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    A New York Steak of Mind - The Corner Broilers great meats and extraordinary roasted bell pepper soup

    Photo by Amy TheiligMidway through dinner at the Corner Broiler in Lake Forest, two little girls walked in lugging bags of pork chops. Greeting them warmly was owner Chris Siedenburg, a short, buzz-cut man with the trim physique of a Whiting Ranch h...

    on September 1, 2005
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    Kochee Kabob House

    Photo by Jonathan HoAfter a years-long drought, Orange County now hosts two Afghan restaurants: Orange's Amazing Kabob House and Kochee Kabob House, across the street from UC Irvine. It's a claustrophobic place despite the Irvine address; noisy with...

    on August 25, 2005
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    Plum Pickings - Two grand ways to eat at Kappo Suzumaru

    Photo by Heather XWhen you think of local Japanese culture, you might think of Costa Mesa's high-energy ramen shops and supermarkets, the spare serenity of the Noguchi Sculpture Garden across from South Coast Plaza, Anaheim's Zen Buddhist temples, o...

    on August 25, 2005
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    This Week in Ice Cream and Other Frozen Delights

    Every couple of Saturdays or so, I'm a guest on KCRW-FM 88.9's excellent program Good Food, where I rap with host Evan Kleiman about the best Orange County eats. One of the eateries we'll soon discuss is Garden Grove's Delicias de Mxico, the wondro...

    on August 18, 2005
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    Ricas Tortas Ahogadas

    Photo by Matt OttoThere's a couple of Orange County loncheras trained in the art of the torta ahogada--the tasty, salsa-soaked sandwich native to the Mexican city of Guadalajara that's quite possibly the spiciest foodstuff on earth. Unfortunately, a...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 18, 2005
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    This Week in Buffets

    The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel (which is actually in Dana Point--go figure) just restarted its Friday night seafood buffet and Sunday brunch. I hear these all-you-can-eats are worthy of the Shah, but there's no way I can afford the $55 for the Frida...

    on August 11, 2005
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    Boulangerie Pierre & Patisserie

    Photo by Amy TheiligIt's easy to see why Vietnamese continue to romanticize the French more than 50 years after Dien Bien Phu. The answer is there, on a sign in the heart of Little Saigon: Boulangerie Pierre & Patisserie, the best French bakery in O...

    on August 11, 2005
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    Patty the Bunny - The Dutch army, a Thai named Bunny and the greatness of the Wild Rabbit

    Heather XDecades ago, my friend's father joined the Dutch army. As part of the training, each soldier had to raise a baby bunny and give it a name. My friend's father named his Cruyff, after the Ajax Amsterdam soccer-club superstar. Cruyff spent his...

    on August 11, 2005
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    Island Grill

    Photo by Shannon SibayanA couple sits next to the window at Island Grill, slowly spooning through a multicolored column of shaved ice. The column rises from a large glass bowl and looks like the Devil's Tower Richard Dreyfuss carved out of mashed po...

    on August 4, 2005
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    This Week in the Meats and Eats of Agora Churrascaria

    Irvine is in the midst of a dining boom, with Chakra Cuisine wowing Indian grub veterans and novices alike and foodies finally discovering the city's two Chinatowns. Latest buzz-worthy newcomer: Agora Churrascaria, an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbe...

    on August 4, 2005
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    Diamonds in the Bulk - Eat Like a Gourmand at 99 Cents Only Stores

    Photo by Matt OttoThese are the hollow goods, the foodstuffs filled with straw--pecan sandies, shaving cream, extension cords, the unwanted dregs of upscale food retailers, culinary victims of neglect, overstock, failed marketing schemes, the chaos ...

    by JOY HOUGHT on August 4, 2005
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    This Week in Roughage

    A faithful reader recently pointed out I use "roughage" too much. I protested and then looked through the Weeklyonline archives. She's right: of the 19 times "roughage" has appeared in the Weeklythe past seven years, 17 of those occurred in my artic...

    on July 28, 2005
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    Al Amir Bakery

    Photo by Shannon SibayanAl Amir Bakery in Anaheim's Little Arabia enclave attracts all sorts of eaters, but it works best as an old-style pizzeria, a place where young people step in for a quick bite and flirt. And you get them all--and more--here: ...

    on July 28, 2005
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    Burger Safari - Ground beef well-done with a side of amnesia

    Photo by James BunoanIn 1999, Viliumas Malinauskas opened a Lithuanian theme park to honor the Baltic nation's Soviet past. Critics dubbed it Stalin World, and the unlikely idea proved popular--organizers estimate 200,000 tourists per year walk amon...

    on July 28, 2005
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    This Week in Doran

    Hi! My name is Doran Walot, and I'm interning this summer at the Weekly. Gustavo was too busy so he had me take over Grub Guide for the week. Fear not, though: given my 17-odd years OC dining experience, I'm more than qualified. Besides, Gustavo wil...

    on July 21, 2005
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    El Portal de Veracruz

    Photo by Tenaya HillsThe reconquista continues: El Portal de Veracruz is Orange County's first Mexican restaurant to specialize in the cuisine of Veracruz, the Caribbean coastal state best known for twinkly son jarocho music and huachinango a la ver...

    on July 21, 2005
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    Fleeting Scallops - Riding the delicious waves of White Horses churning menu

    Photo by Tenaya HillsWhen I was young, San Clemente meant salvation: the halfway point home after my family's daylong trips to the back-alley doctors of Tijuana. Nowadays, San Clemente is my definition of beauty's transience, and it's all because of...

    on July 21, 2005
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    The Asian Persuasion - Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them

    Photo by Heather XBy Nadia Afghani, Gustavo Arellano, Matt Coker, Theo Douglas, Steve Lowery, R. Scott Moxley, Rebecca Schoenkopf, Will Swaim and Chris Ziegler There was a time when Asian food referred to two kinds of cuisine: Chinese food and Chi...

    by Gustavo Arellano on July 14, 2005
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    Editors Picks

    Photo by Tenaya HillsWhenever I frequent either HONDA YA, I'm reminded of the scene in Kill Bill, Vol. 1 when Oren Ishi's Crazy 88s gang harass a hapless nightclub owner into making a pizza before The Bride makes sashimi out of them all. Traditional...

    on July 14, 2005
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    Kosher Bite

    Photo by Shannon SibayanOrange County seems just too spic-n-span Christian to host a real New York-style Jewish deli, but try telling that to the folks at Kosher Bite in Laguna Hills, a cluttered room where the air conditioning is three ceiling fans...

    on July 7, 2005
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