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    Grub Guide - This week in bringing back a bigger dining guide

    Bienvenidosto our much bigger dining guide! Visit the rest of Orange County's best damn dining guide at ocweekly.com/food, where it says "Where to Eat Now" on the right side of the screen. If there are any bugs with it, e-mail Gustavo at garellano@o...

    on May 4, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - 
Death by Burrito at Imperial Burgers

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Death by Burrito at Imperial Burgers

    I'm a Mexican food purist--I don't appreciate it when chefs let gabacho elements like blackened ahi anything invade my cuisine. But I'll forever make an exception for the pastrami burritos at IMPERIAL BURGERS, one of the few places in Orange County ...

    on May 4, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This week in homework

    All right, kids, I have an assignment. Orange County's best damn dining guide is up again, but kinks still sully it. Go to ocweekly.com, find the yellow box that says "Listings," and click on the "Where to Eat Now" link. Up pops the dining guide, se...

    on April 27, 2006
  • 'Every Tamale Is Love' - Josefina Bay helps cure the blind with her tamales

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    'Every Tamale Is Love' - Josefina Bay helps cure the blind with her tamales

    In 1994, during a diabetes education class in Santa Ana, a woman went blind. Her cure was a tamale. The woman couldn't afford eye surgery (simple but expensive), so classmates brainstormed fund-raising ideas. Selling off her furniture. Loans. Ta...

    on April 27, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - 
Noodling Around On Noodle Avenue!

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Noodling Around On Noodle Avenue!

    Noodles. Lots of 'em. Thin. Thick. Stir-fried. In soup. Yellow. White. Thai. Vietnamese. Japanese. Welcome to NOODLE AVENUE, a hectic fast-food Tustin eatery that fuses various Asian noodle traditions into heaps and heaps of long, luscious strands. ...

    on April 27, 2006
  • Persian Paradise - Enjoying Darband with the Farsi fanatic

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    Persian Paradise - Enjoying Darband with the Farsi fanatic

    Heard of the Asian persuasion, the impulse that drives some guys toward hot Asian women? My buddy is a Farsi fanatic--can't get enough of the Persians. Lives in Irvine, home to tens of thousands of Iranians. Learning Farsi at UC Irvine. Hangs with P...

    on April 20, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This week in Huntington Beach grub

    Join me at the annual Taste of Huntington Beach this Sunday, where I and other judges will determine which of the 30 participating restaurants is the best. The list below is my cheat sheet. Taste of Huntington Beach is held at the Hyatt Regenc...

    on April 20, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Greek Chili Billies: Athens West

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Greek Chili Billies: Athens West

    ATHENS WEST, an Orange County-only mini-chain with gleaming outposts in Huntington Beach and Seal Beach, prepares pita sandwiches fat with meat--juicy steak, crispy calamari and chicken, and gyro shavings so dense they could absorb light. The meats ...

    on April 20, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This week in one-of-a-kinds

    Orange County is rich in restaurant diversity, but the following are exceptions--the only representatives of their kind in the county. DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than $10! $ . . . . . . . . . ....

    on April 13, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Goodbye, Ramen. Hello, Thai and Laos Market

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Goodbye, Ramen. Hello, Thai and Laos Market

    Rejoice, starving hipsters: your days of instant ramen are over. Cast your eyes toward the Thai instant noodles at the THAI AND LAOS MARKET in Anaheim. The Thai instant noodles section at this grocer takes up just one aisle, and a tiny aisle at th...

    on April 13, 2006
  • 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
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O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne

"Would you like a mimosa or champagne?" the server asks as you're seated at O'Neill's Bar & Grill inside the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo. "A mimosa, please," you… More >>

Front Porch Pops: Just Lick 'Em

So . . . I'm getting married soon. I've picked some of my favorite businesses to help out with the catering—Taco Maria's Carlos Salgado and Roland Rubalcava to do aguachile… More >>

Santa Ana Revival at the North Left Santa Ana Revival at the North Left

The North Left is what replaced the Crosby, which closed abruptly earlier this year in the wake of a tragic beating death that occurred outside its doors. But for all… More >>

Tamarindo Truck: Maestro de Meats

Tamarindo Truck doesn't need this review. It's already a popular luxe lonchera, finding a loyal following with its twists on Mexican food using organic produce and meats. I've delayed reviewing… More >>

Mangia, Mangia Pirozzi's Meatballs Mangia, Mangia Pirozzi's Meatballs

I'm pretty sure I've not had a meatball as scrumptious or as soft as the ones Alessandro Pirozzi is serving at Pirozzi, his new restaurant in Corona del Mar. And… More >>

Fa-Sai's Dawn of Thai-Mex

Location, location, location! Restaurants live and die by where they set up shop. I wish someone had told that to the folks behind Fa-Sai Thai when they decided to open… More >>

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