Stick a Fork In It Reacts to the 2011 OC Weekly Readers' Choice Awards

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It's Best Of time . . . you have your dead-tree copies, right? No? Go get one . . . we'll be here when you get back.

Unfortunately, whoever was supposed to tabulate the Reader's Choice poll this year into one easy-to-read guide must have had a huge hangover because it's nowhere to be found online--but we, your benevolent Forkers, have compiled the list for food and drink (and some of the bar/club stuff that involves drinking). It's on the last page of this post.


We're not sure if it's the fact that our crack marketing department allowed the nominees to campaign this year--pretty much every available flat surface at both outposts of Kéan Coffee was covered with posters urging patrons to stuff the ballot box--but you're catching on, Orange County. Keep this up, and someday we might actually be able to have an argument on the merits.

First, the good: We don't even care that you picked a chain as Best Mexican Restaurant because it means you didn't pick Javier's--though we did, for Best All-Ages Meat Market. Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs? Worthy choice for Best Hot Dog. We agreed with you about Seabirds for Best New-Age Food Truck and again with your choice for Best Outdoor Dining (Beachcomber Café).

This being OC, we can sort of kind of accept Chronic Tacos through the haze of, um, that stuff President Barack Obama used to smoke but now prosecutes because he's turned into the Man. Only the potato tacos, though--the other stuff, nah.

Irvine Farmers' Market at UC Irvine is definitely a worthwhile pick, as is the aforementioned Kéan Coffee, which won both Best Coffee and Best Coffeehouse.

Of course you were going to pick Goat Hill Tavern as the best dive bar in OC--we might as well just preprint the award plaque.

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DanGarion
DanGarion

I don't think there is anything wrong with OC people choosing an OC Mexican Food "Chain" for best Mexican food in OC. That's a step in the right direction compared to El Torito.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

It sure is when the chain's not even from Southern California, let alone OC.

DanGarion
DanGarion

I thought Avila's is from OC or at least Southern California... is it not?

sammy
sammy

ahahah funny write up. OC doesnt like to try new things it seems. Im so gad you agreed about Seabirds for best food truck though!

Dwayne
Dwayne

The same process is used to elect our nation's leaders.  

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

Who votes for this shit? I mean, if they know about the poll then they know about the magazine/blog and are being exposed to top eats in the OC yet they still stick to this shit? How is that possible?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I agree whole-heartedly.  Come on... P.F. Changs?  And the worst offense would be Chipotle for best burritto.  Really?  It's a chain based in Colorado that used to be owned by McDonald's.  This is Orange County, home to some of the best, most authentic Mexican food in the country.  I think we can do better than that.

Fork n Knives
Fork n Knives

I voted on this but you guys are the ones who gave us the  mutiple choice online so WTF? Its your own damn fault lol

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

I believe the marketing department, who runs the Reader's Choice business, allowed nominations this year. I don't know. I'm not even sure the marketing department is even in the same building as the editorial department (that'd be all the folks who write and proof the content).

Fork n Knives
Fork n Knives

Yeh I was like I cant believe the Weekly is puttin some of these as choices.

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

I've enjoyed it, that's for sure!.....The best is yet to come I hope!......

Luccaboy
Luccaboy

I have to disagree with the Stick a Fork in it crew's opinion on Kean Coffee. I like the idea of it, I wish it were great coffee, but in my experience it just doesn't get there. I often find there's a musty undernote and I find quakers all too frequently. 

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

They make frankly the best Italian cappuccino I've had west of New York's Zibetto, and I find their espresso just about perfect, which is unusual.

Where did you find the musty note?

Luccaboy
Luccaboy

 No doubt it's good coffee, and the darker roasts tend to highlight a few taste notes and drive others to the background. As an Italian, I am always up for a good espresso (and even a cappucino on a special morning) and Kean's is fine. But as far as their beans,  I just don't think they're great. Last year I picked up some Burundi beans and they were definitely baggy.   It was still good, but I could pick up the mustiness. I've had the experience with some of their beans at other times. Sometimes not.I can't remember if it was this year or last I picked up some Sulawesi beans and found a quaker when I put it in my grinder. I seem to recall this a couple of other times as well. I still buy their beans, but sometimes I have found these issues. I wish it were great coffee, but I think they have a little way to go in terms of consistency.

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