Kappo Honda

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Izakaya Ku in Fountain Valley Closes

    Izakaya Ku, the winner of our award for Best Japanese Restaurant last year (and topped more lists than I care to count), has closed. There was a note taped to the door that simply said "IZAKAYA KU RESTAURANT is CLOSED. We thank you for your patronage" It opened in May of 2012 and replaced Funashin, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Honda-Ya Will Open a Honda-Ya Box in Costa Mesa!

    What's better than two Honda-Yas in Orange County? Three Honda-Yas, that's what. The izakaya we named in more Best Of Issues than I care to count right now has announced it's opening a so-called Honda-Ya Box in Costa Mesa at the former site of Taka Sushi at 2969 Fairview Rd.

  • Food

    October 25, 2012

    Ennar Calasian Grill Puts Japan in Little Saigon

    The new izakaya takes over Xanh Bistro's old space

  • Food

    August 2, 2012

    Izakaya Ku Plays With Fire

    This Fountain Valley restaurant resorts to pyrotechnics in a crowded market of Japanese pubs along Brookhurst Street

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    O.C.'s Second Honda-Ya Opens in Fullerton

    Effectively there are already two Honda-Ya's in OC: the one in Tustin and the one in Fountain Valley. But the Fountain Valley location is technically called Kappo Honda. It's a sister restaurant, not a clone. It's also smaller and doesn't offer a lot of what the one in Tustin serves.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Izakaya Ku Coming to Fountain Valley

    ProfessorSalt.comOpening late November, maybe.​Watch out, Shin Sen Gumi and Kappo Honda! Another Fountain Valley izakaya is opening just down the street at the end of the month. Izakaya Ku takes over the good juju of a space that housed the long-lived Funashin sushi restaurant since 1989; Funashin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    On the Line: Hung Tram of La Creperie Cafe, Part One

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​It helps to have a sense of humor when you're launching two restaurants. Just ask Hung Tram. A couple of months ago, he opened one in Chino Hills; this month, the second La Creperie Cafe welcomed diners off Pine Avenue in Long Beach. Hung found time between commutes to ... More >>

  • Food

    October 14, 2010

    No Sushi, No Problem at Izakaya Meijiya

    Another (delectable) attempt to make a small-plates Japanese eating-and-drinking concept work in OC

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Ask the Food Snob: The Birthday Conundrum

    ​Yo no soy comida críticoYo no soy comida crítico, soy capitánSoy capitán, soy capitán...Despite my non-food-criticness, I did get an email from loyal reader (merci!) Jon of Costa Mesa, asking the following:Where should I eat dinner in Orange County for my birthday? Having the hardest time e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Gabe Gordon of Beachwood BBQ, Part Two

    Photo by Todd Barnes​ Today we continue our Q&A with Gabe Gordon, chef and owner of Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Stay tuned for a recipe from our chef tomorrow. If you missed the first part, click here. What show would you pitch to the Food Network? I don't really watch the Food Network, so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    On the Line: Cathy Pavlos of Lucca Café

    Enthusiasm and authenticity are the bywords at Lucca, the Quail Hill café/deli/wine bar run by Cathy and her husband Elliott. The couple both trained in architecture before turning to the restaurant trade--and we're glad they made the move. We grilled Cathy with our usual set of questions.1.  ... More >>

  • Food

    April 9, 2009
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    November 11, 2008

    Next for Diamond Jamboree: A Greek Restaurant & A Yakitori Bar

    Two more places put their sign up at Diamond Jamboree. First, there's Greek Islands Cuisine. If the name sounds familiar, it's because they already have a food stall at the Main Street Plaza Food Court, also in Irvine. Their new store in Diamond Jamboree will be significantly bigger. It will b ... More >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    Mmm . . . Vittles

    Hardtack, biscuits & gravy, salt pork, beef jerky, burritos, falafel, & banh mi—you know, cowboy  food

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    Brookhurst Do's and Don'ts

    Three days. Three meals. Stand and shoot: H. Salt Fish & Chips 18856 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley Don't: Stop by for lunch. It'll take a small lifetime. And the seating area's tight. Do: Step in if you like your seafood caked in batter. And if you don't mind that everything tastes the same. Sto ... More >>

  • Food

    September 14, 2006
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    May 25, 2006

    Grub Guide

    The best damn dining guide in Orange County

  • Food

    October 14, 2004

    Sushi by Moonlight

    Feasting into the early morning at Honda-Ya