Yang’s Braised Chicken Rice has opened in Lake Forest, its second franchise location in the US after the Tustin store. More franchises are on the way, including one in Santa Ana and Aliso Viejo. 24601 Raymond Way Ste 10, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Sal’s Pizzeria has replaced NY Upper Crust Pizza in Foothill Ranch. Along with NY style slices, Sal’s offers something called “grandma” pie, which is a square pizza that originates from Long Island. 26612 Towne Centre Dr Ste F, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
A new Korean restaurant called Seoul Street has opened in Irvine. The menu offers bento boxes, fried rice, and fries topped with bulgogi. 19 Hammond Ste 512, Irvine, CA 92618
A new vegan restaurant called Munchies Vegan Diner sells bacon breakfast burritos, donut burgers, and hot pockets in Santa Ana’s McFadden Public Market. 515 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Pho Craft has taken the space that was previously Dragon 21 in Cypress. The restaurant makes various flavors of pho, including a seafood, chicken, and veggie. 10503 Valley View St, Cypress, CA 90630
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.