Restaurants and Food Services

  • Columns

    June 19, 2014

    Why Are Mexican Men So Flamboyantly Gay?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And why don't Mexicans learn English in Mexico?

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Watch 3 Japanese Guys Eat at 10 Burger Places in 1 Day

    Japanese variety shows are some of the best TV that has ever existed. Wacky, strange, and full of commentary and editing, Japanese shows just offer something that can't be found in American television. Case in point, this video series created by three Japanese exchange students in LA. They go on an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2014

    Pizza Patron Under Fire for Marketing Special Offer as "La Chingona"

    Ah, Mexican Spanish: the language that, pound-for-pound, has more double entrendres, puns, and desmadre than any language on Earth. And a great example of the language's ever-charming vulgarity comes courtesy of Pizza Patrón, the Texas-based chain that sells pizzas marketed toward Mexicans and has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Olive Garden Jumping On Small Plates Bandwagon To Attract Millennials

    Since Marilyn Hagerty's viral review still isn't bringing in the young people to Olive Garden, Darden Restaurants, parent company of the chain along with Red Lobster and The Capital Grille, has been testing small plates on its menus and will be making them part of the permanent menu nationwide by De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Operation Swill: New Jersey ABC Busts 29 Bars (Including 13 TGI Fridays) for Selling Colored Rubbing Alcohol, Dirty Water as Premium Alcohol

    If you're going to be drinking this summer down the Jersey Shore, at least you can be more confident the shot of Lagavulin or Auchentoshan the bartender just poured you is actually high-end scotch, not dishwater. That's because the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) led a state ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2013

    John Galardi, Wienerschnitzel Founder, Passes Away

    The Weekly has learned that Wienerschnitzel founder John Galardi passed away yesterday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 75. 

  • Calendar

    December 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Seventh Tea Bar to Open at the OC Mart Mix Jan. 2

    Six weeks ago, we told you that the coffee nerds at Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa's OC Mart Mix were going to open a tea bar called Seventh Tea Bar. They were hoping to open this year, but it looks like the holidays are going to intervene; instead, the tea bar, adjacent to the coffee lab, will op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    McDonald's to Start Posting Calorie Counts On Menu Boards and Test Out Healthy Foods Like Egg-White Breakfast Sandwiches

    I know what you're thinking: Hasn't McDonald's always posted their calorie count on the menu boards? No, not yet. You're thinking of just about every other fast food chain that has. Calorie counts seem as commonplace as obesity, but it's only now that the biggest burger chain in the world has announ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Cerveza Indio

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you have to know that Indio beer has started being imported from Mexico into the United States. There are billboards; there are giant posters in liquor store and convenience store windows; there are radio ads in two languages. Suddenly, everyone seems to have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Starbucks Buys Bakery Chain To Make Its Food Better

    It's a common complaint that the food at Starbucks isn't very good--overpriced fodder customers often equate to airplane food if they're being generous. Yesterday, Howard Schultz and company announced they plan to do something about their weakness. They've bought up a San Francisco-based bakery ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 24, 2012

    Byron Blocker & the Offbeats

    Pike Bar and Fish Grill

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    A "Pink Slime"-Using Beef Producer Files For Bankruptcy

    The Wall Street Journal reports that AFA Foods, which contributes to about 2% of total U.S. beef production has filed for bankruptcy protection.  The company's products are sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Burger King Holdings Inc., Jack in the Box Inc., Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., Wendy' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Wendy's Knocks Burger King Off #2 Spot

    ​Technomic, the research and consulting firm that keeps score on the this sort of thing, put out its annual ranking of fast-food restaurants yesterday. The firm reports that Wendy's has displaced Burger King as the number two burger chain with $8.5 billion in sales compared with Burger King's $8.4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    10 Great Gay Bars in Orange County (and Long Beach)

    ​A while back, we received instructions from the suits to put together a set of lists of the ten best in several categories. As Gustavo explained, this is meant to make our already awesome Best Of applications even more of the categories was gay bars, and we all stood around sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Carl's Jr. Does Handmade Biscuits. Really?

    Dave Lieberman​It's a rare occasion when we link to Fast Food Maven around here, but I was intrigued by the recent article post handmade biscuits at Carl's Jr.After all, everything in a fast-food chain comes preportioned and pre-dumbed-down so that anyone can do it, right? Creativity and individua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Hardees Commercials for Fried Bologna Biscuits

    ​ You may or may not like Carl's Jr's. commercials. They're purposely polarizing and provocative. The ads use either tits or creepers to capture your eyeballs and your wallet. Now they're using both at the same time--creepy old man moobies to sell Hardee's Fried Bologna Biscuit breakfast sandwic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Best Bar Snack Ever: How to Make Murky Jerky

    Dave LiebermanDoesn't look like much, but it's still awesome.​I love dive bars. Dive bars are my birthright as an American. I love walking into a dim, dank room, bellying up to a worn old bar of no pedigree whatsoever, ordering a beer and maybe a shot, and talking to the random characters sitting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Chili's Allegedly Serves Alcoholic Mudslide Instead of Chocolate Shake to 4-Year-Old

    It was first Applebee's, then Olive Garden, and now this. Chili's is the third restaurant in the last few weeks to be accused of serving an alcoholic drink to a child. This time it's in Chicago, and the drink was a Mudslide allegedly mistaken for chocolate shake.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Carl's Jr. Turkey Burger: Not Bad

    Flickr user keenanpepper​During last week's Carl's Jr. Missed Connection, I mentioned that I was waiting patiently for a turkey burger and a salad. This is a new development at Carl's Jr., whose advertising for the last half-decade has revolved around manly men doing manly things and eating 1,000- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Carl's Jr., Hardee's to Sell Turkey Burgers--Chain Finally Going Healthy?

    Is this burger going the way of Carlos Jr.?​Carl's Jr. has spent most of the last decade boasting of its waistline-busting burgers, proudly proclaiming their entrees are for sloppy guys who think a salad and any thought of health is one fey thang, hanging their hat on 1,000-calorie-plus creations ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2011

    Jesse Thomas

    Viento Y Agua

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Orange County No Longer the Promised Land for Fast Food?

    ​Taco Bell, Del Taco, In-N-Out, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.--the list of fast-food chains with headquarters in Irvine is among the largest in the country. They came to our land of plenty not just because of a friendlier business environment, but also because Southern California has always offered delive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn and Gabriel Zambrano of Soho Tacos Get into a Knife Fight!

    From Soho Taco's website, obviously...​Kind of. The owners behind my top choices for the best restaurants of 2010, Break of Dawn (número 1) and Soho Taco (# dos), met at Dee Nguyen's Laguna Hills temple to breakfast and lunch. "But, it looks like Chef Gabe made an attempt to get express his culin ... More >>

  • Food

    November 4, 2010

    Capital Grille Has Big Meat for Big Money

    South Coast Plaza's newest eatery will set you back a paycheck, but the steak will have you happy in the poorhouse

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    The Capital Grille Opens Today in South Coast Plaza

    Edwin GoeiIf you haven't noticed, the building that was once The Clubhouse in South Coast Plaza has between split in two like a two-layer cake. The bottom layer is now Seasons 52, part of the East Coast chain that eschews butter and fry oil to keep their entrees at or under 475 calories.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Gettin' Made: L.A. Street Food Fest Tomorrow

    The folks that brought you Unique L.A. are at it again, this time hosting a celebration of street food vendors called the L.A. Street Food Fest. For a scant $5 entrance fee (which includes a free drink ticket and a chance at fab giveaways), you'll gain access to the festival which includes special d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2009

    The Capital Grille Coming to South Coast Plaza

    ​Last week, it was announced that an east coast chain called Seasons 52 was coming to South Coast Plaza. This week, the invasion of out-of-state fine-dining chains continues with a new restaurant called The Capital Grille. The press release I received goes into a few details about wine locker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2009

    Is There ANYTHING Salvageable from the Reg's Best of Orange County Food Winners?

    I usually don't care for lolcats, but this one...​For 16 years, the Orange County Register's annual Best of Orange County has mystified county eaters with this simple question: are the paper's readers really that stupid and tasteless to continue calling the Olive Garden the best place in Orange Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    ​A faulty sewer line isn't a crime per se, but how lousy is life in Macomb, Illinois, that the following is a news story--or that "several excited Taco Bell fans camped outside the restaurant in anticipation of" the restaurant reopening?  Camping overnight for Taco Bell? God should've smote t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Reminder: HB Restaurant Week Starts Today!!

    Since I last wrote about the event, which runs until June 2, it's more than doubled in size, with 27 restaurants, pubs and bars confirmed, including Duke's. There are brilliant bargains to be had (check the website for details), and, even better, this chowing is for charity!

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Is P.F. Chang's good? And News About Irvine's China Garden.

    Edwin GoeiTwo stories involving Chinese food caught my attention last week. First, there's local news about what is arguably one of OC's best Chinese restaurants, China Garden in Irvine. Fellow OC Food Blogger Julian Hsu has the scoop. In his post, he writes: "We just ate there for dimsum lunch t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    McDonald's Makes The Grade; Others Must Try Harder

    A few weeks back we brought you news of a survey of America's healthiest fast-food chains (Panera Bread topped the list). Now comes the reverse: America's unhealthiest fast-food restaurants. A report by health and nutrition experts David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, authors of "supermarket survi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    It's Official: This Recession May Make You Fat

    Today is Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday), so it's fitting that I'm writing about how unhealthy we're becoming as a nation - indeed, as a planet. According to the Guardian, the number of new cases of diabetes being diagnosed in the UK is growing at a faster rate than in the US. Now that is depressing. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Satisfaction's Michael Rosas Acoustic Tonight!

    If you need to get your Satisfaction fix, good news: front man Michael Rosas will be performing tonight at Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, which has to be one of the coziest little coffee houses in Orange County—let alone Newport Beach. Rosas goes on at 9:20 p.m. and he promises to get his "acoust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Anaheim GardenWalk's Garden Party Music Series

    Looking for an excuse to finally check out the new Anaheim GardenWalk? Their free and outdoor Garden Party Music Series starts tomorrow, Saturday, September 6th and will continue every Saturday until the 27th. Click HERE for the schedule and more details on the acts. Even if you've seen their s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2008

    Hot Quirky Freaks

    Au, PWRFL POWER and Parenthetical Girls

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007

    Pesos-Loving Pizza Chain Invades Santa Ana

    Remember Pizza Patrón? Only if you're a Know Nothing. Last year, the Dallas-based pizza chain infuriated conservatives after announcing it would accept pesos in lieu of dollars at their locations. Lost in the debate was whether their pies were any bueno. We'll find out soon enough. Across the stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007

    Steal a Base, Steal a Taco?

    Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. announced this morning that it will give a free taco to "everyone in America" if any player steals a base during the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series, which--as usual--won't include the Dodgers. The item at stake is the crunchy beef taco valued at 77 cents. Here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    Crazy-ass Reg letter o' the day!

    (Category: World-Is-Going-To-Hell) SELLING LUST, NOT HAMBURGERS "I am appalled every time I see the new Carl's Jr. ad about 'flat buns.' These ads certainly are helping to destroy our culture. The ads degrade both teachers and students. Please tell Carl's Jr. and the television channels that air th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2007

    Best Story of the Day: Cow Anus Burger?

    Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels wins for the best story of the day. In the business section, Semuels reported on the increasingly comical burger wars in Southern California. According to Semuels, CKE Restaurants Inc., owners of Carl's Jr. and Hardees, sued Jack in the Box on Friday in Oran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    Crazier than Crazy Bread

    As soon as I read this story last Saturday about Pizza Patrón, a Dallas-based pizza chain that primarily caters to Latino communities, accepting pesos as payment, I wondered how long it would be before I read a story about the company getting death threats.  Answer:  six days. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2006

    Karaoke: Cruel and Unusual

    As home to the country's largest concentration of Vietnamese-Americans, any story about Vietnam is liable to generate strong opinions in OC. But regardless of how one feels about the current government of Vietnam, I think we can all agree that a story in today's Long Beach Press-Telegram shows that, ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2006


    Xtine Hanson takes on corporate coffee with

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Beefer Madness

    Eric Schlosser talks Taco Bell, mad cow, Bush

  • News

    October 3, 2002

    Goofy Oversight

    Health inspectors say Disneyland eatery is clean, but complaints continue

  • News

    September 19, 2002

    Rats and Rat Shit Everywhere

    Disney employees claim Goofys Kitchen made them sick

  • Features

    August 9, 2001

    Whos Acai Now?

    Eat exotic fruit, surf and save the rain forest

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