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  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Ten Great Salads in Orange County

    Salads get a bad rap. It's the name: salad. We tend to associate the word with lettuce, usually iceberg, which is flavorless, bland--the antithesis of a steak. For those on a diet, salad is punishment. But perhaps the comedian John Pinette put it best when he said this about salad: "Salad isn't foo ... More >>

  • Food

    April 25, 2013

    Hue Oi: Boiling Down to the Basics

    This Hue-style joint is one of Little Saigon's best places for bánh bèo and bún bò hue

  • Food

    February 14, 2013

    Thanh Ha's Crepe Expectations

    The Vietnamese crepes at this Westminster restaurant are a worthy challenger to those at the venerable Van's Restaurant

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    10 Things You Must Eat in Little Saigon

    In creating this list, I asked myself this question: Where would I take out-of-town visitors to explore the wonders of our Little Saigon? And what would I have them eat? In all honesty, I came up with more than you see below. My notepad is filled with at least a dozen more tasty bits I didn't have r ... More >>

  • Food

    August 23, 2012

    The Mein Event: OC's Best Noodles

    Noodles, noodles everywhere, from pho to pad Thai and everything else

  • 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

    February 24, 2012

    Ten Great Vietnamese Restaurants in Orange County

    ​Pity the other publications in the stable o' stallions that is Village Voice Media, because they have to come up with a list like this, too--and they don't have Little Saigon sitting smack dab in the middle of their publication area. How do we choose from the hundreds--yes, multiple hundreds--of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    On the Line: Jeff Armstrong of Splashes, Part One

    ​Jeff Armstrong sat at the bar just after conducting a tasting of next season's selections at Splashes. His egg-centric answers were amusing, just like the rest of his tattooed self. A man of few words, it took a Red Bull and view of the Pacific to get our conversation going. What are six words th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    No. 20: Chicken Pie at La Palma Chicken Pie Shop

    ProfessorSalt.comChicken pie dinner at La Palma Chicken Pie Shop​This 100 Favorites Dishes feature is all about comfort foods for this writer. Granted, I  include tacos de tripas and fish pho in that category, but it also embraces American classics like chicken pie. In Orange County, old-scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    No. 21: Mac and Cheese at Ecco

    ProfessorSalt.comFontina, gorgonzola and pancetta mac and cheese​You'd think a mac and cheese would be simple to pull off for a restaurant kitchen, but you'd be wrong. Never mind the technical difficulties of making a cheese sauce creamy-smooth,  balancing the flavor profiles and so on, we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    No. 23: ABC Burger at Peter's Gourmade Grill

    ​When Peter's Gourmade Grill opened last year, they staked a sign into the lawn across the off-ramp of the 55 freeway. The sign steered you toward a gas station, which just happens to host a terrific, if oddball, take-out restaurant.The first thing I ever tried in the early days of the restaurant, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    No. 56: Bacon Hash Dog at Berkeley Dog

    ProfessorSalt.comBacon. Hashbrown. Dog.​Some things sell themselves: sex and bacon, to name two. The most savvy marketers know you just need to whisper those words, or show a well-shot photo, and the mere mention will hook into your brain like a stainless steel gaff-hook.  The less you talk a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    No. 57: Blueberry Donut at M & M Donuts

    ProfessorSalt.comM&M's blueberry donuts​Every now and then, I'll overhear (accidentally, of course!) a great food tip while I'm eating at a place I love. One day, I'm lulled into a happy trance by the phenomenal nem nuong cuon at Dat Thanh when my ears perk up. One of the owners is raving abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    No. 58: Tempura Fried Poached Egg at Break of Dawn

    ProfessorSalt.comEggstatic!​The tempura-fried poached egg at Break of Dawn isn't normally an item served by itself -- it's the star of whatever ensemble it's cast with. It most often shows up in a dish of barbecue pulled pork piled onto jalapeno cornbread and served with an Asian slaw, but it migh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    No. 59: Mulitas from Tacos & Mulitas Ruben

    ProfessorSalt.comMulita de suadero at Tacos Ruben​When a restaurant names their business after their specialty, it's a no-brainer that you should order that thing. This time, it's a mulita from the Ruben truck of Santa Ana. The Ruben truck specializes in hand-patted masa, which you should always f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    #81: Quesadilla Chilanga at Alebrije's Grill​Since nobody could guess the exact name of last week's Guess Where dish, I'll tell you now. It's a quesadilla chilanga from the pink Alebrije's lonchera parked on Cubbon and Main Street in  Santa Ana. Some of you guessed almost right, but a quesadilla is not a taco,  no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    #82: Lobster Roll at Lobsta Truck

    ProfessorSalt.comSummertime in Maine. But in So Cal.​Few foods better capture the flavor of the New England shore better than the lobster roll. It's simply steamed, chilled lobster meat in a butter-grilled New England-style split-top roll. Portable, chilled, light-yet-substantial, it's the perfect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    New Hue Restaurant Opens in Garden Grove

    Edwin GoeiPhoto is of Ngu Binh's Hue dishes​You know what OC needs more of? Restaurants that serve banh beo, those button-cute mini Jell-O shots of steamed rice flour batter from the Hue region of Vietnam. 

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy

    Edwin Goei​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry. . . .Xoi ga is sticky rice with chicken, a Vietnamese street dish that, if I wanted to oversimplify, closely mirrors Hainan chicken--boiled or ... More >>

  • Food

    August 6, 2009
  • Columns

    January 17, 2008


    'Normally, writers of your muckracking calibur would drop the context out of a quote, but you actually left it in. Thanks for doing half the job for me'

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: Pipe Bomb Rocks Long Beach

    Bud Light No More, You Pick Again: My-Thuan Tran reports this morning that the “Starbucks generation” of Vietnamese Americans “couldn’t stand dingy” Little Saigon restaurants and is building “stylish and spotless . . . swank” restaurants in response. Bao Tran, 34, quit a job in insuran ... More >>

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • Food

    July 14, 2005

    The Asian Persuasion

    Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them