Cinnaholic has opened at The District in Tustin. The cinnamon roll chain has 24 locations in the US, including 5 in California, two of them in Orange County. The cinnamon rolls can be customized with various frosting and topping flavors. 2423 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782
Laguna Hills has a new Japanese soba and udon specialist called Soba Izakaya Minami. It’s located in the same parking lot as Break of Dawn. 24391 Avenida De La Carlota, Ste A, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
A new tamale specialist called Tamaleria Rincon Sinaloense has opened in Orange. On the menu are corn, chicken, pork, beef, and cheese tamales. 421 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92867
Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen has opened next to the Brea Improv in Brea. The restaurant is part of a chain that has branches in Phoenix, Palm Beach, and Oxnard. Pizza, tacos, burgers, and fried chicken and biscuits are offered. 180 S Brea Blvd, Brea, CA 92821
A restaurant called Purple Orchid House has taken over the spot formerly occupied by Pho Long Thanh in Westminster. Menu items include nem nuong cuon, banh xeo, and pho. 9550 Bolsa Ave, Ste 115A, Westminster, CA 92683
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.