Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s rock-themed eatery Rock & Brews has opened a branch in Tustin in the space that was formerly Lonestar Steakhouse. 1222 Irvine Blvd, Tustin, CA 92780
Pikup Forx, an Asian fast-casual restaurant that sells rice bowls it calls “Rice Kups”, has opened in Lake Forest. Toppings include charbroiled chicken, cube steak, galbi, or lobster. 24531 Trabuco Rd Ste G, Lake Forest, CA 92630
A new Thai restaurant called Bangkok Kitchen has opened in Santa Ana in Ichiban Ramen and Teriyaki’s former space. 136 W MacArthur Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92707
Pop Pie has opened in the spot that used to be Pie-Not. The new pie shop has more in common with the old pie shop than just the location: it also serves Aussie-style pies both sweet and savory. 270 E 17th St Ste 17, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
A new Korean fried chicken specialist called Pelicana has opened in The Source in Buena Park. The franchise is part of a 3000-store chain that began in South Korea in 1982. 6930 Beach Blvd, Unit-L130, Buena Park, CA 90621
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.