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[Hole in the Wall] On Rooster Cafe's Breakfast Burritos and the Passing of Glen Bell
, January 28, 2010
Thinking Outside the Taco Bell-BashingWe interrupt this regularly scheduled review to wax a bit on the passing of Taco Bell founder Glen Bell.... More >>
Il Dolce Has Mastered the Sweet Art and Science of Pizza Making Il Dolce Has Mastered the Sweet Art and Science of Pizza Making
, January 21, 2010
How Sweet It IsIf you know pizza, you’ll know that Il Dolce offers some of the tastiest and most authentic pies aroundWho doesn’t love pizza?... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] Genghis Khan Is Like Most Other Mongolian Barbecues, Only More So
, January 21, 2010
The Same, Only More SoOut of all the cuisines cooked in Orange County restaurants, the easiest to review is also, paradoxically, the hardest:... More >>
Get In With the In Crowd at Ohshima Japanese Cuisine Get In With the In Crowd at Ohshima Japanese Cuisine
, January 14, 2010
The In CrowdIf you want to enjoy the raw and cooked bliss on offer at Ohshima Japanese Cuisine, call ahead, so you can waltz past the throng of... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] Gnarly Nayaritan at Mariscos Los Corales in Santa Ana
, January 14, 2010
Gnarly Nayaritan Across Orange County, you’ll see restaurants claiming to specialize in mariscos estilo Nayarit—seafood prepared in the culinary... More >>
Get Your Meat and Potatoes, Deutschland-style, at La Habra's Continental Deli Get Your Meat and Potatoes, Deutschland-style, at La Habra's Continental Deli
, January 07, 2010
Ich Bin Ein La Habra-erGet your prepared meats and potato salad, Deutschland-style, at the hard-to-find Continental DeliLest the rest of OC... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Build Your Own Pinoy-Mexican Mash-Ups at Adobo & Tacos in Orange
, January 07, 2010
Longaniza With Your Taco?Sometimes, culinary mash-ups just don’t work. I think it’s safe to say that pineapple on pizza has proved a success,... More >>
Don't Let Crustacean's Glitzy Reputation Scare You Away From AnQi Don't Let Crustacean's Glitzy Reputation Scare You Away From AnQi
, December 24, 2009
Shell GameDon’t let Crustacean’s glitzy reputation scare you away from the fun, inventive fare at AnQiLet’s just say my visit to Helene An’s... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] Korean-Chinese Fusion Fun Time at Young Pung
, December 24, 2009
Korean-Chinese Fusion Fun Time! Little Seoul needs your help. On a recent weekday night, Orange County’s original Korean district was desolate,... More >>
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Is an Assault on the Senses, Sensibilities and Sentimentality Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Is an Assault on the Senses, Sensibilities and Sentimentality
, December 17, 2009
A Farrell’s of FunCan your cynical veneer withstand the assault on the senses, sensibilities and sentimentality that is Farrell’s?Everyone except... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] Goat Love, Zacatecas-Style, at Birriería Nochistlán
, December 17, 2009
Goat Love, Zacatecas-StyleThe Mexican state of Zacatecas occupies the same status as Colombia in the county’s culinary scene: Despite having... More >>
House of Kabob's Persian Rice: The Lake Forest and Irvine Treat House of Kabob's Persian Rice: The Lake Forest and Irvine Treat
, December 10, 2009
Rice-IranianHouse of Kabob’s sublime Persian rice used to be just a Lake Forest treat, but now it’s in Irvine, tooIs there any starch more... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] What a Hue to Eat at Quan Vy Da
, December 10, 2009
What a Hue to EatI have a Vietnamese friend who hates it whenever I review his culture’s cuisine—not because he wants to keep treasured dives a... More >>
Studio at the Montage Has Perfected Fine Dining Studio at the Montage Has Perfected Fine Dining
, December 03, 2009
The Studio SystemFrom the spectacular setting to the flawless service to the stellar menu, Studio at the Montage Resort has perfected the art of... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] Tacos On the Hard Shell at Tom's Tacos
, December 03, 2009
A Thousand Gabachos Can’t Be Wrong, Can They?I’d recommend dozens of restaurants before Tom’s Tacos in Anaheim, but that’s only because I’m... More >>
Mark Norris Capitalizes On the Comfort-Food Craze With Crispins Mark Norris Capitalizes On the Comfort-Food Craze With Crispins
, November 26, 2009
Comfort ShrewdThe stick-to-your ribs entrées and homey desserts mostly shine at Mark Norris’ well-conceived Crispins, but the service isn’t up... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] The Cheap Japanese Fare at Miyabi-Tei Is Your Chopstick-Ready Stimulus Plan
, November 26, 2009
The Curry That Does You a FavorSantouka Ramen gets all the love from foodies among the stalls in Costa Mesa’s Mitsuwa Marketplace, but it’s... More >>
The Northern Chinese Fare at Asian Tapas Isn't Really Tapas, But It Is Delectable The Northern Chinese Fare at Asian Tapas Isn't Really Tapas, But It Is Delectable
, November 19, 2009
You Got Your Tapas In My Chinese Food!While the gimmicky name isn’t entirely accurate, the Northern Chinese fare at Asian Tapas is utterly... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] Burger (and Patty Melt) Heaven
, November 19, 2009
Hamburger (and Patty Melt) HeavenAs hamburger stands age, switch owners and weather changing demographics over the decades, the menus usually... More >>
While Trawling for Casual-Dining Customers, Fish Grill Factory Needs Better Bait While Trawling for Casual-Dining Customers, Fish Grill Factory Needs Better Bait
, November 12, 2009
Fishing for ComplimentsWhile trawling for casual-dining customers who might otherwise go to California Fish Grill, the similarly named Fish Grill... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] Middle Eastern Pizza at Forn Al Hara in Anaheim
, November 12, 2009
Middle Eastern Pizza!Arab OC collectively wailed earlier this year when a fire destroyed Al Amir Bakery, one of only two restaurants in Orange... More >>
Javier's Cantina & Grill Gets Bested Javier's Cantina & Grill Gets Bested
, November 05, 2009
Bested!In which two food writers decide to check out our readers’ assertion that Javier’s is OC’s best restaurantWe may never know how Javier’s... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] Translating Meals at Mami King in Buena Park
, November 05, 2009
Mami MealAs much as I love Filipino cuisine, a visit to their restaurants usually drives my Mexican mind loco. Their bastardization of Spanish!... More >>
Myung Dong Kal Guksu in Anaheim Is a Temple of Korean Hand-Cut Noodles Myung Dong Kal Guksu in Anaheim Is a Temple of Korean Hand-Cut Noodles
, October 29, 2009
The Temple of NoodlesFollow the crowds of Korean churchgoers to Myung Dong Kal Guk Su for heavenly helpings of hand-cut gloryTo paraphrase Isaac... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] Argentinian Delights at Puerto Madero Market in Santa Ana
, October 29, 2009
Any Puerto In a StormI don’t like to review the same location twice—that is, a place that has hosted different restaurants over the years. But... More >>
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O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne

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Front Porch Pops: Just Lick 'Em

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Tamarindo Truck: Maestro de Meats

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Mangia, Mangia Pirozzi's Meatballs Mangia, Mangia Pirozzi's Meatballs

I'm pretty sure I've not had a meatball as scrumptious or as soft as the ones Alessandro Pirozzi is serving at Pirozzi, his new restaurant in Corona del Mar. And… More >>

Fa-Sai's Dawn of Thai-Mex

Location, location, location! Restaurants live and die by where they set up shop. I wish someone had told that to the folks behind Fa-Sai Thai when they decided to open… More >>

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