Nishi Poke & Ramen, a restaurant that serves both ramen and build-your-own poke, has opened in Buena Park. It is the first in OC but the third restaurant from a concept that began in the Rancho Park neighborhood of LA. Poke bowls feature ahi, salmon, and shrimp but also crawfish. The tonkotsu broth for the ramen is ladled from a 24-hour simmer. 6242 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621
The signature clear broth and thick crinkled noodles of Kitakata-style ramen are now available in Irvine. The popular Japanese Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai brand adds its third location in Orange County with a new restaurant at Heritage Plaza. 14370 Culver Dr Ste C, Irvine, CA 92604
There’s a new vendor at Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market. La Vegana Mexicana by Loreta Ruiz offers vegan Mexican dishes such as vegan cheese tamales. 201 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
The Baja Fish Tacos chain has opened its 8th location. The new Brea restaurant is located at the former spot of Mammalucco’s. 2500 E Imperial Hwy Ste 100, Brea, CA 92821
A new restaurant called Shawarma House has opened in Garden Grove. Halal specialties include shawarma, chicken kabob, and kufta. 12531 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840
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.