Stacks Pancake House has opened in Newport Beach at The Bluffs. It’s the fourth location in Orange County of the local breakfast chain. 1330 Bison Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
OC Wine Mart and Deli has opened in Orange at The Brickyard. It has two other locations, including Aliso Viejo. 1691 E Lincoln Ave, Orange, CA 92865
Roba Noodle, a fast-casual eatery serving Japanese-inspired noodle bowls and grilled robata skewers, has opened inside The District’s Union Market in Tustin. 2493 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782
Min Chef Family Beijing Restaurant has opened in Tustin, taking the spot of O’Shine Taiwanese Kitchen. Menu items include chicken feet hot pot and braised beef noodles. 13834 Red Hill Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
The San Diego-based taco chain called The Taco Stand has opened in Orange, its first restaurant in Orange County. It serves a California burrito filled with carne asada and fries, among other things. 240 W Chapman Ave Ste 100, Orange, CA 92866
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.