10 Signs You Grew Up Eating Food in Southern California

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The county we call home

If you grew up eating in SoCal, consider it something to pin on your "Awesome Things About My Life" board on Pinterest. It's a badge of honor; when non-natives ask me what Southern Californians do for fun, I list variations of "eat with friends" and "find new restaurants to try." I'm not a liar, so what makes SoCal food so great? Well...

10. Nothing Beats In-N-Out

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Photo by Charles Lam
Just beautiful

Since In-N-Out's founding in Baldwin Park, it's become the pride and joy of our fast food culture, something even fancy chefs can admit to love. Growing up, In-N-Out is the default destination after literally everything. High school dances, concerts, football games, regular school days--you name it. No wonder the UCI In-N-Out is full of Uni High kids all of the time.

9. You Think Mexican Candy is Amazing Candy

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Flickr user Miss Indi Pop

When someone says, "Give me the Lucas," you know they're talking about the oh-so-addicting chili mango Mexican powder. Beyond that, too, you've dabbled in Tamarindo candy, Duvalin chocolate-strawberry candy, Vero mango-and-watermelon-flavored lollipops, and De La Rosa peanut confections--lead be damned.

8. What's Dunkin Donuts?

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Woo!

You've probably never eaten Dunkin Donuts. In fact, you probably didn't hear about the East-Coast-lauded chain until you either went to the one in Vegas and/or know someone from the East Coast. Now they're coming to California? We'll stick to our Cambodian donut shops, thanks much.


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wuttaqt
wuttaqt

Tommy's, Bobs Big Boy, Winchell's Donuts, Fosters Freeze? This must be the new age list, because if you actually grew up in SoCal, these were staples. "Fusion joints" and cambodian donuts? I think not. At least you got taco shops and in-n-out right.

Bryan Mitchel Hunt
Bryan Mitchel Hunt

You know how I know I grew up eating food in California? I grew up in California and ate food here, not by condoning this faux-Buzzfeed list.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

THey had Dunkin DOnuts here in late 70's to early 80s.  Used to get a dozen at the on on brookhurst & Adams every saturday going surfing.  Definately miss Bob's Big BOy.  Loved the hot fudge cake & sundaes, good burgers and spaghetti and chili.

Don Vanpraag
Don Vanpraag

East coast had nothing on us. We had it made in SoCal!

Don Vanpraag
Don Vanpraag

Yeah Jeff you hit all the spots I used to eat at. Still go to Chris & Pitts when in town.

Dorian Jones
Dorian Jones

Well Steve, I still don't really know what boba is... Never really had Mexican Candy... Although they forgot to mention those stupid Chile lime salt packets from like 15 years ago. It's rather ridiculous they left off Tommy's. This list seemed to be skewed to the writers preferences. I still don't know a whole lot about Vietnamese food and I only eat pho on occasion. I suppose that someone growing up in Westminster is going to know more about that.

BBain
BBain

Ahh, the days of getting high as a kite and going to DQ for a blizzard.  The DQ on Tustin Ave. in Orange is closed now, I understand.  Haven't been there in years.  But my favorite treat in my herb toking days was definitely DQ.

John Jatinen
John Jatinen

Having grown up in Huntington Beach, I'd have to add Munchie's Pizza, Don Jose, and Tommy's.

Karina Paulina Velasco
Karina Paulina Velasco

they forgot to mention Spires, Norms, Bob's Big Boy, Thrifty's Ice Cream, all the little tacequria in Olivera Street, and Denny's. Guadlajaras restaurant use to be good (not anymore) (BTW) Thrifty's Ice Cream is still being sold at Rite Aid

Jeremy S. Romain
Jeremy S. Romain

Super fries from Alberto's. I agree, White Castle is way overrated. Disappointing.

Brett Bremer
Brett Bremer

Los Sanchez, Garden grove, Mantas burgers, Tomys on Chapman in g.g. apollo burgers, classic

layne_crawford
layne_crawford

ok first of all orchata is not mexican, in other countries in latin america they call it soy milk, wich is the same shit. then what about laventinas in balboa?? epic place to have a slice of pizza. vienamese food? not so great. double double animal style hands down!!

Steven Long
Steven Long

Lame. Pho is an oc thing, boba is terrible and the taco argument was dumb. I would have gone with Tommie's in addition to in and out, bobs big boy, and kick in the winchels to anti Christ the d and d. My

Carlos Pike
Carlos Pike

Cronuts from Jenny's donuts in Irvine the best hands down

Joe Smith
Joe Smith

2 things, you forgot the 'berto's on the 24 hour eats, & that one prefers burritos over burgers. The infamous carne asada, con pico, guacamole, y mucho queso! Now, I want to see more taco shops offer a habenero based salsa. The shit they pass out is weak! I found one, but it is so far out of the way it is sad. So much potential...

Melissa Bernal
Melissa Bernal

This is the worst article ever. I grew up in SoCal and don't know half the shit they're chatting on here...

Deirdre GIll
Deirdre GIll

Ewwww, Drunkin Dognuts? They put way too much milk and sugar in your coffee and the dognuts are horrible. Yup, I am from Boston. I pray they never come out here.

Jennifer Carrillo
Jennifer Carrillo

Seriously OC Weekly? Dunkin Donuts used to be in the OC back in the 80's.

Monica Marz
Monica Marz

Any taqueria de anda's is the business!!!

Chris Cammarano
Chris Cammarano

Cali is great, I'm glad I'm from here .... but don't try n make it out like we have good food. The east coast dominates in that area, most Californians have no taste. The west dominates in looks, style, and hip hop (yuppppp I went there)

Zacharay John Santucci
Zacharay John Santucci

Chris & Pitts was the epitome of dining out with the family for me when I was a child.

Julia Britt
Julia Britt

I wondered why no one knew what I was talking about, here in Texas, when I said boba tea.

Julia Britt
Julia Britt

OMG! They didn't even mention Del Taco or Naugles!

Michelle Digman
Michelle Digman

Hello... What about fresh veggies in January or daily caught fish? Authentic Mexican food is everywhere! Late night eats? Really? Have you ever been to NYC? Kudos on the boba and great Vietnamise food.Well to be fair i didnt grow up in SoCal. The rest is a sad list :I

Jeremy S. Romain
Jeremy S. Romain

Derelict donuts off magnolia and u can't leave out zubies dry dock. Shore house crescents.

Carrie Martinez
Carrie Martinez

We have Dunkin Donuts on Camp Pendleton. But I have to admit it sucks compared to any of the other ones I've been too :/

Heidi Ladwig-Howard
Heidi Ladwig-Howard

Norms and Bobs Big Boy. Im no longer in socal but man i sure miss it and the beach!

Jorga Houy
Jorga Houy

The writer of this is clearly not from SoCal, as any mention of donut chains would necessitate a comparison with Winchel's donuts.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@John Jatinen Munchies was the best!  My sister worked there in high school.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@Brett Bremer Yeh, Los Sanchez!  I used to work down the street, and we used to get food there at least once a week.

wuttaqt
wuttaqt

I agree. We did have Dunkin Donuts here back in the day, but I always chose Winchel's.

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