Chef Gabbi Patrick of the popular Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen in Old Towne Orange has opened Chaak Kitchen in Old Town Tustin. According the website, the menu features Yucatecan and Mayan “staples of pibil, recados, seafood, smoke, and exotic spices.” 215 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Robata Wasa by the owners of Izakaya Wasa has opened at Irvine Spectrum. Along with sushi, cold and hot Japanese tapas, and noodles, the restaurant features items roasted on the robata grill. 926 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
A new 7 Leaves Cafe with a drive thru has opened in Westminster. In additions to stores in L.A., San Bernardino and Las Vegas, this makes nine for Orange County. The tenth O.C. location will be in the same shopping center as The Halal Guys in Costa Mesa. 15491 Brookhurst St, Westminster, CA 92683
A new restaurant called Antojitos Rincon de Guanajuato has opened in Tustin. It offers combo plates, gorditas, $1.50 all-day Taco Tuesdays, and menudo on weekends. 17292 McFadden Ave, Ste A, Tustin, CA 92780
A new fried chicken joint called Mad Chicken has opened inside the Mainplace Mall food court in Santa Ana. 2800 N Main St, Orange, CA 92868
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.