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By Cherie Mercer Twohy | June 9, 2006
In La Ca"ada Flintridge, the family-run Thai restaurant Min's Kitchen has graced Foothill Boulevard for decades. A recent facelift provided newly sponge-painted walls and a lighter appearance to the small dining room. The honey-colored wood tables and chairs add an elegant touch to the décor. Nearly everyone who comes in the door seems to be greeted as an old friend, so it is apparent that Min's has a loyal local following. Servers are hospitable and they're patient with menu questions, but things can get a bit slow, as there are frequently two servers for the entire restaurant, and one or both are fielding a brisk take-out business as well as tending tables.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | February 4, 2010
What a pleasure it is to be able to dip into the treasure trove of restaurants that is Little Saigon. For those of you who have never tried the delights that await you there, we hope to tempt you. For those of you who know it, we hope to point you to new finds. The food is not only scrumptious, but affordable as well. One of our very favorites is Xanh Bistro, tucked into a strip mall at the edge of Fountain Valley. This storefront restaurant is small and casual, decorated with photographs of Vietnam.
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October 28, 2004
VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY The witching season is upon us and it's time for ghost stories. Incredibly enough, nature can provide us with stories of ghosts and witches. But don't get too frightened. The story we're about to tell is really about shrimp and moths. While searching for a seasonal topic, we latched first onto ghost shrimp. These crustaceans live in underwater burrows at the Bolsa Chica and Huntington Wetlands in Talbert Marsh, where they feed on plankton and detritus.
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By John Reger | December 13, 2007
Good Chinese food is hard to find, not only in Huntington Beach, but all of Orange County. Maybe Ruby Palace has driven most of the other Chinese restaurants out of town. It is entirely possible, considering their food is the best I have had in the county. Only restaurants in the three major Chinatowns — New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco — are better. Ruby Palace has been owned by the same family for 27 years. The Hsu brothers, Domingo and Jeff, took over for their father and have continued the traditions he started.
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July 11, 2002
Mary Furr, For the Independent At Matsu, the Japanese restaurant in the corner of a mini mall at Beach Boulevard and Talbert Avenue, they are clever. Patrons are tempted with three varieties of classic Japanese cuisine preparation -- menu selections in two lovely dining areas, the sushi bar and the teppan-yaki grill. Today, we pass the sushi bar and head through an arch guarded by a pair of lions. We enter the teppan room where 14 chairs surround each of the two U-shaped teppan tables with their large hot plates.
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January 16, 2003
DINING OUT With a red and gold pagoda as distinctive as the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Li's Chinese Restaurant anchors a long strip of small stores at the corner of Magnolia and Adams streets in Huntington Beach. The interior is just as exotic. It's like entering a miniature Chinese palace with intricate gold-embossed walls and ceiling, colorful pictures of peacocks done on silk -- a room that holds a promise of tempting classic dishes prepared by owner and chef Kai Chen and his wife and manager, Grace.
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October 31, 2002
DINING OUT It's a family affair at Ruby Palace, the Chinese restaurant on Beach Boulevard. Opened in 1981 by Hsueh Hsu, who retired three years ago, it's now managed by his son Domingo. The UC Irvine graduate never thought he'd get into the restaurant business, but now loves it. Otherwise, the restaurant has not changed in 23 years. The chef has always been his brother Jeff, a creative cook who gets better all the time. This evening we chose the Chef Dinner ($14.
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February 27, 2003
DINING OUT As long as there's a highway rimming the coast, there will be seafood places offering the daily catch like Sam's Seafood. After 89 years in the same location -- third building -- it is still serving excellent and inexpensive lunch and dinner daily. Was there ever a Sam? Who knows, but Ruben Placencia has been chef here for the last 30 years preparing a menu that hasn't changed since 1987, which was the same time Manager Tommy Cho arrived as bartender.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | February 15, 2012
Although King's Fish House is a regional chain restaurant, it prides itself on the quality of its sustainable, farm-raised fish and seafood in addition to a large selection of wild caught products. For example, their Idaho rainbow trout comes from Clear Springs, a farm along a 30-mile stretch of the Snake River. It is fed by thousands of natural underground springs that filter through lava rock and gush between canyon walls, which keep the water at an ideal temperature for raising trout.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 18, 2012
What a surprise it is to walk from a Huntington Beach mini-mall parking lot into the reception area of Matsu and be immediately transported to Japan. Inside, a small but dramatic rock garden is festooned with orchids while the soft sound of trickling water from a bamboo fountain erases all traces of the freeway journey. A pretty young hostess in a kimono, obi, white socks and wooden clogs completes the change of scene. You can dine in the large bar area, the small separate sushi bar or in the particularly attractive dining room.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 9, 2011
Red Table, a spacious new dining spot, has opened in Huntington Beach with a very casual vibe and an edgy interpretation of comfort food. Chef Louis Jocson calls it a "gastro bar" with craft beers and fine wines. The whole concept is slightly unconventional, from the eclectic décor to the menu to the style of service. The lofty ceiling is supported by big steel girders and cinderblock walls, which seem to absorb some of the noise since the room is buzzy but not loud. There are half a dozen different kinds of light fixtures, ranging from chandeliers to giant baskets.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | October 5, 2011
Yet another Mexican restaurant rises in the spot where Javier's and Callejon once stood. Asada has been many months in the making with a renovation that had Lagunans peeking through the plastic with great curiosity. Finally unveiled, the space is dominated by a prodigious tequila bar where you can munch on snacks or have a full meal while sampling your beverage of choice. The rest of the dining area is cozily divided into four separate spaces, which keeps the noise level fairly tolerable (the bar scene is something quite different)
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | April 6, 2011
At the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party, we had the pleasure of talking with Chef Chad Blunston from bambú Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel. He was very excited about his new customized menu catering to guests' special dietary needs. It is called Lifestyle Cuisine Plus and can be requested along with the regular menu. It's a very innovative concept formulated by the Fairmont Hotel chain that is uniquely expressed here in six specific categories: heart healthy, diabetes, vegan, raw, macrobiotic and gluten free.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 3, 2010
Everything we experienced at the Seafood Zone was a bit out of the ordinary. In the first place, we were the only customers in the restaurant. (They're very busy at lunch.) Secondly, the décor in the small café was the most casual we have ever encountered: bright blue folding chairs and metal tables all adorned with beer labels advertising Corona and Pacifico, walls covered with Baja-inspired beach scenes and two giant TV screens. Carlos Netto, the owner, pointed out with a sweet smile, "This is not fine dining.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | February 4, 2010
What a pleasure it is to be able to dip into the treasure trove of restaurants that is Little Saigon. For those of you who have never tried the delights that await you there, we hope to tempt you. For those of you who know it, we hope to point you to new finds. The food is not only scrumptious, but affordable as well. One of our very favorites is Xanh Bistro, tucked into a strip mall at the edge of Fountain Valley. This storefront restaurant is small and casual, decorated with photographs of Vietnam.
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By John Reger | January 28, 2009
If a tone is to be set for what the theme will be like at the Strand development in downtown Huntington Beach, RA Sushi is set to ring loud and proud. It is one of many facilities in a development that is just starting to come to life after nearly 10 years of planning. It could very well become one of the main attractions of the Strand. The Japanese restaurant is not for the timid. It is a rock ’n’ roll atmosphere with attractive staff, hip décor and music that makes intimate conversation impossible.
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