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Nhu Y Ca 8 Mon Serves Eight Courses of Fish Nhu Y Ca 8 Mon Serves Eight Courses of Fish
This Fountain Valley restaurant stays true to its name, but offers much, much more
, September 15, 2011
I'm convinced that every Vietnamese dish ever conceived is represented in some form or another at Nhu Y Ca 8 Mon in Fountain Valley. If it... More >>
Pie-ology Has Pizza Possibilities
[Hole In the Wall] This Fullerton shop lets you customize your pie
, September 15, 2011
While it's luxe loncheras and blueberry doughnuts that currently receive all the local media (both dinosaur and social) buzz, the art of the... More >>
Get Yourself to Kentro Greek Kitchen Get Yourself to Kentro Greek Kitchen
The Fullerton eatery is lightning-quick, modern and delicious
, September 08, 2011
Kentro is unlike any Greek restaurant I've ever been to: There are no Hellenic-styled fonts or idyllic pictures of seaside Santorini. Walking in,... More >>
Chao Down at Kang Lac Bakery
[Hole In the Wall] This Westminster standard sells the best rice porridge in OC
, September 08, 2011
In Western society, porridge is relegated to Dickensian horror stories of poverty and child labor, remembered not so much as a foodstuff, but... More >>
Listen to Marty at the Sky Room Listen to Marty at the Sky Room
The restaurant at the historic Breakers Hotel recalls the classy hospitality of old Long Beach
, September 01, 2011
You begin by handing your keys to a person whom you hope is the valet. You made the assumption because he was the only guy standing in the... More >>
Cafe Calacas Is Deli-cioso!
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana deli already has great licuados and yummy sandwiches—and there's more to come
, September 01, 2011
Café Calacas answers the question all Orange Countians have on their minds: What will happen to our fair land when the Mexicans take over for... More >>
Brunch a Bunch Across OC! Brunch a Bunch Across OC!
OC's best brunches: The ethnic, the gorgeous views and the bottomless booze!
, August 25, 2011
VIDEO: Click here to go behind the scenes of our cover photo shoot!See even more Remember that episode of The Simpsons in which Marge nearly has... More >>
The Lime Truck Is No Lemon The Lime Truck Is No Lemon
Daniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn's food truck is a champion on the Food Network and OC's luxe lonchera scene
, August 25, 2011
Those naysayers who dismiss this so-called food-truck movement as a fad will probably be right someday. There will be a time when all the wheeled... More >>
A Silver Spoon in Your Mouth
[Hole In the Wall] The Pakistani store Irvine Halal Meat sells a great lunch buffet—and a Paki-Mexi burrito from heaven
, August 25, 2011
Most of my Silver Spoon eating experiences have been during lunch, at its small but potent buffet: Pakistan summed up in six or so trays. Mutton... More >>
Belly Up to Slater's 50/50 Belly Up to Slater's 50/50
There's nothing halfway about the Huntington Beach eatery's embrace of America's bacon crush
, August 18, 2011
Slater's 50/50 serves dude food. What else could you call the half-beef-half-bacon patties the restaurant has pioneered if not catnip for the... More >>
Lupita's Is a PeeWee Pupusa Place
[Hole In the Wall] The Costa Mesa dive specializes in Salvadoran and Guatemalan cuisine
, August 18, 2011
Lupita's is a claustrophobic place, a walk-in closet that's two rows of four tables lined up against a wall, an empty space between said rows... More >>
Barth's Has Der Real Wiener Schnitzel Barth's Has Der Real Wiener Schnitzel
All the best German specialties are here, from schnitzel to sauerbraten to cheesecake
, August 11, 2011
An appropriate and common response to being served a schnitzel plate at Barth's is to gasp and exclaim, "Oh, my God!" The picture menus will... More >>
Dat Thanh Sells Nom Nom Nem Nuong Cuon
[Hole In the Wall] This Westminster family restaurant has the best barbecue spring rolls in OC—but the broken-rice dishes are even better
, August 11, 2011
You want humility? Try the owners at Dat Thành. For the past year, they've rightfully earned multiple plaudits and newspaper reviews for the nem... More >>
Seventh Home Coffee and Tea House Shows There's No Place Like It Seventh Home Coffee and Tea House Shows There's No Place Like It
This teahouse caters to Korean chicks, but you should go, too
, August 04, 2011
Have you ever had a sweet-potato latte? At Seventh Home Coffee & Tea House in Buena Park, you can sip it either hot or iced. I suggest iced. One... More >>
El Borrego Sagrado Heralds Santa Ana's Hidalgo Wave
[Hole In the Wall] Mixiote, tlacoyos and tender barbacoa are the highlights at this regional gem
, August 04, 2011
First, it was Mexican immigrants from Jalisco and Zacatecas who colonized Santa Ana; starting in the 1950s, Michoacán provided the county seat... More >>
Posch Is Pish-Posh Posch Is Pish-Posh
Jimmy 'Z' Parvin's flashy John Wayne Airport-adjacent restaurant needs a lot less Real Housewife and more him
, July 28, 2011
Restaurateurs, please stop using The Real Housewives of Orange County as a marketing tool. Posch—the restaurant that marks the return of Jimmy... More >>
Sammy's Burgers Sells the Vilest, Most-Loved Dish in OC
[Hole In the Wall] Strips and cheese? Blecch. Why does Huntington Beach love them?
, July 28, 2011
Some local dishes, as fanatical a cult as they might inspire, simply never travel. For every Kogi Korean taco knockoff, there is a Mexican-style... More >>
Il Garage Is Under the Stanton Sun Il Garage Is Under the Stanton Sun
The Park Ave spin-off brings the idyllic romanticism of Tuscany in a restaurant literally set in a garden
, July 21, 2011
I can think of a handful of restaurants that has an on-site garden. But it's one thing to serve your customers vegetables you've grown yourself,... More >>
Del Tomate Offers Pasta of the Pampas
[Hole In the Wall] This Tustin shop specializes in Argentine rarities
, July 21, 2011
There they were, Orange County's past and future, facing off in the present over pasta in Tustin. The setting wasn't your traditional trattoria à... More >>
Joseph Mahon Plays Burger Parlor Games Joseph Mahon Plays Burger Parlor Games
The local-born chef returns to OC, and he's cooking burgers
, July 14, 2011
Don't let the goofy, bright-orange T-shirt emblazoned with "I'm Juicy" deceive you. The man who wears it while serving your burgers at Burger... More >>
Rose Bakery Café Is the Dough-Right Man
This Corona del Mar spot looks yuppie, but makes doughnuts worthy of Anaheim
, July 14, 2011
Maybe it's the Anaheim boy in me, but I always find something reassuring, even comforting, in going to Newport Beach and enjoying a plain ol'... More >>
Starfish Is Asian, But of No Persuasion Starfish Is Asian, But of No Persuasion
The Laguna Beach restaurant relies on tried-and-true 'Oriental' tropes for its so-so food
, July 07, 2011
Have you ever noticed the more brightly lit a Chinese restaurant is, the higher its prices? Think of those grand San Gabriel Valley seafood... More >>
Home Style Dumpling for Mandoo Tonight
[Hole In the Wall] This Tustin eatery in a grimy liquor store specializes in Korean dumplings
, July 07, 2011
I keep a general rule about not reviewing restaurants that open in locations that once housed dives I previously covered. It's dumb logic, sure... More >>
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar Has a Tiki Track of Mind Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar Has a Tiki Track of Mind
The food at the Disneyland Hotel's new Polynesian-themed bar and eatery is beside the point
, June 30, 2011
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel is a full-circle distillation of everything that came before it, descended from the... More >>
Birrieria Chivo de Oro Is the Golden Goat
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana eatery will scare away OC Register readers—more birria for us!
, June 30, 2011
Poor Jeff Overley. He's a good reporter for The Orange County Register who usually covers Newport Beach, but also contributes posts for the... More >>
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