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Bennett: Want a beer? At The Wall in Orange, you get it yourself

The Wall, tucked into the northeast corner of the Orange Circle, was originally going to be named The Patio. And while the final product does have an ample outdoor seating area at which to enjoy beers and food, emphasizing the bar-without-a-bar's true selling point makes it a restaurant well timed...

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    • Biz News: New food locations opening

      Grand opening set for Island Hotel gourmet collection The Island Hotel in Newport Beach will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday to introduce its gourmet Market Place in the hotel's renovated lobby. Tastes of some of the house specialties at the Market Place will be offered, along...

    • Zov's Irvine restaurant closes briefly after diners get sick

      County health officials briefly shut down Zov's restaurant in Irvine on Wednesday after diners were sickened by a bacteria traced to the location, authorities said. Four people who ate at Zov's between Sept. 16 and 22 were infected with shigella, a form of intestinal bacteria that causes diarrhea,...

    • Vitamin Shoppe opening in Costa Mesa

      Vitamin Shoppe, Costa Mesa, Share the Health, SOCIAL Costa Mesa restaurant, Bistango, Bill Blank, Talk About Curing Autism, "Real Help Now" conference, Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa hotel, Michael Leon, Dr. Anju Usman, True Health Medical Center, Dan Rossignol, Lisa Ackerman A new Vitamin Shoppe...

    • Irvine's Clay Oven meets New York brownstone

      Irvine's Clay Oven meets New York brownstone

      Chef of Indian restaurant will cook high-profile meal at James Beard House in New York City this weekend.

    • Former dishwasher now Zov's culinary director

      Former dishwasher now Zov's culinary director

      "Hold on," said Louie Jocson. "I'm in the process of caramelizing onions." The newly appointed culinary director of Zov's, the restaurant chain known for its Eastern Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, is a fixture on the Southern California culinary scene. Jocson will work alongside chef Zov Karamardian...

    • BOGO waffle sandwiches for National Waffle Day and free pancakes with Pancake Bob

      BOGO waffle sandwiches for National Waffle Day and free pancakes with Pancake Bob

      National Waffle Day is Sunday, and to celebrate, the Wafflette Cafe in Orange County is offering guests a buy-one-get-one-free deal. If you stop in Saturday or Sunday, you can buy one savory waffle sandwich and get one free. Some of the waffle sandwiches include pulled pork, smoked salmon and tuna....

    • Biz-News: Ruby's to open 'Dinette' on 17th Street
      Biz-News: Ruby's to open 'Dinette' on 17th Street

      The Ruby's Diner at 428 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa will reopen Thursday as Ruby's Dinette. The new concept advances the diner's look a couple of decades — from the well-known 1940s theme of red vinyl booths, Formica counters and juke boxes, to what a press release calls a 1960s "vibe" with lava...

    • Try the 'world's hottest chile' at Clay Oven
      Try the 'world's hottest chile' at Clay Oven

      Nothing says "satisfying comfort food" quite like 1.2 million Scoville units (that's the heat of 400 jalapeno peppers combined), right? No? Well, according to chef Geeta Bansal at Clay Oven in Irvine, this kind of heat is definitely on the menu. She's serving a dish featuring the Trinidad Moruga...

    • Connection to the land defines Rancho Mission Viejo 'agrihood'
      Connection to the land defines Rancho Mission Viejo 'agrihood'

      "I had only one tomato plant," recalled Stan Sokolove of the window garden he maintained in his former San Diego high-rise apartment. Last year, he and his wife moved to Rancho Mission Viejo's Sendero village, a new agrarian-oriented residential development in south Orange County. He chuckled as...

    • Orange County home to third-largest Asian American population in U.S.
      Orange County home to third-largest Asian American population in U.S.

      When the Chinese School in Irvine opened in the 1970s as a home for teaching the native language and culture, only 30 students filled a handful of rented classrooms.

      Now, it has its own campus — bursting with more than 1,200 students. It's a reflection of the explosive growth of Orange County's...

    • Chef and server, on wheels
      Chef and server, on wheels

      Four years after he started his food-truck career, Phi Nguyen is a Hollywood star.

      Well, not him specifically. But eateries on wheels have been the rage recently at the multiplex, thanks to "Chef," Jon Favreau's sleeper hit about a man who recovers his zest for life by launching a food truck and...

    • Fitness as a religious duty

      Our bodies need the same kind of care as our spirits, Rick Warren teaches in the Daniel Plan.

    • Cross training: Christians embrace Daniel Plan's mind-body-spirit diet
      Cross training: Christians embrace Daniel Plan's mind-body-spirit diet

      When Jim Black leads people on a robust walk three times a week on the grounds of the 120-acre Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, he's got powerful company: God.

      The several dozen people who join him have shown up with the same hopes that anyone brings to an exercise plan: They mean to lose weight,...

    • Retail Therapy: Glamour rules at Glamour Kills

      Juniors' jam: The Glamour Kills sample sale is slated for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2525 Pullman Ave., Santa Ana. Score large discounts on trendy apparel for guys and girls, and if you are among the first 10 people to show up each day, win a voucher for one free item. A bonus: live...

    • Tender Greens' Eric Hulme cooks up some craft beers of his own
      Tender Greens' Eric Hulme cooks up some craft beers of his own

      Salad-slinging, home-brew-loving chef Eric Hulme of Tender Greens Hollywood is back to bringing farmers market ingredients to local craft beer with his new collaboration with Orange County’s Cismontane Brewing.

      Following last year’s team-up with El Segundo Brewing Co. on a cherry saison, Hulme...

    • Biz News: South Coast Metro Alliance names new president

      David Rowley, who works in commercial real estate, has been named president of the South Coast Metro Alliance.

      The business group serves building owners and property managers in the commercial sector along and around the Costa Mesa-Santa Ana border near South Coast Plaza.

      Rowley is a real estate...

    • Emile Haddad, CEO of developer FivePoint Communities
      Emile Haddad, CEO of developer FivePoint Communities

      Haddad runs a company that is building several master-planned communities in California.

    • Solar Decathlon in Irvine: Sunny, with a 100% chance of participation
      Solar Decathlon in Irvine: Sunny, with a 100% chance of participation

      In a rigorous competition, hundreds of college students from the U.S. and abroad design and build 19 solar-powered homes.

    • Taco Bell expands waffle taco breakfast test
      Taco Bell expands waffle taco breakfast test

      Taco Bell is testing its popular waffle tacos in more locations starting this week, after the breakfast product sold well in its initial Southern California run.

      The fast food creation, which features eggs and sausage folded up in a waffle, became the best-selling morning menu item at the five...

    • Taco Bell discontinues kids' meals and toys, says it's the first
      Taco Bell discontinues kids' meals and toys, says it's the first

      Taco Bell is discontinuing its kids' meals and toys at U.S. restaurants beginning this month, the Irvine-based Mexican-style chain said Monday.

      The fast-food giant said it’s the first in the industry to undertake the effort, which it said will be in effect nationwide by January.

      The company, which...

    • Five great places to drink craft beer in O.C.
      Five great places to drink craft beer in O.C.

      The craft beer scene in Orange County is thriving, and besides the great bars and restaurants highlighting craft brews, there are a dozen breweries serving the thirsty crowds from Seal Beach to San Clemente. Here are five tasting rooms at Orange County's best production breweries where you can...

    • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best
      Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

      The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia.

      ...

    • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu
      Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

      Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt.

      Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

    • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza
      The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

      In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix.

      800 Degrees Neapolitan...

    • Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants in L.A.
      Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants in L.A.

    • 9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now
      9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now

      A perfectly balanced breakfast sandwich the size of your head goes a long way toward improving the prospects of almost any day. (And there’s nothing like it for curing a hangover.) It has to have melted cheese, protein (preferably crisp bacon), eggs (of course) and bread (from tortilla to loaf,...

    • 28 great L.A. bakeries
      28 great L.A. bakeries

      Maybe it was the rise of kouign amann -- the uber-buttery, caramelized "it" pastry from Brittany -- and better access to fresh-baked baguettes that lately has helped reinvigorate an Angeleno culture of neighborhood bakeries, all butter and sugar and love.

      There's a bakery out there to suit any...

    • The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner
      The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner

      You're a coffee fiend keeping track of every new specialty coffee shop that opens in L.A.? With one new cafe opening after another, it's not so easy anymore. But it is a lot easier to come across a great brewed coffee or perfect pull of espresso, whether in south Santa Monica or North Hollywood,...

    • 5 best not-Cronuts in L.A. (and a map that includes all the rest)
      5 best not-Cronuts in L.A. (and a map that includes all the rest)

      It's easy to succumb to a faux-Cronut addiction. Intrigued by a meta-pastry trend, I've eaten every version of the croissant-doughnut hybrid in Los Angeles that I could find, from Spudnuts in Canoga Park to DK's Donuts in Santa Monica.

      I've had the original Cronut, the "half-croissant, half doughnut"...

    • Falafel! 6 great places to get your fried-garbanzo fix
      Falafel! 6 great places to get your fried-garbanzo fix

      There's an art to making falafel so that the ground garbanzo beans are perfectly light and fluffy, the exterior crisp but not greasy, the mix of textures and spices habit-forming.

      Falafel's exact origins are unknown, but it's believed to have started in Egypt, then made its way through the Middle...

    • MSG-free bowl
      No MSG, no worries

    • Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.
      Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.

      Shortly after Chipper Pastron opened the first Juice Farm in Pasadena in January, a developer asked if he'd be interested in setting up another in the same neighborhood. No way, Pastron said, thinking there wouldn't be enough demand.

      Six months in and he and his partners are negotiating a space...

    • L.A. restaurants: Top 13 spots on hotter-than-ever Sawtelle Boulevard
      L.A. restaurants: Top 13 spots on hotter-than-ever Sawtelle Boulevard

      The stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard often referred to as Little Osaka recently has expanded so quickly that it's bursting beyond its traditional boundaries. With so many new restaurant openings, they're popping up north of Santa Monica Boulevard and south of Olympic. 

      Shin Sen Gumi officially opened...

    • Chicken karaage list: 6 great places to get your fried fix
      Chicken karaage list: 6 great places to get your fried fix

      Chicken karaage, the Japanese version of fried chicken, is addictive. Unlike its American cousin, karaage are boneless, cut small and mostly dark meat. It's easy to pop five into your mouth in quick succession. The coating, made of potato starch, is light, almost paper thin and delicate. And the...

    • Best banh mi sandwiches
      Best banh mi sandwiches

    • Where to find the best bibimbap
      Where to find the best bibimbap

      Several locations specialize in the many varieties of the favorite Korean mixed-rice dish.

    • Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook
      Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

      99 EASY DINNER RECIPES to help you when you need something fast.

    • The $10,000 martini
      The $10,000 martini

      The $10,000 martini from Vaucluse is literally on the rock - a one-carat, rough cut diamond added to the drink.

    • The hunt's on: Three restaurants deep into game this season
      The hunt's on: Three restaurants deep into game this season

      Critic's Choice: Josie Restaurant, Patina at Disney Hall and Saddle Peak Lodge are there to indulge your hankering for wild boar, elk, quail and other manner of game.

    • 25 Cinco de Mayo recipes: Guacamole, tostadas, chiles rellenos and more
      25 Cinco de Mayo recipes: Guacamole, tostadas, chiles rellenos and more

      Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with recipes for margaritas and tacos and other great fare. Avocado tips: Best way to get unbruised avocado

    • Three L.A. restaurants that are good brunch bets
      Three L.A. restaurants that are good brunch bets

      Critic's Choice: Bucato, Girasol and Farmshop are three L.A. restaurants that know how to do brunch right, which can be a lifesaver when you have houseguests.

    • Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California
      Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California

      Dining out for $5 or less may seem like a fantasy, but Southern California has much to offer for those on a tight budget. For affordable Vietnamese fare, venture to Garden Grove. Or look to food trucks for inexpensive eats. Even some pricier restaurants offer cheap eats during happy hours.

    • Pancakes, on a grand or silver-dollar scale, in L.A.
      Pancakes, on a grand or silver-dollar scale, in L.A.

      Critic's Choice: Pancakes are an American comfort food favorite. Three L.A. eateries offer terrific examples: Cooks County, Valerie and Axe.

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