Like other shopping centers, Diamond Jamboree has seen its share of turnover. There used to be a Greek restaurant there where the pho joint is now. The Lollicup used to be a froyo shop. The space Urban Seoul occupies was once a Original Buffalo Wings. Sandwich Club used to be Crepes de Paris. Kickin ... More >>
Have you eaten in the food court at the H-Mart on Garden Grove Boulevard yet? You should, because there are some serious gems in there, serving food you won't find in that all-you-are-foolish-enough-to-eat Korean barbecue restaurant. We've covered Myung In Dumplings before, but as you walk from the ... More >>
A legal loophole may never be as sweet as a cocktail made of soju. The clear liquor, which can be made of rice, barley, or sweet potatoes, is backdoor vodka, a distilled spirit that can contain as much as 24% alcohol by volume, but can be sold by any establishment with just a beer and wine license.
[Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove restaurant serves Korean food for the masses
This Long Beach luxe lonchera settles down to become a great restaurant
This Huntington Beach restaurant serves small plates with promising, if as-yet unfulfilled, results
Buena Park doesn't get much foodie love, even though it's at the intersection of our burgeoning South Asian and Korean populations. The Indian and Pakistani restaurants, including our Best Indian Restaurant from 2011 (Namastey India), are migrating east from Artesia; the Koreans are bent on making B ... More >>
All That Barbecue, the new Korean BBQ restaurant that was on the verge of being open next to 99 Ranch in Irvine the last time I wrote about it, has opened (actually it appears to have opened about a month and a half ago while I was out on vacation). And it turns out to be not just a Korean BBQ, but ... More >>
The Buena Park restaurant's all-you-can-eat meat feast is not for the weak-willed or of the partly full stomach
The Korean BBQ can be a blissful, albiet predictable, experience. We've come to expect the trusty usual suspects--kalbi, bulgogi, brisket--along with dipping sauces and banchan galore. But the newest Korean BBQ restaurant on the block has a divine specialty: pork belly. Palsaik Samgyupss ... More >>
If you've read this blog for the past couple of years, you'd know of my fascination about a particular shack on Newport & Walnut in Tustin. Every time there's a change in ownership and/or concept, I write about it. I am the unofficial historian of what comes and goes in what I joking referred to ... More >>
For quite a while I knew that a new business called "All That BBQ" was going to open at Culver Plaza in Irvine, but I had no idea if it was a restaurant or perhaps a BBQ equipment supplier like BBQ's Galore.
Korean supermarkets are one of the best-kept secrets for a quick lunch; nearly every one has at least one lunch counter, and some--like the H-Mart in Garden Grove's Korean District--have entire food courts. The H-Mart at Diamond Jamboree, though, is suffering: there's a Korean bakery with the u ... More >>
UPDATE, MAR. 6: The planned location of Hot N Juicy will be in Fountain Valley in the old spot previously occupied by Déjà Vu at Euclid and Edinger.ORIGINAL POST, MAR. 5:In recent years, we've seen more than a few food trends peak and peter out. Frozen yogurt store development is now frozen. Cu ... More >>
Dense in the head that I am, it still took me all of 3 seconds to realize how the City of Irvine came to host the Irvine Korean Cultural Festival tomorrow. Steven Choi, city councilman and a candidate for mayor, is also its founder. Why tomorrow? Well, because today, January 13th, is the day the ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI think I've become the unofficial and unintentional historian on the businesses that have come and gone at the shack on 14430 Newport Ave. in Tustin. Over the last five years I have been keeping track, there has been about four different restaurants trying and failing at that spot. Now ... More >>
An ex-Cheesecake Factory executive sells Italian and Korean food under one roof in Irvine
Courtesy of 20th Century Fox via Grub StreetWhen we saw this image, we did a double take. What the what? Nope, our eyes aren't deceiving us. That is, in fact, Bart chillin' with some faux Sriracha and kimchi.It's from the next Simpsons episode, which, as Grub Street reveals, will be devoted to fo ... More >>
Last week Anne Marie told us that the Mitsuwa was opening its second OC store in Irvine. Now comes news that Irvine is going to get a lot more where that came from: that is to say another Asian super market is coming to town. This time, it's Korean. Assi, which has a market in LA's Koreatown, wil ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] The Garden Grove Korean favorite moves locations but keeps its great soups.
Edwin GoeiNotice the flip-flopped title of this post. This week, I'm calling it "Eat There, Not Here". What I'm saying is that despite the promise of a non-itinerant "Kogi Taco" at Koba Tofu Grill's walk-up window in Irvine, you're likely to find better, tastier Korean tacos at the original truc ... More >>
Edwin GoeiBBQ Chicken's chickenThis week on Dueling Dishes, we compare and contrast the golden fried birds from BBQ Chicken versus that from Pizza & Chicken Love Letter, the two preeminent Korean fried chicken chains in Orange County. Why these two? Well because they're also the only the tw ... More >>
Flickr user mmm-yosoLate and sorely lamented...Anna's Mondu, the tiny labor of love of an older Korean couple in a shopping mall in Garden Grove's Korean District, has closed and been replaced by a sort of licorice allsorts (or mixture) of a restaurant (with no sign up when we drove past), its sl ... More >>
Koba Tofu Grill--Irvine's tenth or eleventh (I've lost count) Korean restaurant to serve sundubu jjigae, gurgling cauldrons of soft tofu soup--opens this week in Campus Plaza near UC Irvine in what used to be Blockbuster Video. If it seems serendipitous that their debut coincides with the coldes ... More >>
It's the end of the year; time for retrospectives both heartwarming and heartburning. This year's trip down memory lane starts with trends that have reached the ends of their useful lives and need to be sent down the knacker's yard to die an ignominious death.
Edwin GoeiJamillah Garden, long a staple of the Tustin food scene and one of only a few Islamic Chinese restaurants in OC, has called it quits, finally folding and surrendering its corner spot in a hidden strip mall to a Korean noodle house called Myung Dong Kal GukSu. Myung Dong, as those who r ... More >>
A quesadilla of near-perfectionFifth entry in our series where we promise to review, for better or worse, every "high-end" roach coach that visits the Weekly's world headquarters. Soho visits us next Monday--when will YOUR mobile food truck come? Inquire with Jessica Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org ... More >>
The runaway train that is Long Beach's Basement Lounge keeps gaining steam. Tomorrow is the weekly Big Audio and similar to previous events, this one seems like it's going to be worth attending.Spinning tomorrow night is Keith 2.0 and the return of Sonny Moore, who opened the club on Oct. 1, and ... More >>
This just in from someone who spotted the Korean BBQ taco-spewing Kogi truck near the Barnes and Noble in the Orange Town and Country center across from Mainplace Mall in Santa Ana:"There was no one there before the truck pulled in the parking lot around lunchtime, but as soon as it stopped there ... More >>
It was about 10 after midnight Sunday Morning when the mysterious Ben Dayhoe and I descended into his lair and cut a short-rib Kogi BBQ burrito for the two of us to split. We had spent two hours on the sidelines of the famed taco truck, which was dishing out its Korean-style Mexican food from the pa ... More >>
We may have been thwarted in our attempt to get tickets to see Obama speak at the OC Fair & Event Center later today, but that doesn't stop us from trying to guess where he might fill up on his OC jaunt, should hunger strike. Both Barack and Michelle are known for their love of food. They don't ... More >>
Good things do happen in Irvine, even if it's going to make traffic even more hellish. It's called Diamond Jamboree Center, a sprawling shopping complex you might have seen being built on the corner of Alton and Jamboree Rd. So far, just the signs are up. Finishing touches are still being made. ... More >>
Of all the trendy foods to hit L.A. recently, nothing has intrigued me more than Kyochon Chicken, fried chicken as done by Koreans. Jonathan Gold's Pulitzer-prize winning taste-buds swears by it ("Current fried chicken mecca", he writes), while food bloggers, Chowhounds, and Yelpers alike have gon ... More >>
Love Letters In the Brand
It’s a do-it-yourself world at Manpuku
Spoonfuls of Summery Hooray: Patbingsu at A.R. Supermarket
Mothering Your Meat at Ku Wol San
Fetishizing hog at Seoul Soondae
Is the Korean liquor soju the next St. Johns Wort?
What, me cook?