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RIP: Sue Ann's American Kitchen in Placentia

It looks like North OC has lost Sue Ann's American Kitchen. We went there for lunch today to see the place gutted and there is a liquor license application for Meat Up BBQ. They tweet from @MeatUpBBQ but there doesn't seem to be much information other than "California style BBQ featuring fresh local ingredients and local craft beers and wine" and an RT from Garlic Food Truck that was beyond my limited comprehension.

I think this is a real loss--I hope Gillian Clark opens another place.

Jul 21, 2014
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Farm-to-table in North OC

I've been to Sue Ann's for breakfast and weekend brunch. The baked goods (scones and cinnamon rolls) are quite good. For brunch items, we had chicken & waffles, pancakes, crab cakes, and an omelet. The fried chicken, for which the chef, Gillian Clark, is apparently well-known, was quite good--crisp and spicy coating and cooked perfectly. The corn waffle was not crisp, although it tasted good. Sauce was a maple gravy that was a good sweet-savory combination. As far as nearby chicken & waffle purveyors, I would rate the chicken best, although Early Bird's chicken is very good some of the time, and of higher quality than Mrs. Bea's. Early Bird beats them all on the waffle though. Sue Ann's pancakes were great-fluffy with good flavor. The crab cakes were great--lots of flavorful crab, excellent texture, not a lot of additional binders, bread crumbs or the like. Service was earnest but could use some training.

It is an interesting place--the owners are into a 70s TV show hosted by a woman named Sue Ann, and the restaurant is themed as if it is a 70s house, and the menu is an upgraded commentary of the comfort food of the time. I will definitely be going back to try more of the menu.

I haven't been to a Tender Greens, but from what I've read Green2Go might be somewhat similar. I agree about the opportunities for restaurants in the Brea.YL area. People with good food and good ideas are doing well-Olive Pit and Mammaluccos come to mind. As far as various Chinese and Korean styles, fortunately Rowland Heights and Buena Park aren't too far away, but I think a local place would do great.

Apr 04, 2014
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Farm-to-table in North OC

North OC is joining the 2010s' (or at least the 2000s') food trends with Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana, Kentro, Early Bird, Sue Ann's, and now Green2Go, a farm-to-table restaurant in Brea. It features organic produce and tilapia grown on their 25 acre farm. What I have tried so far has been excellent, from the burger to salads to the tilapia. Customers order at the counter and they have food runners (fast casual?), but there is a nice patio and the interior is pleasant. The chef, Adam Navidi, also does dinners at the farm.

http://www.livegreen2go.com/

Apr 03, 2014
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Chicago Harv's Fulleron--RIP

I drove by Chicago Harv's today and it appears to be gone for good. I guess now ithat leaves Portillo's for Chicago dogs in north OC...of course there's Berkeley Dog for non-Chicago style.

Mar 12, 2014
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Crab Cakes

Sue Ann's American Kitchen in Placentia.The chef/owner, Gillian Clark, came here from MD and makes great crab cakes.

http://www.facebook.com/SueAnnsKitchen

1450 N Kraemer Blvd
Placentia, California 92870
(714) 961-1377

Jan 30, 2014
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The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

If you mean Pizza e Vino I think it has slipped in quality of late. Settebello is good. Fuoco is right up there.

Dec 30, 2013
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The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

Very good pizza at Pizza Fuoco Napoletana in downtown Fullerton. I was very pleasantly surprised.

http://www.fuocopizza.com/

Dec 28, 2013
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Camellia Red Kidney Beans

I saw them in an Albertson's in Placentia last week. I have also made great red beans with Rancho Gordo Sangre de Toro beans (the sacrilege).

Dec 01, 2013
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Dried morels in OC?

Surfas?

Nov 07, 2013
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Why Does The Orange Curtain Exist? - A Discussion Regarding OC's Trailing of LA

i largely agree with matcohen. There are good places for produce/meat/poultry/fish in OC, but they require some sussing out. Same with interesting places to eat. There are fewer due to lower population density. What folks are referring to as LA is one of the largest metro areas in the country in both population and area. OC is a lot smaller and has a fraction of the population. And I don't disagree with other posters that there may be a smaller proportion of the population here that is going to be partaking of adventurous/interesting dining I think this is due to historical factors in how OC was developed and populated. However, things are changing a lot compared to when I moved here 15 years ago. It was really bleak then.. But we shouldn't generalize to all of OC's residents, just as we shouldn't forget about the huge number of people in LA who are happy to eat at Applebees, Chili's, Cheesecake Plant, and the like.

Nov 03, 2013
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Your preferred Burgundy brand for Coq Au Vin? Also where can I get a rooster?

You can get a fresh pastured rooster grown in Chino Hills (not live, but alive the day before) at OC Poultry and Rotisserie in Anaheim. $10.50.

https://www.facebook.com/ocprmarket

Oct 22, 2013
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Drydock seafood in Fullerton

Thanks very much. I will give them another try.

Sep 10, 2013
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Drydock seafood in Fullerton

Has anyone had good experiences with this place? I see them at some of the farmers markets but it looks like frozen imports mostly. I stopped by their etorefront in Fullerton and the only whole fish were farmed tilapia or salmon. It's far down to Pierson's Port or SMS so I had hopes for this. Maybe it's been bad tining on my part?

Sep 06, 2013
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Best Lebanese in Orange County?

It's not close to you, but I am partial to Les Amis in Fullerton. http://www.lesamisrestaurant.com/

Sep 03, 2013
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Artisan Bread in Orange County, CA

I just got a baguette and ciabatta from Cream Pan and I am eating some ciabatta now. Great crust, open crumb, it's pretty great. Can you be more specific about what you didn't like?

Also Pascal's Epicerie has good baguettes.

Aug 21, 2013
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HATCH CHILE ROASTING 2013

For those in north Orange County, Sprouts customer service told me they will have Hatch chile roasting at Brea and Fullerton stores in the next couple of weeks, time/dates TBA

Aug 14, 2013
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fresh fish in OC

Both are great choices.

Jul 11, 2013
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Good Greek food in OC?

+1 on both as well

Jun 24, 2013
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Beshathan or Goldell?

Probably makes it hard for you to get a grip.

Feb 23, 2013
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Beshathan or Goldell?

Compare the two reviews of Hart and Hunter. If you want to wade through paragraphs of Gold's biscuit history and self-reference, then his is useful. Talk about tedium.

Feb 23, 2013
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Memphis Style BBQ Ribs.

I'm pretty old, so I remember when the place on Madison was Brady & Lil's and the Vernons purchased it to open Bar-B-Q Shop. No doubt it's one of the best. So is Cozy Corner.

I agree that Interstate is a little different style, but I started eating at Neely's when it was just a grocery store in the 70s. I also loved Leonard's and Payne's. Payne's charcoal sets it apart. Also, there was a great place in the old Curb Market at Cleveland and Poplar called Lamb's Eat Shop. They had great pulled pork sandwiches.

Unfortunately I moved away from Memphis well before Central opened.

Feb 23, 2013
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Beshathan or Goldell?

My original post is about the irony of Gold and the LAT following behind Rodell and the LAW in reviewing the same restaurants. It might seem to some of us that he's now the establishment trying to keep up with the upstart from the "alternative" weekly.

I don't worship at the altar of the Pulitzer or other awards, but Gold is obviously talented at what he does as his Rodell.

Feb 23, 2013
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Beshathan or Goldell?

He is establishing his biscuit bonafides, not his credentials as a writer...

Feb 23, 2013
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Beshathan or Goldell?

The first three paragraphs (to my eyes,about one-quarter of the text) of his review for Hart and Hunter are an overwrought recitation of his biscuit making and eating expertise. Maybe he is trying to establish his credentials compared to the newbie reviewer in his old job who scooped him again.

Feb 22, 2013
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Beshathan or Goldell?

Are Besha Rodell and Jonathan Gold dining partners? Or do their reviews converge/coincide/parallel by some other means? Or has the local pool of reviewable restaurants shrunk to a very small number without my noticing (entirely possible)? Or is Besha dogging Jonathan?

Feb 22, 2013
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North Orange County - Food Bermuda Triangle - Need Restaurant Recs

El Farolito also has locations in North Anaheim and in downtown Fullerton. Also, I just was thinking about California
Ranch Market on Commonwealth in Fullerton. Good tacos and other things when they have the grill out on weekend evenings.

Feb 11, 2013
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North Orange County - Food Bermuda Triangle - Need Restaurant Recs

There are a lot of great suggestions here. I would like to also suggest Rialto Cafe in Fullerton, Mammalucco's in Brea (red sauce Italian-American and "NY style" pizza), and Berkeley Dog in Brea. I also welcome you to the area and look forward to your comments/additions as you explore.

Feb 09, 2013
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Fried chicken in OC?

The Chicken Box in La Habra has good broasted chicken made to order. Call 30 minutes in advance.

330 East Whittier Boulevard
La Habra, CA 90631
Phone:(562) 691-1701

Dec 24, 2012
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Memphis Style BBQ Ribs.

The lines are blurry here and in places like NYC where there is ecumenicism about regional styles. There is still a lot of fierce regional allegiance in barbecue strongholds like east North Carolina, west North Carolina, central Georgia, low country South Carolina, east Tennessee, west Tennessee and mid-south, Lexington, KY, and regions of Texas.

Dec 11, 2012
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Memphis Style BBQ Ribs.

As a former Memphian of long residence, the closest I have come to authentic Memphis ribs is Jay-Bees in Gardena. The pulled pork sandwich also has a lot in common with a Memphis sandwich. The sides are largely hit and miss, and I usually fill up on the meat. Sometimes the service is very hurried and even grouchy at times. And, the barbecue itself is not consistent. But, when they get it right it well recalls Memphis. BTW, the owner is Jim Neely's sister and the barbecue has a lot in common with Interstate.

Dec 09, 2012
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