Roy Choi

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    September 18, 2014

    The 10 Most Important Tacos in Taco History

    This week marks the beginning of Hispanic Latino Chicano Brown People Heritage Month, a time where corporations outdo each other in pandering for pesos. We here at the Weeklyare not immune to such cheap points--hell, we pander all year! So in the spirit of that, behold a listicle celebrating taco hi ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    November 21, 2013

    25 Reasons Why Orange County Will Always Kick LA's Ass

    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 >>

  • Food

    May 2, 2013

    Urban Seoul's Bulgogi Nation

    This Irvine restaurant is the latest Kogi knock-off, but it's a damn great one

  • Food

    February 7, 2013

    Rebel Bite's Headquarters

    This Long Beach luxe lonchera settles down to become a great restaurant

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    January 24, 2013

    Scraps: The Real Asian Tapas

    This Huntington Beach restaurant serves small plates with promising, if as-yet unfulfilled, results

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    January 4, 2013

    Four Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Chicken Stock, And How to Make It!

    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 >>

  • Food

    December 13, 2012

    Koo's Catering Truck: Are You Hot for Hotteok?

    [Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove food truck makes awesome Korean pancakes—but they're not pancakes!

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    The Lime Truck To Open TLT Food, A Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Westwood

    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 >>

  • Food

    July 5, 2012

    Woo-hoo for Wahoo's Fish Taco!

    OC's homegrown empire opens its latest, largest location in Huntington Beach

  • Food

    June 14, 2012

    Slapfish Truck Stops Here

    The former luxe lonchera goes brick-and-mortar but is just as great

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    No. 95, Sweet Chili Chicken Quesadilla At Kogi

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Yorba Linda Sushi Bar Among Finalists of Restaurant Design Awards

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Is Roy Choi Leaving Cooking and Becoming a Vegetarian?

    "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 >>

  • Food

    April 5, 2012

    How Doritos Were Born At Disneyland

    Adapted from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Kogi Creator Roy Choi Gives Love To OC In His Upcoming Memoir

    ​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 >>

  • Food

    February 2, 2012

    Bru Grill and Market Features Drunken Masters

    This Lake Forest restaurant offers beer-can chicken and other delicious alcohol-laced oddities

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    December 30, 2011

    Gustavo's Top 5 Restaurants of 2011!

    ​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!

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    December 23, 2011

    10 Great Korean Restaurants in Orange County

    Edwin Goei​This 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 >>

  • Food

    November 10, 2011

    Itriya Cafe Shows Ssam Like It Hot

    An ex-Cheesecake Factory executive sells Italian and Korean food under one roof in Irvine

  • Food

    August 25, 2011

    The Lime Truck Is No Lemon

    Daniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn's food truck is a champion on the Food Network and OC's luxe lonchera scene

  • Food

    July 7, 2011

    Starfish Is Asian, But of No Persuasion

    The Laguna Beach restaurant relies on tried-and-true 'Oriental' tropes for its so-so food

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Dos Chinos Gets Great Mention in Bad New York Times Piece About "Diverse" OC Food

    Dos Chinos' Tapatio-sriracha-tamarind cheesecake, with another OC fusion classic​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Announcing 'Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!' at the Fullerton Public Library: Love and Rockets, Taco Trucks, and 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Kogi in Reverse? Mexican Taco Truck Sells Korean Noodles

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    The Five Most Played-Out Food Trends of 2010

    ​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.

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    December 2, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: Will Villa Park Ever Get Good Food?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    #17. Mexican Teriyaki Bowl at Mos 2

    ​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 >>

  • Food

    May 27, 2010

    Harry's Deli: A Cult Above

    Quality and Internet savvy have turned Harrison Kho's sandwich shop into a phenomenon

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    May 21, 2010

    This Week in Food

    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!

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    May 19, 2010

    Haute Stoner Cuisine: NY Times Reveals Kogi's Secret Ingredient

    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.

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    April 8, 2010

    Kogi's Roy Choi: One of Food and Wine Mag's Best New Chefs

    ​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.

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    March 22, 2010

    Kogi Reveals in Time Magazine That It Got Idea From Blogger

    Edwin Goei​For 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 >>