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Best Shoyu Ramen in Orange County

Orange County is a hot spot for Ramen, especially Costa Mesa, which has been referred to as Ramen City, USA. So it follows that the best...

Best Mexican Food in California

If you want the best Mexican food, you need to get closer and closer to Mexico. And way down near the border and native to San Diego...

Best Phở in Orange County

There are a lot of Pho places in Orange County, but one of the oldest places is still the best. Pho 79 opened in 1982 and helped usher...

Best Philly Cheese Steak in OC

The ultimate comfort food, Philly cheese steaks combine the perfect amount of cheese, meat, and bread, in a gooey, delicious sandwich. ...

Best Frozen Pizza

Frozen Pizza?! Most of 'em suck. But this pizza, from Lou Malnati's in Chicago, is something else. Lou's is also my favorite deep dish...

Best Restaurant in Orange County

No surprise here, Playground 2.0 is Brode's Best. Playground 2.0 is an experience. You buy a ticket in advance and it covers your meal,...

Best Birria in Orange County

When I worked at Gina's Pizza, the cooks used to make a spicy soup each morning for breakfast. I loved the soup and had been searching...

Best Restaurant, period

I have eaten at some fancy ass restaurants in my life, but none of them beats out this Beverly Hills icon: Lawry's The Prime Rib. This...

Best Burger in Orange County

Look I wouldn't blame you if you felt this one should go to In-N-Out Burger. I think In-N-Out is probably #3 on my list. Number 2 is TK...

Best Fried Chicken in Orange County

It's Korean Fried chicken, and it's inside a Korean grocery store. If you can find Furai Chicken, I think you'll see why it's earned the...

Best Italian Food in Orange County

I'll be honest, the Italian Food in Orange County kind of sucks. However, Tutto Famiglia is good enough that it breaks through the haze...

Best Yakitori in Orange County

It can be hard to find a table at Honda-Ya; the line is often hours long. But once you make it through the door, you're in for a long...

Best Ddukbokki in Irvine

I haven't been deep enough to know if this is an "all-OC" Brode's Best, but it's a at least the best I've had in Irvine. The Ddukbokki...

Best Poke in Orange County

Ten years ago, you couldn't find Poke in Orange County. Now there's a Poke place every few blocks. The best one is a tiny lunch spot...

Best Hot Dog in Orange County

Hot dogs are not "trendy" right now, but that doesn't stop the Dogzilla food truck from serving up Brode's Best. You'll have to track...

Best Donuts in Orange County

This one's not even close. The best donuts are at Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee. Shit, they're probably the best donuts in California. ...

Best Thai Food in Orange County

Thai food. So good, right? There are plenty of excellent Thai places, but the most excellent is Spice Thai. I judge a Thai place on...

Best Afghan Food in Orange County

There's actually a few Afghan places in the OC, but I've been going to Chili Chutney since it was a 2-table hole-in-the-wall next to a...

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