Naugles Alert: Soft Opening NEXT WEEK!!!

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Brian Feinzimer/OC Weekly
Delivering on his promise

The last time we discussed Naugles, Gustavo wrote up the grassroots campaign by food blogger Christian Ziebarth to boot Del Taco's ownership of the defunct Mexican brand. Christian Z.'s next goal: open a Naugles branch. As luck would have it, we recently crossed paths with him while headed to dinner.

Amidst talk of friends and his upcoming nuptials, we inquired about a Naugles update. He responded by saying they're aiming to soft open next week! If you're craving some grub, we've got the all-important details.

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2015 Hatch Chile Roasts in Southern California Begin August 8--Here are Locations!

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Dave Lieberman
Hatch your chile roasting plans now!
It's almost that time of year, when the front patios of supermarkets across the Southland turn into roasting pits for Hatch chiles. Here are the dates for this year's chile roasts, with Orange County and Long Beach's dates bolded and at the top of the list for each date. Bookmark this post for updates as we get them, especially if times change or if the season runs shorter or longer than expected.


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Lola Gaspar to Host Donald Trump Piñata-Bashing BBQ July 25!

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Illustration by Lalo Alcaraz
Dale, dale, dale...

Lola Gaspar wingman Eddie Perez writes in to let us know that not only does his fine SanTana restaurant have a Donald Trump piñata (already on display at Lola's patio, which just expanded), but that he's going to have FIVE piñatas. And to celebrate the destruction of those piñatas, Lola Gaspar is going to hold a barbecue on July 25--HELL YA!!!


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91. Tostilocos at Tortas y Biónicos "Nice"

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Photo by The Mexican
Dig in!

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!
Will tostilocos--Mexico's revenge on the nacho, an ungodly mestizaje of Tostitos, cueritos, peanuts, onions, and chamoy--ever become as popular as nachos? Never. But that's fine: those of us who love salty-briny-spicy-sweet combos can dig into the slit bags for years to come. And a fine place to get introduced to this dark art is at Tortas y Biónicos "Nice" in SanTana.

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93. Super Nachos at Kelly's Korner Tavern

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Photo by The Mexican
Keep 'em coming, Carmen!

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!
Man, I haven't been to Kelly's in weeks, and I need those nachos that I wrote about earlier this year!

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94. Tortas at Sliced and Diced Eatery

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Photo by The Mexican
Combo plate of health

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 don't review Long Beach restaurants by design--partly because I'm one of like two Weeklings who don't live there, but also because I'm an OC boy, and Long Beach ain't OC. That said, I have to give a shoutout to Sliced and Diced, the little catering business that not only could, but is doing.

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96. Burrito de Birria de Res from Burritos La Palma

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Photo by The Mexican
¡Viva Jerez!

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!
In many ways, the burrito de birria de res from Burritos La Palma does not belong so low on this list; in fact, Burritos La Palma technically doesn't belong on this list at all, given it's in El Monte. But it's OC to the bone, cabrones--let me explain.

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Join Gustavo and Bill Esparza on the Most Epic Southern California Taco Crawl EVER This Sunday!

Categories: Mexi Meals

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Photo by The Mexican
The end of the trail-for now...

So you've down taco crawls across East Los Angeles or Lonchera Lane in SanTana. But have you ever done one of both regions in the same day? Have you ever done with with each area's respective taco experts? And have you done it while getting an awesome new cookbook and being driven around in a fancy van? No? You drove around in your pal's messy Elantra?

Welp, time to rectify that. It gives me mucho orgullo to announce that this Sunday, myself and Bill Esparza will be joining author Lesley Téllez on an epic Southern California taco crawl in support of her new cookbook, Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City's Streets, Markets and Fondas.


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Eat This Now: Horchata Ice Cream With Churros at Elado Ice Cream

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Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Growing up, horchata disappeared by the gallon soon after my folks brought it home from the grocery store. The Mexican rice milk drink mixed with cinnamon is as sweet as it is refreshing, leaving cartons without a fighting chance. It's gone trendy with drinks like RumChata being all the rage.

Now, it's hard to imagine a Pavlovian salivation greater than the one provoked by the ringing bell of the paleta man. But that's exactly what happens when hearing about a new parlor in Anaheim serving up horchata ice cream topped with churros!

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on How REAL Mexicans Should Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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Photo by Benjamin Leatherman
Celebrate like these fine young chavos

Decrying Cinco de Mayo has become one of my many stock trades for this infernal rag. I wrote about why I can't stand the holiday all the way back in 2003, did another video last year, and here's my latest video yet. This time, though, I give up and give advice on how REAL Mexicans should celebrate Drinko de Cinco.


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