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  • 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
  • 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
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