A restaurant chain that specializes in the foods of Sinaloa has opened a branch in Santa Ana. Culichi Town’s menu includes sushi rolls, seafood ceviches, and tacos gobernador. 2158 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Hole in the Wall Burger has opened in Lake Forest. Burgers are made from 100% chuck roast. Carne asada and pollo asado tacos are also served. 25262 Jeronimo Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630
An Asian fusion restaurant called Nova Kitchen and Bar has opened in Garden Grove. Sashimi, sushi, steamed dumplings, and a variety of sharable dishes are on the menu. 12361 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840
48 Bistro is the newest eatery to open in Brea. Traditional Vietnamese “street food” dishes are offered such as cha gio and banh mi. 215 W Birch St, Ste 2, Brea, CA 92821
Helmsman Ale House by Mario Marovic’s Lounge Group (Playa Mesa and The Country Club) held a soft opening in the space that was formerly Newport Beach Brewing Company. When it officially opens in August, expect bar bites like pickled eggs, Bavarian pretzels, and mains including chicken schnitzel and fish and chips. 2920 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663
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.