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May 19, 2005
John Volo It was the astonishing Kahlua pork samples being dished out at the Taste of Huntington Beach that led me to Surf City Island Grill & Pizzeria. What made it astonishing? Was it the extremely tender shredded pork? No. Was it the sticky white rice? No. Both were great. It was the addition of some delicately toasted shredded coconut and a sweet chile sauce that elevated it to astonishing. A craving for more Kahlua pork sent us trekking across town for dinner.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | March 5, 2014
One of the best bargains in Orange County is the lunchtime prix fixe "Spontanee" menu at Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza. It is also, in my opinion, the best restaurant in the O.C. The excellent three-course meal costs only $25. The meal usually begins with soup or salad and ends in dessert, with a choice of two main courses in the middle. The menu changes daily. My favorite dining companion ordered the "Spontanee" menu, and I opted for two appetizers and a dessert. The first course was a brilliant composed salad of baby artichokes, tomatoes and frisee lettuce topped with shaved coppa ham and dressed with a light Meyer lemon vinaigrette.
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February 26, 2004
Mary Furr Just three blocks up from Pacific Coast Highway on Main Street in Huntington Beach is MO's BBQ, with sidewalk tables in front of a double storefront that's attracting hungry diners like lemmings to the sea. Opened just three weeks ago, it has ribs that have been smoked overnight in hickory-stoked ovens and then smeared with thick barbecue sauce with the zesty touch of vinegar and lemon. It's just the place Huntington Beach was waiting for -- there was a line outside the door last week.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | June 5, 2012
Elle's Vietnamese friend, Kimme, has advised us that when looking for a Vietnamese restaurant, choose one that has a particular specialty rather than one that serves a bit of everything. As we were searching the Internet for a Vietnamese restaurant with a specific focus, we were intrigued to discover Com Tam Tran Quy Cap, a broken rice BBQ bistro. There are quite a few places serving pho (rice noodle soup) in our area, but few that feature broken rice. Actually, the concept of broken rice (com tam)
NEWS
October 14, 1999
You can slip across the border from Huntington Beach to old World Village on Center Street without a passport, and follow the cobblestone street to a tiny English pub, Elfstone Hollow, or Einbecker Inn, a German restaurant with low beams, painted walls and a chandelier of deer antlers with tiny shaded lamps. It's here that Oktoberfest is in full swing, the 22nd celebration that originated in Bavaria in 1810 to honor the marriage of Queen Theresa to King Ludwig.
NEWS
August 16, 2001
Mary Furr You won't need a rhyming dictionary to remember Gong Wong's great cafe. The restaurant on the northwest corner of Goldenwest Street and Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach, has for over 20 years become the choice destination for everything from a quick lunch, handy takeout or family gathering. We chose the second dining room with its lovely gold fans and detailed black and gold plaques for a quiet dinner. It's relaxing to order a #4 ($8.75 per person)
ENTERTAINMENT
By By John Volo | November 3, 2005
Two weeks ago I spent a cold, windy and rainy weekend in New York City. It had been 30 years since I'd been to the Big Apple, so I did a bunch of touristy stuff -- Times Square, Empire State Building, double-decker bus tour through Manhattan -- and devoured some incredible pizza. I had a fun time but came home with a nasty sinus infection and a thin wallet. Upon my return I spent the entire week holed up at home popping pills (some were doctor-prescribed, whereas others just made wildly outrageous claims that could never be certified as true by the FDA)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | January 14, 2014
Restaurateur Rick Bayless, winner of TV's "Top Chef Masters" and star of the show "One Plate at a Time," has opened the second branch of his Red O Restaurant in a large new building in Fashion Island. The décor is dazzling, and as you enter, the din is equally dazzling. The huge space is divided into several areas, including a semi-enclosed, heated outdoor pavilion with a capacious fireplace. We chose to eat there because it was quieter than the other areas. We had a delightful waiter named Chuy, who guided us through the extensive menu and wine list.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | October 22, 2009
For more than 50 years, the restaurant at the north entrance to Sunset Beach was called Sam’s Seafood. It was identifiable and an icon, not only in the sleepy beach town, but around most of Orange County. That bastion of consistency has yielded quickly with the restaurant forgoing the Sam’s name and, to date, going through two name changes in three years. First it was Kona, and it kept the Polynesian theme, but the owners couldn’t make a go of it, apparently, and it was snatched up by the owners of Don The Beachcomber, a 16-restaurant chain that began in Hollywood.
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By Terry Markowitz | March 5, 2014
One of the best bargains in Orange County is the lunchtime prix fixe "Spontanee" menu at Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza. It is also, in my opinion, the best restaurant in the O.C. The excellent three-course meal costs only $25. The meal usually begins with soup or salad and ends in dessert, with a choice of two main courses in the middle. The menu changes daily. My favorite dining companion ordered the "Spontanee" menu, and I opted for two appetizers and a dessert. The first course was a brilliant composed salad of baby artichokes, tomatoes and frisee lettuce topped with shaved coppa ham and dressed with a light Meyer lemon vinaigrette.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | January 14, 2014
Restaurateur Rick Bayless, winner of TV's "Top Chef Masters" and star of the show "One Plate at a Time," has opened the second branch of his Red O Restaurant in a large new building in Fashion Island. The décor is dazzling, and as you enter, the din is equally dazzling. The huge space is divided into several areas, including a semi-enclosed, heated outdoor pavilion with a capacious fireplace. We chose to eat there because it was quieter than the other areas. We had a delightful waiter named Chuy, who guided us through the extensive menu and wine list.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | June 5, 2012
Elle's Vietnamese friend, Kimme, has advised us that when looking for a Vietnamese restaurant, choose one that has a particular specialty rather than one that serves a bit of everything. As we were searching the Internet for a Vietnamese restaurant with a specific focus, we were intrigued to discover Com Tam Tran Quy Cap, a broken rice BBQ bistro. There are quite a few places serving pho (rice noodle soup) in our area, but few that feature broken rice. Actually, the concept of broken rice (com tam)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 2, 2011
If the notion of a vegan meal makes you cringe, a dinner at Mai Nguyen's Au Lac might very well change your mind, especially if you are a fan of Vietnamese, Chinese or Japanese food. Co-chef Ito actually calls his cuisine "Humanese" because he wishes to break down boundaries between people — "we are all merely and wonderfully human. " We think their delicious food will make it an easy transition for carnivores to enjoy a vegan meal. Ito is at the helm of the separate raw food kitchen for those already converted to a plant-based diet who want to take it to the next step.
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By John Reger | October 22, 2009
For more than 50 years, the restaurant at the north entrance to Sunset Beach was called Sam’s Seafood. It was identifiable and an icon, not only in the sleepy beach town, but around most of Orange County. That bastion of consistency has yielded quickly with the restaurant forgoing the Sam’s name and, to date, going through two name changes in three years. First it was Kona, and it kept the Polynesian theme, but the owners couldn’t make a go of it, apparently, and it was snatched up by the owners of Don The Beachcomber, a 16-restaurant chain that began in Hollywood.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | October 3, 2008
After days of debate and a retooling in the U.S. Senate, the $700 billion financial bailout package passed the House of Representatives 263-171 on its second try Friday, and President Bush promptly signed it into law. But local politicians remain split on its merits, in ways that appear to cross over party lines. U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who voted against the package in both its original and final forms, released a statement excoriating its passage and saying the bill had been railroaded through Congress.
ENTERTAINMENT
By By John Volo | November 3, 2005
Two weeks ago I spent a cold, windy and rainy weekend in New York City. It had been 30 years since I'd been to the Big Apple, so I did a bunch of touristy stuff -- Times Square, Empire State Building, double-decker bus tour through Manhattan -- and devoured some incredible pizza. I had a fun time but came home with a nasty sinus infection and a thin wallet. Upon my return I spent the entire week holed up at home popping pills (some were doctor-prescribed, whereas others just made wildly outrageous claims that could never be certified as true by the FDA)
NEWS
May 19, 2005
John Volo It was the astonishing Kahlua pork samples being dished out at the Taste of Huntington Beach that led me to Surf City Island Grill & Pizzeria. What made it astonishing? Was it the extremely tender shredded pork? No. Was it the sticky white rice? No. Both were great. It was the addition of some delicately toasted shredded coconut and a sweet chile sauce that elevated it to astonishing. A craving for more Kahlua pork sent us trekking across town for dinner.
NEWS
February 26, 2004
Mary Furr Just three blocks up from Pacific Coast Highway on Main Street in Huntington Beach is MO's BBQ, with sidewalk tables in front of a double storefront that's attracting hungry diners like lemmings to the sea. Opened just three weeks ago, it has ribs that have been smoked overnight in hickory-stoked ovens and then smeared with thick barbecue sauce with the zesty touch of vinegar and lemon. It's just the place Huntington Beach was waiting for -- there was a line outside the door last week.
NEWS
June 13, 2002
Mary Furr Upstairs in the Pierside Pavilion, overlooking Pacific Coast Highway, is Spark Woodfire Cooking. It's the new spot in town to take Dad on Father's Day. The Sunday Brunch ($16.95) is an exceptional buffet spread with the familiar mix of eggs, fruit, pasta and the unexpected salads like mandarin oranges and fennel. Here Dad can have an expansive view of the Pacific from the upstairs patio or inside where the buffet spreads through two dining rooms -- the hot covered steam table just in front of the cooks' open kitchen and the salad, carving station and desserts in the second dining area.
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