Stacks Pancake House has opened a new branch in Newport Beach. It’s the fifth in Orange County for the Hawaiian breakfast chain if you count Plumeria Cafe by Stacks in Laguna Niguel. On the menu here as it is at the other Stacks: Captain Mac Nut French Toast. 1330 Bison Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Next Round Bar & Grill has opened in the space that was formerly C4 Deli in Downtown Santa Ana. The menu features an array of sandwiches, burgers, and “Signature Tots”. 200 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
A new vendor has opened at Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market. Called Off the Hoof, its a BBQ joint by the same people who brought you Electric City Butcher. Among the sandwiches offered are a chopped BBQ pork, a beef dip, and a muffuletta. Side dishes include “True Tallow Fries” that are twice-fried in beef fat. 201 East 4th St Ste 136, Santa Ana, CA 92701
A new Mexican restaurant called Tamarindo has opened in San Clemente. Main entrees include chile verde and fish prepared Veracruz style. 110 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
The Soup and Noodle has opened in Orange. The restaurant serves Vietnamese fusion food and boba drinks. 807 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92867
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.