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  • Blogs

    August 17, 2014

    Mexicans vs. Mexicans in Downtown Santa Ana Gentrification Shout-Off--Then Someone Yelled "Wetback"

    What began as an anti-police brutality march on Friday night turned into the latest chapter in downtown SanTana's gentrification wars--this time pitting Mexicans against Mexicans. There was no problem when about 50 protesters initially assembled at a plaza on the intersection of Fourth and French ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Irvine Ranked 4th Best Pet Lovers City in U.S.; Anaheim Scores Well in Some Key Categories

    A site that ranks Irvine the No. 4 best place in the United States for pet lovers has Anaheim way down at No. 30, but the municipal box that holds Disneyland does finish tops in the country in specific pet-related categories.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Electrical Fire in Anaheim Reveals Marijuana Growing Operation

    Photographer Kevin Warn informed the Weekly that Thursday, July 24th at approximately 8:30 p.m., Anaheim Fire Department responded to reports of an electrical fire at 1676 West Lincoln Ave. Five minutes later, according to Anaheim's online crime map, marijuana cultivation was reported at the same si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    On the Line: Mark and Angela Dunton of District Wine, Part One

    Learning to appreciate wine is like learning to appreciate anything else. It takes time and an openness to trying new things. I learned that with wine, it's not about what it pairs well with as much as it's about what you like (although the adage about red wine with red meat is spot on). Drink what ... More >>

  • Food

    September 26, 2013

    Taqueria Guadalajara Lonchera: Tapatio New Wave

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana food truck serves specialties from Guadalajara

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: La Shish

    The plight of 130 Pine Avenue over the last few years is a direct reflection of the changing culinary landscape of downtown Long Beach. When I first moved to the LBC seven years ago, the prime dining drag was a paradoxical mix of high-end restaurants and seedy nightclubs and 130 Pine was a Hooters. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Paninoteca Maggio Confirms Second Location

    Chef Sharron Barshishat brushed off the business advances of a culinary salesman as we arrived at Paninoteca Maggio. This was technically our third visit, but the previous two times they were either closed or ran out of food, "It's a very tiny place; there's only so much I can store." Knowing how mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    A Love Letter to the Best Waitress in O.C.

    I've been served by hundreds of waiters and waitresses over the course of five years as a food writer in Orange County. Most encounters are unremarkable for better or worse, and that's a sign of good service in my book. We once had such an inattentive waiter at the now-shuttered Carino's that I actu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Five Types of Diners Who Need To Be Blacklisted From Restaurants Forever

    There is a social contract implied when you dine in a restaurant in this country. The social contract is pretty simple: "Don't be an ass." It shouldn't need to be said, really, but apparently restaurants are special places where manners aren't needed and you can act however you like.Anyone who's eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Slater's 50/50 Announces March Burger Of The Month AND Next Location!

    We consumed Brouwerij West Tripels with one former Weekling co-hort during a Yelp event inside Slater's 50/50 Huntington Beach. In addition to the stellar beer selection, founder Scott Slater was on hand to answer questions from the audience.Slater reminisced about Sunday morning tailgating back in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    New Izakaya Opens In Fullerton

    There's a new izakaya in Fullerton. No, not Honda Ya. That's old news. Izakaya Kopan is taking over the spot of Red Chopsticks, a pho purveyor located next to the popular sushi joint Chomp at 141 E. Commonwealth Ave.

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2012

    Tortilla Tuesday: El Campeón

    Geographic isolation has the unfortunate tendency of making people over-estimate the worth of their restaurants, and nowhere is this more true than South County and its Mexican food scene. Oh, there's Mexi restaurants a'plenty, mostly Cal-Mex dining (and Dana Point's own curious scene, which I'll ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Owners of Hans' Homemade Ice Cream Sell Business--But No Need to Worry!

    After 40 years of scooping homemade flavors and watching their surroundings grow from bean fields to buildings, Hans and Judy Biermann were ready for retirement. They found the right buyers, and new ownership took effect on Monday. We sat down to speak to the new management team during their recent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Pho King Way in Mission Viejo to Reopen After Fire

    Pho King Way, the Mission Viejo Vietnamese restaurant that was boarded up in early February because of a kitchen fire, will reopen tomorrow, Sept. 4, according to owner Alex Le's Yelp! page.Ye had originally hoped to restore the restaurant in April according to the Register, but when it went em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    On the Line: Brian McReynolds, Amy Curran and Francisco Perez of Eat Chow, Part One

    Brian McReynolds agreed to our interview on the condition that his management team be a part of it as well. Amy is his front of the house lead, while Francisco mans the kitchen. Of course, trying to get three key people to sit still wasn't possible. We shared handwritten notes with two-thirds of Eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    On the Line: Chris Grodach of The Corner, Part One

    Chris warned me from the get go that he'd been reading up on our interviews. The man knew what everybody else was already saying, and he informed us that he put some thought into his answers. No pressure, man. We just want you to speak your mind. Tell us how you really feel. . . . and he did.Your ea ... More >>

  • Food

    May 24, 2012

    Ochoa's Chorizo With Amnesty

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana foodmaker hints at the potential of OC's cottage-food industry

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Jason Quinn Called "Hot-Headed" By KCAL 9 News Report

    ​Readers of this blog should now be familiar with Jason Quinn's expletive-fueled and "Burn in hell" retort to an unhappy customer on Yelp. But what may have sounded like an ill-advised move last week is now looking like it could be a boon for the restaurant...that is, if you believe that there's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Jason Quinn Lets Everyone At Playground "Burn In Hell"

    ​Last week, Jason Quinn's response to a Yelper who wrote a negative review of his Santa Ana restaurant, Playground, caused quite a scene. Chefs respond negatively to negative reviews (shocking!) all the type, but they don't normally tell people to burn in hell.When the proverbial fit hit the shan, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    iTunes, Wired Love Our 'Best of . . .' App, They Really Do!

    Have you downloaded it yet?​You know how we're doing all these Ten Great lists of different local faves (pizza, tacos, etc.) under the "Best of Best of Best of!" category? It's for more than cheap hits--we're slowly trotting out our Best Of . . . app for smart phones and the like, which group toge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Holiday Gift Guide: Six Random Gifts for the Foodie Who Has Everything

    The ultimate new foodie...​You know them -- they blog and/or Yelp, prevent you from eating while they take photos with their camera phone, and can talk your ear off about the place they just ate at. (Of course, I'm guilty of all that, too.) What can you get besides a gift card to their favorite ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    A Sneak Peek At Paul Martin's

    Photo courtesy of Lee Healy Marketing CommunicationsFresh salmon, Meyer lemon vinaigrette, chilled quinoa & bulgar wheat salad​We had the opportunity to explore Paul Martin's (American Grill) Orange County debut at the Irvine Spectrum yesterday. All hands were on deck for final preparations: s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Village Voice Media Responds to Clergy

    ​Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site The full page ad was published in the New York Times. The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds. Neither government officials nor G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Celebrate Italian Sausage Tonight At Nello Cucina

    Nello Cucina's Facebook page​It's Thursday night, and you're famished after purchasing that wedding/housewarming/birthday present at the plaza previously known as Crystal Court. A bakery or fish taco isn't cutting it; we're thinking Italian and vino. Lucky you, the answer is by the carousel.Before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Slater's 50/50 - Burgers By Design, Huntington Beach Preview

    Anne Marie PanoringanA cross section of awesomeness.​The wait is finally over. Our favorite Slater (not A.C. or Kelly) has launched their bacontastic menu for public consumption in Huntington Beach. If last night's preview was any indicator, then Adams Avenue will never be the same.Those crazy Yel ... More >>

  • Food

    May 19, 2011

    Taqueria Don Victor Makes You Taste the Baa

    [Hole In the Wall] At this Huntington Beach treasure, Hidalgo-style cookery shines

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Winner, Winner, Don't Eat Dinner: The Worst Restaurant in the Anaheim Resort

    ​Last November, we celebrated the closure of the Baker's Square restaurant in Garden Grove's International West district, the very worst example of a chain that struggles to achieve mediocrity. It was, in retrospect, pretty bad--limp produce, low-quality meat, and service that met every criterion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Five Popular Working-Class Foodstuffs That'll Never Become Hipster Trends or Foodie Fads

    Betcha there'll never be a tamale pie truck...​Cupcakes are on their way out, pies are supposedly in--but it seems Orange County's going to go through a Summer of Doughnut. M & M Donuts over in Anaheim have hundreds of Yelp reviews (!), all over a simple blueberry donut, a fried thing studded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Bites from the Taste of Anaheim

    Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly​To see the slideshow of scenes from the event, click here.For a few brief hours last night, the ailing GardenWalk mall became the place to see and be seen, and the best place to eat in Anaheim. The lines got long (though not as long as those execrable luxe-lonchera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    KCRW Global Street Food Fest SOLD OUT--But Win a Pair of Tickets NOW

    Piaggio on Wheels will be there this Sunday, and so can you!​SOOOOO...remember that panel I'm going be on this Sunday in Santa Monica, alongside KCRW-FM 89.9's Evan Kleiman, celebrity chef Jet Tila, and Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold? If you're interested, tough tamales--event is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: Poutine in OC?

    ​The question this week came to Edwin from Bill of Fullerton:Our Canadian graphic designer is planning to prepare his own version of poutine. Any restaurant in OC that prepares this gut bomb?Real poutine, Bill? Nowhere in Orange County. Not enough Quebecois  here--we have hosers a'plenty, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    The Orange County Interwebs Horror Show Goes Downhill Fast

    ​Have you ever seen the YouTube videos of the annual Big Wheel races down Lombard Street in San Francisco? Adults in costumes get behind the handlebars of the kiddie scoot-scoots before putting their lives at risk on one of the world's most-windy streets. No wonder the sacrificial ritual is held a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Eibar Coffee in Santa Ana Finally Open

    Wikimedia CommonsPhoto of Eibar's namesake town...​Okay, I'm late to this story, but still beat the Orange County Register and those crazy Yelp kids, so the scoop: downtown SanTana now has another coffee shop to give the venerable Gypsy Den a challenge in the name of Eibar Coffee.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    The Great Food Truck Race: Can Anyone De-throne Nom Nom?

    Courtesy of Food Network​Never underestimate the power of people who've been churned through the Anderson School of Business machine. This week's episode of Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race" showed that an ounce of amazing marketing savvy can overcome a pound of unfamiliarity with the pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    You're Not Manly Enough For This Sandwich

    Dave Lieberman​You're not manly enough for the sandwich in the picture above. That, dear readers, is the pride of Guadalajara, the torta ahogada. Made of bread (classically a birote roll) spread with a little bit of bean paste, stuffed crammed to creaking with carnitas, then absolutely drenched (" ... More >>

  • Food

    July 29, 2010

    Hotel California

    Garden Grove's TusCA is a notch above the typical hotel restaurant

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! Great Italian in Northern OC?

    ​From a couple of weeks ago:This is going to sound like a ridiculously stupid (and simple) question but I'm yearning to find a good, authentic, and possibly cheap Italian restaurant in north Orange County (near or in Fullerton). Can the Mexican help me where the Yelp Gods have failed?Firstly, Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Umami Teriyaki Opens in Orange

    Dave Lieberman​As I was driving home from work one day recently, I saw a tiny sign on an empty storefront next to the 7-Eleven at Garden Grove and Lewis St., near the tri-city border of Orange, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. "Umami," it said, which piqued my interest due to the burger chain of the sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Menus And The People Who Write Them Badly

    Flickr user othermaciej under Creative Commons​Why is it so hard to find properly written menus? Some are too concise and offer no details; others can't shut up. Below are twelve helpful hints for people doing menu writing.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Is Brea Downtown Doomed?

    Brea, Brea, what is going on with your downtown? The grand civic experiment that housed some of the only non-chain restaurants in the entire city is now sprouting more and more blank doorways as restaurants close.​

  • Columns

    November 26, 2009
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    November 23, 2009

    Five Great Places to Eat on Black Friday

    eliya @ CC BY-NC 2.0​This week contains one of the most ancient and cherished traditions in America, where families get up at shockingly early hours to fight traffic just to be together for a day. Thanksgiving, you say? No, Black Friday, the day by which all retail business for the enti ... More >>

  • Food

    October 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Arizona's True Food Kitchen Coming To OC?

    ​I heard a rumor that the fledgling chain, which debuted in Phoenix last year, was planning on opening a second restaurant in Orange County. I checked with Debbie Porter, VP of Marketing for Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC), who confirms that they are indeed looking at OC locations right now, althoug ... More >>

  • Food

    June 11, 2009
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    March 16, 2009

    Finalists for OC Music Awards 'Best Acoustic Live' and 'Best Live Band' Announced

    Sure, I may be a bit rough on the OC Music Awards at times (or, uh, lots of the time), but the lineups for their "best acoustic live showcase finals" and "best live band showcase finals" are definitely solid, including some of our favorite Locals Only bands, like the New Limb (pictured). For each of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    About Last Night... Juana Molina Cancels Monday Night Detroit Bar Show

    I was thinking about hitting up last night's Juana Molina show at Detroit Bar, and depending on your perspective, I guess it's both good and bad that I was too tired to go out.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Empanada's Place So Not Worth It

    I can't remember the last time a hole-in-the-wall garnered as much opening buzz as Empanada's Place, a Los Angeles-area institution that just opened a branch in Costa Mesa. Those crazy Yelp kids love it, and more reputable sources raved about it to me as well. All of those folks are smoking the chim ... More >>

  • Food

    November 6, 2008
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