A Japanese cheesecake specialist called Fluffie has opened in Little Saigon. Offered are full cheesecakes in original, durian, matcha, coffee and ube flavors ranging in price from $8.50-$9.25. Also on the menu: cheese tarts, Hokkaido cupcakes, creme brulee, cream puffs, fried ice cream, and fried milk. 9102 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, CA 92683
Pickled Monk, a new gastropub in Downtown Fullerton, features a self-serve beer room with pour-it-yourself taps and a beer vending machine that dispenses cans. The food menu features appetizers and share plates such as pretzel bites, tacos, and poutine. Mains include fried chicken and donuts. 101 N Harbor Blvd. Ste 100, Fullerton, CA 92832
A new ramen restaurant called Ramen Mura has opened in Tustin. Along with tonkotsu, black garlic, miso, and a veggie ramen, chashu fries and chashu buns can be had as starters. 13882 Newport Ave, Unit A, Tustin, CA 92780
A Vietnamese sandwich and pastry shop called Baguette Me has opened in Costa Mesa. Banh mi, croissants and other savory and sweet pastries are offered, including macarons. 401 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
A restaurant called Heirloom a Modern Farmhouse–which is not to be confused with Heirloom Farmhouse Kitchen at at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum or Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden–has opened in Huntington Beach. The menu consists of small plates, salads, and mains such a rib eye or seared ahi. 18344 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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.