Restaurants and Food Services

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    John Oliver Kills Pumpkin Spice With Newest Rant

    I've been kind of over pumpkin spice since last year, when the major coffee chains came out with their autumn drinks in August during a Seattle heat wave (they happen, and they're horrible), but I never gotten around to writing one of my rants about it, and now it might be too late. Why? Well, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations Now Online at Four Orange County Malls

    If your electric car comes with a portable plug, you can charge it up at home. More charging stations are also coming on line up and down the state. But here in Orange County, we love to shop. No sweat if you take to the aisles at four OC shopping malls.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Top Five Dive Bars in North Orange County

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    On The Line: Alfonso Ramirez Of Pinot Provence, Part One

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Spend $80 At One Of These Irvine Spectrum Restaurants, Get Two Tickets To The Circus

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Carl's Jr. Is Testing An Ice Cream Burger (AKA 'Brrrger') Only in Orange County

    Sometimes, we just luck out. Because look what we've got here. It's the new "Ice Cream Brrrger" from Carl's Jr., being tested only in OC. Don't freak out--they didn't simply add a scoop of rocky road to their Western Bacon Cheeseburger. Because that would be gross. Maybe. Nope, it's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    3hree Things: On Kate Upton's Carl's Jr. Commercial

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    John Freese's Holiday Shopping Guide

    ​You only have one holiday shopping weekend left. Freak ya out? In order to help your lazy, procrastinating ass, we enlisted the help of drummer extraordinaire Josh Freese. And why not? The man who rocks behind the kit for bands such as Devo and Weezer is also one of the greatest marketing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2011

    First Wendy's in Russia Skanks Up Chain's Iconic Mascot

    Flickr user Mykl Roventine​If 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Five Non-Slutty Carl's Jr. Commercials

    ​Eater published a fun, if predictable, collection of what it calls Carl's Jr.'s Slutburger ads--you know, those ads featuring hot chicks eating burgers that made founder Carl Karcher sad in the last years of his life due to their wanton sexuality.Of course, Carl's Slutburger phase is a relatively ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Food Critic Jonathan Gold Reviews...The Olive Garden

    ​Sometimes an April Fools prank can backfire on the prankster. It happened to Jonathan Gold, our esteemed colleague and Pulitzer Prize winning food critic at the LA Weekly. His planned joke on his longtime food photographer Anne Fishbein to meet him at Olive Garden didn't go exactly as planned. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Cappuccino

    Dave LiebermanKean Coffee's Italian cappuccino​As 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! Was Carl Karcher Really That Much of a Dick?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    On The Line: Derek Venutolo of The Capital Grille, Part Three

    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.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    On The Line: Derek Venutolo of The Capital Grille, Part Two

    Photo by Todd Barnes​ Today we continue our Q&A with Derek Venutolo, the executive chef The Capital Grille in South Coast Plaza. Stay tuned for a recipe from the chef tomorrow. If you missed the first part, click here. What show would you pitch to the Food Network? Not going to share my ide ... More >>

  • Food

    July 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    TGI Friday's Goes Five-Dollar (and Five Cent!) Crazy

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Life of Pie

    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.

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week, Part I

    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 >>

  • Food

    March 15, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Pizza for Pesos: Chicago Pizza

  • Food

    November 2, 2006

    Where the Boys Are

    The yummy sandwiches and free coffee of Monkey Business Cafe

  • News

    July 6, 2006
  • Blogs

    March 17, 2006

    Drinkin', drivin'

    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 >>

  • Features

    September 8, 2005
  • Music

    March 24, 2005

    Suspicious Minds

    Septuagenarians hang with twentysomethings at the Fling

  • News

    March 17, 2005

    Now We Have Faith

    With Taco Bell boycott over, activists plan for next fast-food battle

  • Music

    July 1, 2004

    Here Comes A Regular

    Jumping off at Cliffs

  • Culture

    August 28, 2003
  • Food

    May 30, 2002

    Adobo a Go-Go

    Fast food done right