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  • The Fling

    The Fling

    For better or worse, this little dive is a legendary among local patrons and all that pass through it. Descriptors range from "epic" to "disastrous," but a vast majority manage to agree that if you enter the premises without a stick up your ass,... More on The Fling »

  • 118 Degrees

    118 Degrees

    118 Degrees is a raw-foods restaurant where the best dishes are those that are actually raw. The best argument for raw food doesn't lie in their printed manifesto, but in their heirloom tomatoes, served simply sliced and adorned with basil. More on 118 Degrees »

  • Ostioneria Playas De Sinaloa

    Ostioneria Playas De Sinaloa

    Playas de Sinaloa is like most any other Sinaloa-style seafood restaurant-cheesy d├ęcor, light provided by neon beer signs, buxom waitresses in impossibly tight skirts and shirts that respectively rise too high and sink too low. But you're here... More on Ostioneria Playas De Sinaloa »

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Bars & Clubs

  • The Joint

    The Joint

    This live-music bar has long featured rockers like regular Waddy Wachtel, who's occasionally brought in such stellar guest pals as Keith Richards. Full bar. Over 21. More on The Joint »

  • Bootleg Theater

    Bootleg Theater

    Based in a former 1930s warehouse, this brick-walled performance space hosts music, theater, dance and film events in a medium-size theater, which is adjoined by a more bare-bones bar, where indie-rock musicians are booked by the local promoters... More on Bootleg Theater »

  • Good Ol' Boys Saloon

    Good Ol' Boys Saloon

    Good Ol' Boys Saloon & Sports Bar is a locals' spot where the tap runs cold and the mixed drinks are cheap. The fully-stocked bar serves up cocktails priced from $3 to $7. Get a quarter off domestics and well drinks during happy hour Monday... More on Good Ol' Boys Saloon »

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Music Venues

  • World Stage Performance Gallery

    World Stage Performance Gallery

    The World Stage, a Leimert Park landmark founded in 1989, has long been home base for great local talent. It’s one of the best places to hone your skills as a musician, as well as get the most blunt feedback you could possibly hope for: If you... More on World Stage Performance Gallery »

  • The Joint

    The Joint

    This live-music bar has long featured rockers like regular Waddy Wachtel, who's occasionally brought in such stellar guest pals as Keith Richards. Full bar. Over 21. More on The Joint »

  • Harvelle's Long Beach

    Harvelle's Long Beach

    Those in search of Harvelle's Long Beach location must descend through a musty staircase leading to a space underneath Congregation Ale House. Here, guests are greeted by a dark room with hardwood floors, and plush red booths accented by moody... More on Harvelle's Long Beach »

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Movie Theaters

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Food Trucks

  • Tacos El Chavito

    Tacos El Chavito

    Here is Orange County's best deal: two tasty tacos for a buck, with free, unlimited pineapple juice. Who cares that this taco truck is in the middle of Surf City's notorious Slater Slums-two tacos for a buck with free pineapple juice! More on Tacos El Chavito »

  • Oh for Sweet's Sake

    Oh for Sweet's Sake

    Oh for Sweet’s Sake is a food truck that specializes in cupcakes and other sweets. The cupcake craze is petering out, but the Elvis cupcake from the Oh for Sweet's Sake truck may be the epitome of everything that's good about the reinvented... More on Oh for Sweet's Sake »

  • Dogzilla Hot Dogs

    Dogzilla Hot Dogs

    Dogzilla is a food truck that sells hot dogs. The great thing about Dogzilla's Asian-inspired hot dog is that their structural integrity remain: the noodles stay in place, the wiener doesn't slip, the bun soaks up everything but doesn't turn into... More on Dogzilla Hot Dogs »

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Coffee Shops

  • Cha FOR TEA

    Cha FOR TEA

    Liquid refreshment makes up most of the extensive menu at Cha for Tea, and the high point may be the lilac-hued, creamy taro-milk tea. Even the food at Cha features notes of tea. The subtle tea-flavored minced pork and the tender, stew-like,... More on Cha FOR TEA »

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in Orange County and around the world. Named for the chief mate on... More on Starbucks »

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in Orange County and around the world. Named for the chief mate on... More on Starbucks »

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    • David C. Mau writes for OC Weekly

      Twice a month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau pops by Stick A Fork In It to chime in about a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!! Winter here in the OC may lack the simple charms of a New England one but it does have its advantages. We don't get many snowball fights, sleigh rides or other such trappings but we are granted a great time to surf. When the water warms up just a tad and that wind turns around with just the right swell, truth be told, I'll trade all the mittens and hot cocoa in the world... More on Zubies Dry Dock »

    • Playwright Samuel Hunter's characters are ordinary people with ordinary problems: mortality, illness, loneliness, figuring out how to get from Point A to Point C with no idea where Point B is. But Hunter raises the ordinariness of his characters to extraordinary status. That's both a testament to his dramatic skill as well as the latest evidence that the stories we tell ourselves about Americans don't have to be confined—as so many of Hunter's predecessors and peers do—to cultured, articulate, big-city types who whine and fret about their... More on South Coast Repertory »

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