Joseph Mahon

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    March 20, 2013

    [UPDATED] Early Bird Cafe Now in The Capable Hands of Frank DeLoach; Joseph Mahon Exits Fired! Exits!

    [Updated, 3/20/13, 04:07 a.m.] During the night, we received a new e-mail from Mr. Menzies requesting another clarification. He wrote:Just put it back to how it originally was written if you don't mind. Again, my email was intended to be a quick comment about the ownership issue not to insinua ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Burger Parlor Finally Opens In Fullerton!

    A 35 (or more) minute wait for a burger can only mean one thing-- Burger Parlor is now open in downtown Fullerton! Sunday was the official start date, and we jumped in line to order our O.C. and Royal with Cheese feasts. The purple people eater above is dubbed their Portlandia burger: marinated beet ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Burger Parlor Brick And Mortar Confirms Opening Date

    There was one burger venue that didn't make our Game of Burgers that should have. Its disqualification: The owner was busy converting it from pop-up joint to full-fledged establishment. Dave applauded the steamed hams in his list of 10, while Edwin reviewed the owner not as a hipster pendejo, but a ... More >>

  • Food

    September 13, 2012

    Early Bird Is Egg-cellent

    Eat a perfect omelet at Joseph Mahon's new breakfast spot in Fullerton

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    September 4, 2012

    Elvis To Sing at Early Bird's Fried Chicken Night

    I'm not an Elvis nut, but I had always thought The King's favorite food was fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. But maybe he liked fried chicken, too. If so, that why's Joseph Mahon's Early Bird was able to convince "him" to come perform this Thursday night, September 6, 2012, 5:30 p.m.t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call for July 2012

    Slower month than usual this time, as we observed only a handful of restaurants opening. Some of the notable ones include Early Bird, the breakfast joint that perennial food blog golden boy Joseph Mahon debuted in Fullerton. This month also saw the resurgence of the Japanese convenience store Famima ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Early Bird Opens In Fullerton

    If Joseph Mahon--a favorite subject on these blogs if you haven't noticed--couldn't open his permanent home of Burger Parlor in time for our Game of Burgers tournament, it's probably because he's been busy getting his other Downtown Fullerton restaurant ready.

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    June 5, 2012

    Joseph Mahon to Open Breakfast Joint in Fullerton!

    Our reasons to frequent Fullerton in the past year have increased by leaps and bounds thanks to visionaries like Joseph Mahon. Us Forkers are practically falling over each other with bated breath for news of his former pop-up, now brick-and-mortar launch (Note: he emailed me to say August). As if th ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Downtown Fullerton Walk-By Reporting: Spanish Restaurant Closes, Mexican One Coming, & Another Burger Parlor Update

    I'd be shirking my duties as a food blogger if I didn't snap pictures of newsworthy food stories during a stroll I took yesterday afternoon in downtown Fullerton. Whenever I get the chance (and the time), I do this: I put rubber soles to the ground and do cursory visits to check the pulse of places ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Nieuport 17 "Aviation" Pop-Up Dinners Taking Flight

    ​The unofficial definition of a pop-up restaurant is one where a singular chef rules the back of the house of an establishment typically open during daylight hours only. Think Joseph Mahon's Wednesday-through-Saturday stints at downtown Fullerton's Rialto Cafe (until he announced his very own Burg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Presenting This Year's Crop of New Burger Joints: More Umami, Another The Counter, And BurgerFi

    ​We're still living in a burger Renaissance folks. As you may recall, the past few years saw a surge of new burger joints, some came from highfalutin gourmets chefs (think Joseph Mahon's Burger Parlor, Charlie Palmer's DG Burger, and Marcus Samuellson's MarcBurger), some came from the In-N-Out-lev ... 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 3, 2012

    Late-Night Caffeine Hounds Rejoice: The Night Owl is Open Late

    Dave Lieberman​I've always wanted to run into a busy, buzzing newsroom and shriek, "STOP THE PRESSES!" The problem is that (a) I write for a food blog, hardly an incubator for urgent, breaking news, (b) 90 percent of what I write is online and shouting, "Stop the blog software!" just doesn't have ... More >>

  • Food

    December 29, 2011

    South County's Foodie Emergence, Steamed Hams and More!

    What the Stick a Fork In It bloggers learned about food in Orange County in 2011

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    December 28, 2011

    Anne Marie's Top Five Restaurants of 2011!

    ​Being the (relatively) new kid on the blog, I over-thought what I should include in my top five. All I really had to do was think about the places I'd already revisited without hesitation, and the answers were right there. Also, I've interviewed all but one, and getting to know the people behind ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    [UPDATED] Burger Parlor Announces Brick And Mortar

    Photo by John Gilhooley​UPDATED: DECEMBER 12, 2011: Via an advance copy of a press release from their PR representation, we learn that BP's run at Rialto Cafe is now over. In addition, the future home of Burger Parlor will not only have its own beer sommelier, but biweekly menus for their vegetari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Thinking of Going To Culinary School? Read This First: Advice From Actual Chefs.

    Photo by Laila DerakhshanianRyan Carson of AnQi​AP recently did a story on how more culinary schools like are getting sued by students who graduate from these for-profit programs only to land low-paying jobs and face a mountain of debt. The former students allege that they were misled by recruiter ... More >>

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    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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    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 >>

  • Food

    July 14, 2011

    Joseph Mahon Plays Burger Parlor Games

    The local-born chef returns to OC, and he's cooking burgers

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    June 9, 2011

    Joseph Mahon's Burger Parlor, Avila's El Ranchito Open

    ​Burger Parlor, the evening permanent pop-up restaurant opened by former Bastide chef Joseph Mahon, opened quietly at Rialto in downtown Fullerton recently. Currently open only Wednesday through Sunday, the chef expects to be open daily in the near future. The menu is simple: burgers, fries, a few ... More >>

  • Food

    May 12, 2011

    G Burger Hits the G Spot

    George Makri's La Habra burger stand straddles the comfortable center between dives and boutiques

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    April 28, 2011

    LA Weekly Gets The Scoop on New Fullerton Burger Joint

    Photo by A. Scattergood​Our sister paper's food blog has the story on Joseph Mahon's migration to our side of the fence. Mahon, for those who might not know the man, is an OC native who trained at the CIA and became the chef at Bastide, who until recently did successful pop-up restaurants in L.A.L ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Bastide Chef To Open "Something" in Downtown Fullerton in May

    ​Bastide Exec Chef and "Magnum" pop-up impresario Joseph Mahon has Tweeted that he has "Just signed a 'sub-lease' in downtown fullerton. Expecting to open something in early May!"It's still unknown what the OC-local who's CIA trained and worked with Charlie Trotter has planned for his Fullerton ve ... More >>