some seasonal specials.Chef Manny reincarnates a fashion plate of veget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    SoCo Farmers Market Erects Permanent Structure

    A few years ago, when Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee and I were talking about his plans to move into the OC Mart Mix, he said it was going to be OC's version of the San Francisco Ferry Building. I confess that I rolled my eyes--people are always saying these sorts of enthusiastic things to me--but at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Ten Great Seafood Restaurants in Orange County

    ​You wouldn't go to a seafood restaurant to only eat the calamari. So why would we populate a list of seafood joints and only stick with the predictable, not to mention expensive, options? So for this list, we've drizzled on a few food trucks, some Asian eateries, a fish and chip shop and a marisc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Cheese Shop Opens Today At OC Mart Mix

    ​The OC Mart Mix is fast becoming a good, um, mix of eclectic food vendors. It already has Jeff Duggan's Portola Coffee Lab, We Olive & Wine Bar, and Savory Spice Shop, among others. Soon the meandering indoor swap meet will welcome a purveyor of ice cream called N'Ice and a raw oyster bar cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle High-End Espresso

    ​Martin Diedrich. The father of the coffee revolution in Orange County, owner of the first coffee shop to make an unapologetic, small, truly Italian cappuccino, as well as the first to introduce la naranja to the idea that coffee needn't be roasted to dust in order to taste like something.Jeff Dug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call for May 2011

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyJeff Duggan of Portola Coffee Lab​Is it June already? Time to do our monthly restaurant roll call of who's new and who's gone. Notable openings this month include the resurrection of Disneyland's Tahitian Terrace in Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel, and Jeff Dugan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Portola Coffee Lab to Open Tomorrow

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​We interviewed Jeff Duggan, the mad scientist of third-wave coffee, almost a year ago (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3). We found him crammed into an alcove of Layer Cake Bakery, roasting coffee to order, designing his dream coffee shop at the SoCo collection (you know, Saturd ... More >>

  • Food

    October 14, 2010

    Valkyrie of Transcontinental Sausage

    [Best of OC 2010] Ehrline Karnaga's 10 OC Survival Tips

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    This Week in Food

    flickr user fendyzaidan​ Get your caffeine fix along with all the latest haps this week in Stick a Fork In It after the jump!

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee, Part Three

    John Gilhooley​Yesterday, we called Jeff Duggan a coffee geek. This, it turns out, was not 100% accurate; he is really more of a coffee mad scientist, the Dr. Emmett Brown of java, except, you know, with better hair. On the Line usually features a recipe from the featured chef on the third day; si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee, Part Two

    John Gilhooley​Jeff Duggan is a coffee geek, and the county is better for his efforts. Those efforts will soon be redoubled; Portola will be opening later this year in Costa Mesa's ersatz Ferry Building-type gourmet marketplace, the MIX (currently called "South Coast Collection", over west of IKEA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee, Part One

    John Gilhooley​Head into Irvine's Layer Cake Bakery on a Saturday and your senses will be assaulted as soon as you enter. The man responsible for this attack on your nasal passages is Jeff Duggan, proprietor of Portola Coffee. While "On The Line" usually features restaurant chefs, it's not e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Self-Caffeination As It Was Meant To Be Done

    Our coffee culture, sadly, tends to run toward Starbucks and drive-through at It's A Grind. Largely missing from la naranja is the local, artisanal small-batch roaster whose singular focus on the product raises the coffee bar. Sure, we have Martin Diedrich, and the lines out the door at his two coff ... More >>