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  • No Man Is an Elvis -  Stuffed on stuffed French toast at Two Umbrellas

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    No Man Is an Elvis - Stuffed on stuffed French toast at Two Umbrellas

    The British were wondering (in their fastidious British way) why it was that rich Elvis--whose material desires were limited only by how clearly he could speak into the phone on any given day--chose to eat junk food until the night he died. He could...

    by Chris Ziegler on April 13, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This week in Randomness

    Our Grub Guide will soon expand into a full-fledged dining guide. In honor of that, here are restaurants grouped together whose only shared attribute is that they're damn good. DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

    on April 6, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Cute cue

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Cute cue

    I've lived by a set of rules where barbecue joints are concerned. Eschew those that sell "official" T-shirts and mount fake guns, animal heads and vintage photos on the wall. Beware of those that don't offer sweet potato fries, or whose mascots are ...

    on April 6, 2006
  • What the Pho? - Vietnam Pearl serves just what the doctor ordered

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    What the Pho? - Vietnam Pearl serves just what the doctor ordered

    Who says you can't eat Vietnamese for breakfast? Certainly not the Vietnamese, many of whom probably look down their noses at what you non-Vietnamese consume early in the morn--your Grape-Nuts, your huevos rancheros, your Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruit...

    by Matt Coker on April 6, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This week in grubberies that carry us, part dos

    Just visited Bnh M Cho Cu, my favorite Vietnamese sandwich shop, and noticed there were no Weekly copies left. "Do they always run out?" I asked. "Of course!" the owner said with a laugh. Swing by for crunchy bnh m that set you back an absurdly ...

    on March 30, 2006
  • Hot-hate Special - Mirna Burciaga takes on the Minutemen with tacos and pupusas at El Chinaco

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    Hot-hate Special - Mirna Burciaga takes on the Minutemen with tacos and pupusas at El Chinaco

    Never has a counteroffensive against ethnic cleansing disguised as border control tasted so delicious: on March 23, about 40 Costa Mesa entrepreneurs held a press conference outside Costa Mesa City Hall to lambaste Mayor Allan Mansoor's immigrant-ha...

    on March 30, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - 
Oh Yes, Oh Yes

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Oh Yes, Oh Yes

    I remember shrugging when the Hawaiian restaurant ONO ONO opened about three years ago in Tustin. The food was good but unmemorable, mostly barbecue, ribs, rice bowls and Izzy Kamakawiwo'ole tunes on the radio. I visited three or four times, then fo...

    on March 30, 2006
  • Super Fantastisch - 
Loving just about everything at Biggs

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    Super Fantastisch - Loving just about everything at Biggs

    Here's the thing about me and food: I can pretty much go either way. No, seriously: given the choice between a $35 Kobe beef burger and, say, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (sans the "cheese" and sauted in Grey Poupon with carrots and onions--my specialty...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on March 23, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This week in paintings and photos

    Some restaurants do nothing in terms of dcor; others do too much. These restaurants stand out for their paintings and photos. DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than $10! $ . . . . . . . ....

    on March 23, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - To Go

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - To Go

    PETITE CAFE is so new that its marquee is a plastic banner. It's so new that a public notice for a liquor license competes for window space with overlit pictures of entres. It's so new the owners haven't removed the sushi bar or buffet table abando...

    on March 23, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Mondu Madness

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Mondu Madness

    I occasionally receive complaints from readers upset that the restaurants I recommend are inaccessible: gruff, English-free holes in the wall. But if the couple who ate lunch with me a couple of weeks ago at ANNA'S MONDU could enjoy a meal at this K...

    on March 16, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This week in duck

    "Ask and ye shall receive" said the Nazarene, and so do I. A reader e-mailed me earlier this week wanting to know when I would devote Grub Guide to duck. How about . . . now? If you want your yen covered, e-mail me and I'll probably do it! DINNER ...

    on March 16, 2006
  • He Fights for Your Right to Pate - Michael Mina leads St. Regis through the resort wars with Stonehill Tavern

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    He Fights for Your Right to Pate - Michael Mina leads St. Regis through the resort wars with Stonehill Tavern

    There's a war raging along Orange County's southern coast, and it's delicious. For the past couple of years, the Montage in Laguna Beach, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and Dana Point's St. Regis have spent millions remodeling, reinventing and revit...

    on March 16, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This week in fish

    Be a good Catholic--eat at the following seafood restaurants on Friday during this Lenten season. And if you're not Catholic, then may God have mercy upon your Episcopalian soul. DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

    on March 9, 2006
  • A Gut Feeling -  Menudo will cure your hangover but can do so much more

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    A Gut Feeling - Menudo will cure your hangover but can do so much more

    When we first discussed our drinking issue, everyone looked toward me with the word "menudo." I agreed to extol its hangover-curing virtues--and immediately hated myself for it. That's the only reason Americans take interest in this spicy tripe soup...

    by Gustavo Arellano on March 9, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - 
The Glory of It Thali

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - The Glory of It Thali

    The subcontinental meal known as a thali is the original Hungry-Man Meal: a metal tray that houses thimbles, cups and bowls heaped with vegetarian entres from the southern Indian state of Gujarat. Thalis are rare in Orange County's Punjabi-dominate...

    on March 9, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Sumptuous Syncretism

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Sumptuous Syncretism

    Why is there a historic division between Mexicans and Salvadorans? I can't differentiate between the two cultures as I drive through MacArthur Park in Los Angeles and SanTana. Both are races descended from Spaniards andindios. Plus, they share the s...

    on March 2, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This Week in Truth in Advertising

    You don't have to guess what's the special dish at these places. DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than $10! $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....

    on March 2, 2006
  • Some Like It Raw - Dan Lauriano repeats his North County success with Riptide

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    Some Like It Raw - Dan Lauriano repeats his North County success with Riptide

    After four years of seeing his Chomp Rockin' Sushi and Teppan Grills draw massive crowds to downtown Fullerton, Dan Lauriano wondered: Could he repeat his success in placid Mission Viejo? Chomp's stellar sushi menu, prepared by Juan Manuel "Ken" Cru...

    by ALEX BRANT-ZAWADZKI on March 2, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This Week in Numbers

    Some restaurants name themselves after owners; others use food references. Here are those that use numbers. DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than $10! $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

    on February 23, 2006
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