We tried all twelve Vietnamese sandwich on the menu at Lynda Sandwich. Some were knock-outs, some were solid, and some were less exciting in comparison. Check out the slideshow.
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In Costa Mesa, the team at Sidecar Doughnuts is taking the time to do things from scratch—all in plain view of the shop floor. Throughout the day, the busy kitchen churns out fresh batches of artisanal doughnuts in intriguing flavors, ranging from huckleberry cake to banana Nutella.
At Bruxie, waffles rule, whether you get them savory or sweet. If you're contemplating the former, you can't go wrong with the turkey club.
Stranded at a seminar in Anaheim, I bypassed the hotel buffet and walked down Harbor Blvd to The Pizza Press. Situated directly across the street from Disneyland, the former Quiznos was converted into a(nother) fast causal pizzeria. Opened in June 2012, the name references the newspaper theme of the shop—which looks nothing like, but reminds me of a 90's Subway—and the press used to par-bake the crust.
A short drive from the heart of Little Saigon in California, Orange County Poultry and Rotisserie specializes in Vietnamese dishes made with locally sourced, house-butchered chickens. The mom-and-pop takeout also happens to be in the same strip mall as a pho restaurant, doughnut shop, taqueria, 7-11, and doner kebab joint—in southern California, these miracles tend to happen.
This is street gourmet done Orange County style. Plenty of parking and lots of shade, surrounded by potted herbs and flowers as the sun shone down from a cloudless sky. And the tacos themselves are some of the best you'll find in Southern California, with tortillas pressed to order.
This hole-in-the-wall taqueria in Orange, California, may be named after the fatty and flavorful carnitas, but almost everything else on the menu is just as regal. Los Reyes' pastor—rich, heavily flavored and as crisp and chewy as it is tender—is especially nice in a torta.
[Photographs: L.A. Pizza Maven] Pizza Ortica 650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa CA 92626 (map); 714-445-4900; pizzeriaortica.com Pizza style: Neapolitan Oven type: Wood-fired oven When it opened early in 2009, Pizza Ortica generated its share of controversy on Chowhound. This David Myers venture, next door to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, was variously described as "the worst pizza experience ever," "$87 for pizza and pasta? Extortion!" and "embarrassingly mediocre." Many of the complaints repeated, ad nauseam, the old "too limp and wet in the center" refrain. More recently, several Southland bloggers have defended Ortica's pizza style as Neapolitan-influenced...
It's time for another street food profile. This time we chat with the people Dan Dan BBQ in Southern California, where the Korean-Mexican fusion menu includes Korean short rib tacos, sliders (the favorite), burritos, kimchi quesadillas, bulgogi burgers, and fries.
Pizzaphilia, the tenacious, gastronomic syndrome with which I've been afflicted for nearly my entire life, compelled me to drive down to Orange County one recent Saturday afternoon. I made this trip from LA knowing full well that I would likely encounter mind-numbing freeway traffic because I was craving a new pizza experience, and Pizza e Vino, only the second VPN-certified restaurant in Southern California, was calling me.
Some of the best guilty pleasures can be found at your local county or state fair. In a spectacular show of gustatory bravery, a couple of pals and I tackle the most daunting treats at the Orange County Fair in California. As the chocolate columnist, I stick to chocolate as much as I could—that's just a life choice, really—but these treats span the spectrum of sweet.
The August 2008 issue of Orange Coast magazine lists their 10 favorite local gourmet burgers made with fancier, less common ingredients, such as Kobe beef, smoky chipotle aioli, or roasted-tomato marmalade. If you prefer something more classic (and less costly),...