Welcome to the 2011 edition of Stick A Fork In It's 100 Favorite Dishes. We've just kicked off our countdown to #1 (which will appear the same week as our compendium on all that's good and right about Orange County).
What's the point of giving recognition to a side dish? I did it last year, and I got grief for it, and I don't care. While I always have good food at Pee Wee's--I reviewed their bánh mì burger and it's one of the only Vietnamese-type sandwiches that costs more than $3 that I would bother with--I secretly crave their sweet potato tots, crispy, crunchy, and juuuust slightly charred around the edges, soft in the middle, and perfect with just about any sauce they have. So, yes, a side dish, but one that managed to get past my intense dislike of deep-fried sweet potatoes and worm its way into my brain.
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Pee Wee's Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, 5942 Edinger St. #104, Huntington Beach; 714-846-3100; peeweesfamous.com.
Click here for our 100 faves from 2010! The list so far this time around:
No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl