At the new DIY Sushi in Tustin (which was formerly Kaminariya Yakitori Dining) , the name says it all: you build your own sushi. The restaurant offers plates where you choose your protein a la carte. Provided are the rice, nori seaweed, sauces, and trimmings to create your own rolls. 14071 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
Ku Ti Brunch & Grill has taken over the space that was formerly Cafe Picasso in Westminster. Vietnamese brunch items such as banh mi bo kho and hu tieu are served. 15619 Brookhust St, Westminster, CA 92683
A new Halal Thai restaurant called Jenny’s Place Thai Cuisine has opened in Anaheim. The menu features all the usual suspects such as pad Thai and papaya salad, but also some Chinese dishes. 512 S Brookhurst St, Ste 3, Anaheim, CA 92804
The space that was formerly Paper Moon Dessert Cafe and before that Snowy Village in Buena Park is now Cafe Wish. Coffee, teas, shaved ice, taiyaki and Belgian waffles are on the menu. 5300 Beach Blvd, Ste 108, Buena Park, CA 90621
Pedro’s Tacos in Fullerton is now Fast and Wreckless, serving burritos, tacos, and fried chicken strips called “Mother Cluckers”.
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.