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Neveria Flor de Mexico Offers a Treatise on Icy Treats Neveria Flor de Mexico Offers a Treatise on Icy Treats
[SUMMER GUIDE] Where to go this summer for frozen fun you can eat
, June 23, 2011
You needn't settle for McDonald's soft serve, a convenience-store slushie or another overplayed frozen yogurt when the sun sizzles and you're... More >>
Nuoc Mia Mania: Catch It This Summer! Nuoc Mia Mania: Catch It This Summer!
[Hole In the Wall] Where to find the best Vietnamese sugarcane juice in Little Saigon
, June 23, 2011
Dozens of refreshing ethnic drinks have passed my lips in a decade of reviewing OC restaurants: the U.K. favorite Vimto, Russian peach soda,... More >>
The Family Business: Mark and Sam Lewis The Family Business: Mark and Sam Lewis
The son tried to stay away from 'the fish thing' for a while, but now he's the main man at Dry Dock Fish Co.
, June 16, 2011
Sam Lewis never wanted to be a fish guy. When it came time to choose a career, he fought the very idea of it. He could be a firefighter, or a... More >>
101 Noodle Express Teaches You Chinese 101 101 Noodle Express Teaches You Chinese 101
It replaces Irvine's Nice Time Deli, but is it worthy of the legend?
, June 16, 2011
A plastic banner is currently draped over the Nice Time Deli marquee in Irvine, the longstanding Taiwanese restaurant that was the gateway for... More >>
Chili Chutney Offers Spicy Charity
[Hole In the Wall] This Lake Forest restaurant offers Afghan cuisine and the best dumplings in the world
, June 16, 2011
Shalah Wadood is a woman who radiates care, the kind of restaurant owner whose permanently etched-on smile is genuine, who asks how your meal is... More >>
Delius Restaurant Is the Real Deal Delius Restaurant Is the Real Deal
Getting to know the ambitious Signal Hill restaurant beyond the first crush
, June 09, 2011
For a place surrounded by auto dealerships and housed in a building butted up against a menacing electrical substation, Delius Restaurant has a... More >>
Le Cafe Is a Non-Smelly Deli
[Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa spot does the impossible: serve great office-park cuisine
, June 09, 2011
There's a genre of Orange County restaurants I like to call Smelly Delis, those restaurants in office or corporate parks open only on weekdays... More >>
Pinoy Pam's Best Gets to the Point-Point Pinoy Pam's Best Gets to the Point-Point
Eating Filipino in OC means turo-turo, so go for the latest and greatest in Lake Forest
, June 02, 2011
Imagine if the only place you could get a burger was the drive-thru, or if the only Chinese restaurant around was Panda Express. If you are a... More >>
Banh Mi So Is a Big Buffet in Little Saigon
[Hole In the Wall] This Vietnamese buffet in Westminster changes its dozens of offerings by the hour
, June 02, 2011
While Edwin is right to laud the Filipino turo-turo tradition as the pinnacle of buffet experiences, the Vietnamese are not far behind. Most of... More >>
St. Roy Chef's Pub Is the Cure for the Common Gastropub St. Roy Chef's Pub Is the Cure for the Common Gastropub
You can get great food, excellent beers and top-flight wines at this San Clemente bar—just don't call it a gastropub
, May 26, 2011
If you're wondering why St. Roy Chef's Pub is called that and not St. Roy Gastropub, it's because owner Justin Monson thinks "gastropub" sounds... More >>
Jang Mo Gip Is Like Mother, Like Daughter
[Hole In the Wall] The Garden Grove Korean favorite moves locations but keeps its great soups.
, May 26, 2011
About a month ago, I sat down for dinner with Lauryn Chun, head of Mother-in-Law's Kimchi, her attempt to mainstream the Korean staple. She has... More >>
Song Long Looks Through the Water Glass Song Long Looks Through the Water Glass
Don't mind the harried service at this Little Saigon classic and focus on its fabulous French Vietnamese meals
, May 19, 2011
When reviewing a place like Song Long Restaurant, we must dedicate at least one sentence to explaining how its existence contradicts its... More >>
Taqueria Don Victor Makes You Taste the Baa
[Hole In the Wall] At this Huntington Beach treasure, Hidalgo-style cookery shines
, May 19, 2011
What is it about Huntington Beach that it gets great Mexican restaurants that its residents don't deserve? Tacos Jerez, Tacos El Chavito, any... More >>
G Burger Hits the G Spot G Burger Hits the G Spot
George Makri's La Habra burger stand straddles the comfortable center between dives and boutiques
, May 12, 2011
There hasn't been a better time to get ground beef stuffed in a bun than now. While Five Guys and the Habit have ramped up to aggressively chase... More >>
Banzai Bowl Offers Acai of Pleasure
[Hole In the Wall] This surfer-hippie outpost specializes in America's latest miracle-fruit fad
, May 12, 2011
Banzai Bowl isn't a restaurant so much as it is a statement of status: specifically, that if you patronize this corner spot on the Costa... More >>
Tilted Kilt Offers Blarney Boobage Tilted Kilt Offers Blarney Boobage
The Long Beach quasi-pub follows the Hooters model of booze, breasts and burgers
, May 05, 2011
How Hooters earned the ire of women's rights groups while Tilted Kilt escaped their notice is a mystery. Perhaps Tilted Kilt is too young a... More >>
Dos Chinos Are Chinitos Chidos
[Hole In the Wall] This Asian-Latino luxe lonchera represents the present-future OC
, May 05, 2011
I'm pleased to announce our next OC Weekly food event, which will happen this Wednesday in the parking lot of the Fullerton Public Library from 5... More >>
At Renzo's, Life Is a Ceviche At Renzo's, Life Is a Ceviche
Surfer Renzo Macchiavello creates Incan favorites in Irvine
, April 28, 2011
You may have been to the food court about a block away from John Wayne Airport, home to the glowing, golden deep-fried fish at the Chippy and the... More >>
Mandoorang Dumpling House Is the In-N-Out of Korean OC
[Hole In the Wall] This Buena Park diner offers great dumplings and other late-night Korean munchies
, April 28, 2011
We have 24-hour taquerías and diners that don't close until last call. There's the always-open Lee's Sandwiches in Garden Grove, as well as... More >>
Chapter One: the modern local Is Downtown Santa Ana's Next Chapter Chapter One: the modern local Is Downtown Santa Ana's Next Chapter
Jeff Hall, formerly of Haven Gastropub, forges his own path with a new restaurant
, April 21, 2011
It's true that the new Chapter One: the modern local is a pub, a very good one featuring a roster of serious microbrews, New Age self-described... More >>
Al Wadee Bakery: As American As Manakeesh
[Hole in the Wall] Our future Muslim overlords make really tasty flatbreads, so it won't be all bad
, April 21, 2011
Behold the grand, evil Muslim takeover of America, laid out in plain sight one Sunday afternoon at Al Wadee Bakery in Anaheim's Little Arabia. A... More >>
There's Something About 320 Main There's Something About 320 Main
Cameron Diaz eats at this Seal Beach stalwart, and so should you!
, April 14, 2011
When you picture what Hollywood movie stars might be doing right now, you expect something fantastical, like blasting CGI aliens or running away... More >>
Pho Thanh Lich: The Undisputed Best Pho in OC
[Hole In the Wall] Bow before your pho king-god and try the winner of our recent Final Pho tournament
, April 14, 2011
After about a collective 30 or so bowls of pho consumed over three weeks in our Final Pho tournament, us wackos over at our Stick a Fork In It... More >>
Commonwealth Lounge and Grill Bring Fullerton Flavor Commonwealth Lounge and Grill Bring Fullerton Flavor
The concept has spearheaded the revival of downtown Fullerton. But will it work in Zooport?
, April 07, 2011
The two-story property at 2406 Newport Blvd. should be a sure-fire customer magnet. It's on the Peninsula, right on the water's edge, bordered by... More >>
Soho Is Where the Taco Is
[Hole In the Wall] Reyna Market in Santa Ana is home to the Zambranos, the best taqueros in Orange County right now
, April 07, 2011
There I was a couple of weeks ago, rumbling down McFadden in deepest, brownest Santa Ana in a rusted VW Bus. I was lost, searching for a mythical... More >>
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