Stefani Peterson of the OC Register reported that a few weeks ago Takashi Abe's Sea Smoke in San Clemente closed permanently. Then our buddy at OC Register's Food Frenzy blog, Niyaz Pirani, revealed the shuttering of Q Restaurant, the crawfish and funnel cake hole-in-the-wall that I reviewed not too long ago.
Both developments were unexpected, but really, not a surprise.
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What did surprise me was finding out that May Garden (the Americanized Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant which has been doing business in Costa Mesa for what seems like eternity and a day), not only shuttered recently but was summarily replaced by Happy Family, a Chinese vegetarian restaurant which has two outlets, one of them on Colima Road in Rowland Heights.
I'm looking forward to trying Happy Family, having vaguely remembered that I had a good meal at the Rowland Heights restaurant once, but I will miss May Garden and Chef Eric Chen's special Taiwanese menu--his chilled Queen's chicken especially.
If anyone knows where he and his bird ended up, please chime in.
Happy Family, 1400 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626