10 Hot Dogs to Try for National Hot Dog Day (w/ Specials!)

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Every day is a holiday for some sort of food these days, and while some remain skeptical of such excessive celebration, you have to admit: it can be fun. Burgers? Fries? Baked Beans? Time to party (or just read articles like this one...) If you didn't know, today is National Hot Dog Day, and--before you roll your eyes at me--get this: some places are offering some cool specials today. We included them below.

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10 Great Happy Hours Happening RIGHT NOW

Photo by Shinya Suzuki

Going through a sudden breakup? Long day in your gray cubicle today (which stripped you of your ability to perceive color)? Worst of all, did a Prius cut you off on the 405? If you're suffering through any of the world's usual mishaps (which might include these and then some), it might be a good time to find Dr. Phil's two recommended day-enhancing treatments: cheap booze and food. Here are ten places to get the treatment with the best bargain for it at that.

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10 Great Places in OC to Eat Dumplings

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Dumplings are possibly one of the cutest bite-sized foods out there. They're squishy, first of all, and even if their concept is simple (small pieces of dough wrapped around a filling) they're still versatile (fry 'em! Bake 'em! Steam the living hell out of 'em!) With their portability and lightness, they also make a great food to eat in the summertime. The heat here is piercing our poor sensitive bodies after all... makes waiting a couple hours in South Coast Plaza for that one dumpling place not such a bad undertaking if you ask me...

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10 Great Ramadan Buffets to Try in OC This Month

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It's that time of the year again--Ramadan--when Muslims fast from suhoor (dawn) to maghrib (sunset) for a month (June 17 to July 17 this year), all in the name of spiritual cleansing. And beautiful deliverance comes every night in the form of the fast-break called iftar. Historically, Muslims celebrated iftar at mosques or at home, but given this is OC, nearly all Middle Eastern restaurants offer awesome Ramadan buffets that draw in the crowds. And don't worry, non-Muslims: these buffets are also open to you!

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9 Great Steaks to Try This Father's Day Weekend

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"Feat. good blood," as opposed to that one Taylor Swift song on the radio

In the religion that is carnivorism, there is one animal that receives the fiercest adulations: the cow. Chicken and pork have their own share of groupies, but they simply can't exist in the most primal of cow cuts: the steak. And, man, do people love their steak. When cooked the right way, steak is not just a divinely sliced piece of flesh, but a piece of art with the greatest potential for hyper-worship. In Orange County, we've got a couple places with slabs of meat that'll trigger your inner steak geek--starting with these ten.

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10 Great Places for Asian Noodles in Orange County

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Kristine Hoang
Extra noodles, please!

To say that ramen and pho make up the majority of Orange County's Asian noodle population would be a fallacy. From the deepest corners of Little Saigon to the home court of Knott's, restaurants have been serving noodles in ways too diverse and vast to simplify, illustrating the limitlessness of the noodle's versatility. If you're interested in the county's mainstream spots but also those lesser known, here are some starting points for your upcoming noodle tour.

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14 Great OC Barbecue Spots to Try This Summer

Brian Addison
Will give up bikini bod for this

If our perception of summer was entirely based on Food Network specials, we'd all be entering barbecue contests and cooking meats on smokey grills, even in the rain (which we will never happen in California). But perhaps this just demonstrates the effect television has on us because, hey, who doesn't want to eat lots and lots of barbecue in the summertime?

No need to bring out your grill, though. Here are 14 places to get finger-licking in Orange County.

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10 Great All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants to Try Memorial Day Weekend

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Anne Marie Panoringan

Having an urge to eat at an all-you-can-eat restaurant requires a moment of acknowledged truth--the one that happens before you step out of your house, into your car, and seek gluttonous nirvana. It's when you know that you'll be immobile afterwards, laying helplessly on a couch with your arms and legs numb by the fat you just consumed, but feeling un-regretful about what just happened (even if your stomach is currently yelling at you).

Since we've got a long three-day weekend ahead of us, here are the perfect spots for those who don't have any plans and would like to eat a lot. We've got Korean barbecue on here of course, but also other AYCE places that'll give you the same effect.

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11 (Super) Cool Coffee Shops to Try in Orange County and Long Beach

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Lord Windsor is a beaut

The good thing about coffee is that there's never a bad time to have it. If you're hot, just grab a cold brew. Cold? A caramel latte might do. And lucky for us in Orange County, there are plenty of coffee shops to sip a cup of jo while, maybe, reading literature like a fancy person. But which ones are as great as they are cool?

Let's start with some honorable mentions--the places that deserve to be on this list but don't yet have brick-and-mortar locations--and then we'll explore the rest.

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11 Great OC Burgers to Try for National Burger Month

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Can you handle it?

If you didn't already know, May is national burger month, which means for 31 days, Americans from the East Coast to the best coast unite to celebrate the one thing we all can agree on: the deliciousness of patties and buns. In Orange County, we've got some great burger spots ourselves, whether they're traditional, experimental, mom-and-pop, or even chains (wait, what?) That being said, here are 11 different burgers to try in honor of this holiday. Go crazy, y'all!

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