TJ's Woodfire Pizza Announces Brick-And-Mortar

Anne Marie Panoringan
All this and more coming to SC!

We heart TJ's Woodfire Pizza. Pay the dough, request extra char and wait under the shade for one delicious meal. They made us believe in luxe loncheras again.

Recently, Tim Gonzales and the gang were dropping hints at a big surprise. Were they expecting? If by expecting, you mean a new location, then yes. We stalked found them at Food Truck Fare over at the OC Fair and Event Center the other day for answers.

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Spend Fourth of July at the OC Block Party for Food Trucks and Explosions (And Free Pocky!)

Photo by William Vo

If you don't feel like spending a bunch of money and actually cleaning your place to hold a barbecue next Saturday, the people over at the Lights and Sound Collective have got you covered. Head on over to Angel Stadium where the second annual OC Block Party will be taking place.

In addition to the TV-famous food trucks (Great Food Truck Race Winners Seoul Sausage and The Middle Feast will be in attendance, plus others) and night market-style vendors, the event will be headlined by a fireworks extravaganza scheduled for 9:45 p.m.

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The Trough Sandwich Kitchen To Open In Newport Beach

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Why yes, it is a spaghetti sandwich.
The people behind RSM's Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar and The Trough Sandwich Kitchen are bringing The Trough to Newport Beach. It will take over the space vacated by Il Barone at 705 E Balboa Blvd.

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OC Weekly Decadence Presale Tickets Happening NOW!

Tasty morsels await!

Veteran Decadence attendees know the drill: Buy tickets early; reap the rewards later. Each year, Weeklings work behind-the-scenes to bring you an assortment of the county's tastiest eats and beverages. We're talking upwards of 50 vendors to amuse your senses.

Choosing the destination is half the fun. This year, shoot down the 405 to Jamboree and descend upon Hotel Irvine. Your presale opportunity ends on Father's Day (Sunday, for those of you not paying attention). Our partial vendor listing begins when you keep clicking.

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You Can Still Get Tickets to Try EVERYTHING at Santa Ana's 4th Street Market

Photo by Jennifer Fedrezzi

I will admit that I've yet to try every single food purveyor in Downtown Santa Ana's 4th Street Market. I've consumed at a lot of them -- every Quinn establishment, Dos Chinos, Waffles Inc, Portola, Radical Botanicals, Front Porch Pops, Contra Coffee -- sure, and I'm sure you have too, but all of them?

Well, for those of you playing catch up, there's an event next Thursday designed just for you, the inaugural 4th Street Market Culinary Crawl. For the perfectly reasonable price of $85 (gratuity included), you can taste food from all 15 restaurants (not to mention Honor Roll grocery, Electric City Butcher, and some of the East End Kitchen food producers).

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Top Chef Alum Prepares To Launch Tackle Box In Corona del Mar

Anne Marie Panoringan
Huskey from last year's Taste of the Nation event at Montage. Foreshadowing?

Placing an eatery by the water can be a tricky investment. Ideal conditions are a likeable concept, prices that don't break the bank and blue skies with perfect waves. Former Top Chef: New Orleans contestant Brian Huskey is about to take the plunge, officially opening Tackle Box - Local Grub Shack next month.

Situated at big Corona del Mar beach, use the lifeguard tower as your point of reference to locate him. Huskey introduces a selection of eats covering breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Hatch Announces Tustin Opening Date

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Slide into that

Restaurant openings are tricky things. All it takes is one disapproved inspection to prevent a business from starting. After the number of concepts Leonard Chan has launched, we are confident that what's quoted to us is relatively accurate.

This time around, Chan is focused on Union Market, located inside The District at Tustin Legacy. True to its name, the upcoming Hatch allows diners to conjure up a playful menu of small bites.

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Next Taco Maria/Little Sparrow Collaboration Dinner Date Set

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This time it's on his home turf.

Barely a month ago, there was a collaboration between Little Sparrow's Eric Samaniego and Taco Maria's Carlos Salgado. It was a one-night-only affair, assuming you were lucky enough to snag a reservation.

We heard "Little Maria" was rather epic. Somewhere between veal sweetbreads with green tomato chutney and a coq au vin taco, the expectations of diners were exceeded. When would the sequel occur? We questioned Eric the next time we found ourselves in Sparrow's bar. His answer:

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Slapfish Is Opening Three More SoCal Locations (One's in Brea!)

Photo by Meranda Carter
It seems so long ago

When the world is over, and people ask what food came out of Orange County, the answer will be ice cream donuts, waffle sandwiches, and Slapfish. But until then, Orange County is getting another one of the restaurants as part of a three-restaurant SoCal franchise deal.

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TAPS Fish House & Brewery Irvine Opening June 8

Anne Marie Panoringan
Ready for brunch!

We recall when the BJ's Brewhouse concept opened a long, long time ago. The full-service alternative to many pizza joints, BJ's was also known for their own brand of beer. An addition of Lazy Dog Cafe at The Market Place offered a dog-friendly vibe, plus another beer-friendly/family-friendly spot. Good times for all.

Call it over-saturation (or maybe they're just supplying the demand?), but now the center plans to welcome one more hoppy tenant next month. Hailing from Brea, TAPS is bringing their good taste 20+ miles south. How excited are we? Enough to sneak into the unfinished restaurant to snoop around.

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