A new Cuban restaurant has opened in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle neighborhood. Papo’s Cuban Kitchen serves the usual specialties of Cubano sandwiches and ropa vieja, but also guizo de maiz and sopa fideo with either chicken or fish. 2422 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
Isla Cuban-Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar has opened in La Palma. The menu for this new Cuban restaurant includes mofongo served with your choice of meat. Cuban sandwiches and plates built around traditional preparations of beef, pork, chicken, and seafood are also offered. 30 Centerpointe Dr, Ste 12, La Palma, CA 90623
A new taco joint called Navarros Taqueria has opened in Santa Ana. Tacos of nearly every stripe is served, including birria. Also on the menu, Super Nachos, caldos, and breakfast burritos. 1535 S Standard Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92707
OC 7$, a new Vietnamese clam joint, has opened in Garden Grove. The menu features a variety of clam and other seafood dishes, starting at $7. 13220 Harbor Blvd F, Garden Grove, CA 92843
The new Hella Burn Chicken in Buena Park takes on both recent fried chicken trends of Korean fried chicken and Nashville Hot Chicken on the same menu at the same time. 5301 Beach Blvd, 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.