Sandwich of the Week: Phil’s BBQ’s El Toro Tri-Tip

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This unique pile of deliciousness is one of the West Coast’s best

The "El Toro" Tri-Tip Sandwich at Phil's BBQ in San Diego, Calif.

Phil’s is a barbecue joint in San Diego, but it’s a lot more than just that. It was rated one of the top ten restaurants in the city by Trip Advisor, and San Diego Magazine deemed its barbecue the city’s best. Its ribs, chicken, and pulled pork are all worth writing home about, but their El Toro Tri-Tip Sandwich is what’s put it on the map.

Tri-tip is a cut of beef that doesn’t get the respect it deserves, but here owner Phil Pace treats it like a king. He soaks it in a secret marinade, cooks it to medium-rare on a mesquite grill, and then lets it cool. When ordered, the meat gets sliced super-thin, then is placed back into the grill, where the magic happens. A large ladle of Phil’s secret barbecue sauce (there are a lot of secrets here) is poured over the mound of sliced meat and allowed to caramelize. The resulting pile of smoky, tender sliced beef is then loaded onto a fresh-baked Kaiser-style roll, topped with another ladle of sauce, and presented to a grateful customer.

Phil’s first opened inside a small space back in 1998, and it had folks lining up to get in. Thankfully a couple years ago a second, much larger location was opened, but this is still a sandwich that we wouldn’t mind waiting in line for.

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El Sazon Oaxacqueno [Beaches]
12131 Washington Place
Los Angeles 90066

La Oaxaquena Taco Truck[Beaches]
Lincoln Blvd at Flower, south of Rose

Juquila Restaurant [West LA-ish]
11619 Santa Monica Blvd, between Federal and Barry
Los Angeles 90025

King Taco Restaurant [East LA]
2400 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles 90033

King Taco [East LA-ish]
2904 N Broadway
Los Angeles 90031

King Taco [East LA-ish]
4300 E Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles 90023

Taqueria Vista Hermosa [Downtown]
3655 S Grand Ave, in the the Mercado La Paloma
Los Angeles 90007

El Gran Burrito [East Hollywood]
4716 Santa Monica Blvd, at Vermont
Los Angeles 90029

Alameda Swap Meet [Downtown]
4501 S Alameda St, at 45th
Los Angeles 90058

Gallo's Grill [East LA-ish]
4533 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles 90022

Taco Village [East LA-ish]
3501 W Beverly Blvd
Montebello 90640

Cozy Cactus [San Gabriel Valley]
7254 Rosemead Blvd
San Gabriel 91775

Guelaguetza [Koreatown]
3337 1/2 W 8th St, West of Irolo St
Los Angeles 90005

Guelaguetza Restaurant [Koreatown]
3014 W Olympic Blvd, West of Normandie
Los Angeles 90006

La Indiana Tamales [East LA]
1142 S Indiana St, just off the 5 Fwy near Olympic
Los Angeles 90023

El Abajeno [Culver City-ish]
4515 Inglewood Blvd, South of Culver
Culver City 90230

Mi India Bonita Cafe [East LA-ish]
4731 E Olympic Blvd, near Kern
Los Angeles 90022

La Luz Del Dia [Downtown]
1 Olvera St
Los Angeles 90012

Tacos Baja Ensenada [East LA-ish]
5385 Whittier Blvd, at Atlantic
Los Angeles 90022

King Torta [Downtown]
4507 Valley Blvd # 102
Los Angeles 90032

Pepe's Mexican Food [San Gabriel Valley]
511 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra 91803

Avila's El Ranchito [OC Beaches]
318 Main St
Huntington Beach 92648

Badiraguato Restaurant [South LA]
3070 Firestone Blvd
South Gate 90280

I, *Thi N.*, needed new Mexican places, so I posted a list of my favorites, and asked people to better them. My list follows, with others' comments appended.

Favorite tlayuda: El Sazon Oaxaquena (see also ChowNews #15, #79, #99). "Clayudas or tlayudas are a Oaxacan dish of usually a large crispy tortilla covered with beans and queso fresco," explains *Ernie*.

Favorite chilaquiles: Juquila (see also ChowNews #11, #25, #33, #47, #58, #64, #79, #99), when chilaquiles with salsa verde are on special and the good cook is in.

Favorite al pastor tacos: King Taco (see also ChowNews #62, #68, #72, #77). I've had better, but I can't remember where. These are great, though.

*David Kahn* recommends Taqueria Vista Hermosa (see also ChowNews #82, #83). Al pastor tacos here are "very good, with really nice clean flavors, and good tortillas." Lunchtime only.

1. El Gran Burrito (Burrito (see also ChowNews #2, #15, #22, #26, #66, #79, #99, #102) when it's hopping - dinnertime or past midnight on a party night.

2. At the Alameda Swap Meet (see also ChowNews #77, #79), southwest parking lot, northernmost stall on the east wall. With ultrahot pinkish salsa. Damn fine asada. Only there weekend days, though.

*Ernie* says most asada tacos are made out of inferior beef, but there's good stuff at Gallo's Grill (see also ChowNews #48, #62, #68, #72, #77, #79, #107) and Taco Village (see also ChowNews #72).

Favorite enchiladas: none. *Ernie*'s favorite enchiladas are at Cozy Cactus (see also ChowNews #72, #106). His favorite: chicken enchiladas in poblano cream sauce, a special. Intense salsas too.

Favorite chorizo: Guelaguetza (see also ChowNews #3, #4, #6, #15, #25, #33, #43, #45, #47, #49 #50, #56, #58, #64, #65, #77, #79, #85, #90, #99, #101, #103-104).

Favorite lengua tacos (and also favorite atole): La Oaxacquena truck (see also ChowNews #99), which serves after 6 p.m.

Favorite carnitas: for a while, Antojitos Denise in Hollywood had truly stupendous al pastor and carnitas. Such deep pork flavor it bent my mind. But then the sweet little old lady disappeared and two bored looking men took over the kitchen and it turned to crap. So I got no great carnitas tacos. Fantastic take-home carnitas at La Indiana Tamales (see also ChowNews #14, #40, #44, #60, #79).

*Wes* recommends carnitas at El Abajeno (see also ChowNews #42, #44, #45, #56, #58, #60). Moist, crustless carnitas. Good in taquitos, stuffed corn tortillas ("add a slice of avocado and sauce, WOW!"), super tostadas ("HUGE and very tasty") and tortas. *Xericx* particularly recommends taquitos: "Its just awesome, especially how 'greasy' the soft tortilla feels. Great texture, super moist, and the flavors just blend perfectly."

*PeteEast* recommends Lares (see also ChowNews #44, #64). "Huge chunks of pork, nice and crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside."

Carnitas tortas at Mi India Bonita (see also ChowNews #14, #26, #35, #47, #62, #67, #72, #77, #98) are "a thing of beauty," says *David Kahn*. (This place is best known for their albondigas soup on Wednesdays.) *Neta* also loves their carnitas tortas. She also recommends pozole on Saturday mornings.

*Neta* recommends carnitas at La Luz del Dia (see also ChowNews #44, #64), where "they serve everything with tortillas a mano."

Least favorite carnitas: Yucca's. I cannot believe this place is popular. The carnitas are flavorless. aside from the flavor of stale grease.

Favorite tamale: La Indiana's pork and beef tamales.

Favorite tortillas: At the birria joint on Cesar Chavez that I wrote up and forgot the name of. El. El. Argh! Anyway, genuinely hand-made (hand-patted, not hand-put-in-a-press), softer than hell, beautiful corn tortillas.

Favorite birria: Same joint as above. Though I haven't gone to many birria specialty joints only had it at general-purpose restaurants.

Favorite cheese: Oaxacan cheese at Guelaguetza.

Favorite drink: Guelaguetza's squash drink.

Favorite fish tacos: Tacos Baja Ensenada (see also ChowNews #8, #39, #62, #75, #77, #79, #90, #92) remains, from my first month in LA till now, one of the best friends a boy can have. *Xericx* digs Tacos Baja Ensenada, but also recommends Baja Fish (see also ChowNews #31). "Great fish tacos. very fresh. Lots of that Mexican crema and fried perfectly." Made with different sorts of fish - like salmon.

*Mr. Grub* recommends fish tacos at Maria's Fresh Seafood (see also ChowNews #12). They're not crispy battered style. "Splendid. You'll have fish hands for weeks. The Tommy's Burger of fish tacos."

Favorite pibil: the stuff *Dommy!* brought to chowfest.

Tortas: *ks* recommends King Torta. "The bread is perfect (that necessary torta combo of soft and sturdy)." Good with carnitas and al pastor.

Tostadas: Delicious tostadas at Pepe's Drive Through (see also ChowNews #62, #72), says *Ernie*. Taquitos are also good, but tostadas are almost exactly the same - just as tasty - but less greasy. "If you try the tostadas, make sure you order the shredded beef version. The default beef tostada there is a carne asada version which was so-so, but the shredded beef version is where its at, very yummy and a meal in itself when ordered with their chunky guacamole." Also good chile verde burritos.

For a lot of things, *Sandra W* suggests Avila's El Ranchito (see also ChowNews #34). Great chile rellenos, lobster or chicken enchiladas, and "big beautiful bowls of homemade soups."

For many things, *David Kahn* suggests Ana Maria's in the Grand Central Market (see also ChowNews #25, #62, #107). Excellent carnitas burrito, chili relleno burrito, and gorditas are darn good. "If I ever leave LA, this may well be the restaurant I'll miss the most (along with Tacos Baja Encenada)."

For tacos and machacas, *Neta* recommends Badiraguato (see also ChowNews #107) "For some dynamite tacos (like what you might find in Matzalan). They serve a little cup of caldo with the tacos that is incredibly tasty with a squirt of lime. " Also good machaca.

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Billy's Delicatessen [East San Fernando Valley]
216 N Orange St, between Brand and Central
Glendale 91203

Langer's Delicatessen [Midtown]
704 S Alvarado St, at 7th St
Los Angeles 90057

"Corned beef sandwiches are one of my favorite foods," declares *mr. Mouther*. He's tried many across town. His favorite: Billy's. "Perfect medium thickness of slices, and a monster full of meat."

His story: "One day I bought a Billy's sandwich, and, while eating the first half, cruised back up towards work, and stopped by Berge's Sandwiches. I brought the second half of my Billy's sandwich in and showed the people behind the counter and the customers what a sandwich should look like. Yes, it was awkward. Yes, I enjoyed every moment of it. I hope, somewhere - in the heart of one of the youngsters sitting at a table perhaps - a lesson was ingested about what should and should not be settled for in this world. The thoroughly mediocre and personality-less sandwiches at Berges are simply unacceptable. when I left Berge's I felt so wonderful I went to another rotten sandwich-making place, and did the same thing."

*LesThePress* loves Billy's too. He hits it anytime he's in Glendale. "To be so close and not would be a cardinal sin."

Most agree that Langer's (see also ChowNews #6, #20, #25, #26, #36, #50, #55, #74, #84, #90, #95) still has the better bread, and certainly the better pastrami. *Griller141* still roots for Langer's corned beef, too. Be sure to ask for the pastrami hand cut.

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Hong Kong Supermarket [Inland of LA]
987 S Glendora Ave
West Covina 91790

There's a small food court in West Covina, in Hong Kong Supermarket. Mostly Chinese food, but there are two Indonesian stores. *elmomonster* explores:

Satay Fong serves traditional Indonesian satays, grilled to order.

Lani Noodle serves Bakmi Gadjamada style noodles. "For those who don't know what this is, it's Indonesian-style egg noodles (which taste and feel homemade) tossed with a special oil dressing, and then topped with chunks of chicken and greens, or pork and greens." Served with hot broth. Also available: Nasi Goreng (Indonesian fried rice), and fried items.

There's an Indonesian snack shop there too, with krupuks and teas.

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Taqueria Sanchez [Beaches]
4541 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles 90066

Lei Loy Barbecue [Beaches]
4507 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles 90066

Tacomiendo [Culver City-ish]
4502 Inglewood Blvd, at Culver
Culver City 90230

Centinela between Washington and Culver is *Just Larry's* suggestion for a fine, fine strip of wandering and dining. He hit up *J. Gold's* suggestion - Tacqueria Sanchez (see also ChowNews #25, #28) - and didn't get it the first time. But he's gone back, "and every visit I try something new and it has all been great." He's tried every sort of taco available. He's tried potato tacquitos. "The tacquitos, hot and crispy from the fryer, are squirted with crema and crumbles of cotija cheese. I dipped them in the Guacamole and crunched into sheer heaven." Excellent tamales, though microwaved when you order them there. Take them home and steam them, instead.

*YClops* says their carnitas and al pastor are "decent but nothing special." Explains *Just Larry*, "To get the full T Sanchez experience you need to get things like buche, tripas, chicharrones, and cabeza tacos. Asada, carnitas and lomo were what turned me off on my first visit." Also good fish tortas.

*YClops* says she prefers "the Sanchez mother ship" on Inglewood just south of Culver, and goes there often. "The fillings just seemed fresher and more vibrantly flavored. The pastor is just about my favorite. certainly my favorite on the Westside."

The Mexican seafood restaurant across the way from the Centinela Sanchez is terrible, says she.

One block north of the Centinela Tacqueria Sanchez is a nice, unnamed Chinese BBQ joint (we're pretty sure it's Lei Loy Barbecue). Good pork ribs in black bean sauce, tough but tasty chicken wings, and rubbery but tasty shu mai. He ordered something that the owner said was popular with Chinese customers - salt fish with ground pork. "The ground pork is like breakfast sausage and the sauce smells like sweaty feet. Once I got past the smell, it actually tasted pretty good. Lots of flavor." Duck available in advance prices cheap.

Also on Centinela is TacoMiendo (see also ChowNews #25) - cheap and very good, says *Bonzo*. Good asada and carnitas.

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Silverlake Wine [Silverlake]
2395 Glendale Blvd, in the Rockaway Records Plaza
Los Angeles 90039

A nice new wine store has opened in Silverlake. The owners used to buy wine for Campanile. "April, George and Randy are the owners, and all are just really nice people who happen to love wine, want you to enjoy the good stuff, at plausible prices, and really expand your tastebuds," says *carter*. There's a tasting bar, featuring Wines From Around the World (TM!). Tastes available anytime for $1.50.

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Dan Tana's Restaurant [West Hollywood]
9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood 90069

Organ meats! Organ meats! Lush, full-flavored organ meats! If the affection for dessicated, tasteless meats is akin to sexual desire for emaciated model-types, then cultivating an affection for organ meats is like learning to love the voluptuous. Oh yeah! Organ meats!

Liver lovers love Orso (see also ChowNews #87, #90), where liver and onions is sublime, says *hana*. A wonderful combination: mushroom risotto and aforementioned liver dish. Good sweetbreads, too.

Dan Tana's (see also ChowNews #10, #21, #34, #50, #90) has terrific liver and onions.

Calf's liver at Devon (see also ChowNews #40, #94) is excellent, says *Bert*.

*Jerome* suggests: "if you're ordering calves' liver or any fried, make sure to order it medium rare, slightly pink. Otherwise it may be as tough as shoe leather."

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Sa Rit Gol [Koreatown]
3189 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles 90006

Soot Bull Jeep [Koreatown]
3136 W 8th St
Los Angeles 90005

Sa Rit Gol (see also ChowNews #4, #20, #30, #106) is much better than Soot Bull Jeep (see also ChowNews #30, #41, #50, #63, #64, #69, #108) for Korean BBQ, says *Sonia*. "More authentic, slightly cleaner. only slightly."

Fine BBQ, but if you're feeling adventurous, try jun gol, a cook-at-your-table casserole. Best of all, says she: o-jing-o bokkum, a "squid dish (on the last page of the menu) that sort of like a stir-fry with onions & mushrooms. I have not had a better version of this dish anywhere." Many hounds love their panchan spread. Diverse menu.

*Ninja* recommends Chosun Galbi (see also ChowNews #11, #20, #30, #31, #64, #70, #90) for galbi. "The restaurant is huge, so they don't rush you out the door." Solid galbi, and "their chop chae is some of the best I've ever had." Note new address.

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Rib Nest [South Bay]
1766 W El Segundo Blvd, at Western
Gardena 90249

Blake's Cafe & Catering [Inland of LA]
5670 Schaefer Ave # A
Chino 91710

Highest scoring in the BBQ Taste Test by chowhounds were (excluding things flown in from other states and things made at home by *russkar*):

In descending order, El Paso BBQ (see also ChowNews #30), Smokin' Mo's BBQ's pork ribs, Smokin' Mo's pulled pork, Rib Nest, Blake's pork ribs, and Bad 2 Da Bone (see also ChowNews #100).

About Rib Nest, *Sanda W* says: "The slaw was bland, the potato salad fair, but the mac and cheese was heavenly!" They take phone-in orders over $15.

*Chris G.*, though, objects to Smokin' Mo's high score. He was "underwhelmed." Memphis-style pork ribs "had a nice, tasty dry rub, but I was put off by the gray color of the outer layer of meat, which contrasted with the pink smoke ring of the inner layer. Also, the meat had shrunk on the bone considerably and the protruding bone edges were charred black. And the meat was lukewarm. That gave me the impression that some kind of 'hybrid' smoking/grilling/boiling technique was used to speed up the preparation process and that it wasn't 100 percent slow cooked with smoke and indirect heat. The pork had a slightly smoky taste and was tender, but I didn't get that Interstate Memphis funk I was lookin' for by a long shot." *Professor Salt* suggests their Philthy Phil's ribs, "which have a molasses/vinegar base and pulled pork. Of the ribs I've tried at Mo's, I think the Phil's sauce has the most unique personality."

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Pioneer Supermarkets [Echo Park]
1625 W Sunset Blvd, at Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles 90026

32 oz. bags of tortilla chips for $1.99 at Super A foods (see also ChowNews #74) are made fresh on premises. "They are simply fresh tortillas cut into wedges and fried in vegetable oil, the same as if you made them at home," says *Sam D.*.

"The chips at Pioneer Market in Echo Park are in a league of their own. They have an incredibly rich yellow corn flavor and perfect crunch," says *Scott Baio*.

Very popular are Hav'a Chips, from the Hare Krishnas, made at their Laguna Beach temple. Flavored with lime and soy. Available at all sorts of major supermarket chains, including Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Co-opportunity, Irvine Ranch Market, and Gelson's.

"Growing up in Laguna, Hav'a chips are like Proust's madeleine for me," says *ciaolette*. "They are different from any other chip. They are delicate and crispy, the soy seasoning is subtle, and are perfect to dip in guacamole. The lime in the recipe is dry lime leavening, not lime/fruit flavor."

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Toye's [Midtown]
5301 Venice Blvd, near Cochran
Los Angeles 90019

Toye's (see also ChowNews #67, #92, #94, #109) took over the original Uncle Darrow's space, and kept up the Creole thang. It was pretty good when it opened, we heard, but now has slipped off the rails, say some. "Toye's is an excrutiatingly bad creole joint," says *kevin*. If it were half as good as the previous tenant, Uncle Darrow's, it would be slightly good. Service: rude. Jambalaya: flavorless, "but to add insult to injury the jambalaya was cold in parts and slightly warm in other parts." With burnt bits. Oyster po' boy: "there were about four oysters, half way rotten, on a small, skinny loaf followed with must have been about a good couple ounces of mayo. The sandwich must have about half mayo and roughly half bread. Beyond terrible. Uncle Darrow's even at its worst had to have been at least 10 times better." *StockClerk* found their food uninspired, salt-drenched, and fat-drenched. And overpriced.

Note: positive comments about Toye's roast pork sandwich in ChowNews #94. By *Mr Grub*, who now surmises: Toye's is a family joint trying to get by on sheer skill of chef without regard to service or marketing. So. hours become erratic, fewer and fewer customers visit, lethargy sets in. all the symptoms of a restaurant in death throes. Have had the absolute BEST pulled pork sandwich anywhere in the US at Toye's and excellent po boys and jambalaya to boot. Superior to the Uncle Darrow's it replaced. But, when cooking one order at a time and short-ordering provisions to minimize spoilage, quality suffers and the end nears - probably quickly."

Uncle Darrow's (see also ChowNews #1, #25, #34, #35, #76) is still good, in new, shinier digs in Venice.

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At around $44 for a fifth, Old Raj Cadenhead Gin is a serious investment, but it is one of the best gins *Shoeman* has ever had.

Its yellow tint is due to saffron used as one of its botanicals. There's less of a juniper flavor than in London Dry gins, but its deliciously spicy quality doesn't even require tonic *missem* just uses a squeeze of lime. It's also great for making very floral-tasting martinis (*JudiAU*).

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Here are ideas for delicious non-caffeinated hot beverages to warm you up without giving you the jitters:

Ginger drinks are full of flavor without caffeine. Brew your own by combining fresh ginger, lemon, and a sweetener. *h2obemo's* recipe: add about 10, 1/8-inch thick slices of fresh, unpeeled ginger, a couple cloves, a few green cardamom pods, and several whole black peppercorns and an optional cinnamon stick to a saucepan of water. Simmer from 15-20 minutes, strain, and sweeten with honey.

You can buy ginger drinks ready-made at Asian markets. Other Asian market choices: decaffeinated green teas, barley teas, and a tea made from dried crabapples. *Irwin Koval* suggests looking for a packaged coconut drink similar to a hot cocoa, sometimes seen in Chinese markets (prepared, it's like hot coconut milk). Jars of marmalade-like citron and honey tea concentrate can be found in most Korean markets. *PollyG* recommends packaged, roasted corn, available at most Korean markets, for a nice tea.

An exotic Persian drink, "jujube panacea tea," calls for boiled jujubes simmered with sugar (*LisaPizza*).

Try putting either a large strip of lemon or lime peel into a tea ball and steeping it in hot water (*Pat Hammond*).

Infuse apple cider or pear nectar with chai spices (*EMDB*).

*EMDB* also builds beverages around lemongrass (two three-inch sticks), dried lemon and/or orange zest, lemon or orange juice, and ginger syrup or sliced fresh ginger (and, optionally, cardamom pods).

Combine hot milk and dulce de leche "it's like drinking a sugar baby," gushes *hillvalley*.

Hot almond milk is a good alternative to herbal teas when going decaf at a coffeehouse (*LisaPizza*).

Bored with the usual herbal teabags, *drdawn* goes to the spice rack to experiment with different whole spice add-ins.

Rocamojo is a packaged, high protein, roasted soy product that you brew in your coffeemaker. They also make a half-coffee version. *LisaPizza* adds a small amount of vanilla to smooth it out a little. Check out Rocamojo at: .

Hot broth, hot milk, hot cider, or just hot water are all sippable.

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Steeping cocoa nibs in milk makes for a great cup of hot chocolate, and you can reuse the nibs by rinsing them off and allowing them to dry. then eating them as a snack later (*lynn*).

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Cool-brewed coffee delivers full-bodied coffee flavor without acidity. You can either use a Toddy brand cold brewing device to brew it at home or order the cool brewed concentrate premade from CoolBrew. *Montrose* travels with a flask of concentrate to make great coffee quickly anywhere.

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o avoid setting off the smoke detectors, go outside to season a cast iron pan on your gas barbecue grill. Use indirect heat (turn on only one burner - on the opposite side of the grill from the pan), and leave it in there for about 20 minutes (*mic9ael*).

After seasoning, use your pan for making steaks, fried chicken, pineapple upside down cakes, or killer corn bread. *swingline* makes a perfectly-crusted pizza by greasing the pan, heating to a high temperature, carefully removing from the oven and dropping the raw pie right in, then replacing in the oven until it looks done.

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When frying firm squares of polenta, use plain water as the cooking liquid. Dairy or stock added to the cooking liquid will cause it to melt into a mush in the frying pan. Coating heavily with flour before frying will also help keep it all together (*bigskulls*).

In general, use about 2/3 the amount of cooking liquid used with soft polenta if you plan to fry it (*SAJ*).

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To paraphrase Shizuo Tsuji's "Japanese Cooking," light soy sauce is amber in color, clearer, and thinner in body, but is saltier. Dark soy sauce has a deeper color and has more body, but is less salty and needs to be applied in greater quantities. Light soy sauce is mainly used for aesthetics. Kikkoman's light soy sauce is imported from Japan, but they produce dark soy sauce in the US (*Gypsy Boy*).

Japanese soy sauce is generally a bit sweeter than Chinese, but the salty qualities of the light and dark varieties remain the same (*Yimster*).

Dark Chinese soy sauce often has added molasses or caramel color for body and sweetness (though when balanced with the salt, the sweetness is not pronounced). There's also "thick" soy sauce which has a large quantity of added molasses and is often used in restaurants to darken the color of fried rice. Pale Cantonese sauces almost exclusively use light soy sauce. (*BarbaraF*)

The Chinese names to distinguish them are:
"lao chou" = dark
"sheng" = light
(*Gary Soup*)

Light and dark relate only to the color and body of the product, and do not reflect the sodium level of the soy sauce - but some US-produced brands use "light" to describe their reduced-sodium products.

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Frozen crab legs tend to be salty, especially the Russian and Snow Crab varieties, so be sure and serve with unsalted drawn butter and a bit of lemon to cut the saltiness (*Candy*).

Throwing a bit of sugar into the water can take away a bit of the freezer burn taste often plaguing frozen crab legs (*the Rogue*).

Microwave crab legs wrapped in a moist towel in 15 second intervals until just heated through (usually 45-60 seconds) (*Dorothy*).

Steaming them can cause excess water to collect in the legs. Try broiling or grilling quickly at high temperature instead (*beth*).

Mushiness in Dungeness crabs occurs when, a) the crab has recently molted, b) the crab was dead too long, or c) the crab became too warm and bacteria degraded it (*IHTJ*).

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San Diego Interests

Today is Earth Day, and San Diego is the perfect place to celebrate this weekend! Our town is surrounded by, both rolling mountains and the vast Pacific Ocean, which makes it easy to appreciate this gorgeous planet. We've compiled a list of diverse ways to honor Earth Day, from learning about gardening to sailing the open waters to roaming the hills and valleys.

For three days this weekend (April 24th to 26th), The San Diego Museum of Art, will hold its 34th annual fundraiser, Art Alive. The museum's permanent collection is uniquely brought to life by creating over 100 floral interpretations of the art. There will also be activities, such as an art lecture on Saturday and a floral arranging class on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4:00pm, will also have a museum-wide flower hunt, a children's reading area and floral-inspired art projects.

Bring the whole family this Saturday (9:00am to 3:00pm) to Cuyamaca College, as it hosts the 22nd annual Spring Garden Festival. The free festival will turn the college, which is home to the renowned Ornamental Horticulture program, into a green-haven, where you can learn about sustainability and how to take care of this earth for future generations. There will be a composting demonstration, a lecture on urban farming, and tips on water conservation in the gardening. There will also be over 50 artisans and vendors selling their crafts and food.

Sandwich of the Week: Phil’s BBQ’s El Toro Tri-Tip - Recipes

Huntington Beach Dining Events
and Restaurant Event Space

Huntington Beach restaurants are increasing their quality and offerings in addition to improving their meeting space.

Huntington Beach, California Restaurants

Huntington Beach, California Restaurants offer hundreds of food choices with a variety of cuisines for your dining pleasure. Most restaurants, diners, pubs, cafes and eating places in Huntington Beach are suitable for casual attire, with prices ranging from $1 to around $50 per meal. Restaurants include indoor and outdoor dining with many al fresco cafes allowing dogs and even serving meals for canine friends and family. Most restaurants are appropriate for children, as well. When it comes to dining in Huntington Beach, tourists, travelers, local residents and nearby visitors form surrounding cities enjoy dining in the great atmosphere where good food is served tasty.

Special dining includes Buca di Beppo, Longboard, Duke's (Fish), Longboard Pub (Reuben Sandwich), Pete Mallory's Surf City Sunset Grill (Luau), Palm Court (Sunday Brunch), The Californian (at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa), Captain Jack's (Sunset Beach), Todai (Sushi Buffet), Mo's BBQ (for Hickory and Oak Smoked Chicken, Tri-Tip, Ribs), Thai Wave (5 Types of Curry), In 'N Out Burger (fresh Hamburgers, French Fries and Shakes), Philly Grill (Great Cheese Steak and Fries), Lazy Dog Cafe (most dishes are great!) and more!

Names and phone numbers are subject to change. Please call first before going!

Chicago Ribs & Pasta, 9901 Yorktown Ave. 963-7427
Mo's BarBQ, 301 Main St., 374-3033
Tony Roma's, 7862 Warner Ave., 841-7427

China Moon Restaurant, 7114 Edinger Ave, 848-1142
China Wok Restaurant,19891 Brookhurst 962-6449
Egg Roll King 10078 Adams 378-8612
Egg Roll King 7572 Edinger 848-3838
Gong's, 6815 Warner 842-6797
Gong's 19752 Beach Blvd. 962-7328
Great Wok 16883 Algonquin 846-6588
Happy Garden, 7886 Seawall Cir, 534-8119
Hong Kong Bowl 19077 Beach Blvd. 596-3908
Hong Kong Express 18687 Main 847-7157
Kung Pao, 4911 Warner Ave, 846-9313
Lee's Lucky Wok 16576 Bolsa Chica 377-0770
Li's 8961 Adams 968-5050
Magic Taste, 7251 Warner Ave, 848-2488
Netwok Chinese Restaurant 16482 Bolsa Chica 840-0030
Panda Bowl 300 Pac. Coast Hwy 536-1954
Panda Express 18575 Beach Blvd. 375-9338
Panda King 17436 Beach Blvd. 842-2835
Pick Up Stix California, 5143 Warner 840-0776
Ruby Palace, 18330 Beach Blvd, 847-9208
Szechwan Palace, 19171 Magnolia St, 968-0610
Taste of China 5864 Edinger 846-1660
Triple Eight 21144 Beach Blvd. 536-8911
Wok Experience 7011 Warner 848-1628

Euro Market Barkery & Deli 7561 Center Ave. 897-1470
Old World German Restaurant 7561 Center Ave. 895-8020
Rathskellar, 7561 Center Ave., 894-661

Athenian, 5874 Edinger Ave., 840-6518
Duke's of Hawaii 317 Pacific Coast Hwy 374-6446
L & L Hawaiian Barbecue 19692 Beach 968-1898
Indian -
Bukhara Cuisine Of India, 7594 Edinger Ave. 842-3171
Taste of India, 8890 Warner Ave. 841-6868
Baci, 18748 Beach Blvd 965-1194
Buca di Beppo, 7979 Center Avenue 891-4666
Dino's 19478 Beach Blvd. 963-5111
Giovanni's, 16041 Bolsa Chica St, 846-8188
Guiliano's Deli & Bakery 16062 Goldenwest 848-3338
Lucci Italian Deli 8911 Adams 962-7998
Luigi's 221 Main 536-2234
Macaroni Grill (Romano's), 7901 Edinger, 901-4481
Mangia Mangia 16079 Goldenwest 841-8887
Olive Garden, 16811 Beach Blvd 848-1499
Randazzo, 21148 Beach Blvd 536-2448
Sebastiani's Italian Bistro 6078 Warner 841-3619
Stefano, 7561 Center Ave. #37, 373-5399
Toscany Italian 7568 Edinger 848-9385
Vittorio's, 5921 Warner Ave 846-9606
Daimon 16232 Pacific Coast Hwy 562-592-4862
Kikuya, 8052 Adams Ave 536-6665
Matsu, 18035 Beach Blvd 848-4404
Shogun 16561 Bolsa Chica 840-0666
Sukiyaki Super Bowl 7144 Edinger 841-5660
Todai, 17041 Beach Blvd 375-0390
Tsunami Sushi 17218 Pacific Cst. Hwy 562-592-5806
BJ's Pizzeria, 200 Main, 374-2224
Brooklyn Pizza 5205 Warner 377-8855
Capone's Pasta & Pizza 19688 Beach Blvd. 593-2888
Domino's Pizza 21172 Beach Blvd. 960-6511
Pizza Hut
6791 Warner, 841-3377
18001 Beach Bl 841-2266
20383 Beach Bl 960-7779
19893 Brookhurst St 962-8999
Papa Joe's 508 Pac. Coast Hwy 969-2553
Perry's Pizza 6501 Edinger 891-1341
Pizza Time Buffet (formerly Apple Appeal) 16161 Springdale St
Surf City Pizza Bolsa Chica & Heil in Albertson's Center
Two Brothers Pizza 19065 Beach Blvd. 842-9838
What a Lot of Pizza Warner in Stater Bros. Center 848-7814

Avila's El Ranchito 318 Main 960-9696
Baja Willie's, 7891 Warner Ave 842-8955
Cancun Restaurant 7011 Warner 842-3436
Cantamar 16952 Bolsa Chica 846-8022
Casa Jiminez 19171 Magnolia 593-9824
Chimayo's @ the Beach, 315 Pacific Coast Highway 374-7273
Del Taco 5856 Warner 846-6300
Del Taco 20921 Magnolia 536-2991
Del Taco 21401 Brookhurst 963-3303
Del Taco 7302 Center Ave. 891-1371
Del Taco 17501 Beach Blvd. 842-2096
Del Taco 7175 Yorktown 960-8765
Don Jose's, 15101 Goldenwest St 894-5519
Don Jose's, 9093 Adams Ave 962-7911
Don Felipe's, 7777 Edinger Ave 373-8910
Don Ramon's, 16961 Goldenwest, 847-4767
El Pollo Loco 19320 Beach Blvd. 962-2097
El Pollo Loco 16920 Goldenwest 841-7001
George's, 6581 Edinger Ave 892-5775
Green Burrito 19071 Brookhurst 963-3162
Happy Burrito 8935 Atlanta 960-6422
La Capilla, 807 E Adams Ave 374-0342
Mario's 18603 Main 842-5811
Mario's 15964 Springdale 894-2896
OC Taco House 5942 Edinger 840-8226
Super Mex: Pacific Coast Highway and Warner
Super Mex 19684 Beach Blvd. 964-1828
Taco Bell 9142 Garfield 968-9559
Taco Bell 16431 Bolsa Chica 846-1583
Taco Bell 818 Pacific Cst Hwy 536-1951
Taco Bell 116 Main 374-1358
Taco Surf 522 Main 374-4478
Wahoo's Fish Tacos 120 Main 536-2050
Steak & Seafood
Catch Of The Day, 6854 Edinger Ave 714-841-5472
Market Broiler, 20111 Brookhurst Street 963-7796
Springdale Grill 14892 Springdale 897-0055

Hot and Spicy Thai 16561 Bolsa Chica 840-5404 Sushi
Daimon 16232 Pacific Coast Hwy , Huntington Beach 92649 562-592-4862
Kiki's Sushi 5910 Warner Ave , Huntington Beach 92649 714-840-3024
Sushi on Fire 301 Main Street, Suite 103 374-8885
Todai Restaurant 17041 Beach Blvd , Huntington Beach 92647 714-375-0390
Tsunami Sushi 17236 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach 92649 562-592-5806
Locations are in Huntington Beach and all have 714 area code unless otherwise stated
Alice's Breakfast in the Park, 6622 Lakeview 848-0690
Arbor's, 6060 Warner, 842-5111
Arby's Roast Beef 19051 Brookhurst 964-5877
Arby's Roast Beef 7942 Edinger 842-5280
Boston Market 16972 Goldenwest 841-3511
Bravo Burger 19102 Beach Blvd. 968-9880
Burger King 16331 Beach Blvd. 847-4994
Burger King 19201 Brookhurst 968-8442
Carl's Jr. 9022 Adams 968-1934
Carl's Jr.19512 Beach Blvd. 968-7374
Carl's Jr. 16031 Bolsa Chica 846-2422
Carl's Jr. 21532 Brookhurst 968-8433
Carl's Jr. 6882 Warner 842-7666
Carrow's Restaurant 16931 Magnolia 848-1995
Center Pub, 16651 Gothard St 714-842-5587
Centerfield Sports Bar & Grill, 17296 Beach Blvd, 848-0113
Charo Chicken 6531 Edinger 892-2900
Chicago Grill 16450 PCH (Peter's Landing) 562-592-5966
Chicago Ribs, 9901 Yorktown, 963-RIBS
Chili's Grill & Bar, 17071 Beach Blvd, 841-6545
Chuck E. Cheese's 15511 Edwards 891-4391
Classic Burger 6041 Bolsa 898-1699
Coco's Bakery & Restaurant 7311 Edinger 894-7940
Coco's Bakery & Restaurant 18872 Beach
Blvd. 964-4112
Coco's Bakery & Restaurant 6886 Bolsa 893-7020
Coffee Plus 7777 Center Ave. 894-3034
Crabby Kenny's 200 Main 969-5433
Dairy Queen 5183 Warner 840-7971
Dairy Queen 102 Pacific Coast Hwy 374-4408
Denny's 18477 Beach Blvd. 842-2112
Denny's, 7490 Edinger 847-4736
Denny's, 10136 Adams 963-8881
Downtown Deli, 424 Olive 536-2482
Dr. Bagel 17752 Beach Blvd. 848-0855
Eat at Joe's 7120 Edinger 842-9440
Fiesta Grill 19484 Beach Blvd. 968-0777
Fitzgerald's Sports Bar & Grill, 19171
Magnolia St, 968-4523
Gallagher's Pub and Grill, 300 PCH 536-2422
Gecko's Cafe, 7887 Center Ave, 892-2227
Honeybaked Cafe, 19022 Beach Blvd., Suite C, Mon-Sat 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. , 963-6174
Hotel Huntington Beach 7667 Center Ave. 891-0123
Hot off the Grill 16522 Bolsa Chica 377-0328
House of Brews 16903 Algonquin 377-3893
Huntington Beach Beer Co, 201 Main St, 960-5343
Hurricane Bar & Grill, 200 Main St, 374-0500
International House of Pancakes 18782 Beach Blvd. 962-4400
IHOP, 200 Main Street, 374-4553
Jack-in-the-Box 16311 Beach Blvd. 841-4984
Jack-in-the-Box 6042 Edinger 846-2235
Jack-in-the-Box 15001 Edwards 894-0078
Java Jungle, 602 Pacific Coast Hwy, 969-9697
John's Philly Grille (2 in HB)
20379 Beach Blvd. 969-8755
16061 Goldenwest, 841-1513
Julian's Sanwiches 19521 Beach Blvd. 960-4445
Kathy May's, Gothard &Center Dr.
KFC 5005 Warner 377-0074
KFC 17491 Beach Bvld. 841-1756
KFC 19091 Brookhurst 968-7521
KFC 21422 Brookhurst 968-7161
Longboard Restaurant & Pub, 217 Main St, 960-1896
McDonald's 18665 Beach Blvd. 842-2428
McDonald's 16866 Beach Blvd. 841-1361
McDonald's 20362 Beach Blvd. 536-7977
McDonald's 6561 Edinger 895-1476
McDonald's 5095 Corner Aver. 377-9201
Meadowlark Golf Course Restaurant 16782 Graham 846-7416
Mirt's Deli 5482 Oceanus 898-6692
Mother's Market & Kitchen, 19770 Beach Blvd 963-6667
Moulin Rouge of Huntington Beach 10142 Adams 593-3346
Norm's 16572 Beach Blvd. 841-1919
O'Deli 7755 Center Ave. 373-3908
Out of Bounds 21022 Brookhurst 968-9800
The Palm Court, 21100 Pacific Coast Highway 960-7873
Park Bench Cafe, 17732 Goldenwest St, 714-842-0775
Polly's, 9791 Adams Ave, 964-4424
Ruby's, The end of the HB Pier, (714) 969-RUBY
Sizzler 16122 Goldenwest 848-2425
Springdale Bar & Grill, 14892 Springdale St, 897-0055
Steve's No. 4 Charbroil 6033 Warner 848-1422
Subway Sandwiches 19881-B Brookhurst 378-1093
Subway Sandwiches 9115 Atlanta 968-9803
Subway Sandwiches 17441 Beach Blvd. 843-0655
Subway Sandwiches 6490 Edinger 846-4800
Subway Sandwiches 7777 Edinger 373-1844
Sugar Shack, 213 1/2 Main 536-0355
Sundays, 16561 Bolsa Chica St 840-8575
Sunny's, 7148 Edinger Ave 841-9934
Sunny's 19810 Beach Blvd. 962-2482
Tap House 8082 Adams 374-0811
Tumbleweed's Restaurant & Saloon 21094 Beach Blvd. 960-2776
Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers 16082 Goldenwest 848-3993
Westbay Cafe, 16600 Pacific Coast Hwy, 592 9469,
Wienerschnitzel 18012 Beach Blvd. 847-9400
Wienerschnitzel 19101 Brookhurst 962-9431
Wienerschnitzel 7622 Edinger 842-4542
Wienerschnitzel 5966 Warner 846-4353
Wienerschnitzel 303 Pacific Cst. Hwy 969-6134
Woody's, 7871 Warner Ave, 848-9936
Zubie's Dry Dock, 9059 Adams Ave, 963-6362 Aloha Grill 221 Main Street, Suite F 374-4427
BrewBakers Micro-Brewery 7242 Heil Avenue 596-5506 / 866-421-2739
Californian, The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa 21500 Pacific Coast Highway 845-4776
Capone's Cucina 19688 Beach Boulevard, Suite 10 593-2888
Chimayo at the Beach 315 Pacific Coast Highway 374-7273
Duke's Huntington Beach 317 Pacific Coast Highway 374-6446
Dwight's at the Beach 201 Pacific Coast Highway 1210 Main Street (mailing address) 536-8083
Huntington Beach Beer Company 201 Main Street 714-960-5343
Hurricane's Bar & Grill 200 Main Street, Suite 201 374-0500
Mangia Mangia 16079 Goldenwest Street 841-8887
Mario's Mexican Restaurant 18603 Main Street 842-5811
Market Broiler 20111 Brookhurst Street 963-7796
Palm Court, The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort 21100 Pacific Coast Highway 714-960-7873
Pasta's Hotel Huntington Beach 7667 Center Avenue 714-891-0123 / 877-891-0123
Pete Mallory's Surf City Sunset Grille Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa 21500 Pacific Coast Highway 845-4775
Red Pearl Kitchen 412 Walnut Avenue 969-0224
Spark Woodfire Cooking 300 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 202 960-0996
Sushi on Fire 301 Main Street, Suite 103 374-8885
Sugar Shack Cafe 213 Main Street 536-0355
Super Hero's 714 Adams Avenue, Suite 101 536-1188
Todai 17041 Beach Boulevard 714-375-039
Tuna Town Sushi Bar and Teppan Yaki Grill 221 Main Street 536-3194
Aloha Grill is a local's favorite with an outside patio for dining and drinking. The menu offers a Pacific Rim cuisine including seafood varieties, and favorites like Peanut chicken, Paniolo steak and Aloha ribs. Try the Pupu platter for a variety plate with calamari, half of a Surf City Roll, Maui Wowie rolls, Hawaiian drums and Chicken Satay Sticks. Don't forget about the world famous rainbow while you gaze downtown at Surf City! Located at 221 Main St. Huntington Beach. (714) 374-3327.

Avila's El Ranchito. includes an extensive menu of Mexican dishes and a full bar. This is one in a chain of Mexican restaurants in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, Avila's El Ranchito restaurants. Located at 318 Main Street Huntington Beach. (714) 960-9696.

Baci Italian Restaurant in Huntington Beach on Beach Blvd. is "A Venetian Palace" with a menu rich in authentic Southern Italian dishes and continental fish, veal and more. Baci's ambiance lends itself well either for a quiet, romantic affair to a larger banquet facility complete with optional piano or flute player. A full bar is also provided. Baci is located at 18746 Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach. (714) 965-1194.

BJ's Brewery and BJ's Brewhouse serve handcrafted beers in a casual, lively atmosphere along with great food. 200 Main Street in Huntington Beach. (714) 374-2224.

Brew Bakers is a Personal Microbrewery where YOU are the brewmaster. At BrewBakers you can brew your own beer using our State-of-the-Art equipment. You can match your favorite beer variety from a list of 100 recipes. BrewBakers helps customers every step of the way. Located at 7242 Heil Avenue in Huntington Beach.

Chimayo's at the Beach dining by the sand from David Wilhelm includes an outdoor patio overlooking the Huntington Beach Pier. Menu features seafood, great pizza, ribs and an excellent collection of rare rums and tequilas. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday, 315 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. (714) 374-7273.

Duke's Huntington Beach is part of a chain of mostly ocean view restaurants along the coast of California and in Hawaii. Enjoy endless ocean views and memorable dining at Duke's Huntington Beach - located at the foot of the historic Huntington Beach Pier. Opened in 1998, Duke's encourages you to sit back, relax and take in the view while you enjoy its clean, contemporary ambiance and simple, modern menu. Barefoot Bar features Happy Hour. Duke's Huntington Beach is located at 317 Pacific Coast Hwy. Huntington Beach, CA. Tel. (714) 374-6446 Fax. (714) 374-6546.

Fred's Mexican Cafe is offers great Mexican food in a low to moderate price. As you walk up to this 2nd floor restaurant above Huntington Surf and Sport on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach, you will notice black velvet paintings of Jimmy Hendrix and Van Morrison. Rock music is played regularly on the sound system and adorable girls serve the meals and drinks that accompany spectacular ocean views. Located at 300 Pacific Coast Highway. Huntington Beach, CA. (714) 374-8226

Gallagher's Pub and Grill serves Irish sandwiches and meals and features live music many nights. Located in the same building with Fred's Mexican Cafe and Arriba Baja Cantina, it is close to the Huntington Beach Pier but doesn't have an ocean view. Open daily for lunch and dinner, serving food until last call. Comedy night each Thursday, come early to find a seat! Live music Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night. Located at 300 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach, CA. (714) 536-2422.

Happie Veggie offers a mixture of Vietnemese and Chinese vegetarian cuisine. Hours are Monday through Friday 11 am to 3 pm and 5pm to -9 pm. Closed Sunday. Daily lunch specials Monday through Friday. Located at 7251 Warner Ave. Huntington Beach. (714) 375-9505.

Hurricane's is a 2nd floor restaurant overlooking the busy and bustling Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach.Hurricanes has something for everyone, from killer California-Caribbean, outrageous drinks such as Party Margaritas, 20 taps, dance floor, huge outdoor smoking patio and best of all, the hottest and best music anywhere. Rasta Reggae Party every Sunday starting at 4:30and live acts seven nights [er week from Top 40, to Reggae, to Rock & Roll as well as DJ PeterG's Club Tasty on Thursdays and DJ Devin's Club Canes Dance Party every Friday! It's the bomb the world over. Located at 200 Main Street. Huntington Beach, CA tel. (714) 374-0500

Longboard Restaurant & Pub is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Serving whole Maine Lobster, Longboard Burgers, great Reuben Sandwiches, Chicken, Steaks, Fries and more!. Over 20 TV's to watch all the sporting events. Lounge on the outside patio and listen to live music. Located at 217 Main St. Huntington Beach. (714) 960-1896

Lucci's Gourmet Foods, Inc. transforms its cozy 30-year-old daytime Sandwich Shop into an elegant Italian dining experience which critics and customers agree should have been done many years ago. "Lucci's at Night" is now open. Location: 8911 Adams Avenue at Magnolia in Huntington Beach. (714) 968-4466.

Mother's Market Market features vegetarian faire in a restaurant and deli setting. The food is delicious and healthy with large portions served. Located at 19770 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA. (714) 963-6667.

Palm Court serves continental cuisine with an indoor/outdoor garden with breathtaking views of the Pacific. Sunday brunch is prepared from the kitchen of award-winning Chef Littlefield. Location: Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort.

Pete Mallory's Sunset Grille at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa includes interesting food preparation in a moderately-priced menu.

Tsunami sushi bar with Teppan tables fills up quickly when the doors open. Great beer and wine selection including Saki available. Monday All-U-Can Eat Sushi and Happy Hour specials. No reservations necessary, valet parking is available. Location: 17218 Pacific Coast Highway (Pacific Coast Highway at Warner Ave.) Huntington Beach, CA. (562) 592-5806.

The Californian, is the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa signature restaurant with food from the renowned chef Navadi. Overlooking the California Courtyard with its spectacular ocean views, vibrant reflecting pool, fountains, palm trees and lush gardens, contemporary Californian cuisine and a collection of boutique wines from Californian wineries are featured. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with indoor and outdoor seating. California buffet available every Saturday and Sunday until noon, and Sunday brunch available from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Tuna Town is a sushi and teppan treat with its great sound system and cool clientele. Tuna town offers an artistic Japanese-Hawaiian cuisine featuring fresh seafood and prime steaks. The Teppan Yaki chefs provide dinner and a show all in one, grilling entrees right at the table. Sushi served Friday and Saturday nights until midnight. Located at 219 Main Street. Huntington Beach, CA. (714) 536-3194.Located on Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach,

Ruby Palace Chinese Restaurant, 18330 Beach Blvd. (North of Ellis). (714) 848-6088.Spark is an American Bistro with Italian roots specializing in woodfired meats, chops and seafood with roman style (thin crust Pizzas) and pasta as well as the best martinis in H.B. we have an unobstructed ocean view and a delivery staff on every night serving most of Huntington Beach. Located at 300 Pacific Coast Highway. Huntington Beach, CA. (714) 960-0996

Sushi on Fire serves tapas, fresh sushi, and desserts right on Main Street downtown Huntington Beach. Family owned fine dining open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Happy hour weekdays. Located at 301 Main Street. Huntington Beach, CA. (714)374-8885.

Todai is an ALL-U-CAN-EAT sushi, Japanese seafood buffet. Hours for lunch are 11:30-2:30 and dinner 5:30-9 pm weekdays. Weekend hours are 11:30-3 pm for lunch and 5-10 pm for dinner. 17041 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach. (714) 375-0390.

Salsa Verde

This month I wanted to bring a Salsa Verde recipe to your kitchen. It is different from a red salsa: not necessarily more spicy but it can be much more flavorful. (Plus you can always spice it up with more chilis if necessary). It can be served with tortilla chips of course, but you may want to try it on eggs or fish. It's tangy, sweet and spicy due to the fact that everything gets fire roasted before going into the salsa. You can always use canned tomatillos but the fresh ones are widely available! Warning: you may NOT have leftovers!

1 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds tomatillos, papery husks removed, washed and cut in half. Score the bottoms of each with a knife
8 to 12 serrano chilies (depending on heat tolerance)
1/2 onion, peeled, minced
3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
10 whole sprigs cilantro, stems included, minced
Juice from one whole lime
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Move the oven rack to the top position and turn on the broiler. Lay down a piece of foil onto the rack and turn up the edges to prevent juices from running off. Rub tablespoon of olive oil on foil then place the tomatillos, chili, onion and garlic on the foil and broil until the skins are charred. Flip everything over and char the other side. Add cilantro and puree with blender until smooth and creamy, adding a little water if needed to loosen. Season to taste with salt and lime juice. The sauce should be tart and spicy but rounded in flavor.

Recipe Summary

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ⅔ cup chopped Spanish onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped green chile peppers
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash ground cumin
  • 12 (8 inch) corn tortillas
  • canola oil for frying
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast meat
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • ½ cup sliced green olives
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

Prepare salsa verde: Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Saute the onion until soft. Stir in the flour. Add the broth, then add the chiles, garlic, salt, and cumin. Simmer about 15 minutes to blend flavors, then set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.)

In a heavy skillet, lightly fry tortillas in shallow oil, being careful not to make them too crisp to roll. Combine the cheeses and keep 1/2 cup aside for topping. Dip each tortilla in salsa verde (both sides.) Place 2 heaping tablespoons chicken and about 2 tablespoons cheese down the center of each roll and place seam side down in a shallow dish.

After all the rolled tortillas are in the dish, spoon additional salsa verde over them and then cover evenly with heavy cream. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese mixture, and with the green onions.

Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with the olives, cherry tomatoes, and with additional salsa on the side.

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