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    August 12, 2014

    The New Irvine Improv Gets Major Upgrades

    The newly located Irvine Improv has been open for a few weeks and while the turnout has been pretty fantastic, that's just been a "soft-opening." Today is the day for the grand-opening and what's about to kick off is a week-long event filled with A-list comics that has Orange County all a-buzz. Sure ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    This Week In Food: Glassware, Umami Cocktail, and a Long Overdue Yelp Lawsuit

    Happy weekend, folks. Let's take a look at what's up with OC food... Edwin took a walk down Retro Row in Long Beach and tried out their newest restaurant, Social List. He announced that Sushi Rook will be opening its first OC location at Fashion Island, and that it's time to prepare for Costa Mesa ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    57. 10-Item Plate at Thuan Kieu Noodle & Grill

    Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! There's one reason--no, scratch that--there are ten reasons to go to Thuan Kieu Noodl ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    62. Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich at Little Sparrow

    Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Little Sparrow has made its reputation with fancy cocktails, sumptuous meals, and exq ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    67. Chili Lime Popcorn From Green Tomato Grill

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! My first job was doing concessions in a movie theater. There, co-wor ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! "Shrimp and cheese?" asked my Italian coworker when I suggested Los ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    71. Pork Bánh Mì at the OC Poultry and Rotisserie Market

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! The OC Chicken Rotisserie currently occupies a level of obscurity I ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    This Week In Food: OC Fair Grub, Pizza for Dessert, and Never-Ending Nitrogen Ice Cream

    Hi everyone! Time for another food round up; let's take a look at what's happened... Edwin reviewed the long-awaited and controversial North Left (aka the new Crosby) in Santa Ana. He also told us about M Cow, a new Taiwanese restaurant in Irvine, and about two liquid nitrogen, ice cream shops open ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    74. Doughnuts from Sidecar

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Cupcakeries may implode and the croissant-doughnut hybrid may make i ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    73. Dutch Baby at the Original Pancake House

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Don't let last night's mistakes carry on into the morning after--the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Why Comparing Five Guys and In-N-Out Is Stupid

    Ever so often I see two people get in an argument about Five Guys and In-N-Out, and I can't help but cringe. They directly compare the toppings, the meat and the buns like they're nothing, and they can't agree about which restaurant is better. Eventually it gets dropped, but everyone involved ends u ... More >>

  • Food

    September 12, 2013

    Surfas Is a Chef's Toys 'R' Us

    The Costa Mesa branch of the legendary Culver City market has everything a serious cook needs, plus a café that makes a damn-good burger

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    August 1, 2013

    Yep, Someone Made An Umami Cronut Burger

    Kids, here's what can happen if you dare to dream. By now, we all know that the Cronut is the "Gangnam Style" of 2013, a viral spectacle that had the world asking, "What is that and why can't I stop staring?" But for one man, it wasn't enough to simply get his hands on the mystical doughnut-croissan ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Preview for SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830: Umami Burger, Craft Beer, and Las Vegas Dining!

    Just a reminder folks to tune in to the SoCal Restaurant Show every Saturday morning on KLAA-AM 830 because it's Anaheim-based and Weekling pal Jet Tila is the host. Here's the lineup for mañana--enjoy!

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Ten Great Salads in Orange County

    Salads get a bad rap. It's the name: salad. We tend to associate the word with lettuce, usually iceberg, which is flavorless, bland--the antithesis of a steak. For those on a diet, salad is punishment. But perhaps the comedian John Pinette put it best when he said this about salad: "Salad isn't foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    On the Line: Chuy Vidales of Avocado Cafe

    We randomly came across Irvine's Avocado Café at the beginning of the year, tucked into a high rise community off Jamboree. Their Huntington Beach spot opened off Main Street not too long after. Chuy Vidales (aka the one man marketing team) was taking exterior photos for their Facebook page before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Laguna Beach A La Carte Starts Thursday

    Despite the departure of restaurants in Laguna Beach this past year (The Royal Hawaiian, The Cottage, French 75 and now Katsuya), the third annual A La Carte event hasn't skipped a beat. The four-day celebration begins this Thursday with kick-off dinners galore. There are events and specials through ... More >>

  • Food

    February 21, 2013

    Taverna Blu Brings Opa!

    The Greek restaurant proves Irvine Spectrum's dining scene is not what it used to be

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    No. 5: Spontanaé Menu at Marché Moderne

    South Coast Plaza typically isn't a haven for bargain hunters, but for several years the prix-fixe lunch at Florent and Amelia Marneau's Marche Moderne has had one of the best lunch specials in the county.Dinner for two at Marche can easily top $100, but like Rachael Ray taught us on $40 a Day, expe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    No. 6: Anything By Taco Maria

    I have been known to wait outside Taco Maria for 20 minutes, desperate to be the first in line before the masses come. I've been known to drunkenly tweet that if you don't know Taco Maria, you don't know Mexican food, and fight with people over said sentiments. I've plugged Taco Maria God-knows-how- ... More >>

  • Food

    October 4, 2012

    Dublin Down at Dublin 4

    Darren and Jean Coyle unveil a Mission Viejo gastropub that's a stunner

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    October 4, 2012

    No. 8: Pot Pie Purse at the Crosby

    Aside from La Palma Chicken Pie Shop and a handful of chain restaurants (Claim Jumper, KFC, Marie Callender's), there just aren't enough places doing pot pie anymore. And if they are, it's certainly almost never beef pot pie.Comfort food in the wrong hands can be too much of a good thing--over-porti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    No. 7: Venison Filet Mignon at Mare Culinary Lounge

    Mare is supposed to be known for its seafood. But you should know by now that Alessandro Pirozzi of Cucina Alessa fame has the golden touch, even with game meats, as it turns out. The venison filet mignon he serves at his newest restaurant, two cubes the size of a baseball sitting on opposite side ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    No. 9: Farmers Market Feast at Anais

    Everyone talks about eating more simply, more healthfully. Everyone talks about going to the farmers market and eating more fruits and vegetables. Then they go to restaurants and get fried meat, fried potatoes, fried fried fried, and fruit only in syrup mode.Gross.It's different on Sunday evenings, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    No. 10: Tortilla de Patatas At Ole Spain Delishop

    We love our breakfast morning, noon and night. Hot meals consisting of eggs and potatoes are always welcome, so when we were introduced to one dish in particular, it was love at first bite.Noticed by Niyaz back at number 30, we were pleased by Ole Spain's cuisine. Their tapas and bocatas seem unassu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    No. 11: Picadita at Alebrije's Grill

    You can join the thousands of non-wab Orange Countians who have visited Alebrije's on the corner of Main and Cubbon streets in SanTana, eat nothing but their legendary taco acorazado (which we named our favorite dish in Orange County in 2010 because it was), and you'd be in our good graces forever. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    No. 12: Blowtorch-Seared Mackerel At Izakaya Ku

    The menu said the mackerel would be seared tableside; but I didn't expect the hand-held flamethrower. I admit it:I was nervous. I inched away in my seat a little when the waiter lit it and the thing whooshed like an acetylene torch. We were sitting in an all-wooden booth shrouded with noren, the tra ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    No. 13: Any Octopus Dish at Broadway By Amar Santana

    The first time I ever went to Broadway by Amar Santana was on a double date with Gustavo and his chica. I mostly wanted to drink, and I ordered something or other off the menu without really thinking too hard about it.Then the enormous, far-too-large-for-the-tiny-table plate was placed in front of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    No. 14: Tri-Tip Benedict at Rocq Cafe

    Rocq Cafe has already established itself as the place in South County for intense, incredible macarons, but even the hungriest of cookie monsters (sorry! Had to go there!) needs a real meal sometimes.Much of Rocq's menu is on the lighter side--sandwiches, salads, housemade pastas--and those suffice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    No. 15: Porkabello At Bacon-A-Fair

    As we approach the home stretch of our favorites, we look back on one helluva fair season. Between our team's participation in culinary chowdowns (Go Dave!) to our interviews with Robert Irvine and Fabio Viviani, one thing is clear: It's all about the grub. Usually deep fried, and always incredible, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    No. 17: Sashimi Sandwich at North Shore Poke Company

    The picture you see above is crappy, and it shows only a quarter cut. The sandwich isn't much to look at anyway. Its appearance isn't important. What's important is that it is possibly the best dish at North Shore Poke Company, which is little more than a cold station with the proprietor, Shawn Gole ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    No. 18: Kotlety i Zrazy at Moscow Deli

    I'm sure I'm going to take some flak for this being as high in the list as it is, and I have my defense ready: I eat this at least once a month, and I don't work anywhere near Costa Mesa. It's because it's so perfectly done that I drive so far to get this Russian home-cooking standard. Is it som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Game of Burgers: Fast Food Fiefdom, Final Round: TK Burger Versus In-n-Out!

    Well...hello again! Last time we did this tournament, Dave had a showdown between G Burger and Umami Burger in the Burger Baron category, with the La Habra upstart beating the Los Angeles chain in a controversial upset.That was on August 9. I was supposed to follow by matching up TK Burger versus In ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    No. 20: The Karma Burger At Mick's Karma Bar

    Like how the Thompson Twins were neither related nor named Thompson, the "karma" is as ambiguous as the fact that they don't serve alcohol (and that they close by 10 p.m.). Mick's has a number of factors going against it, even before we try to explain where this is located on the ground floor of an ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Game of Burgers: Burger Barons, Second Round

    Ah, the Burger Barons--those places selling mostly burgers in higher-end joints at higher-end prices. With that price comes better quality ingredients, only, unlike the entrants in our Gastropub Gentry, many of these burgers are customizable with an array of toppings, rather than customized for you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Game of Burgers: Burger Barons, Round One

    We've got no shortage of places in Orange County that specialize in burgers and only burgers. They're not diners (not enough blue hair and orthopedic shoes on the waitstaff), they're not fast food (not at these prices), and they're not gastropubs (which have non-burger foods). The question is, are t ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Announcing OC Weekly's "Game of Burgers," Our 32-Burger Tournament Extravaganza!!!

    After we finished our Final Pho tournament last year in which Edwin, Dave, Shuji, and I subjected ourselves to weeks of pho to determine which was the best in Orange County (Pho Thanh Lich, come on down!), I figured we should do tournos for all the beloved entrees of Orange County. And I figured we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call for June 2012

    Our monthly roll call is a little late, but here it is: what we observed on this thing called a food blog. There were several openings this month, with a lot of them in Newport Beach. Our short roster of German restaurants became even shorter when Barth's shuttered, replaced by a Thai joint.The full ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Umami Burger Anaheim To Open July 1

    For months, I have wanted a hamburger to go with my cold glass of 1888 steam beer California common beer (screw you and the trademark you rode in on, Anchor Brewing!) from Anaheim Brewery. For months, I have been teased--nay, taunted--by the sign promising Umami Burger immediately adjacent to the br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Umami Burger Laguna Beach Opens Wednesday, June 13

    Quick! Everybody get in the car and drive to Laguna Beach! Then fight over the tiny bit of parking that's available on that stretch of Coast Highway.Yes, it's true--OC's second Umami Burger is opening on North Coast Highway near Jean-Paul's Goodies. Doors open this Wednesday, June 11.

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    June 6, 2012

    Umami Burger Is Now Selling Its Ketchup (And Other Products) Online

    The most memorable thing I had at Umami Burger wasn't the burger, it was the ketchup, Here's what I wrote about it at the time: The concoction, which looks and smells like regular ketchup, seems bionically enhanced, a sensation your tongue quickly senses with its heightened flavor, an engineere ... More >>

  • Food

    May 3, 2012

    Umami Burger Brings Something Savory This Way

    Adam Fleischman's phenomenon finally opens in OC

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    April 6, 2012

    Battle of the Bristol Street Burgers: Umami Burger vs. TK Burger

    South on Bristol, in the middle of Orange County's Hipster Triangle, is a burger place everyone should try. The meat is fresh, the bread is baked specifically for the burger and everything is made to order. It's even in walking distance of the Camp and the LAB, just to give diners a little something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Second Anepalco's Opens Today; Already Awesome, and Features the Best New Burger in Orange County

    ​I eat at Anepalco's Cafe in Orange enough enough so that I've gotten to know chef-owner Danny Godinez pretty well, the kind of relationship where he tells me things months in advance, then swears me to secrecy because he knows I won't blabber about it to everyone until he says it's nice and ready ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call For March 2012

    ​The most anticipated new restaurant this month was Adam Fleischman's ever-growing Umami Burger, which opened its first OC outlet in Costa Mesa this past weekend. But there were other notable debuts in the past 30 days that we featured on our blogs (and a lot more that we didn't, I'm sure). B ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Umami Burger: Imminent--In Costa Mesa, Anyway

    ​For the last year or so, the space next to Anaheim Brewery has sat empty while rumors, first whispered and later confirmed, flew about Umami Burger coming to Orange County. Beer geeks all over OC salivated at the idea of freshly burgers being passed through a convenience window into OC's original ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Presenting This Year's Crop of New Burger Joints: More Umami, Another The Counter, And BurgerFi

    ​We're still living in a burger Renaissance folks. As you may recall, the past few years saw a surge of new burger joints, some came from highfalutin gourmets chefs (think Joseph Mahon's Burger Parlor, Charlie Palmer's DG Burger, and Marcus Samuellson's MarcBurger), some came from the In-N-Out-lev ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Umami Burger to Open in Laguna Beach

    ​Umami Burger, Adam Fleischman's high-end burger chain, has taken San Francisco by storm; it's opening next door to the Anaheim Brewery; it's already got half a dozen or so locations in L.A.Now the chain is looking at expanding to South OC, opening a burger joint with full bar at 610 N. Coast Hwy. ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    The Higher Standard of Review for Expensive Burgers

    Dave Lieberman​Two weeks or so ago, Jeff Overley at the Orange County Register wrote a poll for their Food Frenzy blog about whether gourmet burger joints are a rip-off. Overley knows his stuff, and he's got his feet on the ground when it comes to value received for money paid. When something is e ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Anaheim Brewery Opens

    Dave Lieberman​Orange County's latest craft brewery, Anaheim Brewery, has had their soft opening at the Anaheim Packing House, the retail center being developed by the company behind the Lab and the Camp in Costa Mesa. The brewery continues the 130-year-old tradition of brewing in OC's original Ge ... More >>

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