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 | Food Reviews
Forget the Nashville hot-chicken craze that has LA in its vice grip. Here in OC, we're experiencing a Korean fried-chicken boom, and the newest purveyors have now far surpassed Bonchon and Kyochon and the fad they ushered in nearly a decade ago. N...
6 days ago | Now Open
A new ice cream and dessert shop called Birthdae Cake has opened in Fountain Valley. Its signature flavor is called, you guessed it, "Birthdae Cake"—ice cream with cake pieces, cake batter, toasted milk and sprinkles. Other flavors include Red Vel...
11 days ago | Longform
Ryan Garlitos of Irenia Restaurant dreamed of opening his own place someday. He just didn't expect it to happen so soon. He and his girlfriend, Sarah Mosqueda, had been doing itinerant supper clubs, starting on a whim. "I was making dinner for som...
12 days ago | Now Open
A new restaurant in Huntington Beach called Rollrritto + Poke Bar serves—you guessed it—poke bowls and sushi burritos. Of the latter, there are seven in all, each one named after each of the Hawaiian islands, even the one tourists aren't allowed t...
18 days ago | Food Reviews
"What's better: the chicken roulade from the dinner menu, or the fried chicken from the lunch menu?" I asked the Mr. G's hostess who answered the phone and took my reservation. "The fried chicken," she answered. "Definitely the fried chicken." Whe...
19 days ago | Now Open
Burritos Las Palmas—our pick for Best Food Truck, Best Burrito, and our Mexican-in-Chief's favorite restaurant of 2016—has now opened its first brick-and-mortar in Orange County. The restaurant is the second for owner Albert Bañuelos, who als...