Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 12 a.m.
Like anyone who lives in South Orange County, I've been going to Irvine Spectrum like a lemming since it first opened in 1995.
I've got my reasons: The theaters are good for when you want opening night rowdiness and enthusiasm, even if the movie ends up sucking.
But Irvine Spectrum food? That's a different matter entirely. To put it kindly, I usually ate before I came. But much to my surprise, Irvine Spectrum's restaurant selection seems to actually be improving lately.
, Ling & Louie's
, and FOX Sports Grill
are long gone and easily forgotten. In its stead, there's Tea Station*
, Izakaya Wasa
, and Veggie Grill
. And soon, there will be Boneheads
, a chain from the South that currently only has one outlet in O.C., a few exits south in Lake Forest.
On a review of the Lake Forest branch
, I wrote that the fire-roasted chicken "is moist to the bone, even the breast; and every inch of its rendered skin glistens with a thin veneer of that red piri-piri glaze--a liquid which can also double as Mace."
Now if only George Lucas and Steven Spielberg can put out a decent blockbuster.....
*Chococakeluvr has updated me that Tea Station is also gone. :-(