Munch Bistro, a restaurant that bills itself as “Thai With A Twist,” is now open in Huntington Beach. Pad Thai and other staples are offered, but also flat bread pizzas in a panang curry or tom yum flavors. The restaurant also does other fusion dishes such as Thai curry burgers and a vegetarian ravioli in curry sauce. 18541A Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
A Chinese restaurant called Noodle Place has opened in Santa Ana, off the 4th Street exit of the 55 freeway. Noodles and rice dishes are served. 2321 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Da Om Korean Restaurant has opened in Buena Park. Its specialities include hot soups, hot pots, and stone grilled dishes like bibimbap. 5921 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621
The new Mediterrania Gardens next to Urth Cafe in Laguna Beach serves burgers, hummus, and Mediterranean specials such as kabobs and kofta. 320 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
A new boba tea shop called Calita Cafe has opened in Fullerton. Specialty drinks include a strawberry marble shake and a “mangonada”. 444 N Harbor Blvd, Ste 116, Fullerton, CA 92832
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.