Marrakesh in Costa Mesa is now Casablanca The Restaurant, serving the same Maghreb cuisine as before. The menu includes traditional tagines and couscous. Belly dancers still provide entertainment on some nights. 1976 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Go Goo Ryeo in Garden Grove has become Pan Korean BBQ & Shabu Shabu. The restaurant features an $19.99 all-you-can-eat menu of Korean BBQ and ancillary dishes. 8851 Garden Grove Blvd 106-112, Garden Grove, CA 92844
Fatty Tuna at Park Place in Irvine has closed. A new sushi restaurant called Sushi Taka has taken its place. Rolls dominate the menu, but poke bowls and combo plates with chicken, beef, or pork are also offered. 2967 Michelson Dr Ste G, Irvine, CA 92612
A new pho restaurant called Mo Pho Mi has opened in Costa Mesa. Along with beef-based pho, the restaurant offers a vegan pho. Lemongrass chicken and Hainan chicken are also served in rice plates. 1525 Mesa Verde E Ste 114, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
A new Asian tea joint called Peony Tea House has opened in Huntington Beach. Included in the menu of smoothies and tea drinks are appetizers and main entrees such as bulgogi fries and crawfish pasta. 19072 Beach Blvd Ste F, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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.