Edwin Goei was born on the island of Java, grew up in La Habra, studied in Irvine, and eats everywhere. Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, he went by the alias "elmomonster" on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.
3 days ago | Now Open
Wingman Kitchen has opened at 4th Street Market. The specialty is fried chicken, served as sandwiches, sauce-shellacked wings, and topping for waffle fries. 201 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701 A comedy club, vintage arcade and bar called The Rec Roo...
8 days ago | Food Reviews
The first time I encountered a Nobu restaurant, it was at Caesars Palace in Vegas. The next time, it was at the Four Seasons in Lana'i, Hawaii, and then at a fancy mall in Melbourne, Australia. All three times, I said to myself, "Someday, when I c...
8 days ago | Eat This Now
There won't be anyone who speaks even a lick of English at Huong Giang. Placing an order will involve pointing at it on the menu and then holding up fingers to communicate how many of it you want. But whatever you end up getting, whether you inten...
10 days ago | Now Open
Ray Lasher of Lasher's, which closed five years ago in Long Beach, has now opened a new restaurant called Lasher's Kitchen. The new menu includes offerings of Southern-fried oysters with Cajun BBQ sauce and fried green tomatoes with andouille. 529...
14 days ago | Food Reviews
The first thing I saw when I walked up to Hendrix—the new Laguna Niguel restaurant by the group that also owns the Deck and Driftwood Kitchen—was the rotisserie. It resembled a vending machine, or at least the heavy-duty version of the "Set It and...
17 days ago | Now Open
A beer garden called Dear Lacy has opened in Downtown Santa Ana as part of The Roost, which also hosts Scoops Ice Cream. Burgers and beers are served along with a Sunday brunch that includes an item called a "pancake lasagna". 601 E Santa Ana Blvd...