Ike's Love & Sandwiches, a Northern California chain, has opened a branch in Fountain Valley at a former Capriotti's. The grand opening is today and it follows on the heels of Ike's Love and Sandwiches in Newport Beach, which also took over a failed Capriotti's location on MacArthur earlier this summer. Another Ike's is poised to open in Tustin. Though the Tustin location has not been announced, it wouldn't be wise to bet against The District since there's also a defunct Capriotti's space there waiting to be occupied. If you're not familiar with the chain, Ike's boasts sandwiches on Dutch Crunch, SF Sourdough, and whole wheat bread. The menu is split into two categories: “Meat” and “Veggie”, with some sandwiches named after celebrities such as John Wayne, Robin Williams and Steve Jobs. Sandwiches average about $10. It also should be noted that the Newport Beach levies a 50-cent “healthcare surcharge” with every order.
18529 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Dickey's Barbecue—the chain that failed in Irvine a few years ago but has managed to come back with a vengeance recently—is now opening it's eighth location in OC. The newest restaurant will hold its grand opening this Thursday, September 15 in Laguna Niguel.
27931 La Paz Road Suite D, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Monarch 9 Cafe has taken over the space left behind by 57 Chinese in Yorba Linda. Monarch 9 Cafe offers a Vietnamese menu with pho, banh mi, and bo luc lac. It also serves bo kho (Vietnamese beef stew served with either rice, vermicelli noodles, or a baguette for dipping).
22755 Savi Ranch Parkway, Yorba Linda, CA 92887
Euro Caffe—the little cafe that occupies a former flower shop near South Coast Plaza across from Bella Cuba—has opened it's third location in Orange County at Huntington Beach's Bella Terra. The second cafe opened last year in Irvine on Alton near RedHill, hidden inside the industrial building that used to be headquarters for Fox Racing. The chain serves Illy coffee offerings and a food menu that includes waffle sandwiches, paninis and crepes with names like “French Kiss” and “Crepe Gatsby”.
7631 Edinger Ave Ste 1520, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
A new hot dog joint called Walk'N Dog has opened in Old Towne Orange. The eatery is connected to an auto repair shop at the corner of North Glassell and Maple, across the from The Filling Station. The menu is on fill-in-your-order sheets, with choices of bun (sesame, brioche, potato, or pretzel), dogs (regular, hot link, turkey brat, or vegan), and toppings (which include chile, nacho cheese, and crushed kettle chips).
202 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866
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.