As I promised in an earlier post I did, here's an update on Bonefish Grill being built in Tustin Marketplace, the seafood-centric restaurant that's part of a chain that started in St. Peterburg, Florida and has gone to expand to 32 states. The Tustin location will be the first in California.
Aria International Supermarket in Tustin, which opened last year in March in the ginormous space previously occupied by Sears Home Essentials, has been sold to Ansar Gallery International, a shopping mall developer based in Bahrain. The market remains in operation, as is the in-store restaurant, but ... More >>
As we mentioned not too long ago, Pieology has plans to aggressively expand and get ahead of its competitors like Blaze Pizza and 800 Degrees in the DIY pizza business. About six stores are planned all around Southern California. The first store outside of the Fullerton original opened in Irvine N ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant serves Thai standards, with a few surprises
Hey Irvine, are you ready for the burger where you don't tell the counterman what you want on it; you tell him what you don't? G Burger is opening today at the Irvine Marketplace next to Thai Spice. Or if that doesn't work out, definitely tomorrow.
Mothers may carry us for nine months, but Fathers are parents, too. So we're taking a moment to check in on a few dining options this weekend. Let's pretend dad doesn't want to grill for once, but have someone cook for him. It's also less clean up in the kitchen. Reservations are always recommended. ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Someone really likes oranges—really
The Irvine Police Department just announced a DUI checkpoint Saturday night at Jamboree Road and Birch Street.This is the first of eight such ops the department has scheduled in coming months.
Encore Dinner Theater
It sounded like the perfect summertime crime. Early in the morning on May 27, six men cut through a fence and entered Tustin's Raj Manufacturing, the maker of swimwear lines such as St. John, Hurley, Guess and Reef. They grabbed $200,000 worth of bathing suits, loaded them into a white van and fled, ... More >>
Have you picked up OC Weekly's annual Summer Guide yet? It's on newsstands now. In it are all sorts of awesome food stories that fit our "Barely Legal" theme, from a guide to making your own absinthe to an inside look at OC's top-secret Hidden Dinner eat-easys.For us Weeklings, the issue marks the s ... More >>
If I need a baguette and I'm in the area, chances are I'm headed to Cream Pan. Fellow Forker Dave Lieberman recently honored the Tustin bakery with the top spot on his "Ten Great Bakeries in Orange County" list for having the best strawberry croissants, baguettes and epi in all the land.I'm not g ... More >>
The unofficial definition of a pop-up restaurant is one where a singular chef rules the back of the house of an establishment typically open during daylight hours only. Think Joseph Mahon's Wednesday-through-Saturday stints at downtown Fullerton's Rialto Cafe (until he announced his very own Burg ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 16, 3:01 P.M.: An Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement on the sexual assault charges against David Elifar Verduzco reveal that the 32-year-old now has an alleged 12-year-old female victim to go along with the 9-year-old girl he is accused of molesting, and that ... More >>
Rally 'round our Lime Truck boyos!Another great week in Forker land--highlights after the jump!
Will you mess with the Gohan?In one of the too many strip malls along Newport Avenue in Tustin, another competitor has dared to go up against local samurais Cream Pan and Honda Ya. Its name: Gohan. Not to be confused with a bad Adam Sandler movie or the Dragonball hero, loosely translated, it mea ... More >>
@BenJerrysWestNow these boys can come over anytime. Ben & Jerry, makers of yummy and wittily-named ice cream, have a truck that will hand out free scoops throughout SoCal for the next six weeks. There are only a couple OC stops on the schedule so far--Whole Foods in Tustin on June 1 and ... More >>
Last year, we saw Tustin's Curtain Call Dinner Theater take its final bow. This year, starting on Feb. 1, Anaheim will up the net gain of dinner theaters by one. Battle of the Dance is Medieval Times meets Dancing With the Stars--a dinner theater show that aims to cover Bollywood, Michael Flatley a ... More >>
Flickr user Annie LindgrenThe first week of the year is done--just 100 more to go before the Mayan calendar finishes! To get your mind off that horrible deadline, the best of last week after the jump!
Edwin GoeiIt's curtains for Tustin's Curtain Call Dinner Theater. The 30-year-old institution took its final bow last month, and is now closed for good. On its marquee is a "For Lease" sign. I'm a bit late in posting this, only hearing about its shuttering a few weeks ago, never having the chan ... More >>
Edwin GoeiOctober was as busy a month for restaurant closures; but it seems it was a busier time for openings. Here's a recap this month's notable "open and shut cases", to steal a phrase from Westword, a sister paper out in Denver.RESTAURANTS/VENUES OPENED IN OCTOBER: Kami Sushi, Tustin Le ... More >>
Considering nearby Irvine has no shortage of Korean soondubu (soft tofu) restaurants, you might not have noticed that Tustin's lone soft tofu restaurant, HK Tofu & Grill, is now gone, replaced by a Japanese All-You-Can-Eat sushi bar called Kami Sushi. You might even wonder where exactly ... More >>
UPDATE: See end of post for formal charges filed against Bernard Veldhuizen . . .Frustrated by the economic forces piling against him, 46-year-old Bernard Veldhuizen of Tustin allegedly took repossessee-on-repo-man violence to a new level. After barricading himself in his home for 11 hours, ... More >>
Edwin GoeiAs I was waiting to pay for my Borders book purchases at The District in Tustin, guess what I saw at the checkout line? Not Snickers. Not M&M's. Pocky!
Photo by Kimberly ValenzuelaYesterday we heard from Sam Gupta, proprietor of Traditions in Tustin. Today, he shares a recipe. Not just any recipe: their recipe for chicken tikka masala, which according to food lore is purportedly more English than Indian. It's still delicious no matter ... More >>
Above is the logo on boxes like those stolen this past Thanksgiving weekend from the United Labor Agency of Orange County in Garden Grove, where 20,000 pounds of food, more than $25,000 worth of donated toys and other items for the benefit of underprivileged families were taken. Total estimated l ... More >>
Edwin GoeiAs most Weekly readers know, Native Foods occupies a yurt at The Camp in Costa Mesa, one of the first stores to debut at the alternative mall. But Native Foods was actually started 15 years ago in Palm Springs by its founder, Tanya Petrovna, who's authored two cookbooks on the su ... More >>
Following a period in which the number of closures was down, they've now increased again. September saw five OC places shut up shop for good. They were:Wienerschnitzel, Mission ViejoJaponaise Bakery, Tustin (for Edwin's full report, CLICK HERE)Contodo Mexican Grill, OrangeVessia Ristorante, Irvin ... More >>
In the last seven days, we:Seethed and fumed about a new "Mexican" eatery in Brea. Ingested gazillions of calories. First by eating our way around Disneyland, stuffing in gumbo, Dole Whip, turkey legs and more, and second by chomping through two green curries. It's a tough job, but someone's got ... More >>
Over the last seven days, we:Brought you tales of exploding trash cans outside a Taco Bell in Tracy, California.Broke news about openings: Belacan Grill (a Malaysian coming soon to Tustin), the Counter (another outpost of the gourmet burger joint coming soon to Newport Beach) and Daily Express (a ... More >>
For $13.95 you get three kebobs (angus beef, chicken and harissa tuna), rice and two sides...We went last Monday to Zov's Bistro, Bakery & Café in Tustin to check it out. It's a generous fill--not tons, but certainly enough (we took a box of leftovers home, only to wolf them down the minute ... More >>
Business was brisk Friday night at the Swinging Door Saloon in Tustin, but whooping it up in one corner more than anyone else in the watering hole known for its calendar girl bartenders was a small group of women and maybe one or two dudes. The leaders of the pack seemed to be a couple thin bl ... More >>
Perhaps the greatest South Park episode ever made is "Scott Tenorman Must Die." If you've seen it, then you know where I'm going with this. Yes. I am making the connection between Cartman's Chili Con Carnival with this Sunday's Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off. Seriously, if you haven't, ... More >>
Our favorite SAFII posts of the week:Gustavo unearthed another Taco Bell Crime of the Week. The "restaurant" overcharged a Washington family by $135, not including overdraft fees (which TB subsequently paid on his behalf).Edwin ate in the dark one night--no, not because he didn't pay his electricity ... More >>
Find out what our greatest blogs of the year were in our year end blogapoloza! We've lifted the best blurbage from Navel Gazing, Heard Mentality and Stick a Fork In It, each of which you need to peruse daily. Plus... • The Weekly's standing columns, ¡Ask a Mexican!, Hey You! and Savage ... More >>
It's full steam ahead at The District in Tustin, despite the failing economy. Bistro West and Marmalade Cafe are close to being done. For Bistro West, this will be the second location. The original is a few miles south, in Carlsbad. For Marmalade Cafe, this will be the ten ... More >>
Name: Curly Tops Origin: Philippines Found at: Pinoy Mart, Tustin Cost: $1.59 Ingredients: Refined Cane Sugar, Milk Powder, Hydrogenated Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Whey, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin and Cinnamon Powder, Iodized Salt. Why I Bought It: Apart from the name, which is, ... More >>
Name: Every Burger Origin: Japan Found at: Freshia Market, Tustin Cost: $1.99 Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Cacao Mass, Milk Powder, Palm Oil, Shortening, Margarine, Lactose, Cocoa Butter, Sesame Seed, Butter, Condensed Milk Powder, Egg, Corn Starch, Poppy Seed, Maltose, Wheat Meal, Gluco ... More >>
Why is it that when you hear eye-witness accounts on Bigfoot and Nessie, it's always the chance encounter by the drunkard who just sauntered out of his local pub? It's never the guy who actually goes out looking for them -- like that determined scientist with grant money and expensive equipment? S ... More >>
On Friday night, Dave Segal watched London duo, Black Ghosts, put on one of the better hipster-dance live shows he's seen in a while. Saying, "It was kind of like a combination of Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers, full of aggressive beats, filthy synth textures and sing-along tunes." Saturday found ... More >>
DINING IN THE DARK, 6 p.m. Ever wondered what it would be like to be blind? The Foundation Fighting Blindness will help you experience the latter for $250 over dinner. (Or you could just stay home and eat ice cream in the dark.) Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach BRAZI ... More >>
“BOO” PLAQUE, 5:30pm If you’re artsy and into scrapbooking, this may be for you. Larwin Square, 502 E. 1st St., Ste. C, Tustin, (714) 838-1200. www.theredbee.com BILINGUAL STORYTIME FUN!, 7pm With stories in Spanish and English, this is definitely one for the little ones. El Modena Branch, 3 ... More >>
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