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My quest to find a great entree salad in OC

ARC also has some nice salads. As does the salad place that is also located at SOCO (the name escapes me - sorry)

about 2 hours ago
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My quest to find a great entree salad in OC

Houston's, R&D, and PDM all have pretty good salads IMO.

about 4 hours ago
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Some of my favorite baguettes in Paris are from Eric Kayser. I will need to check out Breadbar - thanks for the heads up.

about 14 hours ago
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DTLA - List of Goodies?

Stumptown is very good. I don't have the instruction manual on their brewing processes but I would give it a try before shutting down the recommendation.

Mar 30, 2014
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Haha - I should have. Had I known it was you, JL, I would have picked your brain much more about the sushi around LA ;)

The cheesesteak was very good and reminded me of a Houston's French Dip. However, I was craving more of a steak sandwich like the one done at Carnevino in LV - which has thicker cut steak slices and to be fair is not a "Philly" cheesesteak.

I went back to Belcampo today, with wife and kid in tow, and had the burger. Very nice indeed and it definitely satisfied the burger yearns.

On a side note, I saw that Olio is now open. I didn't know it had started serving already but it seemed to be full swing.

Mar 29, 2014
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Cheesesteak was nice and juicy. Reminded me a bit of the Hillstone French Dip but with a cheese sauce. Flavorful but I think the burger appears to be where it is at.

Mar 29, 2014
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

It was very nice to meet you JL. If I'm not mistaken, I was the fellow ("Tim") sitting next to you who ordered the cheesesteak. I need to get back for that burger.

Mar 29, 2014
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Going tomorrow but am seriously tempted by the philly cheesesteak and the riff on said sandwich with goat meat. I guess I would have to post and pics from that visit on a separate thread - right? This one is burgers only?

Mar 27, 2014
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Newport Beach/Costa Mesa/Irvine HELP

So where did you end up going?

Mar 26, 2014
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Newport Beach/Costa Mesa/Irvine HELP

+1

Seems to fit the description very well.

Mar 19, 2014
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My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

Has anyone tried the cote de boeuf for two at Spago? It is about $95 and comes with potatoes. Just curious as to how it is if anyone has tried.

Mar 18, 2014
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BURGERS!

Menu seems to be the one by Fox here: http://rusticcanyonwinebar.com/images...

I wasn't able to try his food while at Ubuntu in Napa so am excited to be able to try his cooking at RC. I need to get over there asap!

Mar 14, 2014
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Connie & Ted's

Lobsta Truck is definitely worth a try DWO!

Mar 08, 2014
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Places close to OC/John Wayne Airport

For sushi you can go to Nana San by where MacArthur and Jamboree meet. Also nearby is Juliette that has great cocktails and late lunch small plates.

Feb 03, 2014
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PASTA - LA Dish of the Month (February 2014)

Great - thank you!

Feb 02, 2014
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PASTA - LA Dish of the Month (February 2014)

Where is EMC?

Feb 02, 2014
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Providence (Chef's Menu) or Melisse (Carte Blanche)?

I took an out of town visitor from Europe to both Melisse and Providence. He favored Providence but still enjoyed Melisse. I think the wine service at Melisse somewhat turned him off. He had selected a vintage bottle off the wine list only to have the som tell us that wine was not available for the night. I thought it was just our bad luck. My guest was convinced that Melisse was purposely listing bottles that it did not carry to enhance its wine credibility. The food was very good and service correct, but Providence provided a more unique lineup of dishes. He felt the food at Melisse, while very good, was more in line with what he was used to from restaurants in other cities.

If you want to do a test run before taking your guest out I would be happy to be your guinea cochon.

Jan 30, 2014
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Head to head matchups...how many can you name?

Bouchon vs Farmshop fried chicken

Jan 29, 2014
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Providence (Chef's Menu) or Melisse (Carte Blanche)?

Providence.

Jan 29, 2014
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Head to head matchups...how many can you name?

Hatfield's vs McCoy's

Jan 28, 2014
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Head to head matchups...how many can you name?

Urasawa vs Tommy's

Jan 28, 2014
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Chowhound or Cuisinepoodle?

Another dissenter of Tommy's here. But I never say never.

Jan 27, 2014
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raised or cake ????? Which kind of gal or guy are you ????

I wanted to try the huckleberry. Will have to get it if they have it next time I go. Yeah, price is def on the higher side. Seems to be typical of the food truck turned brick and mortar scene.

Jan 27, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Lunch is very different from the dinner experience but is still quite tasty, although the price point is more than I typically like to spend on lunch. That being said, the agiachile and tacos (I tried the carne/bacon and co-pibil ones) are all really great.

Jan 27, 2014
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OC Area Japanese Noodle

Playground ramen sounds worth a try. I also prefer the thick Sun Noodles that Zetton serves but am more than happy to try other ramen using different noodles. Thanks for the info!

Jan 27, 2014
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OC Area Japanese Noodle

I used to be a Santouka fanboy - and still enjoy every now and then. Zetton has def jumped ahead for me - thanks to Porthos' diligent hounding and rec. i have not gotten past the #4 and order that every time, to date.

How is the ramen at Playground - if anyone has tried? Obviously not expecting the same type of product as a Japanese noodle house but I am still interested.

Jan 27, 2014
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raised or cake ????? Which kind of gal or guy are you ????

I used to prefer raised until I tried the butter & salt cake donut from Sidecar in Costa Mesa. It converted me upon first bite.

Part of what sold me is that the cake at Sidecar is not too heavy and dense.

Jan 27, 2014
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Hip. Inexpensive. Quiet.

How about RivaBella?

Jan 19, 2014
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Any Chow worthy eats near the St. Regis Monarch Beach?

Awesome - looking forward to it.

Jan 18, 2014
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Any Chow worthy eats near the St. Regis Monarch Beach?

You can try out the somewhat new pizza place, NEApolitan, in South Laguna Beach and provide us with a review on here. It was supposedly started by formed cooks at Playground in Santa Ana (gets love on here) but I have not seen any reviews yet.

http://nealaguna.com/about-us/

Jan 16, 2014
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