A new cat cafe has opened in Santa Ana. Reservations are recommended for Caturday Cat Cafe & Lounge but walk-ins are welcome. A visit costs $20 for 55 minutes and includes a drink. All cats are adoptable. 103 E 3rd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Lake Forest has a new fast-casual called Teriyaki Madness, which serves build-your-own bowls with proteins such as chicken teriyaki, orange chicken, or chicken katsu. Starch options include white rice, brown rice, noodles, and fried rice. 23647 El Toro Rd Ste D, Arbor Shopping Center, Lake Forest, CA 92630
A new hot pot restaurant called Hot Pot Man has opened in Orange. The meats offered on the menu include Kobe beef and something called “Snowflake fat beef”. 350 Clinton Street Ste A, Orange, CA 92626
Banh cuon (rice sheets) and bun (rice vermicelli noodles) are the specialty of Quan Bun, a new restaurant in Garden Grove. The banh cuon comes in four permutations of toppings. The bun can be had eight different ways, including bun bo Hue. 9792 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844
A Korean bar called Isse has opened in Fullerton. Among the food it serves with drinks such as Hite and soju are “Beefy corn cheese” and a burger. 305 N State College Blvd, Unit B, Fullerton, CA 92831
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.