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    August 28, 2014

    Jinbei Thinks Different

    I usually avoid using the too­-easily misconstrued word to describe anything. But not since Kappo Sui in Costa Mesa have I encountered a more authentic Japanese restaurant in OC than Jinbei. No other word suits it. If John Wayne were a man's man, then Jinbei is a Japanese restaurant's Japanese rest ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    This Is How You're Supposed To Eat Sushi

    I, like most people my age, started eating sushi in high school, as part of a little Otaku streak. I just kind of picked it up, dunked in soy sauce, and avoided wasabi/horseradish whenever I could. Thankfully, I don't do that anymore. For those of you who still do, here's a great instructional vid ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    Boathouse On the Bay: Deja Ocean View

    This Long Beach restaurant is a reincarnation of the recently defunct McKenna's

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    January 16, 2014

    Honda-Ya Box: Costa Japan

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa restaurant is the first outpost of the Japanese pub chain to specialize in fast food

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    December 6, 2013

    10 Essential Costa Mesa Restaurants

    This is a list of restaurants your humble food writer has deemed his ten favorite in a city that's arguably one of the best restaurant cities in Orange County, one where OC Weekly World Headquarters happens to reside (lucky us!). Should any Travel Channel show host, visiting businessman, or a recent ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Monster Sushi AYCE Opens In Tustin

    There's a new all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in Tustin at the same parking lot as the Big Lots. Right about now you might be thinking to yourself, "Wait, wasn't there already an all-you-can-eat sushi joint on Redhill near the 5 on the same parking lot as the Big Lots?" Yes, Virginia, there was. I ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Bistro Anju Moves From One South County City To Another

    Bistro Anju--arguably the sushi joint to seek out if you happen to be a Central OC-er lost in South County--has moved from Laguna Niguel to Aliso Viejo. I reviewed them two years ago on a recommendation by Hiro Ohiwa, owner of Cafe Hiro, who is friends with Hideki Saito, Anju's chef and owner.

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    May 7, 2013

    On The Line: Hiro Noguchi Of Sushi Noguchi, Part One

    Hiro Noguchi may have required a translator to answer our questionnaire, but we shared a rapport over his omakase menu one afternoon. While skittish about dining on fresh coronet (pictured), it quickly became apparent that Noguchi would be our sushi hero, saving us from Americanized rolls and introd ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    LinX To Offer Breakfast Corn Dogs

    I reviewed LinX this week for the dead-tree edition, but it was, alas, too early for me to try what promises to be their most intriguing and calorically irresponsible item yet. LinX announced via its Facebook a few days ago that it plans to start serving breakfast beginning April 20th. They'll featu ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    No. 63, Sizzling Hiramasa Sashimi at The Catch

    If I'm at the Catch, I'm eating seafood and/or steaks--maybe a burger, if I don't need to impress anyone and want to pig out. But regardless of entree, my appetizer is always the same: the Sizzling Hiramasa Sashimi, a flowery title for a dish that skips across culture like the city in which it's mad ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    New Seafood Restaurant & Fish Market To Open In Belmont Shore

    On Second Street where Naples ends and Belmont Shore begins, there used to be a great hot dog joint called The Dog House, which was itself an offshoot and subsidiary of Barry's Beach Shack next door. The Dog House didn't last long and neither did Barry's after it folded.Now we see its replacement: a ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Drunk After Work: Hamamori

    The Place: Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 3333 Bear St., Suite 320, Costa Mesa; 714-850-1549; Hours: Every day, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.The Deal: Signature cocktails and sushi rolls for $7; assorted appetizers up to $9; house wine and sake for $5.

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    April 17, 2012

    DNA Tests of Fish Served In LA and OC Finds Rampant Mislabeling

    That snapper you just ate? Chances are it wasn't snapper. According to a study just released by the non-profit advocacy group Oceana, in 34 samples they tested from sushi bars, restaurants, and markets in LA and OC, none of them were actually snapper. 

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    April 12, 2012

    North Shore Poke Co. Has a Poke-Man

    Shawn Gole's Huntington Beach restaurant finally gives the Hawaiian standard its full, undivided attention

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    March 20, 2012

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi Opens in Irvine and Laguna Niguel on Friday

    ​Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the film about a legendary sushi chef that has critics raving and viewers salivating, will be coming to our neck of the woods this Friday. It's being released at two Orange County theaters, Edwards University Town Center 6 Cinemas in Irvine and Regency Rancho Niguel 8 Cinema ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    On the Line: 'Sushi Dave' Fernandez, of Sushi At the Venetian Gentlemen's Club, Part One

    ​Sitting down for lunch at Twisted Vine in downtown Fullerton, Dave Fernandez and I talked about family, restaurant reviews and great wines. It wasn't quite a business meeting, more like two friends sharing a bite to eat. Of course, he periodically checked his iPhone for incoming reservations, men ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Sushi at Venetian Gentlemen's Club

    ​When a friend requested assistance with a project, I offered to meet close to their Anaheim home. As luck would have it, someone suggested a sushi place near by that I would find interesting. Last seen rolling on the radar in downtown Fullerton, "Sushi Dave" resurfaced about a year ago inside the ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Bear Flag Fish Company Opens in Crystal Cove

    ​As we reported last September, Bear Flag Fish Company, the seafood purveyor/restaurant established in 2007 in Newport Beach, was planning second store in Crystal Cove Promenade, which is also kind of in Newport Beach. According to reader Laliahma, who made a comment on our monthly restaurant r ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Hawaiian Revolving Sushi Chain Opens First California Store In Santa Ana

    ​As Dave reported back in November, Genki Sushi--the revolving sushi chain that practically owns the revolving sushi market in Hawaii (there are 10 on the small island of Oahu alone)--is now open, taking over a defunct Sanrio store at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana. The restaurant, which by the way i ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Is Kula Becoming The Walmart of Sushi?

    ​Some may remember that before it sold $2 sushi on moving belts, Kula's previous incarnation was as a high-priced, made-to-order sushi bar in Century City. When it failed to catch on after about one year, the restaurant made the move to the then still unproven Diamond Jamboree in Irvine. It was he ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    5 Foods That Always Taste Better Made at Restaurants than Made at Home. Always.

    If I hear someone pronounce EVOO i-vuu one more time, I'm going to shoot myself...​You. Yeah, I know you. Your knife skills are up there with the best line chefs in Orange County. Your knife block costs more than a month of my rent. Every time you watch Top Chef, Chopped, or Iron Chef, you come up ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    New Trailer for Anticipated Sushi Documentary Released

    Magnolia Pictures​There is already a movie about ramen. It's called Tampopo, which isn't just one of the best food movies, but in my opinion, one of the greatest films of all time. Now there's a documentary called Jiro Dreams of Sushi where the central subject is Japan's other ubiquitous dish: sus ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Five Things You're Doing Wrong with Japanese Food

    ​I'm just as guilty of butchering foreign word pronunciation as any American, but there are times when the media perpetuates mistakes that will make you look like a schmuck. This week--five things for you to avoid sounding like one in a Japanese restaurant.

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    August 19, 2011

    The Six Most Disgusting Foods Offered at This Year's OC Fair

    ​Fair season is over, at least here in the County of Oranges. We set out to try the most gruesome foods from the darkest depths of the deep fryer. For the reading pleasure of those who survived the Fair, here's our casualty report in the food department: a nonexistent appetite for half a week; an ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Drunk After Work: Ra Sushi

    Edwin GoeiOnly Saturdays at 3 p.m. is it this empty.​The Place: Ra Sushi, 2401 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782;(714) 566-1700. The Hours: Mon.-Sat., 3-7 p.m. The Deal: $2 hot sake. $3 domestic beers. $4 well drinks, Corona, Sapporo, Stella Artois, and Tsingtao. $5 Kirin, Le Terre Chardonnay, Le Te ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Eat Here, Not There: Poke Bowls

    Edwin Goei​This post is another one of our series under the category "Eat Here, Not There". But this time, I could also put this under "fast food guilty pleasures I shouldn't like". What I'm about to recommend comes from the chain known as Sushi Boy, which a typical sushi purist would never come n ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    House Of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer Introduces New Late Night Happy Hour

    Photo by Tracy PowellChef Craig Connole​The House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer new late-night Happy Hour isn't just about rolling with the Great Recession punches and discounting stuff; we're talking drink deals each and every night. They're hooking it up with the food too, except for Fridays a ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Ayame Now Ayame Shabu Shabu Hot Pot

    ​Almost didn't spot it because of the glare, but Zipangu's sister restaurant recently received a makeover.Located in Irvine's Orchard Hills Village Center, Ayame first appeared on the scene at the end of 2007. The sushi spin-off was considered a high-end departure from the usual Agran-preferred ch ... More >>

  • Food

    June 10, 2010

    Buy Me Some Sushi and Cracker Jack

    [Summer Guide] A rundown of the best non-chain eats at the Big A

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    May 13, 2010

    Zen Sushi Gives Life to Triangle Square

    [Hole in the Wall] At long last, your moment of Zen

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    April 23, 2009
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    April 21, 2009

    Getting Ripped Off By Bland Food at Geisha House

    I've eaten at restaurants where the bill came to more than $300 for two (the late, great Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel). Where the buffet cost $100 for two (Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel again). Over $100 for omakase for one (Hanamori). Many other places too expensive and too superflu ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008
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    September 30, 2008

    In San Francisco: Sustainable Sushi

    The San Francisco Chronicle had an interesting and informative article today on what's believed to be "the only sustainable sushi bar in North America." It serves no bluefin toro, hamachi, unagi, octopus or spider rolls (from Chinese blue crabs). It's called Tataki. Read about what they serve ins ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Update: Tokyo Table Opens Wed. Sept. 17 (and Special Offer)

    Tokyo Table, the first restaurant of many at the new Diamond Jamboree in Irvine, will have its grand opening tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, at 5 P.M. The restaurant's already got two outlets in L.A. County (Beverly Hills and Arcadia). Other than the usual roster of rolls, teriyaki and tempura, ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008
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    March 27, 2008
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    January 24, 2008

    What Rent Payment?

    Hamamori is pricey, but worth every bite

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    November 10, 2005

    Poetic Toro

    The tasting menu at Sushi Shibucho: A review in haiku

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    July 14, 2005

    The Asian Persuasion

    Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them

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    June 23, 2005

    Ah So-So Sushi

    Zipangu excels when youre important, pleases when youre not

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    October 14, 2004

    Sushi by Moonlight

    Feasting into the early morning at Honda-Ya

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    December 19, 2002

    Koi-Boy Toy

    What do Koi Restaurant and naked fat men in saunas have in common?

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    September 19, 2002

    Good Sho

    Japanese cuisine cut five ways

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    August 15, 2002

    Da Kine Grinds

    Marukai Market classes up the hood

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    March 21, 2002

    You Gotta Really Like Fish

    Kasen hates California rolls, likes Californians

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    November 1, 2001

    Sushi Master in Training

    Lessons from Wasabi & Sushi

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    July 19, 2001

    Hapi Accident

    Each meal at Hapi Sushi is a delightful exploration of the unknown

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    July 5, 2001

    Mahe Wowie!

    Sushi and meat, together at last

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