Anchor Hitch has opened inside Mission Viejo's Union Market. The restaurant serves contemporary seafood with dishes such as abalone panna cotta, "tum yum" shrimp ravioli and hamachi ceviche. Anchor Hitch also offers oysters on the half shell from a raw bar.
27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, CA 92691, (626)757-3471; eatanchorhitch.com
Restaurateur Russ Bendel and Chef Jared Cook, the two men responsible for Vine in San Clemente, have opened Ironwood in Laguna Hills. The 3,000 square foot space has seats for 120 and a bar that offers 25 wines by the glass, 50 by the bottle. Chef Cook's menu includes English pea dumplings with fresh goat cheese for starters and a pan-roasted Greek sea bass and jidori chicken schnitzel for mains.
25250 La Paz Rd. Suite 100, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, (949)446-8772; ironwoodlagunahills.com
Bear Coast Coffee has moved out of their pop-up space at The Cellar in San Clemente and is now open in a new space of its own at the San Clemente Pier.
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As Anne Marie reported last week, LA's Pie Hole has opened its first Orange County outlet in Old Towne Orange. The pie shop offers whole pies or by the slice, in flavors traditional (pumpkin and apple crumble) and unusual (Mexican chocolate and Earl Grey). Also sold are savory hand pies such as shepherd’s pie and veggie curry.
173 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866, (657) 236-4100; www.thepieholela.com/orange-county
Burger Parlor also opened in Old Towne Orange last week. Per Anne Marie's post, this is Chef Joseph Mahon's second outlet of his popular Downtown Fullerton restaurant.
149 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866, (714)602-8220; http://www.burgerparlor.com