As we said several months ago, a San Francisco-based grilled cheese chain called The Melt was getting ready to open at Irvine Spectrum, behind the Dave & Busters, next to Panda Express, replacing CrepeMaker. The restaurant will open next week, but this week the chain has brought in its own food tru ... More >>
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I think we can all agree that the best thing at Panda Express is the Orange Chicken. Oh how those morsels of sugary-crunchy poultry pieces shine under the lights. I think Jennifer 8. Lee, the writer behind the brilliant Fortune Cookie Chronicles, hit it right on the nose when she surmised the reason ... More >>
This Dana Point restaurant is a good, old-school Chinese restaurant in a city with very few Chinese restaurants or Chinese people
Not to be confused with the East Coast convenience store chain of the same name, Long Beach's Wa Wa is a quick-n-dirty Chinese restaurant with cheap combo plates and made-to-order specialties that has dragged office zombies out of their Downtown cubicles for more than a decade. The red-and-white til ... More >>
If you're reading this, you like free stuff. Who doesn't like free stuff? Especially when there are no strings attached, like this offer for a free Samurai Surf and Turf from Panda Express this Wednesday. With this coupon (click here to print or save on your smartphone), the chain is introducing th ... More >>
When it comes to restaurant names "Tasty" is the new "Licious". In Irvine, Tasty Noodle House has opened. The new restaurant, located a few doors down from Panda Express, specializes in the cuisine of the port city of Dalian. It has a branch in San Gabriel known for their pan-fried pork bao and Sha ... More >>
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Taste of India seems to be a catch-all name for West Coast Indian restaurants, like what Ray's is to New York pizza. But unlike all the Ray's that finally came together to form one franchise chain, the Long Beach Taste of India--a tiny corner storefront across from the Willow Blue Line station--rema ... More >>
This is not Panda Express. There is no Orange Chicken, no Kung Pao anything. Sweet and Sour? Forget about it. Instead there is chicken mousse wrapped in deep fried tofu skin; bone-in basil chicken in sauce-lacquered pieces; soy-simmered minced pork, the kind that you top rice with; and a mapo tofu t ... More >>
From Irene in the Land of the Intermittent Showers:My family recently took over an upscale Chinese bistro in downtown Portland, Oregon. We just had our first review by our local free weekly paper, Willamette Week, and it's a bad one. We feel it was not a true and fair review of what we are, and w ... More >>
So have you subscribed to OC Weekly's The Spoon Feed newsletter yet? Do it now by entering your e-mail in that big old red box that you see to the right that says "SIGN UP".I'm subscribed and I got some tips about a few freebies and specials on tax day that I wouldn't have known about otherwise ... More >>
Have you noticed that every time Panda Express introduces a new dish, they give it away first? You could almost call it the pusher business model: let them have the first hit free, and they'll come back for more.They've done it for every recent product launch I can recall. From the Hone ... More >>
The official line explaining why the Panda Express chain is giving out free food this coming Monday for Chinese New Year reads thusly:"The Chinese New Year's Eve feast features ingredients that carry special symbolic meaning. Firecracker Chicken Breast(TM) is created with chicken because it repre ... More >>
So the first week of January was pretty good to us, food-wise; Star Wars burgers, the best sushi in OC, and famous lesbian movie scenes as depicted by hot dogs. Read all about this amazing week on the blog!
Not content in making the addictive substance called Orange Chicken available at every airport and mall food court (and yes, even friggin' China), the creators of Panda Express have now branched out into...dry cleaning?
Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyThe excellent Men's Health series called "Eat This, Not That" made its bones by mocking the atrocious nutritional bomb CPK sold as a "Thai Crunch Salad." In its original incarnation, it contained 2,238 calories if you added the heart-healthy avocado option.Shamed by this, ... More >>
Eating Filipino in OC means turo-turo, so go for the latest and greatest in Lake Forest
Flickr user zieakAs always, so many great things this week we have to give it to you after the jump!
Wiki CommonsPanda Express may introduce the people of China to . . . Chinese food--or at least the American bastardization of it.First, Taco Bell made its way to Mexico. Now, Panda Express, which we can thank for bringing glazed orange chicken to mall food courts across the country, may find a pl ... More >>
Flickr user Half ChineseJust like the headline says--and more!--after the jump!
If you decide to celebrate Chinese New Year by dining at Panda Express, the ancestors might scorn you from the grave, but just tell them, "It's free!" and they'll likely smile in approval.Today only, the chain is giving customers a complimentary single serving of its Firecracker Chicken Breast, ... More >>
Photo from Wikimedia CommonsKunisGeez, between Edwin's Heather Graham post yesterday and this one, we're becoming a culinary TMZ! Or not...anyhoo, Mila Kunis is another Hollywood hottie who's appearing in some weird film with Natalie Portman called The Black Swan. I probably wouldn't see it--but ... More >>
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Nativo LopezNativo Lopez, Orange County's most controversial political activist, helped organize a 2009 protest against a Southern California frozen food company and distributed leaflets branding the business a "racist employer" because it fired almost 300 warehouse workers who'd provided fake So ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThis is Orange County. Our best efforts here at Stick A Fork In It notwithstanding, Orange County loves chain food, and we love our comfort food. Even we, your indefatigable food bloggers, occasionally succumb to the lure of the fast food and the national chain.That doesn't mean, ho ... More >>
This Buena Park eatery just might be the county's first restaurant to specialize in Peruvian-Chinese food
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Headline: Worst teen job market in 41 years swankey1 says: So iam at Panda Express with my GF , she asked for fried rice and the Asian working the counter yells back , Fried rice POR VAVOR !! WHATA F!@#$ !!! We walked out !!
Doyenne of the locavore movement, defender of the schoolyard organic garden and quintessential Berkeleyite Alice Waters spoke at the L.A. Times Festival of Books yesterday morning. A crowd of nearly a thousand gathered to watch her present, completely extemporaneously, a series of demonstrations on ... More >>
Entire years, entire careers, entire lifetimes have been spent writing about Chinese cuisine, and yet it's arguably the cuisine least well-represented in the vast bulk of America. As hard as it to hear, the Chinese food that comes delivered in those little white Tetra-Paks™ with the red pagodas an ... More >>
tea_time @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Ash Wednesday, lovingly known as Dirty Forehead Day, is this week. For Christians, this marks a time of penance and sacrifice before Easter. One of the common practices is to give something cherished up during Lent. Some things are very easy ("I won't eat frog ... More >>
Our friend Brekkie Fan tipped me off to a Jersey Mike's opening right underneath my nose. But it's even more notable because the chain's seventh store in O.C.is taking root in a shopping center that's practically a ghost town these days. The once thriving Irvine minimall, at the corne ... More >>
Edwin Goei Cafe Rio, that Utah chain I mentioned in past posts, debuted this week in Lake Forest. But, alas, I was a touch too early to try them. I took the picture above just days before they officially opened, but now that they have, I'm curious on hearing about anyone's who's tried it, e ... More >>
John GilhooleyYou've read Gustavo and Dave pick out their Top 5 Dishes of '09. Now it's my turn! At first I thought this would be an easy task, but it is not. To pick out just five dishes out of the hundreds I've sampled this year is like asking a toddler to choose only one toy -- he'd rath ... More >>
The greatest shame of my life is that my siblings--raised on the stove of a Mexican mami--loves crappy food. The eldest son of the Arellano clan has covered food for the Weekly for more than six years, knows all the great joints in Orange County--but they prefer Papa John's. I urge them to visit Ruf ... More >>
When Asian Deli skedaddled to Diamond Bar a few years ago, it left Orange County deprived of its only Indonesian restaurant. The nearest alternative for hungry expats existed just beyond the Orange County line, at Toko Rame in Bellflower. Meanwhile, in O.C., Indonesian food remained the Rodney Dan ... More >>
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