The signs were literally there that Myung Dong Kal Guk Su wasn't doing so well at the location it took up from the former Jamillah Garden in Tustin. A few years ago, the Korean knife-cut noodle peddler, which has a successful store in Anaheim, installed a banner advertising a lunch special that pla ... More >>
A Tustin police officer on the scene for the arrest of a suspected drunk driver who smashed into a pole was injured while sitting in his marked patrol car, which was rammed into by a car driven by a second suspected drunk early today.The officer's agency has not yet released his name, specified his ... More >>
Updates throughout. The latest is Update No. 8 at the bottom of page 4 with conflicting reports about the female victim's employment.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 19, 8:22 A.M.: Three people were killed and two others were wounded in a 25-minute spree of shootings that began in an upscale Ladera Ranch neighbo ... More >>
I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself: Costco (at least the one at The District in Tustin) is currently selling whole suckling pigs. I wasn't the only one gawking at the sight. People were taking photos of it, as did I. Drooling just as much as I was was a Filipino man standi ... More >>
Nothing Bundt Cakes is a national dessert shoppe that's been open well over a year in our neighborhoods, and we haven't reported much except that they existed. Why? I dunno, maybe because it's CLOSED every time we walk by. When we think cake, we think dessert. That time of day leisurely spent after ... More >>
For those just tuning in, there is a shack at the corner of Newport and Walnut (right in front of the venerable sushi bar, Sushi Wasabi) that has gone through more restaurants than Elizabeth Taylor goes through husbands. Every town has one. This one is Tustin's.The latest eatery to attempt to surviv ... More >>
I don't remember what blog it was that I was reading or if it was just a one-off Facebook post that first sighted what appears to be a dire predicament for Tustin's Zon Baguette you see above. From the picture, you would assume, just as that blog or Facebook post did, that Tustin's only banh mi purv ... More >>
You might remember the place as the short-lived Marmalade Cafe (though even that outlasted Pablo's) at The District in Tustin. Now the Red Robin chain has taken it over to give In-N-Out and Five Guys some burger competition.If you're thinking that this location is too close to the other Red Robin at ... More >>
The thought of eating an oozingly delicious all-halal BBQ chicken pizza at another restaurant besides Anaheim's San Giovanni's Pizza seemed blasphemous at first, but the more (halal) pizza, the merrier, right? The New York Pizza Faktory has opened its second location in Tustin, after having well-est ... More >>
Effectively there are already two Honda-Ya's in OC: the one in Tustin and the one in Fountain Valley. But the Fountain Valley location is technically called Kappo Honda. It's a sister restaurant, not a clone. It's also smaller and doesn't offer a lot of what the one in Tustin serves.
If you've read this blog for the past couple of years, you'd know of my fascination about a particular shack on Newport & Walnut in Tustin. Every time there's a change in ownership and/or concept, I write about it. I am the unofficial historian of what comes and goes in what I joking referred to ... More >>
Judging by the final tally of this month's "open and shut cases", we gained more restaurants than we lost. But that still doesn't make the closure of Manila Groove, Tustin's only Filipino turo turo, sting less. What follows is our monthly compilation of new and shuttered restaurants.
Edwin GoeiPicture of the Tustin store...where there will be a hiring event for the HB store, today.If BevMo seems like the Trader Joe's of booze and Hi-Time the farmers market, Total Wine & More would have to be the Costco.In 2008 the alcoholic beverage chain opened their first OC store in Tu ... More >>
The Tustin gas station restaurant is no longer in a gas station, but it's still in Tustin. As we reported a few months ago, Peter's Gourmade Grill, a burger joint that became successful despite of (or is it because of) its location inside a Valero's gas station near a freeway offramp, has now op ... More >>
Police received a call at 10:38 a.m. Friday that a man was masturbating while driving a Toyota Prius at Irvine Boulevard and Browning Avenue in Tustin.Gentlemen (and Danica Patrick), start your en-jokes . . .
December's biggest debut was Irvine's new Mitsuwa, which constituted an uptick in the number of Asian markets by one and Asian restaurants by four, the latter in a food court the size of a studio apartment. In closures, the most cursed restaurant location in Tustin claimed one more victim, er, te ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is reaching out to the public to help find a man who robbed and roughed up an 88-year-old woman who'd returned to her Tustin area home after making a bank withdrawal on Nov. 22. He is described as a clean-cut Hispanic, 5-foot-6, 150 lbs. with short black hai ... More >>
Edwin GoeiChaparosa Grill at The District in Tustin has closed. When it was open, the place was noted for its Caribbean totems, color-splashed walls, and numerous ceiling fans that swoop the air as if the place was in the tropics. A large framed photo of their bald chef, Tony Corke, a native of E ... More >>
Edwin Goei Tucked upstairs by a rarely traversed outdoor escalator next to a discount shoe store, Bowlmor at the District in Tustin might as well be in stealth mode. It used to be called Strike, but it's always been part of the Bowlmor chain, which has the distinction of being the longest continu ... More >>
Tapu Aniceto Sitagata and his hearty-partying family were kicked out of Newport Five Cocktail Lounge in Tustin in December for getting too rowdy. They were still in the parking lot when the bartender locked up at 2 a.m. So, the bartender offered to call the 27-year-old Santa Ana man a cab. He re ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comFresh out of meat at Freshia TustinWhat used to be a great place to buy good-quality beef and unusual seafood items such as fresh monkfish and live halibut is shutting down this week. According to a store manager I spoke with, July 31 will be the last day for local Korean superma ... More >>
I don't know why I was watching the Tustin City Council Meeting last night. It is usually just about as riveting as sitting through The Weather Channel's Local On the 8s ; but something they were discussing piqued my interest. During the meeting, the owner of Beach Pit BBQ, Tim DeCinces, stood ... More >>
Viento y Agua
Traditions in TustinSoup Plantation, Hometown Buffet and Vegas are what dominate the mainstream conversations about restaurant buffets. But in Orange County, of course, the best ones are Indian, especially around lunch time: India Cook House, Clay Oven, Haveli, and many more. North Indian-style b ... More >>
Anne Marie Panoringan If you 1.) are a UC Santa Barbara grad, or 2.) spent any time living in Texas, chances are this will be something to cheer about: Freebirds, the fast-casual burrito chain founded in Isla Vista in 1987, is coming to Orange County.
Flickr user Half ChineseJust like the headline says--and more!--after the jump!
Update, January 10, 5:23 p.m.: The Orange County District Attorney's Office has released to the media surveillance photos taken from Godfather's bar in Tustin early Nov. 26 of a man who is believed to have participated in helping facilitate a woman's rape.On the following page, you'll see larger ... More >>
Illustration by Jay BrockmanYes, short-term memory is challenging for many of you. But try extra hard thinking back to the not-so-distant past when marijuana legalization in California seemed to be a lock. Alas, Prop 19 was smoked in the statewide election earlier this month.Is it possible that t ... More >>
Edwin GoeiRemember Bistro West and the building they left behind when they shuttered at The District in Tustin? It turns out the restaurant that will take it's place won't be called Pablo McGinty's as some reports out there predicted.
Kids, here's some advice. The night of Thursday, Nov. 18 is a very good time to stay indoors. Police departments will conduct what they're calling the "largest-ever Orange County curfew sweeps." Cops in nearly every city--Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, ... More >>
Flickr user thegrocerThe Orange County Register published a review last week of Freesoulcaffe, a vegan restaurant in Tustin and posted a link on their food blog, Food Frenzy, asking if their review changed any minds about vegan food. The response was nearly universally "no," and it bears thinking ... More >>
The picture says it all, ¿qué no? But there's more to the sign after the jump.
Flickr user ctnelson (Tustin)Behind the jump: Check out this week's Flickr Photo of the Week, by Flickr user CTNelson (Tustin). Got some photos of life in or around Orange Count you'd like to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!
Edwin GoeiJamillah Garden, long a staple of the Tustin food scene and one of only a few Islamic Chinese restaurants in OC, has called it quits, finally folding and surrendering its corner spot in a hidden strip mall to a Korean noodle house called Myung Dong Kal GukSu. Myung Dong, as those who r ... More >>
Photo by Brekkie FanSo are you wondering what those early birds got for free at the Henry's Farmers Market grand opening today in Tustin? Well wonder no more. What you see above is the haul that our friend, Brekkie Fan, came away with. Not too shabby for waiting out in the cold morning for two ... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] The Tustin eatery offers some south-of-the-border touches with its basic bowls
UPDATED WITH STILL ANOTHER ARREST . . . Suspect photos courtesy of Tustin Police DepartmentArrested in the murder of 16-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez, who was gunned down around 2 a.m. Jan. 10 in Tustin and is shown at bottom right, are (clockwise from top left): John Saway; David Escobar; Pablo ... More >>
The chase ended just up ahead.A police chase that began with a residential burglary report out of the Peppertree Homes subdivision in Tustin seems to have just ended in the Sepulveda Avenue tunnel under the overpass that jetliners cross at the LAX south runway complex.Tustin Police Sgt. Jeff Blai ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIf you think the year that's passed was bad, try owning a restaurant. It was a tough 2009. The luxury brands predictably suffered. The likes of Savannah, White Horses, Manhattan Supper Club and even Tracht's folded as people got tighter and choosier with their budgets. And some ot ... More >>
avlxyz @ flickr.com CC BY-SA 2.0For years, the question of where to get Malaysian food in the LA area was answered on the Chowhound boards with "Belacan Grill in Redondo Beach or Tropika in Tustin."Then Tropika closed and we Orange Countians were forced to endure the awful, awful trek to LA's Sou ... More >>
Tustin's wonderful Mexi-Bolivian eatery, first reviewed by Edwin then lovingly ripped off by me, was the subject of my latest OC restaurant conversation on KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food this past weekend. My wabby friends are already giving me grief for saying Mexican pan dulce is really just mestizo tak ... More >>
Good for what ails ya--well, at least a little bit...If you want deals for serranos, go to a Mexican supermarket. Curry spices? Laxmi Sweets and Spices. Ramen? Mitsuwa. Salt? As I've discovered by accident, Freshia Market in Tustin.I was at the Korean market to buy some burdock for my chica, and ... More >>
Join the Auld Dubliner in Tustin this Saturday as they attempt to pour the world's tallest Guinness--eight feet tall. Four-hundred gallons.And as tasty as the dark stout is, we all know it's not exactly the most diet-friendly beverage either. If successful, at 400 gallons, the world's largest be ... More >>
Last week, we posted about the Global Climate Change Day of Action event taking place at Irvine Regional Park tomorrow. There'll be bells tolling, bikes biking, and a bunch of people forming a "350" for an aerial camera.But there are a bunch more of these shindigs tomorrow all over the world, inc ... More >>
Craig MediciThis news comes from fellow itinerant diner cdmedici, (otherwise known as Craig) who sent me an e-mail with only this in the subject line: "The old Sevens Steakhouse in Tustin" Attached was a photo, which you see above. It really says it all.I was going to call Dosa Place to confirm ... More >>
By "anti-Starbucks" I don't mean they've launched campaigns against the coffee behemoth (not that I know of, anyway), but that in terms of look, feel and menu they're the antithesis of the chain everybody loves to hate. The Gypsy DenOf the two locations (Costa Mesa and Santa Ana), I prefer the la ... More >>
As excited as we were to discover last night that there's a new Malaysian restaurant in town (Tustin, to be precise), we soon realized that it's on the very same site as Tropika, also Malaysian, which closed in June. The new joint, Belacan Grill, is the second venture of the people who own the or ... More >>
As you saw first on this blog, I wrote on July 20th that Kogi will be making its triumphant return to O.C. in August. Particularly, The District in Tustin.The date is set (although things can always change) for this Saturday, August 1st. But first, the truck will make a stop in Fullerton. T ... More >>
Here's a recipe that's more elaborate than others we've featured recently. It's from the Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tustin (where Yvon Goetz is Executive Chef and Partner), so it should come as no surprise that a whole bottle of the drink of the gods is a key ingredient. And if you can get ... More >>
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