NOW OPEN: Hello Kitty Grand Cafe in Irvine and MORE!

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe has opened at the Irvine Spectrum. It is the brick-and-mortar upgrade to the original Hello Kitty pop-up at the Spectrum, which closed in January. The new venue includes a reservation-only private room called The Bow Room where tea service happens in the afternoon and cocktails are served at night. 860 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix has opened Terrace by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza at the former location of Z Pizza on the third level of the Macy’s Home Store Wing near the Bridge of Gardens. Lunch will be served as well as a full dinner menu. 3333 Bear St, Ste 316, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

A new taqueria/pizzeria called Mr. Taco Nice has opened in Anaheim. It offers tacos, pizza, and pizzas that have carne asada, al pastor, and chorizo as toppings. 1867 Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804

A Vietnamese snail and shellfish specialist called Vua Oc has opened in Garden Grove. The menu has a roster of clam dishes as well as octopus, fish, squid and frogs. 10212 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92843

Farmer Boys continues its rapid expansion with a new location in Irvine next to the newly opened Homewood Suite. 17380 Red Hill Ave, Irvine, CA 92614

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.

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