The Coyles, the family behind Mission Viejo’s Dublin 4 and Wineworks For Everyone, has opened a new restaurant in Newport Beach next to Lido Theater. Called Fable & Spirit, the restaurant features small plates that include few Irish specialties such as potato boxty dumplings and Guinness brown bread. Main entrees range from fish and chips to a grilled prime ribcap. 3441 Via Lido, Ste A, Newport Beach, CA 92663
A new mescal and tequila bar called 1974 Bodega has opened in Huntington Beach. Along with mixed drinks, a menu of small plates are offered. 8901 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
King Street Food, an Asian fusion restaurant, has opened in Garden Grove. Tater tots and French fries under toppings such as lobster, shrimp, and beef are featured along with garlic noodles and rice trays. 10130 Garden Grove Blvd, Ste 133, Garden Grove, CA 92843
A new Persian restaurant called Chelo Kabob has opened in Fountain Valley. The menu features rice-anchored entrees centered around kabobs and other roasted meats. 17431 Brookhurst St, Ste J, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
The Tray Fusion Grill is a Mexican-Asian restaurant that offers burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, but also chow mein, ramen, and pho. Cheesesteak and pastrami sandwiches are also on the menu. 10704 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843
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.