Updates From Tustin's Union Market!

Categories: Local Eats

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Cookies 'n milk in one hand? Hell yes!

Slowly but surely, Tustin's growing dining and retail space within The District continues to open with its newest tenants. Besides the eateries about to open, we've got news on three additional players on this evolving property.

Up and running this week, Crepe Coop's daily operating hours are from noon to 10 p.m. These sweet handhelds are enough for two to share, but you'll end up ordering your own. Get your fruit fix, your ice cream fix and your crepe fix in every bite.

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61. Three-Meat Combo at Robert Earl's BBQ

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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!

I'm convinced Robert Earl's BBQ in Long Beach is the best Texas-style barbecue in Southern California and until someone can show me better, that's what I'm sticking with. The best part of the three-meat combo dinner, then, is that you don't have to worry about missing out on anything.


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Kettle Cup at Kettlebar, Our Drink of the Week!

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Edwin Goei
That's more than a cup!

You've got to hurry if you're going to make it to Kettlebar's Happy Hour. It starts at 3 p.m., ends promptly at 6 p.m., and only offered on weekdays. But you want in on these discounts. They're significant. Some items on the Happy Hour list are marked down to half off. And they're things you'd actually want to eat with alcohol. You know, crunchy deep fried food, especially the greaseless soft shell crab with a chipotle aioli dip and the hot wings dusted with dry rub. It's easy to do the bar math and skip Kettlebar's full-on pan roasts, which isn't discounted, because that's at least five more draft beers you could be drinking instead.


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62. AYCE Sushi at Sake 2 Me

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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!

Now for the heavy stuff. I don't do too many all you can eats anymore, but when I do, I head to either Cham Sut Gol (my old UCI KBBQ fav) or Sake 2 Me in Tustin, one of the most ridiculous all-you-can-eat sushi joints you can go to.

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Chicken Charlie Deep Fries Six OC Foods

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Photo courtesy Chicken Charlie
Pizza? No problem!

After interviewing Chicken Charlie last week for On the Line, we were invited to conduct an experiment: Select six food items for Charlie to deep fry. For a little twist, we agreed to make all our choices local to Orange County. From dim sum to pizza to a Milky Bun, we went all in. Here's how it went.

Name your all-time favorite fried fair food in the comments for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the OC Fair. The winner will be selected Friday!

Round one: Capital Seafood dim sum
The items: Steamed BBQ pork bun and egg custard tart


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Yogi Yogi in Buena Park Does Some Seoul Searching With Its Untraditional Korean Menu

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Photo by LP Hastings
Cheesy!


What do you expect to see when you walk into a Korean restaurant? Galbi? Yes. Kimchi? Absolutely. SPAM®, America's most notorious canned luncheon meat? Not so much. But believe it or not, South Korea is the second-largest consumer of SPAM® in the world, introduced to it by American servicemen just as it was in the Philippines and Hawaii. So the SPAM® in Yogi Yogi's gimbap is no accident, and neither is the slice of good ol' American processed cheese plopped on top of the ramen. What might surprise you more than the fact that Yogi Yogi's SPAM® roll is delicious--wrapped in a thin omelet and tucked tightly inside seaweed with rice and pickles that snap between your teeth--is that the restaurant isn't some Roy Choi hybrid. It's an all-Korean eatery called a bunsik, a place that specializes in inexpensive Korean meals that, for a lack of a better term, is the equivalent to American fast food.

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63. Yaki Dog at Burntzilla

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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!

And now for a break from desserts. I'm a big fan of bite-sized food most because it means I can eat more before stopping, and when it comes to bite-sized food in Orange County, you have to mention Burntzilla, the amalgamation of the Burnt and Dogzilla trucks that've faithfully been serving the County since food trucks went big.

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This Saturday: Cypress Festival

Categories: Food Festivals

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http://www.cypressfestival.com
All the info you need.
The OC Fair is going on right now, as I'm sure you're aware. But did you know about the festival The City of Cypress is hosting this Saturday? This year is the 35th year for the annual Cypress Community Festival.


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64. Fruit Sorbet at the Playground

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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!

I've been heavy on the desserts for my first chunk of ten favorites, but that's because they're so elegant and so delicious. Desserts can be so memorable with such simplicity, and there's so much room for complexity when you get into it. This dessert, the fruit sorbets at the Playground, then, are probably the most simple yet complex thing I've eaten all year.

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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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