Cream Pan, the beloved Japanese bakery and Old Town Tustin landmark famous for their strawberry croissants, has opened its highly anticipated second outlet in Fountain Valley. The new building it occupies, previously a menswear store, has about 13,000 square feet of space. 15945 Harbor Blvd Fountain Valley, CA 92708
A new steakhouse called Old Brea Chophouse has opened in Brea, next to The Improv. Along with steaks and a la carte sides, the restaurant features a menu of steakhouse classics such as seafood towers and butter cake. 180 S Brea Blvd, Brea, CA 92821
Irvine’s House of Shabu Shabu has taken over operations at the Anaheim shabu shabu restaurant previously known as Oyu, Slice, HapaPot, and Sakura. Shabu shabu meats are offered a la carte or through an AYCE option that starts at $13 per person. 605 N Euclid St, Anaheim, CA 92801
Luli Cafe has opened in Huntington Beach, serving breakfast and lunch. Menu items include omelettes, pan con chorizo y huevo, and shrimp tacos. 3801 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Gob Chang, a Korean restaurant that specializes in intestines, has opened in Buena Park. Korean pancakes and tripe fried rice are also offered. 8548 Commonwealth Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621
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.