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May 1, 2003
DINING OUT It would be hard to find a better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than Don Ramon's on Goldenwest Street. When it opened about eight years ago, the free-standing building was decorated by artist Clayton Parker with expansive murals, trailing vines and flowers. It's a catacomb of separate dining areas, a cantina and a glass-protected patio. Owned by Sally and Ray Gutierrez, Don's Ramon's Kitchen has two excellent cooks Jesus Navarrete and his nephew Israel.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | November 12, 2008
Leery is the feeling I get when I see a Thai restaurant that offers more Chinese dishes than Thai ones. What usually happens is neither cuisine is very good as the restaurant is faking its way through Thai food and serving up marginal Chinese fare. The initial test on a restaurant’s Thai authenticity is when I walk in the door and await for an employee to greet me. When I walked into Thai Princess the waitress who seated us said hello, instead of the Thai equivalent Sawadee kah. That didn’t quell my fears and when I opened the menu and saw many Chinese dishes I got very apprehensive.
NEWS
February 22, 2001
An open door welcomes you to Sunday Champagne Brunch ($9.95) at Bukhara, on Edinger Avenue across from Huntington Center. It's the only Indian restaurant in Huntington Beach and its steam table is a perfect introduction to dishes that may be new to you. The pleasant rose-colored room has double-clothed tables and upholstered banquettes with the brunch buffet toward the back. Informative labels over the hot trays help as you make selections. First are a fruit chutney, a bright green mint sauce and a creamy white yogurt dressing for the salad greens.
NEWS
June 1, 2000
Despite its romantic name, China Moon in Huntington Beach is a no-nonsense restaurant with self-directed diners who know exactly what they want for lunch ($5.50) or dinner ($6.95). Patrons of this small buffet-style restaurant on Edinger Avenue and Goldenwest Street are familiar with the seasonal fresh offerings and have their favorites. Take it slowly so as not to miss anything -- this is a compact kind of place with two big, round family tables and a long banquette backing generous-sized round booths.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 20, 2010
W e've all had the experience of walking into a Chinese restaurant and being handed a menu that looks exactly like the menu in every other Chinese restaurant we've been to: egg rolls, wonton soup, kung pao chicken, moo shu pork, sweet and sour shrimp, you know the drill. Mandarin Restaurant in Fountain Valley has all that, but also some intriguing authentic dishes that will titillate the tongues of adventurous diners. These dishes are classics in China but less well known here except among the Asian community.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | July 25, 2012
We were flabbergasted. We found ourselves eating possibly the best shrimp we had ever tasted. Caught in the wild, the shrimp were jumbo in size, incredibly tender, moist, juicy and tasting so fresh. We chose the shrimp with honey garlic from a selection of three preparations. The sauce was light and delicately sweet, with a hint of garlic that subtly enhanced the perfectly cooked crustaceans. A sprinkling of sesame seeds completed the dish. The florets of broccoli that came on the side were also as fresh as vegetables can be, with just the right touch of crunch.
NEWS
March 25, 2004
Jenny Marder A lavish array of culinary delights will garnish the grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa Sunday on Sunday as Surf City's finest chefs strut their stuff. Restaurants are already cooking up a storm to prepare for the fourth annual Taste of Huntington Beach event. A sampling of dishes ranging from shrimp cocktail, to pesto tortellini to California rolls will be served up to celebrate the city's food and beverage purveyors.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | April 23, 2014
I thought it was time to check out the Cannery restaurant because it has a new chef, Nick Weber, and a new menu. The original building was an actual fish cannery beginning in 1921. In 1973, it was remodeled as a restaurant and sold in 1999 to current owner Ron Salisbury. Much of the interior still retains the factory look, but now it is a very attractive factory, painted in pale gray and white, with soft lighting and a wall of windows overlooking water in Newport Beach. Guests can dine on the nice deck patio while watching the constant parade of boats.
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By Terry Markowitz | December 30, 2013
It's that time again! Here is my top 10 list of favorite dishes for 2013, dominated by pork. 1) The best dish of the year was at Arc in the OC Mix, and it was called "Pig, beans, maple, herb. " Slow-cooked pork was falling-apart tender, with lots of smoky notes from the wood fire and a subtle sweetness from maple syrup. It nestled in a bevy of big white beans. The beans, enlivened with herbs, were unctuously satisfying. The dish was a savory communion of pork and beans. 2)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz and By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | October 24, 2012
Soheila Siadate is an amazing chef, working quietly in the kitchen of her little Persian restaurant, Green Rice Kabob, in a Huntington Beach strip mall, where she turns out some wonderful cuisine. Chef Soheila has a distinctive way with Middle Eastern and Persian classics. Dishes we have all eaten many times are subtly transformed by her magic touch. Our first taste, a dipping oil for pita bread, studded with garlic and chili and sprinkled with a little Parmesan, hinted at good things to come.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | July 25, 2012
We were flabbergasted. We found ourselves eating possibly the best shrimp we had ever tasted. Caught in the wild, the shrimp were jumbo in size, incredibly tender, moist, juicy and tasting so fresh. We chose the shrimp with honey garlic from a selection of three preparations. The sauce was light and delicately sweet, with a hint of garlic that subtly enhanced the perfectly cooked crustaceans. A sprinkling of sesame seeds completed the dish. The florets of broccoli that came on the side were also as fresh as vegetables can be, with just the right touch of crunch.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 9, 2012
China has a great variety of regional cuisines yet, locally, we only see a few of these represented, mainly Cantonese, Szechuan and Beijing, or a combination thereof. We went in search of something different, and found Chef Chen, an attractive, small restaurant that serves a variety of Taiwanese dishes as well as an extensive mélange of more familiar fare. We focused exclusively on the cuisine of this mountainous island, which has access to plentiful seafood. With the advice of our waitress, we were able to choose typical Taiwanese dishes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | April 18, 2012
There's a new chef at Wildfish, Keith Stich, but the scene is still wild and the menu is still all about fish. It's a rare visit when the bar isn't buzzin', yet the restaurant continues to serve serious food. The dramatic, ultra-modern décor is accented with theatrical lighting. The bar area is the focal point of the imposing space with a huge, abstract, whale backbone sculpture floating above it. The rest of the very attractive, large room is broken up into cozier dining areas.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 25, 2012
T'was the season to be jolly but now tis the season of our discontent. We are unhappy with the size of our bank accounts and even more dismayed by the size of our waistlines. Yet don't despair, we have discovered a sweet little place in a strip mall in Costa Mesa called California Wok that offers very healthy Chinese food for a very good price. It's located in a little Asian enclave on South Bristol Street near the big Mitsuwa Japanese market. The same strip mall is home to a Korean barbecue place, a Japanese restaurant, a pan Asian spot and Orchid, an Iranian restaurant.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | September 14, 2011
The battle is just two days away. Two schools, separated by only 2.5 miles, will meet again. There's quite a history on the gridiron between Marina and Westminster, and on Friday the neighborhood rivalry heats up again with the 48th meeting between the Vikings and Lions at Bill Boswell Field. The teams, who have played each other since 1963, also share the same field when hosting games on the Westminster campus. This year, the Lions are the designated home team for the game, which is known in these circles as the Black & Blue Game.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 30, 2011
Sullivan may be the most curiously named Chinese restaurant we've ever been to, but more about that later. First, let us introduce you to Shiu Mei Liu, the effusive, warm and generous proprietor who welcomes you into her world with her wide, charming smile. This small, bright and pleasant storefront restaurant in Huntington Beach is definitely worth a visit. Think of all the times that you and a companion or two have gone into a Chinese restaurant and envied some large party with a Lazy Susan in the middle of their table, sampling a banquet of dishes.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 29, 2010
The top 10 dishes of 2010 (in no particular order and not a list of the 10 best restaurants): Café Grill (Fountain Valley): Sweet Potato Ravioli is a winner! Looking more like cannelloni, the toothsome pasta is wrapped around an exquisite sweet potato puree, whipped into a state of sublime creaminess with an astonishing depth of flavor. The nut-brown butter sauce with sage accents adds a whole other dimension of mouth-watering delight. The final fillip is the crispy, deep-fried sage leaves on top. Unbelievably, only $5!
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