It's been more than a year now since my "50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America" listicle scandalized so many, and I still get crap for it. I'll always stand by it, because everything in it was true. But to the haters, I offer this olive branch: at least we're not Los Ange ... More >>
This Irvine restaurant is the latest Kogi knock-off, but it's a damn great one
This Long Beach luxe lonchera settles down to become a great restaurant
This Huntington Beach restaurant serves small plates with promising, if as-yet unfulfilled, results
Admittedly, we're well aware the title of this blog post couldn't be more boring. But, if you're not making stock at home yet, little do you know how exhilarating the quest for perfect stock can be. First, if you're still buying canned soup or chicken stock at the the store (and you h ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove food truck makes awesome Korean pancakes—but they're not pancakes!
The Lime Truck is going wheel-less. After two years of feeding hungry mobs at business parks, festivals and street food events throughout OC, Daniel Shemtob is taking his innovative New American fare north. He's the latest luxe lonchera chef to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, a move that ha ... More >>
OC's homegrown empire opens its latest, largest location in Huntington Beach
The former luxe lonchera goes brick-and-mortar but is just as great
Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!!Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this fo ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times reports that the list of finalists for the annual Restaurant Design Awards were announced this week. The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) narrowed it down to mostly LA-area restaurants including Roy Choi's A-Frame, designed by Sean Knibb; b ... More >>
"I stopped eating meat this week," chef Roy Choi wrote in his latest blog post. "That's why I'm thinking about leaving cooking."Wait, what? The words have left the SoCal food scene shocked--and confused. All we know is that Choi, the king of Korean tacos and a gazillion other fusion ... More >>
Adapted from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
Kogi BBQ founder Roy Choi may just be the greatest success story in Los Angeles' modern-day food world. By selling Korean tacos out of a Tweet-happy truck, the badass chef set off the luxe lonchera frenzy. He's since opened other acclaimed establishments--Chego, A-Frame and Sunny Spot--and has be ... More >>
This Lake Forest restaurant offers beer-can chicken and other delicious alcohol-laced oddities
And I'll end our year-end write-up of lists with this! If it skews a bit toward the Latino side, it's because that's where some of the most exciting cooking was happening in Orange County this year. Enjoy!
Edwin GoeiThis list was a difficult one. How to just pick 10 restaurant out of the rich bevy of delights found at our Korean District? Or the burgeoning centers of Korean cultures in Buena Park and Irvine? No list could ever be definitive enough to be absolutely conclusive or comprehensive enough ... More >>
An ex-Cheesecake Factory executive sells Italian and Korean food under one roof in Irvine
Daniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn's food truck is a champion on the Food Network and OC's luxe lonchera scene
The Laguna Beach restaurant relies on tried-and-true 'Oriental' tropes for its so-so food
Dos Chinos' Tapatio-sriracha-tamarind cheesecake, with another OC fusion classicA sincere congrats to the Dos Chinos luxe lonchera for being the center story in a New York Times piece. May the coming lines get longer, the money bigger, and the tweets as hilarious as ever. But the premise of repor ... More >>
Given the overwhelming success organizers had with lectures at the Fullerton Public Library regarding the Alex Bernal housing-desegregation case and Lalo Alcaraz, the Fullerton Public Library and Cal State Fullerton's Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (for which I'm a part-time lecturer) ... More >>
Tacos Perrón in SanTana is best known for acting as a remora in reverse to the mighty Rubén's Tacos y Mulitas empire: When Rubén's is parked in the morning on Main and Bishop streets, Tacos Perrón (literally "Big Dog Tacos," but really meaning "Bad-Ass Tacos") parks on Main and Walnut streets ... More >>
It's the end of the year; time for retrospectives both heartwarming and heartburning. This year's trip down memory lane starts with trends that have reached the ends of their useful lives and need to be sent down the knacker's yard to die an ignominious death.
From Pam in Orange County's most quaint city:I love Rockwell's as much as anyone. I get my coffee from the Coffee Grove. I'll even stomach through China Panda. But will Villa Park EVER get a good, hip restaurant?In a word: no. The tiny city's sole retail area is the Villa Park Town Center, where ... More >>
You'll have noticed we're changing who writes this feature on a day by day basis: this is how you know we're getting close to the end of our countdown. Make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC 2010 when it hits the newsstands October 14!Decades before Kogi was an "inspired" idea in the he ... More >>
Quality and Internet savvy have turned Harrison Kho's sandwich shop into a phenomenon
Flickr user Boots in the Oven This week, Stick a Fork In It covered everything from where to find a fiery late night happy hour to the Kogi Truck's secret ingredient.Find out more about what you missed after the jump!
Fueled by green energy.We knew it! The reason that Roy Choi's Kogi Korean tacos are so yummy is due to one super-special, sticky-icky ingredient.
You might have heard this, but here it is again in case you didn't: Food and Wine Magazine has named Kogi's Korean taco auteur as one of 2010's Best New Chefs.
Edwin GoeiFor the most part, the recent article in Time magazine this week on Roy Choi of Kogi and the food truck phenomenon did not reveal anything new. But there was one thing in it that confirms something that I've long suspected: Kogi got the idea for their Korean tacos from a food blog ... More >>