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Clayton's Donuts - Irvine Farmer's Market, is it still there? Is he making donuts anywhere else?

OC Mutt
by OC Mutt 1 year ago

There used to be an amazing stand at the Irvine Farmer's market - Clayton's Donuts, he made monster-sized delicious creations. The stall wasn't there, is it gone for good? Does anyone know if he'...

Gui Fei Ji @ Sam Woo Barbecue Express | Irvine

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

On Thursday I stopped by Ranch 99 in Irvine to pick up ingredients to cook for a friend. I was happy to see Sam Woo next door. Mind you, I'd never had anything from the Sam Woo restaurants or BBQ c...

Where can I buy Kizami Wasabi

by blueberry505 5 years ago

I've checked Mitsuwa, Seiwa and Tokyo Central, no luck. I'm new to Orange County and would love to find this condiment. Thank you.

Sunday Certified Farmers Market @ OC Great Park, Irvine

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Besides Salteña Corner's stand https://www.chowhound.com/post/saltena-corner-oc-great-park-farmers-market-irvine-1060232 at the Sunday morning market at OC Great Park, the Reed avocados were the be...

Salteña Corner | OC Great Park Farmers Market - Irvine

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Last month I shopped the Sunday morning farmers market at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. I was delighted to see a stand selling freshly baked salteñas, the signature soup-filled empanadas ...

Irvine's Royal for Noodles & Dumplings

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Three weeks ago I had a chance to check out the newish Royal in Irvine. My friend stores his wine nearby and had been curious about what inspired the throngs of people lining up to eat here.

California hospitals take obesity fight to supermarkets

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"Enter a US supermarket and the dilemma is all-too common: Will what I buy be healthy? Fattening? A substitute? That's when many wish they had a specialist at their side. 'Shop with Your Doc,' a...

Taco Tuesday in the Irvine/Tustin/Costa Mesa/Santa Ana area?

by elmomonster 15 years ago

Any Taco Tuesdays worth trying in the Irvine/Tustin/Costa Mesa/Santa Ana area? I've had Arribas (both at the University Center across from UCI and also the one over in MetroPointe), but they're ...

Best general Chinese food restaurant in Irvine?

by ns1 7 years ago

Our current default is Sam Woo, anything better? Assume Irvine is the only option. Must be sit down, suitable for a 10 person family dinner.

Tried Twenty Eight? Or something similar?

by Mandy 6 years ago

We are new to Orange and looking for a place for dinner that isn't super-loud or too pricey (The Ranch menu sounds good but too expensive for a weekly dinner out, likewise prix fixe menu at Tacos M...

Kowloon Hong Kong Cafe in Irvine

by feed_the_pig 6 years ago

This should be one of the greatest failures of all time: http://www.yelp.com/biz/kowloon-hong-kong-cafe-irvine-2 Check out the photo of the baked pork chop rice, the price range, customer repor...

Felafel in OC?

by josephnl 6 years ago

Eater LA just published a list of the best places for felafel in LA. Some look wonderful. Are there any terrific felafel spots in OC, especially near Irvine?

Korean in Irvine

by junglekitte 6 years ago

Can anyone please recommend a great Korean restaurant in or near Irvine? It could be BBQ, tofu, or another style, but must be very good! I'm organizing a group dinner for friends and have little ex...

Kingchops Opens Irvine Branch

by Chandavkl 6 years ago

Mention Taiwanese food to most people and they probably immediately think of two dishes--Stinky tofu and pork chop rice. If you hang out along Colima Road you've had your choice of dedicated eater...

New Mexico Style Mexican food

by irishkevbo 13 years ago

I live in Irvine and somehwere in Orange County there has to be a New Mexico Style Mexican restaurant. I need the Green and Red Chili does anyone know of one?

Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

by js76wisco 8 years ago

Pie Not + Sidecar Donuts - I dont have many comparisons to pie not but the crusts are buttery and flakey. The filling range from good to very good. Most of them are very rich but contrast nicel...

Irvine: Talk about "Popcorn Chicken"

by TonyC 7 years ago

http://www.yelp.com/biz/popcorn-chicken-irvine been open a month inside Culver Plaza (99 Ranch, etc.). Main dish is obvs Taiwanese popcorn chicken. You order with a scantron (WTFBBQ?) They have ...

On the Hunt: Best French Bread/Baguette in OC/Irvine

by The Green Knight 18 years ago

After returning from vacation to Paris and Provence, I've been seeking a local bakery that provides at least the semblence of a true, delicious French baguette. I'll define what I'm looking for-...

Popcorn Chicken in Irvine

by huaqiao 7 years ago

They soft-opened last week in the 99 Ranch Plaza on Culver and Irvine Center Drive. In the food court where Tea Station and Panda are. I'm surprised something like this hasn't opened in SoCal b...

Lao Dong Beef Noodle in Irvine Bites The Dust

by Chandavkl 7 years ago

Like the sister restaurant in Rowland Heights, this one has now gone into the pages of history. It will be replaced by something called Tai Chi Kitchen, still in the build-out stage. I wonder wha...