This Is Reddit's 20 Most Overrated Foods

Categories: Really?!?!?

Photo by Michelle Woo
Fun fact, I went to Dominique Ansel's bakery during my recent trip to New York. They were out of Cronuts

I've been known to be a little bit of a hater in my earlier life (Read: last year. For examples, see: From Pancakes to McRibs, the 5 Most Over-Rated Foods Ever, Pliny The Younger Is Overrated, Or: Why I Won't Be Lining Up Next Year, Vietnamese Food is Hip Now (And I Hate That), If You're Still Crazy About Bacon, You're an Embarrassment, and Seriously, Hipster Chefs Really Need to Stop Calling Their Non-Pho Dishes "Pho"). But my disdain isn't anything near random-people-on-the-Internet level. No, for that you have to go to Reddit, and man did they do it.

Here are the 20 foods they think are the most overrated. The average redditor isn't a foodie, so don't expect too much but, hey, it's a pretty good list.

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Anne Marie's Top Five Restaurants Of 2014!

Anne Marie Panoringan
Shellfish at its finest

I spend the whole damn year thinking about whether a place I'm at could make Top 5. What I've come to learn is that my instinct is generally right. If it's good, I won't have to think about it. I'll go without hesitation, and the menu will make me smile every time.

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Clay Oven's Offering Pay-Up-Front Tickets for a 5-Course Game Meat Dinner Tomorrow

Categories: Local Eats

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Chef Geeta Bansal
You may have heard of the pay-up-front reservation concept happening at Trois Mec in L.A., Volver in Philly and elsewhere. It's where you pay for the entire experience as though you're buying a ticket to a concert. The Wall Street Journal wrote about the idea in an article they called "The Restaurant Reservation Revolution" back in May.

And now, for tomorrow night's game-meat dinner at Clay Oven in Irvine, Chef Geeta Bansal is offering a pay-up-front ticketed meal in OC. If I'm not mistaken, she's one of the first restaurateurs in OC to do so.

For a total of $195.00 ($202.82 w/service fee) that you pay for online for a Will-Call or a print-at-home ticket, you get five courses of game meats and seasonal produce accompanied with wine pairings from Trefethen Family Vineyards.

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On the Line: Jeff Clinard Of Bear Coast Coffee, Part Two

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Who, me?

Comedy is a recurring theme in Jeff's life. Whether as a career choice or in his day-to-day experiences, it is those laughable moments that define who he is: a person who can not only laugh at himself, but can make others laugh. Stir in some solid work ethic, and Bear Coast has what it takes to succeed.

Have you checked out the first part of our interview with Jeff? Catch up by clicking here.
Then when you're ready for more, keep reading below.

Do you have any skills that are not food-related?
I have a laundry list of boring skills! Including, but not limited to fixing my mother-in-law's iPhone that breaks weekly, Photoshop and I am very good at presentations/PowerPoint. But my interesting skills include stunt driving, triathlons and stand up comedy.

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Crispy M&M's Are Starting to Show Back Up in Stores

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I don't know how I missed this news when it came out in October, but crispy M&M's, the most superior of the m&m flavors, is starting to show back up in stores enroute to a national roll out earlier next year.

I don't know if they're in any Orange County stores yet, but keep on the look out, because these were the candies that were so popular, they got taken off the American market because they cannibalized too much of the original's sales (They've been available in Europe, but reports were they just weren't the same).

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Larry Cano, Founder of El Torito, Passes Away

From my 2011 cover

Larry Cano, the founder of the El Torito chain, and one of the unsung heroes of Mexican food's conquest of America, passed away this weekend after a short bout with cancer. He was 90.

It was Cano who popularized the concept of the sit-down Mexican chain, a place where you could get tacos and a margarita while listening to music. It was in Cano's chain that the margarita found its trampoline to become America's most popular cocktails. It was in El Torito where nowadays-clich├ęd ideas such as sizzling fajitas plates, tableside guacamole, Southwestern cuisine, nachos and so much more first found a mainstream audience. Hell, Cano's El Torito was the first non-taco Mexican food experience for swaths of the U.S.--and yet his story was largely unknown until the last years of his life.

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On the Line: Jeff Clinard Of Bear Coast Coffee, Part One

Categories: On the Line

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Man crush Monday

Every now and then, I'll seek the advice of an expert when formulating questions on a particular subject. This week, former On the Line feature (now representative for Equator Coffees) Alexandra LittleJohn provided enough insight on Jeff Clinard to make this week's interview special.

Why did you choose the concept that you're running with?
My concept is a pop-up coffee shop, sourcing from some very specific roasters that southern Orange County has never had access to, but with a pretty traditional cafe menu.

My goal is not to revolutionize how coffee is enjoyed, but make sure it is actually ENJOYED. I want people to love their coffee. So I branded my company and focused my efforts to represent/serve San Clemente and the people who live here. It is why my brand looks like a surf brand, because I am in a town of surfers. I work insanely hard to make sure the coffee is good, but is also very approachable. Meaning you can ask for cream and sugar without any hesitation.

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Charles' Top 5 Restaurants of 2014

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Can you believe it's been less than a year?

Sometimes, I wish life were more like, and I could see all the data behind where I ate and went on a whim (Does Foursquare do this? If it doesn't, it should). That would've made putting this list together a lot easier, because as I scrolled through my Instagram feed I kept thinking to myself, "Yeah, this is a lot of food posts, but I'm sure I ate more".

I mean, I can come up with a list of places I love pretty easy, but what if I'm forgetting someone?

Alas, the Internet does not yet keep track of everywhere I go--and if it does, it won't tell me--so I'll go with my gut. Here are my favorite restaurants food places of 2014.

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Dunkin' Donuts Opens in Long Beach; Laguna Hills Location Next

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Dave Lieberman
Downey's Dunkin'
You East Coasters who've been flocking to Downey for the first Dunkin' Donuts around these here parts in a long, long time can now also flock to Long Beach; Another one just opened there last week at 5560 E 7th St.

And for those who are in South County who'd rather go to the one in Camp Pendleton rather than schlep it to Long Beach, well, there's good news: there will be a Laguna Hills Dunkin' Donuts soon.

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Gustavo's Top 5 Drinks of 2014!

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How I start every morning...

Another year, another eighth of my liver gone in the name of good journalism. delirium tremens are setting in, so let's make this one quick!

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