Phoenix Food Boutique Rises Again in Garden Grove

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There's a bunch of Phoenix Food Boutiques in LA County. The restaurant chain, which includes the original Phoenix Inn in LA's Chinatown that opened in 1965, has grown to a little more than dozen locations. SGV is so particularly dense with Phoenixes that there are three within blocks of each other in Rowland Heights alone.


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What to Eat at 4th Street Market in Downtown SanTana

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Photos by Jennifer Fedrizzi
Oh, the foods you'll see!

Fourth Street Market is a food hall not unlike most of the other new food halls in OC, honestly. But to me, it felt the most like a Singapore hawker center, where the stalls are actually single dish specialists focused on making that one thing they do best with nothing but a pay counter out front and the exposed guts of their kitchens behind them. Lined end-to-end, back-to-back, barely a buffer zone between one stall and the next, these vendors occupy the heart of 4th Street Market. And it's this food court--not the gleaming incubator kitchens that can be rented by the hour, nor the Honor Roll Community Market where the products of that kitchen might be put up for sale--that most of the general public will want to visit.


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Scoops N Scoops Creamery Opens in Irvine

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Macaron ice cream sandwich.
Scoops N Scoops Creamery, a liquid nitrogen ice cream shop, has opened in Irvine. They seem to be in soft opening modes since last Friday, and though it appears that they are indeed making ice cream just like Creamistry does, using mixers and liquid nitrogen, they are also offering the ice cream stuffed between cookies, and macarons, as well as inside cones and on top of brownies.

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Goldilocks Bakeshop Makes a Comeback In Cerritos

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Pinoy ahoy!
For 38 years, one of the biggest names in Filipino food around these parts has always been Goldilocks. Last year, all six of the Southern California locations severed its ties with the Goldilocks USA chain and became Leelin Bakery, including the one in Cerritos.

Now, it seems Goldilocks is making a comeback in Cerritos. A revived restaurant and bakery is now open at the Seafood City complex on Norwalk Blvd., competing directly with Leelin with a similar array of baked products and food.


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Now Open: Fideo By Mick In Irvine

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Fideo this

The space adjacent to Mick's Karma Bar was in the works for a while. After our On the Line interview with Michael Schepers back in 2012, we discussed his intention to launch a Thai beer bar. While open a brief time, it was not to his standards and become vacant once more.

It relaunched earlier this month as Fideo, the Spanish (sometimes Asian) word for noodle. Now if you're familiar with his Karma Bar, you'll know a name is just a name. 'Mick' is for Michael, 'Karma' references a brand of liquor bottles (previously) lining their shelves, and his 'Bar' closes at 10 p.m. He takes the same liberties with Fideo, interpreting his notion of what should be served. Unlike Karma's stable burger selection, the menu next door is evolving week to week. What we report today will have some semblance to what's on his chalkboard, but don't be surprised if it doesn't

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Australian "Surfers Chef" Opens Outpost Kitchen in Costa Mesa

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Open!
What is Outpost Kitchen? If you've been following its Instagram, you'd only be able to assume it serves espressos, breakfasts, and the occasional fish. If you looked at its website, you'd see these words:

"CLEAN | RAW | VEGAN | PALEO | ORGANIC | PLANT BASED | ALLERGY FREE".

But if you actually dug into the Instagram again and read the posts, you'd see the person behind it is Andre Sickinger, who is from Australia and carries the label "Surfers Chef", something he calls himself on his own website.

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BurntZilla Represents the Union of Two Great Food Trucks, Burnt Truck and Dogzilla

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Photos by Jennifer Fedrizzi
Small bite, big flavor

The life cycle of luxe loncheras is the opposite of butterflies'. They spend their adolescent years flitting about from place to place, and if they're lucky and survive, they settle into the cocoon of a permanent home. The Lime Truck, Dos Chinos, Kogi: all have matured to be brick-and-mortars. The same has now happened with two of OC's homegrown New Age food trucks: the Burnt Truck and Dogzilla. But theirs is actually a merger of sorts, built on a solid friendship forged on the road and the fact they both serve products on King's Hawaiian rolls.


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Rockfire Grill Opens In Santa Ana

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Least soggy bun ever!

Raj Syal, the Mumbai-born owner of Mission Viejo's Rockfire Grill, has made good on his plan to open a second Rockfire Grill in Santa Ana. What is Rockfire Grill? It's a burger joint that uses fresh-baked focaccia as buns.

As I wrote in a recent review:


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Oggi's Will Give You Free Pizza on Tax Day

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Are you a freelancer? A contractor? 1099 somewhere? Or maybe you just took too many exemptions last year. Either way, if you had a shitty tax year in 2014, Oggi's Pizza Express is going to make your day a little bit better by giving you a free personal pizza during their Orange grand opening on Tax Day.

Check after the jump for full details from the Chipotle-style personal pizza place.

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Grinderz Rolls Out Quality Burgers in Costa Mesa

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Josh Chesler
Grinderz skates past a lot of its burger competition.

Opening a restaurant (or a second location of your restaurant) can bring logistical challenges, like not knowing exactly when you should turn off the grill and close your doors on a quiet night.

Grinderz, which expanded from its Huntington Beach location to a new spot in Costa Mesa, is going through those challenges at their new spot (they close "around 9:00-ish"), but they're still putting out enjoyable burgers and fries while they're at it.


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