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The Good, Bad and Ugly Friday Food Bites

Restaurant Review by Chuck Popick, The Good, Bad and Ugly Friday Food Bites.

New Segment, every Friday, hear from no other than Chuck Popick on his restaurant reviews. Views and opinions are his own, and meant to entertain as well as enlighten your dining experience.

Friday, March 27th 2020
Restaurants Observing New Take-Out Rules:
Good : Super Pollo – 1731 Superior Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 – [yelp]
“Charbroiled Chicken, Breakfast Burritos have a plexiglass shield, gloves and masks and sanitizer”

Good : Tom’s Place – 799 West 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 – [yelp]
“Burgers, Breakfast Sandwiches, omelettes, onion rings -They have gloves and only using take out window”

Good : Newport Rib Company – 2196 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 – [yelp]
“Beef Ribs, Mac-N-Cheese. Spacing and Sanitizer and using their waiters as delivery staff and keeping their employees.”

Bad: Gardunos – 298 E 17th St A, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 – [yelp]
“Great food, Meatball Mondays. However, no gloves nor spacing in the restaurant. No sanitizer present”

Ugly: Circle K – 111 Del Mar Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627
“The Inconvenient truth of this convenience store. Rodents and shut-down from 3-13 and 3-14”

Friday, March 20th 2020
Jewish Delicatessens:
Good : Katella Deli – 4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 – [yelp]
“Wonderful Jewish Deli, all recipes from grandfather from Eastern Europe, curbside service available”

Bad: Benjies – 1828 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705 – [yelp]
“Can’t go too wrong with Jewish Deli, but they just didn’t make the mark, dry pastrami, pickle not salty enough, just feel like its going down the tubes”

Ugly: Corona Virus – California
“Shutting the entire country down.  Don’t let it get us down – love one another”

Friday, March 13th 2020
Best Place to spend St. Patrick’s Day (Bonus Goods):
Good : The Harp Inn – 130 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 –
“Traditional Breakfast with fun entertainment and outside patio”

Good : Hennessey’s Tavern – 1773 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 –
“So Cal Food items and modern interior”

Good: The Shamrock – 2633 West Coast Hwy C, Newport Beach, CA 92663 –
“Traditional Irish Fare and cozy pub atmosphere”

Bad: Durty Nelly’s – 2915 Red Hill Ave G101, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 –
“Family Restaurant atmosphere with a trace of Irish”

Ugly: Advice, you have a pass from Lent on St. Patrick’s Day, go to a pub instead of Church, Shut down (3/9 – 3/10) for rodents –
St John’s Baptist Church – 1015 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Friday, March 6th 2020
Hamburger Shoppes
The Good: Burger Lounge – 279 E 17th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
“This Place is Great and a Simple Burger, Also Clean and Impeccable Restaurant”
The Bad: Burger Boss – 6800 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663
“Need a PHD in Burger Ordering with 70 different options, and No Parking”
The Ugly: Slaters 50/50 – 17071 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
“Use to enjoy going there, very Innovative with their 50/50 Patty, but Feb 18-21 and Oct 17-19 Closed due to Health Violation, Cockroaches”

Friday, February 28th 2020
The Good: El Toro Bravo – 745 West 19th Street Ste. H, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
“They Know how to cook their meat, it’s delicious. Also, we love the Family Special which will Feed a family and it won’t make you broke”
The Bad: Café Rio – 253 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
“Barbacoa Burrito, I took a bite and it taste like I bit into a Sugar Cube”
The Ugly:  Super Antojito Express #2 – 1002 17th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
“They were closed with Cockroach Infestation, they’re back open maybe not so bad, but these cockroach infestations Bug Me”

Friday, February 21st 2020
The Good, Bad and Ugly Friday Food Bites:
Good: Temakira – 259 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
“Great, Hand Rolls, Poke Salads, and it doesn’t break your budget”
Bad: Yichuan – 3100 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
“Poor Dining Experience, greeted by disinterested servers, drinks never came, menu in Chinese had to guess what we ordered and the table was sticky”
Ugly: Nguyen’s Kitchen – 488 E 17th St b102, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
“Closed Feb 2nd to Feb. 5th, Cockroach infestation, back open but I just don’t feel comfortable going there”