Descanso Restaurant is the latest upscale taqueria to open in Costa Mesa. Specialties include various tacos prepared Benihana-style advertised as “a la plancha”. 1555 Adams Ave, Ste 103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
A new Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Kingdom has opened in Anaheim. House specials include an oxtail pho and sizzling beef steak served with bread or rice. 1150 N Harbor Blvd, Ste 160, Anaheim, CA 92801
HapaPot, an all-you-can-eat shabu shabu restaurant, has opened in Anaheim. Prices start at $19.99 for lunch. 605 N Euclid St, Anaheim, CA 92801
A new Korean BBQ called Sookdal has opened in Garden Grove. Along with combo sets of meat, you can order risotto with cream sauce and grilled cheese. 9448 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844
Another branch of Choco Fruit, a cafe that does crepes, waffles and cheesecake, has opened in Orange. 1500 E Village Way, Ste 2229, Orange, CA 92865
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.