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5 picks for late-night takeout: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 15, 2020
Late night dining in Orange County has always been an enigma. Life shuts down early here, so “late night” has traditionally meant anything after (gasp) 8 p.m.. And now because of the pandemic many restaurants have reduced their hours even further....
Yuk Dae Jang    Anjappar    Khan Saab    Taquiero Taco Patio    Erick el Taquero   

Eszett in Silver Lake Has a Brand New Patio—and Those Same Great Fries

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • October 14, 2020
I have a few I hold dear: memories of eating out just before everything changed. There was a wine-soaked supper at Bar Restaurant; a last lunch with a sublime frittata at the dearly departed Bon Temps; and an impromptu birthday dinner at Eszett....

Top 5 Thai restaurants: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 14, 2020
Here’s the blunt truth: Truly great Thai food in Orange County doesn’t exist in every neighborhood, so you might have to get in the car and drive. But don’t worry. It’ll be worth it when you bring home a green curry so spicy it makes the top of...
Thai Avenue    Chada Thai    Street Thai    Sumran Thai    Lucky's Thai   

Fried chicken and soul food at Dulan's on Crenshaw

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 13, 2020
A love of fried chicken, or at the very least a deep appreciation of it, seems to be universal. It’s part of the cultural fabric of people around the world, with varying versions of the dish found almost everywhere. In the U.S., fried chicken has...

Top 10 Japanese ramen: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 13, 2020
No two bowls of ramen noodle soup are alike. Even when two competing restaurants claim lineage to the exact same Japanese village known for a specific type of tonkotsu or shoyu or shio or whatever, each kitchen ultimately prides itself on its own...
HiroNori    Ramen & Tsukemen TAO    Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai    Yoshiharu Ramen    i20 Ramen    Silverlake Ramen    Kashiwa Ramen    Hokkaido Ramen Santouka    Butaton    Ramain39   

20 outdoor patios for date night dining: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 12, 2020
After being cooped up indoors for months, everyone is understandably eager to make date night a real thing again. And while indoor dining rooms have begun to reopen, most diners would still prefer to sit outdoors for now, at least for a little...

Armenian food community supports the fight in Azerbaijan

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 11, 2020
Early on the morning of Sept. 30, Armen Martirosyan’s mother came to him with some news. Cousins in Armenia were joining the fight against Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. The territory, a mountainous area a little larger than Rhode Island,...

Top 10 Chinese restaurants: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 11, 2020
Chinese food in Orange County comes in many guises, from the Beijing-inspired cooking at Peking in Westminster to the tongue-numbing, chili and peppercorn-laced hot pots of Sichuan Impression in Tustin or Meizhou Dongpo in Irvine. Meanwhile,...
Peking Restaurant    Din Tai Fung    Meizhou Dongpo    J Zhou    Sichuan Impression    Yang Ming Garden    Ta Chen    China Moon    A&J    New Moon   

Genevieve Ko talks dim sum and Mexican food in the San Gabriel Valley

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • October 10, 2020
I became a fan of Genevieve Ko a few years ago when I received a copy of her 2016 baking masterwork, "Better Baking," as a holiday gift. I learned many important lessons from that book — the value of investing in a good rimmed baking sheet, for...

Top 5 pizzas: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 10, 2020
Orange County has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great pizza. That’s the good news. The bad news is it’s nearly impossible to pick just the five best, but I’ve done it anyway. Here they are. 1. 2145 The spicy salame pizza here is...
2145    Brick    Parallel Pizza    Folks    Rance's