The Great Food Truck Race winner The Lime Truck opened its first OC brick-and-mortar at Irvine Spectrum in Fall of 2014 called TLT Food. This was after it opened a brick-and-mortar in Westwood in 2012 and after the TLT Food in Downtown LA closed in August of 2014. This Thursday, August 4, TLT Food will open a new restaurant in Newport Beach at The Bluffs Shopping Center, next to Daphne’s and across from Chipotle. The space used to be Mozambique Peri Peri—the fast-casual arm of Laguna Beach’s Mozambique restaurant. The menu will be the same as the other TLT’s, with sandwiches such as the beef short rib sliders, tacos such as the pork belly adobo, and a section called “The Goods” with rice bowls, carnitas fries and spicy sambal wings.
1332 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phans55, the Vietnamese bistro and bar that currently has locations in Irvine and Fullerton, has opened its third outlet in Los Olivos Marketplace near the Irvine Spectrum. Among its specialities are poached seabass soup, claypot dishes, and of course, pho.
8557 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618
Maki Yaki in Tustin has closed, ceding the space to a new sushi and poke joint called J Fish. Rolls with soft shell crab and unagi are served. But for an opening promo, the poke bowls are being offered for $6.
13882 Newport Ave, Ste A, Tustin, CA 92780
Although the transformation of Palm Cafe Food Court into the food hall called TRADE Marketplace is still ongoing, the complex’s first eatery has opened. Ootoro is a sushi bar which already has locations in Walnut and Alhambra. The restaurant offers omakase and the usual sushi bar array of nigiri and appetizers.
2222 Michelson Sr., Suite #246, Irvine, CA 92612
Thai Specialty 2 in Tustin has closed. Suvarnabhumi Thai Restaurant has taken over its space. The new place’s specialty include salmon curry and steamed green mussels with lemongrass and basil leaves.
13572 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA 92780