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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
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Golden Comfort

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Golden Comfort

    A chicken pot pie, like a Toyota Camry, isn't the flashiest or most enthralling thing you can buy, but its greatness is undeniable and unveils itself slowly, surely, wonderfully. Such is the charm of the chicken pot pies baked at KATIE MCGUIRE'S PIE...

    on February 23, 2006
  • Moo Shoo Muslim - Sister Jamillah returns with Mas Islamic Chinese Restaurant

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    Moo Shoo Muslim - Sister Jamillah returns with Mas Islamic Chinese Restaurant

    So you're angry about those Mohammed cartoons--angry at newspapers for insulting the Prophet, pissed off at Muslims for not taking blasphemy in stride, annoyed that none of the 12 cartoons originally published by the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten wer...

    by NADIA AFGHANI on February 23, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Sambousek Me!

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Sambousek Me!

    In the wide world of the small, stuffed snacks known as turnovers--a planet that includes the Mexican empanada, Bolivian saltea, Cornish pasty and Indian samosa--none are as simultaneously sweet and savory as the Lebanese sambousek sold at CEDAR ...

    on February 16, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This week in supporting Costa Mesa restaurants

    In the next two months, the Citizens for Constitutional Rights coalition vows to ask all of Costa Mesa's estimated 7,000 businesses to put up a sign expressing opposition to Mayor Allan Mansoor's immigrant-nabbing ways or face a boycott. Visit the...

    on February 16, 2006
  • Meat Juices Down Your Throat! - Savannah Steak and Chop House sizzles

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    Meat Juices Down Your Throat! - Savannah Steak and Chop House sizzles

    For the ideal mix of comfort and innovation, few can match the creations of David Wilhelm, the man behind such Orange County buzz bistros as Chimayo by the Beach, Chat Noir, Rouge and French 75. Each of his eateries is a combination of luxury and ...

    by MATHEW KLICKSTEIN on February 16, 2006
  • This Week in Great Scot Whisky - Whisky Tasting on the Queen Mary

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    This Week in Great Scot Whisky - Whisky Tasting on the Queen Mary

    Its name stems from Irish/Gaelic for "water of life," but whisky is actually the devil's own special brew. Distilled from grain and left to age in archaic wooden barrels, it's the kind of beverage that makes boys think they're men and men believe th...

    by ERIN SMITH on February 16, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This Week in Great Service

    The following places employ guys and gals who remember your name after a couple of visits, refill your water without prompting and deserve a bigger tip than the measly 5 percent you leave, you cheap bastard. DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . ....

    on February 9, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - They Could Be Gyros

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - They Could Be Gyros

    It's a mighty gyro they spin at GYRO KING: lamb and beef compressed into a hexagonal slab, twirled slowly on a spit so the meats meld into one another. When you order a gyro sandwich, a cook shaves lengths from this dense mass and lays them inside...

    on February 9, 2006
  • Stately Soup - High-end pho reaches Little Saigon at Quan Hop

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    Stately Soup - High-end pho reaches Little Saigon at Quan Hop

    Pho is not cuisine with a capital C. Pho remembers when you fell on your ass in a puddle in the third grade and went crying like a sissy to your grandma, who made it all better with a steaming bowl of pho. Pho is forgiving. Pho is gentle. Pho is l...

    by PROFESSOR SALT on February 9, 2006
  • This Week in Grape Juicethe Good Kind - Love is Blind

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    This Week in Grape Juicethe Good Kind - Love is Blind

    An Amazon.com search for "understanding your lover" brought in more than 500 responses. Admittedly, some titles involved communicating more effectively with your dog, but still--it seems the we just don't get it. The solution to this problem is incr...

    by ALEX BRANT-ZAWADZKI on February 9, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This Week in Belated Happy Lunar New Year!

    The lunar New Year came and passed last weekend, but Asian food rocks all year long. Here's some of the places we've obsessed over for the past couple of months. Also, congrats to Sandra Sutphen of Yorba Linda for correctly figuring out that I d...

    on February 2, 2006
  • The Return of the Native - Scampi maestro Massimo Navarretta returns with Onotria

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    The Return of the Native - Scampi maestro Massimo Navarretta returns with Onotria

    Restaurateurs are a notoriously fickle bunch, and 2005 saw some of Orange County's most celebrated--the Goodells, Takashi Abe, Brad Toles of Savoury's fame--leave their popular establishments. But no disappearance was more perplexing than that of ...

    on February 2, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Paxtrami Americana

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Paxtrami Americana

    The jumbo Reuben at TOMMY PASTRAMI represents everything glorious and terrifying about America. This is a mighty tower of flesh: fold upon fold of soft, lightly crisped pastrami or corned beef held together by an industrial-strength toothpick, squ...

    on February 2, 2006
  • !Ay, Mi Estomago! - Orange Countys 61 best Latino restaurantes

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    !Ay, Mi Estomago! - Orange Countys 61 best Latino restaurantes

    1. If you're a regular of Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, there's a chance you've driven by Taquera el Granjenal. Primary, of course, are the tacos: hefty with the grilled meat of your choice, wrapped with two full-sized corn tortillas and sluiced wit...

    on January 26, 2006
  • Latinos We Like - And the Food They Love

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    Latinos We Like - And the Food They Love

    NICK GARFIAS, SENIOR DESIGNER, MERCEDES-BENZ Nick Garfias is a senior designer at Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design lab in Irvine and half-Mexican--his mom is Japanese; his dad, legendary UCI ethnomusicologist Robert Garfias, is puro mexicano--bu...

    on January 26, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - 
369 SHANGHAI:

1, 2, 3 Eat

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - 369 SHANGHAI: 1, 2, 3 Eat

    Don't eat alone at 369 SHANGHAI, where takeout cartons easily yield three lunches and a breakfast, and the dine-in meals are clearly for sharing. The semiotics of the place say it all: there are just two tables for solitary diners; the rest--some ...

    on January 19, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This Week in Cities A to L

    More one-sentence reviews, this week with an entry per city from Aliso Viejo to Laguna Niguel. The first person to figure out which city is missing gets a free Weekly T-shirt! DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....

    on January 19, 2006
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