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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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?
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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 >>