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...
Here’s something I think we can all agree on: Orange County has better Mexican food than anywhere else in California. And I firmly believe we have in Taco Maria the single best Mexican restaurant in the United States, and the chef who tilts the scales heavily in our favor. But we also have some of the best old-fashioned, family-operated California-style Mexican restaurants in the state. I debated whether it is even possible to consider Taco Maria and El Cholo in the same story about Mexican food.
Avocado toast has been a hot topic lately. People either love it or hate it. I love it, except when I hate it. When it’s nothing more than a piece of bread topped with guacamole, I hate it. That’s not avocado toast. That’s lazy. And I suspect this is what others must be complaining about when they say they don’t like avocado toast. Or else they’re just crazy. Good avocado toast is a work of art and the perfect expression of California’s year-round summertime.
“Are you familiar with the ramen rule?” asks the waiter at HiroNori, a new Japanese ramen noodle shop in Irvine. “Do you mean the rule about slurping?” I ask, wondering if he’s going to tell me that slurping loudly is not merely acceptable but actually preferred. It’s a sign of respect to the kitchen. Plus, slurping allows the diner to experience all the flavors and aromas more fully. “No, not that one,” he says.
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