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Review: 5 date night restaurants in Orange County that won’t empty your wallet

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • November 11, 2021
It’s date night, but money’s tight. No problem. Here are five full-service restaurants with delicious food, great drinks and fun, casual date night vibes that won’t break the bank. Bird & Barrel This 15-seat gastrobar in downtown Santa Ana feels...

Los restaurantes de L.A. en áreas de baja vacunación se preparan para lo peor ante la llegada del nuevo manda

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 8, 2021
"¿Es este el principio del fin?”, preguntó Kim Prince durante una llamada telefónica reciente. “Hemos estado en un período de dar vueltas, vueltas y vueltas. Solo quiero freír pollo”. El lunes, Prince, propietaria del restaurante Hotville en el...

The best (and worst) food at Staples Center

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 7, 2021
Este artículo forma parte de Stadium Eats, una serie que explora la mejor (y peor) comida en los estadios deportivos de California. Puede que el Staples Center se inaugurara en 1999, pero nunca ha perdido esa sensación de auto nuevo. Es un estadio...

L.A. restaurants in low-vaccine areas brace for new mandate hits

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 7, 2021
“Is this the beginning of the end?” Kim Prince asked during a recent phone call. “We have been in a period of pivot, pivot, pivot. I just want to fry chicken.” On Monday, Prince, who owns Hotville restaurant at the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw mall, and...

Review: Yes, Sichuan noodles and crispy orange chicken can co-exist

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • November 4, 2021
It didn’t take long for word to get out about Northern Cafe opening a branch at University Center in Irvine. The new Chinese restaurant has been open for only a few weeks and already the line stretches out the door and around the sidewalk at...

The best (and worst) food at Staples Center

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 3, 2021
This story is part of Stadium Eats, an ongoing series that explores the best (and worst) food at sports stadiums across California. Staples Center may have opened in 1999, but it’s never lost that new-car feel. This is a fancy arena. Perhaps...

Don't feel like cooking this Thanksgiving? These L.A. restaurants feel you — with takeout

Jenn Harris, Stephanie Breijo • Los Angeles Times • November 3, 2021
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and while we can’t do anything about those awkward political conversations at the table, we can tell you where to get your turkey and some really good pie in L.A. If you’re still not ready for a...

Best thing I ate: This sandwich contains a cheeseburger, brisket AND a bone-in smoked rib

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • November 3, 2021
Behold the MAC Rib Burger. I typically do not get excited about carnival food served in restaurants. But I’m making an exception for this beast of a sandwich because everything about it is delicious and I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m not...

Best thing I ate: Drop everything and go eat this new burger

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 27, 2021
They should have called it Jugos Acapulco with Burgers. I’ve got nothing against the wings, though. The spicy chipotle chicken wings are delicious. But it’s the burgers that are going to make this place famous. If the name already sounds familiar,...

This map shows you where Orange County’s 50 best places to eat tacos are

Brad A. Johnson, Nikie Johnson • Orange County Register • October 26, 2021
In case you missed it last week, my new guide to the 50 Best Places to Eat Tacos in Orange County is out. This has been in the works for years. It is a comprehensive, highly opinionated list that includes everything from food trucks to fine...