Fox Restaurant Concepts, the company behind North Italia and others, has opened a location of its health food concept Flower Child in Newport Beach. The menu includes bowls, salads and wraps that can be vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Also featured are pick-a-protein entrees that has chicken, steak, salmon, and shrimp. 1302 Bison Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
A new Peruvian restaurant called Costa has opened next to Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa. Dishes such as lomo saltado and tiradito are served. 650 Anton Blvd Ste A, Costa Mesa, Ca 92626
A Vietnamese fusion restaurant called Kitchen #9 has opened in Santa Ana. Menu items include pho in both chicken or beef, tacos, burritos, and banh mis. 320 S Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Happy Pho is the latest pho restaurant to take up residence in a spot that has previously housed Pho Top Noodle 2, Pho Company, and many others. 3013 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The Mitasie brand of restaurants has opened Mitasie Vegan Cafe in Lake Forest. The restaurant servers sushi rolls, Vietnamese spring rolls, stir fries, and other Asian dishes that use meat substitutes. 22722 Lambert St Ste 1704, Lake Forest, CA 92630
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.