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    November 20, 2014

    Koc Crawfish Crosses a Crawfish Joint and a Snail Restaurant, Adds Beer

    You've seen the likes of KOC Crawfish Beer Club & Restaurant before. With its neon signage, blink-and-you-miss-it strip-mall location, and cartoon mascot of a sea creature you're about to consume in a whirlwind of cayenne-garlic butter and lemons, KOC is obviously the latest entry in the growing gen ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: The Auld Dubliner

    One of the greatest joys about eating in Long Beach is finding that unassuming, unexpected and surprisingly authentic ethnic fare; and this column has proved that you can easily wander your way through the cuisines of El Salvador, Cambodia, Trinidad and Peru, all without ever leaving city limits. ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    I Liked Taco Bell's U.S. Taco Co. ... Until I Went There

    So, when I found out that U.S. Taco Co. -- Taco Bell's attempt at cornering the more well-to-do market -- opened in downtown Huntington Beach this week, I messaged my editor, and asked if I could review it, and then I got ready. I got ready to head down to Huntington Beach and enjoy myself. Sure, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Baja Chef on the Move: Chef Benito Molina Celebrates 14 Years at Manzanilla; Chefs Javier Plascencia and Carlos Valdez Expand with Bermejo and Kochi Kochi BBQ

    Tonight in Ensenada, one of the founders of Modern Mexican cuisine, chef Benito Molina will celebrate 14 years at Manzanilla with chefs Antonio Livier and Daniel Ovadia (Paxia, D.F.) at 8 P.M. When Molina first opened he was part of a small band of chefs that were the first generations of Mexican ch ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    On the Line: Tim Gonzales of TJ's Woodfire Pizza, Part One

    One lazy Sunday, I swang by my local farmers market to visit Tim over at TJ's Woodfire. Fresh produce, hot lunch and live music are the perfect combo with our pizza as we grab a bench to go over his responses. Let's talk about your Neapolitan wood-fired pizza oven; how quickly does it bake a pizza ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    On the Line: Scott Raczek of Tavern Bowl, Part One

    To be familiar with Scott Raczek is an honor. For his past employment with Mr. Stox to Raxzek's ongoing charitable contributions, this is someone with a genuine spirit. We begin our interview with a thorough response to a simple inquiry. Most undervalued ingredient: Red beets are becoming very popu ... More >>

  • Food

    June 5, 2014

    Old Malaya Grill: OC's Second Malaysian Restaurant!

    The opening of this Huntington Beach eatery is exciting news

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    April 28, 2014

    On the Line: Mike Doctulero of Scott's Restaurant & Bar, Part One

    Follow-up meetings with chef subjects often start with sharing something we have in common. In the case of Mike Doctulero, it was his memory of washing the starch from a batch of rice for dinner-- a standard task most Asian kids were trusted with doing. Well-seasoned both in the kitchen and with lif ... More >>

  • Food

    April 17, 2014

    Eureka! It's a Burger Discovery

    This chain of beer-and-burger-centered restaurants is poised to expand all over—but is it good?

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    March 20, 2014

    Boathouse On the Bay: Deja Ocean View

    This Long Beach restaurant is a reincarnation of the recently defunct McKenna's

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    February 20, 2014

    Chianina Is in Steakhouse Limbo

    This Long Beach restaurant awaits greatness, its liquor license and the cows it's raising for its steaks

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    December 12, 2013

    Escar-GO to Oc & Lau Restaurant

    The wait is unforgivable, the staff inexperienced—but this Little Saigon place serves tasty snails

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    November 21, 2013

    Long Hai: Beyond Little Saigon

    [Hole In the Wall] This Tustin restaurant offers great Vietnamese food far from the enclave

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    September 26, 2013

    Pier 76: Under Pressure

    The Long Beach restaurant makes great seafood at California Fish Grill prices

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    August 29, 2013

    Sausage Party In Orange County!

    Mattern Deli, LinX and all the other places to get a banger (and a green chorizo and longanisa and bratwurst) in your mouth

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    July 2, 2013

    On The Line: Alissa Grenis & Chris Rubinstein Of Bite Me Foods, Part One

    We knew about the Bite Me luxe lonchera a long time ago. What we didn't know was that she catered more than she rolled into food truck roundups. Alissa Grenis may be the brains behind the concept of cuisine that isn't deep fried (there isn't even a fryer on the truck), but she insisted on including ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    First Look: Fleming's Sunday Brunch

    We have many vices-- most of them involve sleep or shopping. Yet our strongest has to be brunch. So we could not resist the opportunity to learn more about Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar's most recent addition. Launching this weekend, they're upping the ante to our favorite meal. Why wasn't ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Diatribe with Dave: A Ribs-Trader Joe's Candied Ginger-Sambal Recipe!

    Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every W ... More >>

  • Food

    May 9, 2013

    For a Hot Time In Old Huntington, Go to the Black Trumpet Bistro

    Dino Ferraro's French/Italian/Spanish/Moroccan menu would be oddball anywhere but Beach Boulevard

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    May 9, 2013

    Ryan Carson's Wanderlust at Playground 2.0: Filipino Edition

    When Manila Groove shut down last year, it was one less Filipino option in a sea of ethnic cuisines. Growing up in Daly City (where the fog is so thick from all the rice cookers hard at work), the only times my family went out for Filipino food were after church and en route to a party to pick-up a ... More >>

  • Food

    April 11, 2013

    Taco Nazo: OC's LA Fish Taco Cousin

    This La Habra restaurant sells great fish tacos straight outta La Puente

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    March 13, 2013

    A Love Letter to the Best Waitress in O.C.

    I've been served by hundreds of waiters and waitresses over the course of five years as a food writer in Orange County. Most encounters are unremarkable for better or worse, and that's a sign of good service in my book. We once had such an inattentive waiter at the now-shuttered Carino's that I actu ... More >>

  • Food

    February 21, 2013

    Taverna Blu Brings Opa!

    The Greek restaurant proves Irvine Spectrum's dining scene is not what it used to be

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    February 11, 2013

    Yucatecan Clásico: Homemade Cochinita Pibil

    I've had a continual craving for pibil--the classic southern Mexican pork (cochinita) or chicken (pollo) dish of braised meat wrapped in banana leaf--ever since I was introduced to the chicken variety in a town outside of Chichen Itza, Yucatán, two Novembers ago.There's a satisfactory version on th ... More >>

  • Food

    January 31, 2013

    The Globe's Beer Goggles

    This Garden Grove tavern appears to be from a previous era, but its Belgian beers and food are wonderful

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    December 19, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: La Lune Palace

    Days before jetting off for Cambodia Town Film Festival meetings and to give inspiring human-rights speeches at Ivy League schools, last month's cover man praCh Ly was kind enough to spend an afternoon helping me find a new Cambodian lunch spot.When he arrived to pick me up, praCh gave some culinary ... More >>

  • Food

    November 1, 2012

    South of Nick's: Cal-Mex Class

    The San Clemente hotspot proves that rice-bean-chips-margaritas Mexican doesn't have to be derivative

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    October 16, 2012

    On The Line: David Hall Of Urban Kitchen Grill & Wine Bar, Part One

    Our initial impression of Foothill Ranch was that it was like Philips Ranch--a neighborhood hidden in the shadow of its Pomona. We learned it was actually more like its own city (while technically part of Lake Forest) in need of high-end cuisine. Cue Urban Kitchen's debut between a Wahoo's and Starb ... More >>

  • Food

    October 11, 2012

    Shuck Oyster Bar: Shuck Yeah!

    Leonard Chan continues his conquest of Costa Mesa's OC Mart Mix with an oyster bar

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    September 27, 2012

    Popotla, Baja California: Seafood Cocktails and Dreams

    In 1988's campy bartender melodrama, Cocktail, Brian Flanagan and Doug Coughlin both shared the same dream--to have a place of their own, and live it up like kings. Baja California has been my place to pursue such lofty desires; it's a place where a middle-class guy like me can "make it rain." It's ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    No. 25: Tuna Empanada at Puerto Madero

    Even with fantastic sandwiches packed with charred Argentinian sausage, lengths of skirt steak, or a buffet of meats and cheeses, the star on the menu at Puerto Madero is a simple fish pastry. Tuna salads and sandwiches might be in other people's lunch bags, but one of the best ways to savor th ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    No. 41: Kohryu Ramen at Kohryu Ramen

    Japanese parents don't name their children after themselves. There are no men named Junior walking around Japan. Yet Japanese businesses have no problem calling their house specialty after the name of the shop. So it is with the Kohryu Ramen at Costa Mesa's Kohryu Ramen. With two new heavyweight ra ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    On the Line: Arthur Gonzalez of Roe Restaurant & Fish Market, Part Two

    Who needs three days what you can get done in two? We're tightening up the OTL format to allow more time to eat out work on other interviews. Art provides a little more insight on his life outside of Roe, then treats us to a fan favorite recipe. Oh, and their dining space is on track to be restauran ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Game of Burgers: Burger Barons, Second Round

    Ah, the Burger Barons--those places selling mostly burgers in higher-end joints at higher-end prices. With that price comes better quality ingredients, only, unlike the entrants in our Gastropub Gentry, many of these burgers are customizable with an array of toppings, rather than customized for you ... More >>

  • Food

    July 19, 2012

    Roe Your Boat to Roe Restaurant

    McKenna's former chef opens a new seafood restaurant on Belmont Shore

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    June 21, 2012

    Lo Mejor del Zarandeado: Nayarit-Style Fish Bliss At Anaheim's Mariscos Los Primos

    State College Boulevard in Anaheim has hosted something like a dozen Mexican seafood restaurants in the five years since I moved here. They all claim to be Sinaloa- or Nayarit-style restaurants, because those are the Pacific coast states with the strongest seafood traditions, but with the exception ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    On the Line: Greg Pugliese of Pizza e Vino, Part Three

    The second concept in the works was previously written up by Niyaz. Pizzeria Solo in Yorba Linda will feature 10 classic pizzas, plus a full kitchen to accommodate an extended menu of chicken, steak and fish entrees. We're crossing our fingers that both joints will launch by end of the year.Greg inf ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    The New York Pizza Faktory Joins OC's Burgeoning Halal Scene

    The thought of eating an oozingly delicious all-halal BBQ chicken pizza at another restaurant besides Anaheim's San Giovanni's Pizza seemed blasphemous at first, but the more (halal) pizza, the merrier, right? The New York Pizza Faktory has opened its second location in Tustin, after having well-est ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    On the Line: Austin Lee of Itriya Cafe, Part Three

    Do-it-yourself sous vide utilizing a beer cooler was all we had to read. Austin Lee takes a cooking method normally reserved for uppity establishments and brings it to a level that doesn't require an internet search. He leaves the pasta and cheese options up to the cook, because some of us are chees ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    On the Line: David Man of Palm Terrace and Lounge, Part Three

    By the time you read this, we believe Palm Terrace would've already updated their breakfast menu with chicken & waffles: marinated buttermilk breast, covered in rice krispies and deep fried. Served with rosemary infused maple syrup and maple butter (did you hear your arteries clogging?). This se ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    On the Line: Peter Serantoni of Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen, Part Three

    "It should have a certain foundation. Its gotta have certain flavors that blend well together. A lot of people forget it's about a balance at the end of the day. And most importantly, what you drink should stimulate your appetite, and not the other way around."Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen's approach is v ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    A Recap of 'Bites: A Raw Bar' at The Playground

    When I spent a day with The Playground gang a couple months ago for my cover story on chef Jason Quinn, I was in awe of the ideas that kept spewing out of the mouth of sous chef Frank DeLoach. He came up with a brilliant soft-shell crab and waffles dish, and later proposed they do something with a D ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    On the Line: Bob Brown of Spudrunners, Part Three

    While some luxe lonchera owners delve into cuisine normally reserved for white linens and table crumbers, Spudrunners keeps things classic and comfy. Whether cheesy or carblicious, Bob Brown and his team serve it up from their mobile kitchen. He's been so busy working on their next venture with Chro ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    The Starling Diner's Fine French Toast

    Dealing with epic lines for wonderful meals at the Long Beach breakfast institution

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    March 20, 2012

    On the Line: Dino McDonough of Slater's 50/50, Part One

    ​While this Forker knows she's not tall, I felt exceptionally space-efficient meeting up with Dino McDonough of the growing Slater's franchise. It's no wonder; as he's six-foot-three, I was content to sit on the raised bench in the Huntington Beach locale to conduct our interview. He's been with t ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Pink Slime: Which Markets Sell It and What it Actually Tastes Like

    ​There's been a whole lot of hubbub over pink slime, the ammonium hydroxide-treated beef cuts you've likely been eating forever but are just now realizing it thanks to Jamie Oliver and media outlets that really like the term "pink slime." It's debatable whether the stuff is actually bad for you. O ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    On the Line: "Sushi Dave" Fernandez, of Sushi at The Venetian Gentlemen's Club, Part Three

    ​When I tried sushi at The Venetian Gentlemen's Club, I knew Dave would make for a good On the Line feature. Working in the service industry for 18 years, he gets a great deal of satisfaction from pleasing others with his cuisine. If you're down with hot women and cold sushi, he recommends making ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Jason Quinn Will Meet You at the Playground

    Inside the hyperkinetic career of the novice chef-turned-cooking star

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    February 2, 2012

    On The Line: Carmina Casso Of Ciao! Deli & Pizzeria, Part Three

    ​Our time with Carmina comes to a close as she shares a family recipe. While the pasta choice is left up to you, we're thinking spaghetti, a la Lady and the Tramp. If you're not salivating by now, perhaps you need to read part two. All we're gonna say is: more cheese, please! (like in those potent ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    5 Dishes That are Surprisingly Easy to Make at Home

    ​Yes, I know I went on a big stink about what kind of food people shouldn't make at home. That's not because I hate cooking; that was because some dishes are just bad ideas, whether due to difficulty of technique, time commitment or cost. Plenty of things are really easy to make at home, some ... More >>

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