Shuji Sakai

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Ten Great First Date Restaurants

    Date night. Everyone looks forward to a date except the person who has to plan it, and it's even worse when it's a first date or blind date. It has to be normal--not everyone loves loncheras, for reasons I don't fully grok--and it has to be expensive enough that you don't look miserly.So let's talk ... More >>

  • Food

    August 9, 2012

    Juliette Kitchen and Bar: A New Tradition

    Former Filling Station owners John Hughes and Hyun-Sook (Juliette) Chung take over where Pascal Olhats left off

  • Food

    August 2, 2012

    Izakaya Ku Plays With Fire

    This Fountain Valley restaurant resorts to pyrotechnics in a crowded market of Japanese pubs along Brookhurst Street

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Ten Great Hot Dogs In Orange County

    ​In New York and its suburbs, where I grew up, there is only one way to eat a hot dog: in a potato roll with brown mustard, sauerkraut, and the option of onions in a sweet red sauce akin to ketchup.Sure, there were heretics who added ketchup, relish, and raw chopped onions, and the occasional spla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Ten Great Vietnamese Restaurants in Orange County

    ​Pity the other publications in the stable o' stallions that is Village Voice Media, because they have to come up with a list like this, too--and they don't have Little Saigon sitting smack dab in the middle of their publication area. How do we choose from the hundreds--yes, multiple hundreds--of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Bruxie to Open Third Store in Rancho Santa Margarita

    Shuji SakaiThe space in question... formerly a crappy burger joint, soon to be improved!​Oh, Bruxie. First they created a traffic fustercluck in Old Town Orange with the long lines for their waffles; then they gave people a reason to head off of Brea Boulevard when driving through on the way to av ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Ten Great Burgers in Orange County

    Kevin Lara / OC WeeklySt. Roy Chef's Pub... a worthy stop.​If there's any list of these "Best Of Best Of Best Of" items that's likely to engender bitter debate, it's this one. Burgers inspire more debate than any other food we write about, mostly because everyone in Orange County, even those with ... More >>

  • Food

    December 29, 2011

    South County's Foodie Emergence, Steamed Hams and More!

    What the Stick a Fork In It bloggers learned about food in Orange County in 2011

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Berkeley Dog to Open Third Sausage Kitchen Across From UCI

    Berkeley Dog on Facebook​As you read here about this time last year, Berkeley Dog was putting the finishing touches of its first store in Mission Viejo. Now, the wiener stand--which is supplied and endorsed by Top Dog in Berkeley, itself a local legend the way Pink's is here (but perhaps with less ... More >>

  • Food

    March 24, 2011

    Saigon Bakery: OC's Banh Mi Champeen?

    [Hole In the Wall] This Westminster eatery specializes in the Vietnamese sandwich and other baked goodies.

  • Columns

    December 30, 2010
  • Food

    December 30, 2010

    Grab Bag o' Goodies

    Nine great posts from our Stick a Fork In It blog you might've missed

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Drunk in the 949: Cismontane Brewing Co.

    Dave Lieberman​There aren't many reasons to go to Rancho Santa Margarita when you're a food blogger. It's nice to head to the Pavilions on Antonio Parkway to see the orange trophy wives shopping in their terry-cloth yoga pants, and of course Pane e Vino and Rice and Spice (our best Thai this year) ... More >>

  • Food

    October 28, 2010

    Duck Soup and Beyond at Tri-Village

    [Hole In the Wall] More love for the much-blogged-about Northern Chinese eatery

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Newest Stick-a-Fork Blogger Debuts Here; And On TV!

    The Bacon Explosion from Ed Lin on Vimeo.Did you notice a new byline on our blog yesterday? Yes, it's none other than Professor Salt, a.k.a. Shuji Sakai! The man, who has been giving sage food advice on the Orange County Chowhound Board for as long as there was a Chowhound, has finally joined our ... More >>