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OC Weekly Calls New Dim Sum Star Tim Ho Wan’s Food ‘Inexplicably Dull’

Plus the connectivity of rice, and Hail Mary deals today

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A platter of Dim Sum from Tim Ho Wan in Irvine.
Dim Sum from Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Oh no, Tim Ho Wan

Don’t look now, but the OC Weekly isn’t pulling any food review punches when it comes to the south county’s much-buzzed-about new restaurants. The alt weekly made it over to the busy new stateside outlet of Tim Ho Wan in Irvine recently, but came away, well, let’s just say unimpressed. Whereas Tim Ho Wan is lauded as a Michelin-level dim sum experience back in Hong Kong, the writer in Orange County found various dishes to either be “inexplicably dull” or outright “puzzling,” but leaves the meanest sentiments for battered dessert milk sticks that “made an OC Fair deep-fried Twinkie seem like health food.”

Rice rules all

Here’s a gorgeous Life & Thyme story on the elemental nature of rice, as told through the voices of several prominent women across various food industries. Among them is Niki Nakayama of n/naka and Carol Kwan of Mama Musubi.

All Hail Mary

Chef David Wilcox of Hail Mary Pizza is celebrating his birthday the only way he knows how: by cooking a lot of food. Head over tonight for cheap pizza slices, drink specials, and more.

Bob stays busy

Busy Central Coast bakery Bob’s Well Bread is expanding to a second location, but it’s nearly no closer to Los Angeles proper. Instead the restaurant will pick up in unincorporated Ballard, near the many wine tasting rooms of Santa Ynez and Los Olivos.

Chocolate news

There’s a new chocolate shop to know about in Glendale. Ethel M’s, based out of Las Vegas, is now open inside the Glendale Galleria, and focuses on pecan brittle and liqueur-infused sweets.

Drinking in Los Feliz

Loupiotte Kitchen in Los Feliz has secured a liquor license. The cozy French newcomer will use the new booze momentum to push into a new dinner menu, and plans a big Bastille Day party on July 14.

Dine with the stars

A number of prominent LA-area restaurants, including Broken Spanish, 189 by Dominique Ansel, and Rossoblu among others, are participating in a public tasting event tonight at Spring Place in Beverly Hills. Tickets for the walk-around event run $175.