I find myself in downtown SanTana more and more these days, whether it's buying clothes at Fallas-Paredes or having a drink at the Little Sparrow, and I love it. I love that it's a place that's still got one foot in its traditions and the other in its future. But from a food and drink perspective, t ... More >>
The new izakaya takes over Xanh Bistro's old space
It was a sad day when Xanh Bistro, a date-friendly Vietnamese restaurant with a cursed location, closed. Xanh was a place where you could take people who might be afraid of the brusque service and untranslated menus of Little Saigon, where the flavor punches were never pulled in the name of accessib ... More >>
The OC Great Park -- yeah, the one with the balloon -- is hosting an Artisan Food & Arts Festival on Saturday, April 28. According to the website, you could "learn how to bake your own bread, make your own jam, prepare a delicious fresh dish and . . . to create a more sustainable community."The ... More >>
Xanh Bistro is the perfect introduction to Vietnamese food for people who are scared of Little Saigon and its brusque holes in the wall: it serves excellent, home-style food like grilled or stewed fish, plenty of vegetables, and great small plates in a warm, well-designed environment. The service ... More >>
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 >>
Flickr user Gary SoupWarm up with good eats this weekend. TONIGHT Positive Plate's A Taste of Fall What: As reported by Shuji, this premier event features sustainable dishes prepared by top local chefs from Haven Gastropub, Avanti Cafe, Sol Cocina, Taco Asyum, Sage, Duke's, ... More >>
This Friday, 11/11/11 from 7 to 11 p.m., PositivePlate.org presents a special event featuring sustainable dishes prepared by some of our top local chefs. Haven Gastropub, Avanti Cafe, Sol Cocina, Taco Asyum, Sage, Duke's, Xanh Bistro, and Haute Cakes are those expected to serve signature s ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comVegetarian banh miLittle Saigon has the best bánh mì shops in the nation, despite the absurd New York Times story we ridiculed here on this blog a couple months ago. Sure, the San Gabriel Valley has a few great shops, as do San Jose and a number of other Vietnamese enclaves acr ... More >>
Pho Hien Vuong: OC's OG pho?Welcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in each of our brackets, two by two. Now, Gustavo's final ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThanks to everyone who came out! Click here to see more photos from last night.It was a hell of an evening last night at the Crosby in Santa Ana, as your favorite food blog and KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food with Evan Kleiman held our first-ever Happy Hour event in la nar ... More >>
Yes, Virginia: We're going to plug next Thursday's Happy Hour event at the Crosby as much as possible. But there is further incentive to go beyond Aron Habiger's that-night-only special, the opportunity to meet with Evan Kleiman, to talk with fellow Forkers.There's going to be giveways. Good give ... More >>
Flickr user Orin ZebestSo much this week, and so much more to come after the jump!
[Best of OC 2010] Haley Nguyen's 10 OC Survival Tips
Yo no soy comida críticoYo no soy comida crítico, soy capitánSoy capitán, soy capitán...Despite my non-food-criticness, I did get an email from loyal reader (merci!) Jon of Costa Mesa, asking the following:Where should I eat dinner in Orange County for my birthday? Having the hardest time e ... More >>
Photo by the Elmo Monster...This is it, cabrones: the best dish in Orange County! Want the best restaurant? You'll have to pick up our Best of OC issue next Thursday. Gracias for all the comments, the criticisms and other randomness. 'Til next year, or the next mass list of something or other!Som ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWe're one spot away to the #1 dish on our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Stay tuned for that tomorrow. Then, next week, make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC 2010 when it hits the newsstands Thursday, October 14!
Dave LiebermanThe final installments of our march to the Bridge on the River Calorie are coming your way. Make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC 2010 when it hits the newsstands next Thursday, October 14!
Edwin Goei You'll have noticed we're changing who writes this feature on a day by day basis: this is how you know we're getting close to the end of our countdown. Make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC 2010 when it hits the newsstands October 14!
Dave LiebermanYou'll have noticed we're changing who writes this feature on a day by day basis: this is how you know we're getting close to the end of our countdown. Make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC 2010 when it hits the newsstands October 14!
Thanks to the chef's personal touch, you can believe the hype about Xanh Bistro
cdresz @ flickr.com CC BY-NC 2.0But I weighed 170 lbs. before Thanksgiving!As I was at Northgate Market buying supplies for New Year's Eve, I overheard this conversation near the limones: "Buy a lettuce, OK? After the holiday we're only eating salad for a week."Ah, the holiday de-tox period: a ru ... More >>
Gustavo scores some seriously spicy salsa, pits IKEA's 99-Cent breakfast against McDonald's Deluxe Breakfast, and recaps a PR fiasco for Ferrell's Ice Cream Parlour.Edwin has some reservations about the recent purchase of the Travel Channel by the Food Network, says sayonara to Beard Papa's resi ... More >>