A Mexican restaurant called Tazon has taken up the space formerly occupied by Stadtgarden. Menu items include “Tazones”, which are bowls of Mexican red rice and beans topped with your choice of protein ranging from conchinita pibil to mole verde. 500 N Harbor Blvd, Ste D, Fullerton, CA 92832
Kiyo Sushi and Sake has opened in Irvine at the former location of Gen Sushi. Sushi is served as well as udon and donburi rice bowls topped with simmered beef or eel. 3957 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA 92602
A new taqueria called Blue Taco that uses organic blue corn tortillas has opened in Garden Grove. Asada, carnitas, adobada, pollo, or potato can be had as fillings for its tacos, tortas, burritos, or nachos. 11001 Chapman Ave, Ste B, Garden Grove, CA 92840
The Fuel Shack in San Clemente is a new restaurant that serves waffle sandwiches. Toppings include chicken tinga and Caribbean spiced beef. Dessert waffles are also offered. 360 Camino De Estrella, San Clemente, CA 92672
A Mongolian restaurant called Bright Night has opened at Hutton Center in Santa Ana. Specialties include skewers of various meats such as lamb, beef tongue, and an assortment of chicken parts. 2 Hutton Center Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92707
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.