Five OC Food Courts that Dish Out Restaurant-Worthy Eats

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Photo by Ray Bouknight
Banish the thought!

Let all your preconceived notions about food courts go: they're not all filled with fast food, neon signs and lukewarm, unpleasantly chewy Chinese takeout. In fact, Orange County boasts a few food courts that put actual restaurants to shame with the quality, quantity and value. Below, we've compiled five OC food courts to work into your lunch rotation.


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Six Award-Winning OC Beers to Try Now

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Photo by Christopher Victorio
Cheers!

The OC beer-scape has grown and improved quite a bit over the last year, and this past weekend's Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver was only a testament to what we already knew: OC beer rules. Although the usual award-winners like TAPS Fish House & Brewery and The Bruery didn't place, other OC favorites, both new and old, left the Academy Awards of craft beer with some pretty impressive hardware. Here's the list of which OC breweries brought home awards. Hats off to all.

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The 5 Best Breakfast Beers in Orange County

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Orange juice?! Who needs orange juice

Apparently, September is National Breakfast Month, so happy National Breakfast Month, everybody! But instead of writing another list of breakfast restaurants (which you can read here), here's a list of all the best Orange County beers that would be pretty great for breakfast. Note: I'm not telling you to start every morning with a drink, but football season is kicking off soon and those East Coast games do start kind of early...

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5 Rules for Your First Bottle Share

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Whale, whale, whale..

Bottle shares are the best part about the craft beer world. Brewers bust their buns for terrible pay all so we can crack a couple of bottles open with pals and spend a night tasting the brewer's hard work in the comfort of our own homes. These fancy BYOB gatherings are what turn this hobby into a lifestyle.


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Five Tasty Reasons To Visit The OC Fair

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Say nacho cheese!

Sig Alert-style traffic on the 55 South begins this Friday. The OC Fair might only be 23 days of the year, but it's a reason for excessive amounts of sunshine, fried eats and the occasional concert. Most people want to be entertained and thrilled. Me? I get that from the seasonal bliss of Chicken Charlie's menu and a good parking spot. And let's not forget concert tickets include fair admission, unlike their LA counterpart. Here are the five food-related reasons why this year, summer starts at the fairgrounds.

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Four Foods to Avoid on the Fourth (And What to Make Instead)

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Potluck time!

Fourth of July is a time for celebration, fireworks, beer and lots of cookouts. Burgers, chips, ribs, potato salad -- they're essentials to any cookout, but you might want to rethink your menu.

Is everything you're making going to be good? Will people actually want to eat it? Or are you just making it out of habit. You don't want to put your guests to sleep, so here are four foods to avoid on the Fourth. Trust me on this one.


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The 5 Most Awkward Pizza Deliveries...Ever

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Photo by David Baron
At least in China, they provide transportation

Pizza delivery drivers see a lot of shit (figuratively and literally, I'm sure). Drugs? Yup. Sex? Mhmm. Abuse? Unfortunately. The poor drivers really just want to drop off their pizza and hopefully get a tip big enough to cover wear and tear on their car. But no, their jobs can't be easy, as evidenced by a recent AskReddit thread. As always, the replies are mostly better than the OPs, but for your perusing pleasure, these are the five most awkward situations pizza deliverer have ever found themselves in.


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Taco Bell's Parent Company Is Opening a Banh Mi Shop; Here's 5 Tips So They Don't Screw Up

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OK Taco Bell, aim for this

So, last Thursday, Escape Hatch Dallas reported that Yum! Brands, the parent company behind Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut, is going to be opening up a bánh mì shop in Texas. Excuse my lack of enthusiasm.

For one, there are a ton of Vietnamese people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (my family being among them), if anyone should be starting a bánh mì shop, it shouldn't be Yum! For two, I'm sorry, but I don't trust some mi chang (especially corporate mi chang) to translate the art that is the Vietnamese sandwich to Mass America -- I'd rather Lee's Sandwiches do it (I mean, they're already showing Costco shoppers the beauty that is Vietnamese coffee). For three, well, the first two reasons were good enough.

But my complete hesitation aside, I'm going to give Yum! some free consulting. Here are five things you need to do to not completely ruin bánh mì. For the love of god, please don't ruin bánh mì.

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Five More Types of Diners Who Should Be Blacklisted From Restaurants

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Flickr user Slasher Fun
SILENCE!
After reading the reaction to the initial post banning certain types of people from restaurants, it seems like many of you feel like I'm a bitter waiter. While I'm definitely bitter, I'm no longer in the hospitality business (unless you count the occasional times when I tend bar at private parties). Some of you commented many times (shout out to the Grand Poobah Editor of the Internet, who left 11 of the 49 comments) in an attempt to drown out everyone else.

Well, I'm not done banishing people from restaurants yet. There are a host of egregious violations of restaurant etiquette yet to be covered. Some of these were contributed by commenters in the first article.

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Five Things Downtown Santa Ana Needs

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The old, the new, and the coming soon... the eternal Santa Ana story.
I find myself in downtown SanTana more and more these days, whether it's buying clothes at Fallas-Paredes or having a drink at the Little Sparrow, and I love it. I love that it's a place that's still got one foot in its traditions and the other in its future. But from a food and drink perspective, there are a few things that would truly make it a one-stop destination for pretty much anyone.

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