Hidden House Coffee Roasters to Open Gastropub, Second Cafe in Santa Ana

Photo by Ben Briggs
Just a little house on Santa Ana Blvd..

Hidden House Coffee Roasters, one of Orange County's notable micro roasters out of San Juan Capistrano, is finally getting a bit more elbow room with two new developments in Santa Ana. Hidden House will gain a second coffeehouse and open a small restaurant a few doors down when they open the locations a few blocks Northeast of Santa Ana's East End. Owner Ben Briggs, 27, looks to the Santa Ana spot as a means of spreading the good word of Hidden House throughout Orange County.

"Santa Ana is the hub of Orange County," says Briggs. "It's the center of everything and I feel like especially with the building that we've found, it's just going to be able to heighten everything we've done."

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Dana Point State BBQ Championships Happening TOMORROW

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State champion of barbecue-cooking: a great resume-builder

Dear world: why can't we have more events where barbecue is the main attraction and not just complementary food? Well, thank goodness the Dana Point State Barbecue Championships are happening this Saturday. 100 of the top barbecue-cooking teams from California, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona will cook off for the prospect of being named state barbecue champion and a share of $30,000.

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Next Weekend, Ooze Fest in Santa Ana Will Make the World's Largest Stack of Grilled Cheese

100 Eats
Permanent menu item please.

Praise to the ooey, gooey cheese gods. On October 10, 100 Eats and Santa Ana-based Foodbeast will host Ooze Fest, their inaugural celebration of all things melted and cheesy. The festival will feature various cheese dishes from local restaurants (with current count at a dozen food vendors and a dozen beer vendors).

What should you expect? Well, in addition to the apple and cheese empanada from Shuck up there, there'll be Pollo Fundido (friend chicken chicharrones and cheese dip from Grits), a churro ice cream sandwich with cheese cake ice cream (from La Sriracha Racha), a mac and cheese and bone marrow and a bunch of other stuff Indian fry bread (from Little Sparrow), and a bunch of other things to try.

And the best part? For the price of your ticket, it's all you can drink and all you can eat and there are two sessions so it won't get super crowded.

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Halal Guys to Open in Costa Mesa Friday, Oct. 2

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Coming soon to Costa Mesa: garlic breath.
The Halal Guys will open at 3033 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa, right around the corner from Weekly World HQ, this coming Friday, October 2, at 11 a.m. As Charles reported six months ago, this is the first Southern California opening for the famous street cart, who have plans to franchise at least 50 restaurants.

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There Is No Honor Without Pie: KCRW's Good Food Pie Contest Is Oct. 4

"when come back, bring pie."
The sun is out, the weather is hot, and the heat is on: the seventh annual KCRW Good Food Pie Contest is Oct. 4 at UCLA's Fowler Museum. The winner this year gets a fancy KitchenAid stand mixer with a heated bowl (side note: BRB going to Surfas), but everyone who attends wins: the participants are asked to make two pies, one of which is to be distributed to the public.

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Have a Fancy Beer Dinner With Slaters 50/50 and Beach City Brewery Next Week

Tasty, tasty

When was the last time you went out to a fancy-ish, prix-fixe dinner? Too long ago I bet. But maybe you don't feel like dressing too nicely and then going to some hoity toity restaurant. Well, for those of you who'd rather have some bacon than some pork belly, Slaters 50/50 and Beach City Brewery are teaming up for what looks like a very good 7-course beer pairing dinner.

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Temakira To Open Two More Restaurants

Edwin Goei
Rollin' along.

Temakira--the hip sushi hand roll joint that moved into the former location of Avanti Cafe in Costa Mesa in the fall of last year--is expanding. The OC Mix location is just about ready to open and now they've revealed they're also opening one at University Center across from UC Irvine.

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Brazilian BBQ Buffet Restaurant, Brazil Cali Grill, To Open in Santa Ana

Edwin Goei
Meat here later.
A new churrascaria called Brazil Cali Grill is opening in Santa Ana. It's merely in its planning stages at this point, with nothing inside the restaurant built yet. When it does open, it will be located next to Musubiya Balls and Burgers at 3701 South Harbor Blvd. Ste. E.

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Tebo Tebo Tea Lounge Coming To Irvine

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Tebo or no Tebo...that is the question
Tebo Tebo Tea Lounge, the boba milk tea joint based out of Westminster that serves its drinks in reusable glass bottles (Tea + Bottle = Tebo), is opening in Irvine at Culver near the 5 next to Boiling Point.

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Singapore's Duke Bakery Coming to Costa Mesa

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The strip mall at the corner of Bristol and Paularino in Costa Mesa is already buzzing with Anjin and the excellent Hakata Ikkousha, but also because it's the site of the highly anticipated upcoming site of Halal Guys and the next branch of Capital Noodle Bar. Now Duke Bakery, which is everywhere in Singapore, is also coming to the mall.

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