77. Lemon Miso Crab Melt at Umami Burger in Laguna Beach

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Photo by Moss Perricone
Crab it up!

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Umami Burger has quickly become the Arcade Fire of OC burger joints. Several years ago, a passing reference to the depth of the fifth flavor (or Funeral) made you sound like someone who knew something; now, you sound like someone who knows how much records cost at Urban Outfitters. But there's something we forgot in the fog of pretension and subsequent backlash--namely, that The Suburbs is a great album. And Umami makes a damn good burger.

Burgers rarely get better than the lemon miso crab melt.


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79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger

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Photo by Moss Perricone
Pocket, pocket, pocket!

Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

Story by Moss Perricone

It's a burger's responsibility to hold itself together, not mine. That being said, an important exception for the Pocket at the Pocket Burger Shack in Sunset Beach, because any joint that sticks a fried egg in their namesake burger deserves our respect. It's as if they're saying, "A burger is incomplete without an egg," and I commend them on such a bold, delicious statement. You will too when you hit that firm, yellow center.


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Here are Orange County's 10 Busiest In-n-Out Drive-Thrus, According to Google Earth

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Apocalypse double-double...
Let's start this article by fully acknowledging we're lovingly ripping off this concept from our pals at Foodbeast, who remain the country's best national food blog, all from their little SanTana storefront. Then let's admit that the methodology is flawed from the start: Google Earth's satellite images seemingly takes photos at random, so In-n-Outs that we know are always slammed didn't make this list: for instance, the SanTana location off Bristol Street, for instance just north of Civic Center Drive is perpetually slammed, so much so that In-n-Out instituted barricades a couple of years back--yet Google Earth shows no cars at all in either of their two drive-thru.

All this said, the list pretty much fell according to my OC In-n-Out experiences. Of course the Irvine branch across the street from UCI made the cut, along with the Fullerton location off Harbor Boulevard and Orangethorpe. But...Laguna Niguel?! Read on...

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New Burger At Mick's Karma Bar: The El Gringo

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Photo courtesy Mick's Karma Bar

Weeklings (and a few Forkers) will tell you that Mick's is one of the better burgers you're going to find in Orange County. And the "Mick" in Mick's is one of the more outspoken individuals you're ever going to meet. Always tinkering with new concepts, Michael Schepers will simultaneously take orders, greet regulars and show you what he's formulating on his laptop like it's no big deal.

His trademarked Karma Burger is mandatory for first-timers, but there's always room to experiment with one of his other options. I have a thing for the Swiss onion version. And their non-burger items are pretty good, too. But I'm here to discuss the newest member to his family-- El Gringo.

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Dogzilla Ranks In Buzzfeed's "25 Most Popular Food Trucks of 2013" Listicle!

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Son Thai and Martin Tse: Social media studs

While zoning out on BuzzFeed, I came across a story featuring previous On the Line subject, Martin Tse (Actually, it was his luxe lonchera, Dogzilla-- but close enough.) As I perused the list, it occurred to me that they were the only true Orange County food truck representation to make it on there. So as far as I'm concerned, congratulations are in order.

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Frenchman Axe-Attacks McDonald's Drive-Thru 'Cause of Cold Fries

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Axe wielding-ly good?

In other French-tangent food news, a man in the Paris suburbs attacked a McDonald's drive-through earlier this week with an axe over a disagreement with a staff member about the serving temperature of his fries, according to English-language French paper The Local.


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Behold the Sriracha Burger, Courtesy of Slater's 50/50

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Courtesy of Slater's 50/50

Today is a most beautiful day because today is the day Slater's 50/50 debuts its latest specialty burger. Capitalizing on the nation's Sriracha anxiety, the venerable steamed-hams chain will construct a burger where the condiment will play a crucial role. OH DEAR...


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Behold Slater's 50/50 Burger of the Month: The Thanksgiving Burger!

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Those rascals at Slater's 50/50 are at it again with their themed burgers. Given it's November, yes there's turkey, yes there's cranberry...but sage? Let the kind Slater's folks explain.

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Why Comparing Five Guys and In-N-Out Is Stupid

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Flickr User Rachel Wilder
Can you even tell the difference?

Ever so often I see two people get in an argument about Five Guys and In-N-Out, and I can't help but cringe. They directly compare the toppings, the meat and the buns like they're nothing, and they can't agree about which restaurant is better. Eventually it gets dropped, but everyone involved ends up slightly upset, and no one enjoys their food.

For the longest time, I've held my tongue (this isn't completely true -- when I was a college-paper editor I assigned a comparison, but that was a bad idea), but it's happening more and more often, and I can't take it anymore.

Comparing Five Guys Burgers and Fries and In-N-Out Burger is dumb. It's stupid, pointless, useless and dumb. No one should do it, and here's why.

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Slater's 50/50 Burger of the Month: Bulgogi Burger!

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Courtesy Slater's 50/50
Another month, another burger of the month from the mad geniuses at Slater's 50/50. Behold the bulgogi BBQ beef burger!

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