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    Salamat Market and Deli

    For more than a decade, Salamat Market and Deli in Orange offered sandwiches, stews and kebabs--but that's all about to change. Not that there's anything wrong with the Persian grocer's current menu: the sandwiches are sturdy hoagies, bloated loaves...

    on November 17, 2005
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    This Week in Puckering Platters

    I should've written this column in the summer, when jolting doses of sour meals counter the oppressive heat. But puckering dishes comfort fall palates too: a plate like ceviche or a lemon tart will liven you from the autumn chill that won't leave us...

    on November 17, 2005
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    Good Food, No Hit: No Problem - Tim DeCinces redeems his baseball career at Beach Pit BBQ

    Tim DeCinces didn't amount to much as a baseball player. The Baltimore Orioles chose the son of former California Angels third baseman Doug DeCinces in 1996 with the 501st pick in that year's draft. Tim lived up to the low expectations by flounderin...

    on November 17, 2005
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    Hurricanes Bar and Grill

    There's a good reason all the new bars and clubs on HB's Main Street try their damnedest to bite the style of mainstay HURRICANES--this is the perfect balance of eye candy, booze and service. Football fan? Sundays are gospel here, since each NFL gam...

    by CHRIS BAILEY on November 10, 2005
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    This Week in Picking Restaurants by Pointing Blindly at My Computer Screen

    Self-explanatory. Enjoy! DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than $10! $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10-$20 $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

    on November 10, 2005
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    Poetic Toro - The tasting menu at Sushi Shibucho: A review in haiku

    Say "Omakase." Utter this and nothing else. Shibutani nods. No seats at the bar? Regular tables are fine. His wife serves us here. Her smile melts our hearts. Steaming-hot towels are brought out. It refreshes me. Cup of hot green...

    by Edwin Goei on November 10, 2005
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    Quan He Pho

    Quan He Pho belongs under the nhau classification of Little Saigon dives--a local pub for drinking, debauchery and chicken wings. But far from hardcore, there's something playful about the bright, boba-pop dcor. Quan He Pho has a comprehensive Viet...

    by TAYLUR THU HIEN NGO on November 3, 2005
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    Mahina Hawaiian BBQ

    Spam musubi--a bastardized form of sushi consisting of seaweed paper, a block of sour sushi rice and a juicy Spam slice doused with barbecue sauce--is probably the only appetizer in Orange County that can shatter a car window. At the sparse, clean M...

    on November 3, 2005
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    This Week in Lamb

    Jews and Muslims won't eat pork. Hindus stay away from cows. Americans don't dig horses as food; Mexicans think munching on dogs is disgusting despite their Aztec forefathers. No right-minded soul would eat chicken in these avian-flu days. And so we...

    on November 3, 2005
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    Calling All Billy Kids! - Fine dining arrives in Stanton thanks to Park Ave.

    Why would a Beverly Hills celebrity chef--named one of the country's Top 12 two years ago by the Fine Dining Awards--leave it all for Stanton? "That seems to be what everybody wants to know," David Slay says with a laugh. Formerly of Beverly Hil...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 3, 2005
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    This Week in Local Chains

    The people? They like the chains. Despite Marx and Engels' admonition to break them, the people say what the hell, let's eat Olive Garden. (Seriously: read it in the Register's Best of Orange County.) But good chain restaurants abound, some of them ...

    on October 27, 2005
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    'Wooooooooooow!' - The soggy/succulent Italian beef and Chicago hot dogs of Portillo's arrive in Buena Park

    Photo by Amy TheiligThe fat man was quiet, overtaken by the kind of hush that paralyzes humans when they step inside the Sistine Chapel or view the birth of their first-born. He was just one of the hundreds who had gathered in Buena Park for the unv...

    on October 27, 2005
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    My Neighborhood Bar

    Photo by Jonathan HoTo spend an autumn Sunday in Orange County anywhere but Rudy's Pub & Grill is to sin, for the Lord hath designated Rudy's football-watching heaven. In this Eden of ESPN, homesick transplants and natives peacefully co-exist for th...

    by MATT TUCKER on October 27, 2005
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    This Week in Ramadan and Rosh Hashana

    It's Ramadan time again, which means Auntie Fatima Rahman once again lords it over the iftar--the evening meal with which Muslims break their daily fast--at the Islamic Society of Orange County, the oldest mosque in these conservative-Christian badl...

    on October 13, 2005
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    La Cave

    Photo by John GilhooleyTo say La Cave is cool seems to cheapen it somehow. But after pillaging my mental thesaurus and several cocktails, there really is no other word that describes my watering hole in such a beautifully succinct, unpretentious and...

    by KRISTINA COFFEEN on October 13, 2005
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    Avanti Cafe

    Costa Mesa remains the Berkeley of the local dining scene. Standbys such as the Gypsy Den, Taco Mesa and Native Foods produce some of the county's best healthy fare, while Mother's Market sells virtually every organic item your pantry could desire--...

    on October 13, 2005
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    The Gabacho Blues - Mozambique in Laguna Beach is great once you pass the birds

    Photo by Tenaya HillsPoor parrots. They just sit there in big cages near the entrance of Mozambique, the new Laguna Beach restaurant that looks and sometimes feels like a conquistador fortress perched on the cliffs of a colonial stronghold. Guests i...

    on October 13, 2005
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    Captain Bombay's

    Photo by Erin SmithErnest Hemingway talks to me all the time here--really, him and not the poster of him behind the dilapidated bar. No one ever notices my conversations with Hemingway at Captain Bombay's, and if they did, all they would hear is Pap...

    by JOSEPH SCHIFFMAN on October 6, 2005
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    This Week in Great Restaurant Logos

    On a recent drive through Irvine, I stumbled upon a most inventive ad: jostling for space amongst lawn signs for various candidates in the upcoming 48th Congressional District primary was one for the city's Ray's Pizza that read "Ray's Pizza for Lun...

    on October 6, 2005
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    Caraz Dulzura

    In Peru, the city of Caraz Dulzura occupies a mountainous region so idyllic some call it the Switzerland of the Andes. In Anaheim, Caraz Dulzura resides in somewhat grittier environs--across the street from Anaheim High School, close to an auto repa...

    on October 6, 2005
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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

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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

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