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...
Nobody goes to a Japanese barbecue restaurant for the vegetables. This is just a fact. If you find yourself eating Japanese barbecue, it’s because you like meat. And if you like Japanese Wagyu, the richly marbled beef at Tsuruhashi in Fountain Valley is some of the best in that genre. But it was something else on the menu at Tsuruhashi that made my recent meal here particularly memorable: mushrooms.
The first time I tried to dine at The Crack Shack, a new fried chicken place in Costa Mesa, the restaurant’s large parking lot was full and the line of people waiting to place an order stretched around the corner and all the way down the street. I circled the block a couple of times, then sped away hungry. I tried again the following day, and the drill played out much the same way. For my third attempt, I arrived in the middle of the afternoon when I figured nobody else would be eating.
The new Olea in Newport Beach is an offshoot of Ironwood in Laguna Hills, which is an offshoot of Vine in San Clemente. The menus at all three restaurants are more or less interchangeable, inspired by the California wine country. The wine list is the same. The wedge salad with smoked blue cheese, same. Those deliciously messy duck wings, same. The fried green tomatoes, the Zinfandel-braised lamb shank, the crab and beet salad… same, same and same — and all very good.
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