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BY TONY CHEONG: As many of you know, I used to write a food column for this paper called “No Baloney Tony.”

I can never quite get the foodie part out of my system.

On Saturday, I visited Azteca Restaurant in Garden Grove for the simplest of snacks. Just something to hold me over until dinner. Menudo, washed down, of course, with a cerveza.

BY TONY CHEONG: As many of you know, I used to write a food column for this paper called “No Baloney Tony.”

I can never quite get the foodie part out of my system.

On Saturday, I visited Azteca Restaurant in Garden Grove for the simplest of snacks. Just something to hold me over until dinner. Menudo, washed down, of course, with a cerveza.

Azteca, which was owned for many years by JJ. Jauregia and sold more than a year ago to a new owner, is probably the best-known restaurant in Garden Grove. It’s not just the food. It’s the insane amount of Elvis memorabilia that J.J. collected over the years.

Well, I can report that the King is still ever-present and the quality of food has not diminished. Or… at least the quality of the menudo. Mmmm.

The next day, I was cruising around Garden Grove and popped into Broken Rice & and Noodle at 9924 Garden Grove Blvd. in Garden Grove, which opened about two months ago.

First off, it’s attractive. And it’s clean. I enjoyed fresh noodles and ox tail. This isn’t a food column so I won’t turn it into one, but I will say I think this is a fine addition to Garden Grove, which, along with Westminster, is known as the noodle capital of Orange County and maybe the United States. I mean, everyone knows you can get good noodles here. Good Pho. Good pork and beef. Broken Rice didn’t disappoint.

This is a bit of downer, but I also stopped by the Westminster Civic Center and, to my dismay, stumbled upon several homeless folks with all their belongings. Just hanging out in front of the community center. Just sad.

A reminder: Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

I know we here at the paper will be thinking about that transcendent man.

And remembering his words. I choose, during this time of great political unrest, to reflect on this ideal and hope that we can live up to it: “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

Do you have a question, comment or news tips for Tony? Email her at tonyontown@yahoo.com.