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.
2 days ago | 100 Favorite Dishes
As we said in our Best Of OC Issue (out today): Sushi Noguchi is the best sushi restaurant in Orange County. Now, what to order? Everything, but especially Hiro's Omakase. But if you're too light on the finances this month to spend the $100 p...
3 days ago | Food Reviews
In one of his earlier standup routines, Jim Gaffigan had a great joke on how, during his time as a waiter at a Mexican restaurant in Indiana, he had to deal with clueless customer questions about the menu. They'd ask him, "What is nachos? What is ...
5 days ago | Now Open
85°C Bakery Cafe has opened in Cypress. It's the fifth location in Orange County after Irvine, Garden Grove, Fullerton, and Buena Park. 9575 Valley View St., Cypress, CA 90630 A new brewery that promises music and beer called Stereo Brewing h...
9 days ago | 100 Favorite Dishes
Until I'm lucky enough to be invited by a Vietnamese family to their home for dinner, Mai's Kitchen is, to my knowledge, the only restaurant in Orange County that specializes in Vietnamese family-style home cooking. These are meals that consist of...
10 days ago | Food Reviews
If you encountered the Shwack Cantina at, say in Terminal B at John Wayne, you'd probably think its surf theme insincere—a parody of itself, much like what the airport's Hobie Sand Bar currently is. But here in San Clemente, the Shwack Beach Canti...
12 days ago | Now Open
Water Grill has opened in the spot vacated by Scott's Seafood in Costa Mesa, across from South Coast Plaza. Water Grill is part of the King's Fish House chain, which already has including Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, San Diego and Dallas. T...