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    BATTLE OF THE BALBOA BARS! - Dads Donuts vs. Sugar N Spice: The Row-a at Balboa

    Photo by Amy TheligIn honor of the season debuts next weekfor the FOX television phenomena The O.C.and Arrested Development, we turn our culinary column toward one of their few crossover traits: Balboa bars, those vanilla-ice-cream-rectangle dreams ...

    on October 28, 2004
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    Santoras Pizza Subs & Wings

    Matthew 20:16 taught us that the last shall be first, and that's the best way to describe Santora's Pizza, Subs & Wings, a dank tavern just down the street from the sterile opulence of the Shops at Mission Viejo. Santora's pizza is passable; the sub...

    on October 14, 2004
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    This Week in the Real Cheap OC

    Let's just give up hope that our beautiful, multicultural county will ever get an accurate photoplay treatment. But can't The O.C. and Laguna Beach at least feature grubberies other than upscale places most of us Central Countians can't afford even ...

    on October 14, 2004
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    Sushi by Moonlight - Feasting into the early morning at Honda-Ya

    Photo by Tenaya Hills I'm not sure what time it is anymore. Ientered Honda-Ya around 6 in the evening, shortly after its wooden door opened, and swam toward the tsunamis of Asahi gushed out at the bar. I arrived early to calm nerves already twitchin...

    on October 14, 2004
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    This Week in a View With Your Food

    Baseball is now in playoff mode, and your Anaheim Angels are battling the evil Boston Red Sox for American League supremacy. Prime Angels-watching spot for the past decade or so has been the Catch, but there are many other options throughout the cou...

    on October 7, 2004
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    Its Not DiGiorno! Its Delivery! - Pangea rides its messenger bike right into our hearts

    photo by Amy TheligWhen I was living in New York's East Village and feeling particularly menstrual, I would walk to the window, look down the street, read the number of the Chinese restaurant off its awning, and dial. Within 10 minutes, an order of ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 7, 2004
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    Good Breakfast, Fab Lunch, Great Dinner - The Dining Day at the Irvine Hyatt Regencys 6ix Park Grill

    Photo by Tenaya HillsSome of the county's better restaurants operate from hotels, such as Savoury's in Laguna Beach's La Casa del Camino, Aqua over at the St. Regis Resort, and the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel's recently departed Dining Room. Notice ...

    on September 30, 2004
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    This Week in Good Chains

    The Orange County Register's "Best of Orange County" issue arrived last Friday, and it's no surprise the restaurant section reads like a blowjob for everything corporate rather than an actual survey of the county's fine eateries. Really, Reg--Pizza ...

    on September 23, 2004
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    Chug! Hug! Chug! - Making friends and beer at Brewbakers

    Photo by Amy TheligPart fraternity, part bakery, part miniature brewery, Brewbakers is as much a bonding experience as an eating establishment, a gustatory amusement park in the midst of chain-heavy Huntington Beach. The homey environs and always-bu...

    by REX REASON on September 23, 2004
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    This Week in Comida

    Viva Mxico, cabrones! This weekend will bring many tacky restaurant celebrations in honor of Mexican Independence Day. Our favorite: a local radio station's "Skindependence Day" bikini contest. Que caliente! But don't kid yourself with these quas...

    on September 16, 2004
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    No Feigning Necessary! - The distracting decor and fabulous dinners of Svelte

    Photo by Tenaya HillsPeering into the women's restroom at Svelte, Corona del Mar's newest see-and-be-seen eatery, I felt as though I was taking a guided tour of the Louvre, foolishly nodding and contorting my face into what I hoped would give the ap...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on September 16, 2004
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    Blame It on the Ritz - The Dining Rooms last waltz

    Photo by Amy TheligThis is how we do it in the OC: build fabulous restaurants and entertainment venues, allow them to achieve a fame that transcends our 789 square miles, then tear them down in the name of vanilla progress. It happened with Costa Me...

    on September 9, 2004
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    Matiki Island Barbeque

    Photo by Sasha ContrerasWhether tucked between two bread slices or served alongside rondures of rice and macaroni salad, the beef at Matiki Island Barbeque is among the most memorably delicious piece of cow you'll ever chew: ruddy, soft, not burnt a...

    on September 2, 2004
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    This Week in Frenching

    I'm sure that New York City's French restaurants received no added business due to the recently concluded Republican National Convention. And I'm sure our local GOP delegation won't flock back to our local Gallic grubberies any time soon either, les...

    on September 2, 2004
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    Honor the Proletariat: Pig Out - Spend your Labor Day searching for South Countys endangered beach-shack grubberies

    photo by Amy TheligDamned is the soul drawn to South County. Damned am I, condemned to wander wall-eyed through the region's few remaining beach-shack restaurants, reminders of an era before development, before Aliso Creek was a cesspool, back when ...

    on September 2, 2004
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    Faster, Higher, Fuller! - Forget about the Olympics! Chow at Christakis

    Photo by Tenaya HillsWatching the Olympics? I sure as hell ain't, although not for the reasons you may suspect. I actually love the billion-dollar quadrennial spectacle: NBC's weepy human-interest profiles, opening and closing ceremonies so garish t...

    on August 26, 2004
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    My Hiro - How a Cypress cafe stole my heart, one fusion dish at a time

    Photo by Matt Otto Our first date was underwhelming. Sure, Hiro was friendly and sophisticated and beckoned with quirky charm. But Hiro was ugly. Avert-your-eyes-and-don't-order-dessert ugly. Hiro tried too hard, wore too much cologne, sported a lou...

    by MARIDEL REYES on August 19, 2004
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    This Week in Carnivores vs. Vegetarians

    Highlight steak, the vegetarians start bitching about animal cruelty. Highlight tofu palaces, the carnivores want to kill you for succumbing to P.C. interests. In the interest of pleasing and infuriating both, then, here's a list of steer and veggie...

    on August 12, 2004
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    Politics-Free Zone - Anaheim officials, please stay away from Yves Bistro. Everyone else, eat on!

    Photo by Amy TheligAs Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle draws up his latest revitalization plan for the city, you can bet Disney Dollars to cents he won't ask Yves' Bistro to join in--nor is it likely the restaurant would accept the offer. See, this comfy ...

    on August 12, 2004
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    Grub Guide

    This week in legume love Beans, bean: the magical fruit, So damn good, it makes Atkins moot. Pinto, black, soy: this guide tells all, Just make sure, friend, to blast in a stall. ...........................Less than $10! $.....................

    on August 5, 2004
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