What a week for openings. First, Dough Exchange, the Playground bakery, opened yesterday, and now TLT Foods, The Lime Truck's brick and mortar is finally open at the Irvine Spectrum.
The Lime Truck is, of course, Orange County's most famous luxe lonchera, having won the second Great Food Truck race and launching the career of the Playground's Jason Quinn. The menu at the restaurant is in the same style as the truck, fresh and distinctly Southern Californian. You can check out the menu for their LA locations on this fancy website here.
Reviews on the LA locations are good. I'll let our sister paper's former food blogger Garrett Snyder do the talking:
As far as gourmet tacos go, the carnitas, pork belly, and soy-sauce marinated steak are pleasant enough, while the ceviche stocked with fresh lump crab is worth a splurge. Our favorite is probably PBAT, an amped-up version of the BLT, which includes thick sweet slices of pork belly, arugula, tomato and slices of griddled Parmesan bread. Just like at the truck, Shemtob expects to rotate the menu regularly, meaning diners will have even more reason to return.
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Sounds good. The Spectrum location's hours are set at 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 11 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday, so you have plenty of time to get whatever meal you want.
Have at it!