Benchmark has taken up the space of Dear Lacy, which closed earlier this year. The menu includes a shareable pork al pastor, a main entree of gochujang fried chicken, and mac and cheese for the kids. 601 E Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701
The menu at the new Seoul Street in Irvine features fusion takes on Korean food with bulgogi, spicy pork, chicken or tofu paired with fries or stuffed into tacos, burritos, and burgers. Bento boxes and bibimbap are also offered. 19 Hammond, Ste 512, Parker Technology Center, Irvine, CA 92618
A new ramen shop called Ramenos has opened in Santa Ana. Shoyu, tonkotsu, and a vegetable ramen are offered as well as sushi rolls. 1945 E 17th St, Ste 109, Santa Ana, CA 92705
El Cevichazo—a food truck that served ceviche tostadas, aguachiles, cocteles and sushi rolls—has opened a brick-and-mortar location in Garden Grove serving those things. 11001 W Chapman Ave, Ste B, Garden Grove, CA 92840
A new restaurant has opened inside the Waterfront Resort in Huntington Beach. Named after Henry Huntington, Henry’s Ocean View Dining features an A-5 Japanese Miyazaki tenderloin that priced at $16 an ounce. 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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.