May 13, 2010
Amorelia is something special. Distinguishing itself from the plethora of Mexican restaurants in Costa Mesa, this new storefront eatery brings fresh new energy to classical Mexican food. Tucked into the southwest corner of the Kmart mall on Harbor Boulevard, it’s an attractive little place with faux stone walls, chunky Mexican wooden furniture, warm lighting and a very pleasant ambience. This is a family business based on Momma’s recipes from Morelia and Michoacan, but the menu is continually evolving.
September 10, 2005
The days of summer are dwindling, and kids are complaining about homework already, but my Off to College Boy is savoring the last days of freedom. As the friends peel off to their respective institutes of higher education, he has been left with fewer and fewer burger buddies, so he recently agreed to accompany me on a "burger test" for this column. Free food is always an incentive with this age group. The target was The Great White Hut, a fixture on the corner of California Street and Orange Avenue in Glendale since 1941.
May 2, 2014
The OC Mix is kind of a mini-Portland, Ore., within Costa Mesa's mammoth SoCo design complex, an enclosed warren of small shops devoted to spices, artisan cheese, baby clothes, funky jewelry, nut milks, chocolate and olive oil. Analog, a vinyl specialist, stocks Led Zeppelin bootlegs you may not have seen since the glory days of Moby Disc in the mid-1970s. If you hit the ice cream counter on the right day, you may be able to score a scoop flavored with salty black licorice. Another store features both skinny jeans and fixie bicycles.
July 24, 2003
Paul Clinton After 27 years dishing out fresh pasta and sauces, the proprietors of What's Cooking Bistro are closing their restaurant, after the Irvine Co. declined to retain them at the Newport Hills Center. The Italian eatery's owners have planned a farewell party for Saturday. "It's so sad that [the Irvine Co.] will not renew our lease," said Lucy Luhan, who started the restaurant in 1976. "They have a taco place coming in. Family establishments are being replaced by fast food places because they make more money."
September 22, 2009
The Newport Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to send a West Coast Highway taco stand’s dreams of expansion back to the kitchen, even after the eatery dropped its controversial plans to serve beer. Concerns about inadequate parking, parking lot litter and the sticker-covered exterior of Chronic Tacos, 4525 W. Coast Hwy., sank the restaurant’s expansion plans, which included a sit-down dining area and two television sets. At the last minute, the eatery did away with a request for a license to serve beer, but it wasn’t enough to sway the City Council.
January 10, 2011
A gourmet taco eatery will be opening Thursday at The CAMP shopping complex in Costa Mesa. Taco Asylum will offer a selection of non-traditional tacos with an array of flavors from around the world, such as grilled Mediterranean-style octopus to a spicy Indian paneer, according to a news release. The people behind Taco Asylum, which will be located between Native Foods and SEED People's Market, are the creators of the Haven Gastropub in Orange, the release said. The CAMP is at 2937 Bristol St. It will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. —Staff Reports
January 15, 2000
Greg Risling COSTA MESA -- Move over Wahoo's regulars. You might be joined by some new and hungry fans very soon. Those who don't know about the home-grown Mexican restaurant-turned-franchise will probably learn more about the Wahoo's Fish Taco story thanks to a series of national television ads that have been airing since the first of the year. Watching the pro football playoffs? How about the nail-biting, highly rated show "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?"
May 23, 2013
Many an inebriated college student may have thought about how good tacos wrapped in a Doritos shell would taste, but a prison inmate is suing Irvine-based Taco Bell, saying the idea for the fast-food hit was his. Gary Anthony Cole, 49, filed a federal lawsuit May 15 in Dallas against Taco Bell, which is owned by Irvine-based Yum Brands, and Frito-Lay, which owns Doritos, and Pepsi Co. Cole claims he created the idea for the Doritos Locos Tacos...
November 19, 2012
Taco Asylum is joining the disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, 100% of the restaurant's profits will be donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Previously, restaurant partners Greg Daniels, Wil Dee and Ace Patel raised $27,000 at Haven Gastropub in Orange for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, according to an email announcement. Taco Asylum is at The CAMP, 2937 Bristol St. B102, Costa Mesa.
April 21, 2009
Save Our Youth, a Costa Mesa after-school program, will hold its only fundraiser of the year Thursday at Taco Rosa in Newport Beach. At Rea Elementary School on the Westside, SOY offers Newport-Mesa kids a chance to play music and sports and get homework help after school. It caters mainly to low-income students who have two working parents. The SOY Fiesta will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the restaurant, 2632 San Miguel Road, and tickets cost $50 in advance and $60 the night of the event.