There are lot of chicken dishes out there and I have only ten slots on this list. So I picked out my faves using my own unscientific criteria of what constitutes a chicken dish, ruling out others because chicken wasn't the star. What remains are dishes where I felt America's favorite poultry got top ... More >>
For this list of ten great Thai restaurants, not only have I included those from Long Beach (a non-OC city that's always been under this paper's jurisdiction), but also some Thai-Cambodian, some Thai-Laotian, and even a Thai-sushi hybrid, because if variety is the spice of life, then why not even mo ... More >>
It's been exactly five years since I was given the honor of writing restaurant reviews for this fine paper. In that time, I've been to what I estimate is about 300 restaurants. I'm not going to start rattling of my favorites, because, well, I and your other humble Forkers already do that with our we ... More >>
For this list of Japanese restaurants, we intentionally left out the sushi bars, because, well, we already did that list. We also shut out the ramen joints, teppanyakis, and yakinikus because, well, we still want to do those lists. But you can certainly have ramen and sushi, even a Californi ... More >>
You don't put out a Top Ten list of sushi joints in OC and not inspire some discussion. I'd be disappointed if this one didn't. So the comment board is open for objections, inclusions and even agreement on the ten we've chosen.Without further ado, the list:
Photo by Jonathan HoThe Arches, a restaurant that once hosted the likes of John Wayne and Shirley Temple at its original location where A Restaurant now stands, moved to its 29th St. location in 2007 and then over to 1617 Westcliff Drive. Now that location is closed.
The restaurant was the first ... More >>
Photo by Jonathan HoHave you ever wondered what chefs like Pascal Olhats feed themselves and their kitchen crew before service? Me neither. But now that I've brought it up, I bet you are. Starting tomorrow, Pascal Olhats, French chef extraordinaire, who has a half dozen eateries in OC, will ... More >>
The man above is Orange County's master of French food, Pascal Olhats (and the man who shot the photo is Jonathan Ho). Foie gras is a staple of French cuisine, and his Valentine's Day menu for Brasserie Pascal advertised a foie gras terrine and a Cornish game hen with a foie gras demi-glaze sauce ... More >>
Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklySantana and his son, Max.Only a handful of Orange County reporters dedicated themselves to investigative journalism on a daily basis before last March. That month saw the birth of Norberto Santana's dream: the Voice of OC, the county's first non-profit investigative ne ... More >>
Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyTran: Not time to concede. 1:00 a.m.: Van Tran Remains HopefulInside the converted Garden Grove Blockbuster store, Van Tran continues to hold onto his dream of defeating Loretta Sanchez. Tran is trailing by more than 5,000 votes--and the gap seems to be getting larger. But ... More >>
Jonathan HoKooftah, among some of the treasures...Because ustedes gentle readers love lists, behold the latest entry in our Top 100 dishes list that
continues until Best Of--at which point, we'll give you MORE lists!
Now, on with the show...I actually would be fine if we bumped the Persian buffet ... More >>
We told you here how the Los Angeles Times reported on the $215,000 annual pension for disgraced ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona nine days after the Orange County Register did, without crediting the Santa Ana daily for first breaking the news.Now the Register is being accused of doing the sa ... More >>
Photo by Jonathan HoSad news. Mariscos Puerta Esperanza, the Mexican seafood restaurant in Orange beloved by a Internet cult following, closed last week. Known by the initials MPE to the Chowhounds who were its greatest advocates (only the most respected place gets the shorthand designation ... More >>
Jonathan HoToday, all you have to do to get a free meal at Veggie Grill is to say that your friend (you have to bring one) hasn't been there. If he/she has been, I am assuming you can just lie. It's not like they can do a veggie background check. The restaurant is calling today ... More >>
Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyNorberto Santana Jr. and son at the Voice's offices last year.The much speculated-about, much delayed, non-profit journalism website helmed by ex-Register digger Norberto Santana Jr. went live today. We just noticed. Check it out and, uh, talk about it in the comments ... More >>
Jonathan HoFirst, The Arches moved from its original location, where A Restaurant now sits, to 29th St., on the Balboa Peninsula. There it sat since the 2007 move, and it even expanded a few doors down to the short-lived The Arches on The Water, which is now The Dock Restaurant. This ... More >>
The CounterBurgers abound in our fair county, and not just at the obvious favorites of In-N-Out and Fatburger. Those are a given. If you didn't know about them, I would have to assume that you are vegan or just arrived from space. For this reason, I didn't include them in my list of five fa ... More >>
Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyNorberto Santana Jr. and son in VOOC's office.The Voice of OC, the nonprofit news site helmed by former Register reporter Norberto Santana Jr., is hiring up--and it's taking at least one staffer from a publication close to its own heart.The Voice of San Diego on Wednesday b ... More >>
Jonathan HoI am not a Frenchman, but I know one. He's Pascal Olhats, the owner/chef of Brasserie Pascal and others. And Frenchmen, especially chefs like Olhats who know wine, are celebrating this Thursday's release of the 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau.
Since I'm not oenophile, I had to rely on W ... More >>
Jonathan HoIt seems like it's a frozen yogurt chain's rite of passage. It happened with Pinkberry, as you may remember. And now, it's happening with Yogurtland.
An L.A. law firm has announced via this press release that they have filed a class action lawsuit against the chain and "on behalf ... More >>
Jonathan HoNot more than a few weeks ago, after a co-worker asked about restaurants in the Disneyland area, I recommended K'Ya, highlighting their Bistro menu, which featured items such as a hanger steak with mashed potato and sauteed veggies for around $10. I checked their website to confirm th ... More >>