The Q Joint BBQ is a new vendor at the Saturday Farmers Market at SOCO. The pitmaster is Benny Chang, a former Certified BBQ Judge. 3315 Hyland Ave., SoCo Farmers Market, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
A new Indian restaurant called India Table has opened in Anaheim. It offers a lunch buffet but also features a list of Himalayan specialties such as chicken momos and Himalayan Yak Chilli. 2955 W Ball Rd., Anaheim, CA 92804
Soboro Cuisine, a new Japanese fast-casual, has opened in La Habra. Among their specialties: ramen, udon, teriyaki, and four basic sushi rolls. 1510 W Imperial Hwy., La Habra, CA 90631
Emerald Kitchen, a new Asian restaurant has opened inside the Newport Beach Golf Course offering sushi, hibachi, Korean BBQ, and Thai curry dishes. 3100 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660
A new Hunan cuisine specialist called New Taste has opened in Tustin. Dishes include Spicy Frog in Dried Pot and Hot Sour Kidneys. 608 E First St., Tustin, CA 92780
THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
Pacific Wine & Food Classic, which had its successful inaugural debut last summer at the Newport Beach Dunes Waterfront Resort, has announced that this year’s festival will be August 18 through 19. Along with the announcement, the organizers has released early bird tickets with prices ranging from $99 – $259, which are the lowest they will be and are expected to increase. www.PacificWineandFood.com
All That Barbecue, the all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue in Irvine’s Culver Plaza, is opening an all-you-can-eat shabu shabu restaurant called All That Shabu in the 7,024 square foot space occupied by Tuesday Morning, next to Tasty Garden.
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.