The last horse finally crosses the finish line! As we conclude our OC dive bar hunt, the north corner of the orange curtain contains a few noteworthy watering holes within its borders. Before you decide to burn a tank of gas getting to LA, don't forget the gloriously grimy crevices lurking between L ... More >>
Ch-ch-ch-changes happen all the time in the restaurant industry. Chefs leave, and are replaced by someone with a vision more aligned with that of the establishment. Alfonso Ramirez helms the kitchen within Westin South Coast Plaza's fine-dining establishment, Pinot Provence. Where have you worked in ... More >>
It's rare that Donald Bren's empire will give you something for nothing...and this isn't one of those times; but the free Circus Vargas tickets The Irvine Spectrum is offering (with purchase) is more than I would usually expect from Bren & Co. So here it is: if you're going to spend $80 at one o ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.
That's Carl's Jr.'s new commercial for Kate Upton's boobs the Southwest Patty Melt, an 890 calo ... More >>
Flickr user Mykl RoventineIf we think of all the mascots in the fast-food hamburger chain galaxy--McDonald's Ronald, Carl Jr.'s galaxy of gals, Jack, the Burger King--perhaps the most boring is Wendy's, um, Wendy. It's intentional, of course: she was modeled after the daughter of Wendy's founder ... More >>
Dave LiebermanKean Coffee's Italian cappuccinoAs hard as it may be to believe, I am not a die-hard coffee snob. I do not care to memorize the names of coffee estates as though they were domaines in Bordeaux, I don't trust any place that gives me a palate cleanser before my espresso, and I'm not y ... More >>
From Armando:Gustavo, love your stuff, but I found an obituary you wrote about Carl Karcher, and it was pretty mean. Was he really as big of a dick as you made him out to be?I don't think I made him out to be too evil. If anything, that obit spelled out my mixed feelings about the founder of Carl ... More >>
Photo by Todd Barnes For our final installment of On The Line with Derek Venutolo of Capital Grille, our featured chef shares a recipe.
If you missed the first or second part of our Q&A, click here and here.
Otherwise click onward.
Subway has been flogging its five-dollar foot-longs for ages--I'm sorry, they should be paying us five dollars to eat that slop--but now TGI Friday's is joining the gang, meaning we we eat out for around the same price (or thereabouts, if we're frugal). I'm not a big fan of the chain, I admit. Call ... More >>
This one is from last week and involves Taco Bell itself!A federal appeals court Friday ruled that Taco Bell is solely liable
for $42 million in breach-of-contract awards to two Michigan men who
created the diminutive mascot that starred in the Irvine fast-food
giant's hit $500-million advertising c ... More >>
NEWS ITEM: Don Callender, founder of the Southern California restaurant chain Marie Callender's, has passed to that great pie shop in the sky.. . . AND NOW THE REST OF THE STORY: The mortuary will return a small fee to the grieving family once it gets back the tin receptacle holding the deceased.
A weekly series in which we scan police blotters across the world to find the craziest crime occurring at an outpost of Orange County's most infamous fast-food chain...
From West Virginia:
A late night trip to get some fast food from Taco Bell in the Kanawha City area of Charleston, W.Va., landed ... More >>
As you can see in GO! to this blarney-stone encrusted timepiece's right, the Fenians are in town to provide the soundtrack to your St. Paddy's Day overindulgences. If that's too loud or too sold out or too bar-fight-leading-to-parole-violation worthy for you, you can see how much tolerance you have ... More >>