Should Orange County have their own board?
I am sure this topic has been discussed previously, but the food scene in the past 18-24+ months here in the OC has improved so dramatically, I say we deserve our own board. Personally, I rarely get up to Los Angeles and while completely respect their food scene, usually toggle thru the LA issues because they do not really concern me.
I think it's time.
I say GO FOR IT!! It would be nice not to have to wade thru and search for OC on the LA baord when looking for recommendations in the OC.
While it's true that the Orange County dining scene has improved very much (esp. Chinese) over the past few years, I'm not sure it still makes sense. It's still technically the same metro area and there are many mini-chains that span both counties. Additionally, DC and Baltimore have a single board between both of them (and it helps that tourists typically lump trips between the two) and I feel that's similar to LA/OC.
Not totally opposed to a separate OC board but I don't see the need either, essentially.
I'm in L.A., but I think it would be nice for you folks to have your own board. It would make it easier for you to connect with like-minded OC locals and build a rapport, and have meet-and-eats (if that is your thing -- it's a nice feature of the L.A. tribe for me), and just in general, be able to self-determine the "culture" and vibe of your OC discussions without getting talked-over by all the L.A. banter.
I think it might also have a good side effect, even if it's a minor one, of possibly encouraging more restaurants to set up shop in OC. Basically, as "content creators" on this site, we are serving as guerrilla PR for our local faves when we talk about them amongst ourselves. It would be great for OC to get that sort of crowd-sourced boost of interest for your local faves as well.
Of course we love having OC'ers keep us L.A.'ers up to date on your local dining, and I would hope you guys would keep adding your voices to the L.A. posts, but I kinda hate that sometimes OC gets treated in a slightly less-than manner here.
I vote yes.