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    Naked Lunch - We put our sex lives on the food line

    You want hot sex, and you want hot food. You can plead with the escort service to send over a pizza, or you can go out in search of a naked lunch. Of course, it won't be completely naked--thanks to the prudes at the health inspector's office, bare, ...

    by Chris Ziegler on February 15, 2001
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    Southeast Asia With a Car Wash - Eat, clean and see merry

    Photo by Jack GouldIt seems like a dish from a bad Vincent Price movie: red curry with coconut milk. Does this meal, combining the ephemeral beverage of motherhood with a spice cultivated in hell, exist outside moviedom? Amazingly enough, it does--a...

    on February 8, 2001
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    Dave Garofalo Eats Here! - But, it turns out, not very often

    Don't look for checkered tablecloths, fake grape arbors dangling from doorways, or wicker-bottomed bottles of chianti. Lucci's Deli is more authentic than that. Anthony and I picked out a booth next to stacks of torn-open cardboard boxes filled with...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 18, 2001
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    True Believers - Our encounter with authentic Sicilian

    Photo by Keith MayHalf-Italian, I've eaten at my fair share of Italian restaurants, including the Olive Garden (Il Ristorante Denny's), and there is nothing so warming, so perfect or authentic as (please hold your breath) Lido Shipyard Sausage Co. a...

    by STACEY FULLWILER on January 11, 2001
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    Every Sandwich an Adventure! - A couple of hero-crazy kids try living the dream

    Photo by Jeanne RiceA quick look around Super Hero's reveals it's a very new restaurant: the paint's still shiny, the counters are absolutely spotless, and the gargantuan fish tank is curiously empty because they haven't gotten around to buying the ...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 28, 2000
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    Tacos and a Side of Tacos - Fine dining under $4

    Photo by Jeanne RiceWhen I spotted the Taqueria Mexico sign in a strip mall off Katella, visions of a torta stuffed with meat, lettuce and avocado danced in my head. But though the left side of the menu on the wall was in Spanish and the other half ...

    by Matt Coker on December 21, 2000
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    Valhalla on Earth - Smorgasbord the way Thor intended

    Photo by Keith MayIn a culinary ranking of nations, Sweden would fall somewhere between exquisite French delicacies and bland English slop. Only meatballs, pancakes, gingerbread cookies and herring--and Absolut vodka, which doesn't really count as f...

    by ANNA BARR on December 14, 2000
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    Flame Thrower - The awful truth about kimchee

    Photo by Jack GouldDon't you hate people who, 20 years ago, spent the entire summer in a place like, say, Hawaii and who talk now as if they're a transplanted Hawaiian and about how much better everything was there than here and how someday they'll ...

    by Matt Coker on December 7, 2000
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    A Very Little Tokyo - Sushi makes this teriyaki house

    Photo by Jack GouldUnless you run a brothel or the neighborhood crack house, you might actually look forward to the day cops begin frequenting your fledgling business. Thus with eateries: the regular appearance outside of patrol cars filled with hun...

    by ADAM US on November 30, 2000
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    Cant Beat Their Meat - Its all about steak at Stubriks

    Photo by Joy BastGetting a decent steak in Orange County is a real grind. Most steakhouses in the upper bubbles of OC consist of themed joints that offer little more than ball-busting prices and appetizers cut to look like Disney characters. Two s...

    by FRANK SEDDIGH on November 23, 2000
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    Cant Beat Their Meat - Its all about steak at Stubriks

    Getting a decent steak in Orange County is a real grind. Most steakhouses in the upper bubbles of OC consist of themed joints that offer little more than ball-busting prices and appetizers cut to look like Disney characters. Two seasoned bartender...

    by FRANK SEDDIGH on November 23, 2000
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    Cant Beat Their Meat - Its all about steak at Stubriks

    Photo by Joy BastGetting a decent steak in Orange County is a real grind. Most steakhouses in the upper bubbles of OC consist of themed joints that offer little more than ball-busting prices and appetizers cut to look like Disney characters. Two s...

    by FRANK SEDDIGH on November 23, 2000
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    Indian Adventure - Why Indian beer comes in big bottles

    Photo by Joy BastImagine yourself in old Bombay. Now eliminate the incessant heat, the millions of flies and the whining beggars. What's left? The pervasive aroma of Indian spices wafting through the air. The sensual smell of saffron. The tantalizin...

    by MARTIN BROWN on November 16, 2000
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    God in a Plate of Chiles - In search of the hot and sacred

    Illustration by Bob AulThere's some speculation that hot foods were once (we're talking centuries ago, and certainly not in the Weekly's experimental test kitchen because we never, ever dabble in the psychotropic) closely related to the pursuit of h...

    by ERNEST KEMENY on November 9, 2000
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    Spaghetti Postmodern - If Ed Wood were from Italy, he mightve owned Angelos and Vincis

    Photo by Keith May"Let me give you a little ambiance," our waiter said, reaching over to light a tiny tabletop candle. "It'll make all the difference in the world." He needn't have bothered. If there had been any more atmosphere in Angelo's and Vinc...

    by Chris Ziegler on November 2, 2000
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    I Dined It My Way - Eat, drink and be Frankie!

    BY OLD BLUE EYES There are places in Orange County that look Frank, sound Frank and are even named after Frank. Hell, if I had known so many joints were going to use me to get butts into their seats, I never would have croaked. Give me a piece of t...

    by STAFF on October 19, 2000
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    Yes, Mother - Mother India insists you eat seconds

    Photo by Joy BastA couple of years ago, when I worked down the street, I must have eaten lunch three days a week at Mother India restaurant--sometimes more--and I never came close to tiring of it. The food is scrumptious, and their buffet lunch (ope...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on October 12, 2000
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    The Doctor is in Pescadou - French dining with Art Davis

    Photo by Keith MayJazz musicians know food. They can tell you where to get the best grub in cities all around the world and will rave about somebody's mother--maybe their own--who turns out mouthwatering ham, chicken, rice, greens and pie for the en...

    by BILL KOHLHAASE on October 5, 2000
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    Teppan-Out - No-frills thrills at Osaka

    If your idea of an authentic Japanese meal involves sitting around a Teppan-Yaki table and watching a knife-wielding chef's floorshow-with the requisite grand finale of flipping a piece of shrimp into his apron pocket-then chew on this: Teppan cooki...

    by Matt Coker on September 28, 2000
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    Food is Sleep - 24-Hour Dining Adventures

    Photo by Jeanne RiceIt's 3 a.m., you've got enough alcohol in your belly to re-float the Kursk, and there's nothing in sight but the harsh glow of Denny's and Del Taco signs. You could let your liver go to work alone, or you could call a particularl...

    by ERNEST KEMENY on September 21, 2000
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