Makarun, a quick-serve pasta chain from Poland, has opened in Fashion Island’s food court. It offers build-your-own pasta bowls with sauces that include bolognese and carbonara. Pizza is also served. 401 Newport Center Dr, Ste A 106, Newport Beach, CA 92660
A Korean fried chicken joint called Fly to the Chicken has opened in Anaheim. Also on the menu: burgers and ramen. 2117 East Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806
Jane’s Pizzeria, which serves vegan pizzas, has opened in Fountain Valley. Toppings include “mock” chicken, beef, and pepperoni. 17870 Newhope St, Ste 103, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
A Vietnamese restaurant called Majestic’s Asian Eatery has opened in Lake Forest. Featured menu items include customizable bowls of pho and Asian tacos. 21771 Lake Forest Dr, Ste 114, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Ren-e-Gad Tacos is the latest vendor to open at Steelcraft in Garden Grove. Bulgogi, shrimp, and vegan tacos with soyrizo are on the menu. 12900 S Euclid St, Garden Grove, CA 92840
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.