Orange County

The Lime Truck – 2 of 3 for the Celebrity Food Truck

August 19, 2012

Being winners of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” there was a lot of expectation. With the new season of the food truck competition underway, it was good to try the last year’s winners. Seeing the truck on TV, it seemed to be almost a celebrity. The lime green was hard to mistake, and […]

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Birch Street Grill – Putting on a Smile at this Gastropub

August 8, 2012

Hmmm. What can I say about Birch Street Grill? Hmm… After much thought and starting at the computer screen, I had nothing. Their happy hour was nice. It lasted late, almost until 8 PM, but it was nearly empty. The music was nice and the TVs were flat, large, and abundant, but still, nobody was […]

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Short Stop BBQ – A Pulled Pork Sandwich Gets Smothered

July 23, 2012

We all have our favorite go to BBQ joints. Some of my favorites, interestingly located in Orange County is Blake’s and the chain, Lucille’s. LA and Orange county is in a position where good barbecue joints are plenty, but truly great ones are few and far between. As of yet, I don’t have a favorite […]

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Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner – Fried Chicken and the Boysenberry in the Center of it all

June 29, 2012

Knott’s Berry Farm is know for many things. It really was a farm back in the day — it’s not just a name. Today, kids know it for Snoopy, teens seek thrills on their roller coasters, and adults and old folks know Knott’s for their jams. For me, I am all about the food. Mrs. […]

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Lola Gaspar – With Santa Ana’s Arts District Comes Gastronomy

June 25, 2012

Santa Ana is going through a great urban renovation. Old buildings are being turned into offices, condos and restaurants. At the Santa Ana Arts District, the streets look more lively it seems like. Starting in the mid 90’s, the artists rented out undesired buildings as workspace. Soon after, the area saw a growth in artists […]

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Kimmie’s Coffee Cup – Orange County’s Very Own Top Breakfast Spot

June 14, 2012

Whoever Kimmie is, I never tried her coffee. I don’t even think the restaurant specializes in coffee. I do know that if you are in need of a sensible breakfast with a feel of a diner, Kimmie’s is the place to go. They are all about good food and service all at a place where […]

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Gburger – The Kitchen Sink Almost Makes the Cut

May 18, 2012

There comes a time when you turn from a boy to a man. For me, that time was when I ordered an actual meal from McDonald’s instead of a happy meal. As a kid, the happy meal was the obvious choice. You got your burger and fries with a drink, and a toy to play […]

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Gelato Paradiso – The Beach and a Frozen Treat, and I’m all Smiles

May 7, 2012

It’s official. The Italians got it right again and gelato is the perfect “ice cream”. It always seems like the beach and the ocean always makes me want some ice cream. The sunshine and the ocean breeze all can be enjoyed a little better with a nice velvety, creamy treat. If you couldn’t tell by […]

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Brodard Restaurant – Vietnamese Spring Roll Ingredients, Assemble

April 15, 2012

It is not every day you get to eat Vietnamese at a sit down, and it’s not pho.  Usually its spring rolls or a bahn mi sandwich to go, or a nice big hot bowl of pho at a hole in the wall. Brodard in Garden Grove has some of the best Vietnamese food around, […]

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Monkey Business Cafe – Good for the Tummy, Good for the Community

March 22, 2012

I passed by this place many times, and it never appealed to me as a nice place to eat. The outside doesn’t look like a restaurant, and the word monkey doesn’t sound tasty. There is something special about Monkey Business Cafe — they are for non-profit. All of their proceeds go to Hart Community Homes. […]

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Bruxie (Brea) – Bigger and Bolder, the Second Location Becomes a Hit

March 13, 2012

Having been to the Bruxie in Orange, I was excited to see a newer and better (larger) one open up in Brea. Anticipating its grand opening, I was shocked as to see the great location they were able to snatch up. After procrastinating for a bit, I finally was able to try Bruxie in Brea. […]

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Nick’s Laguna Beach – A Gastropub Near the Beach, Life is Good

March 1, 2012

Laguna Beach is one of my favorite beach cities. The vibe there is fun and exciting, and you get a sense of history there. One of my favorite spots to grab a bite is at Nick’s Laguna Beach. The decor, menu, and vibe is all very new school among this classic beach city. Centered around […]

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The Counter – This Is My Burger, The Way I Want It

February 17, 2012

Build your own burger.  That is The Counter way.  You sit down and fill out a form.  Yes.  You build your own burger and they bring it to you exactly how you want it. You want eggs? You got it.  You want a different kind of cheese?  You don’t want pickles? That’s cool.  The Counter […]

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Omelette House – French Everything For Breakfast

January 16, 2012

Trust me. I did not spell it wrong. Omelette House decided to spell “omelet” that way. According to, they are both the correct spelling. Since we are not in France, we will spell it the American way — Omelet. I am not going to lie. I said the word a million times in my […]

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Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant – Olden Days Makes Way For Opening Day

January 8, 2012

Remember the olden days? Well, my olden days are like the late 80s, early 90s. I mean before then, like the 60s and 70s. Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlours was booming. Starting from Portland, Oregon, the restaurants were an old time favorite. After being bought out and sold again, they are making a come back in […]

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Disneyland Corn Dog Cart – Who Drives The Little Red Wagon?

December 28, 2011

What is a theme park without cotton candy, popcorn, and corn dogs?  Well, without it, you don’t have yourself a theme park.  Corn dogs is on a stick, and is easy to eat on the go.  It is no wonder that there is almost always a line for the Corn Dog Cart at Disneyland. Good […]

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Anepelco’s Cafe – A Mexican French Breakfast, From A Hole-In-The-Wall

November 25, 2011

Once in a while, you come across a place and the food is the star.  Not the decor, not even the service, but the food just out does everything.  Anepelco’s Cafe is just that place — it’s definitely a hole in the wall.  Breakfast was impressive at this unassuming restaurant. The place was small, and […]

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Napa Rose – Wine Country Comes To The Grand California

November 14, 2011

As you may already know, I go to Disneyland more often than I should.  And you probably already know that Disneyland has nothing good to eat.  Seeking something good to eat, I had a chance to eat at Napa Rose, their most expensive restaurant on the property available to the public. They are touted for […]

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Houston’s (Irvine) – Ribs, Ribeye, And #1 Tuna

November 12, 2011

This may be one of my favorite restaurant chains.  Houston’s offers a home feel with a bit of class and sophistication.  It doesn’t try to be pretentious and is not image driven.  They let the food speak for itself. It is a step above Yard House, which is a large step above TGIFriday.  Though I […]

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Merely Sweets – Gourmet Cupcakes And Treats Lands At Downtown Brea

November 8, 2011

Brea is the place to be when it is Halloween.  Not for the crazy party goers or drinkers, but for foodies and kids.  They hold a nice little block party for the kids and the eateries around Downtown Brea give away little treats.  At Merely Sweets, they gave away free woopie pies.  And right across […]

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