Brad A. Johnson is a writer and photographer specializing in food and travel. He is the only critic in America to win both the James Beard Award and the Cordon Bleu World Food Media Award for restaurant criticism—two of the largest prizes a food critic can win in America and worldwide, respective...
“What’s this?” I ask, when the woman at the counter who just called my name hands me two bulging sacks of food, one of which is starting to reveal a few splotches of grease leaking through the brown paper. “Sandwich and fries,” she says, double-checking the ticket. “Just one of each, though, right?” I ask.
Here’s the hard truth: Orange County does not have a quintessential barbecue joint like, say, The Hitching Post in Santa Barbara wine country or, better yet, The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas. But we do have the Old Crow Smokehouse at Pacific City in Huntington Beach, a lively sports bar by day and a country-music honky tonk by night. It’s an offshoot of the original in Chicago, and a second O.C. location was set to open in Orange this month.
Call several days in advance to reserve a seat at this hidden gem in Costa Mesa. The intimate restaurant accommodates only 10 diners at a time, gathered around a semi-circular sushi counter. Chef Atsushi Yokoyama draws inspiration from Japanese kaiseki but with a particularly keen appreciation for sushi. The menu is prefaced with three options for omakase, in which the chef decides what you will be having. Each omakase is an extravagant progression of at least 10 dishes.
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