Jonathan Ho

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    January 31, 2014

    10 Essential Newport Beach Restaurants

    ​Last week, Newport Beach's Restaurant Week concluded. But this week, my list of restaurant essentials continues, this time for the city that includes Corona Del Mar, Balboa Island, and the parts of Newport Beach that still feel like Irvine. Some of the listed restaurants participated in last week ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    10 Great Chicken Dishes in Orange County (and Long Beach)

    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 >>

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    May 11, 2012

    10 Great Thai Restaurants in Orange County (and Long Beach)

    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 >>

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    May 10, 2012

    5 Long-Shuttered OC Restaurants That I Miss

    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 >>

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    March 30, 2012

    10 Great Japanese Restaurants in Orange County

    ​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 >>

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    January 6, 2012

    10 Great Sushi Restaurants in Orange County

    ​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:

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    October 18, 2011

    Newport Beach Restaurant That Once Hosted John Wayne Closes

    Photo by Jonathan Ho​The 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 >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Pascal Olhats To Offer Food He Serves His Busboys

    Photo by Jonathan Ho​Have 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 >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Anti-Foie Gras Activists to Picket Brasserie Pascal Tonight

    ​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 >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Voice of OC Boasts of 2010 Accomplishments, Seeks Donations

    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 >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Election 2010: Moxley Watches The OC Republicans

    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 >>

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    July 26, 2010

    #55. Persian Buffet at Irvine Wholesome Choice

    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 >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Voice of OC Gives Credit Where Credit is Due for Breaking Mike Carona Pension Story

    ​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 >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Beloved Seafood Restaurant Closes

    Photo by Jonathan Ho​Sad 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 >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Bring In A "Veggie Grill Virgin" to Veggie Grill Today, Get a Free Meal

    Jonathan Ho​Today, 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 >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Voice of OC Launches!

    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 >>

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    January 27, 2010

    The Arches Closes in Newport Beach

    Jonathan Ho​First, 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 >>

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    January 11, 2010

    My Five Favorite Burgers in O.C.

    The Counter​Burgers 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 >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Voice of OC Taps Voice of SD Reporter for Editor Job

    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 >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Pascal Olhats Celebrates Release of Beaujolais Nouveau

    Jonathan Ho​I 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 >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Yogurtland Slapped with a Class Action Lawsuit

    Jonathan Ho​It 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 >>

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    September 9, 2009

    K'Ya Anaheim Redoes Its Menu. Now Called K'Ya Street Fare.

    Jonathan Ho​Not 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 >>

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