The South Bay-based cafe chain Yellow Vase has opened a branch inside South Coast Plaza at the Saks wing. Along with egg breakfasts, paninis, and salads, the menu includes pastas, fish, and steak frites for dinner. 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The Mediterranean cafe Pita Pita has opened a branch at Metro Pointe in Costa Mesa at the former spot of Cosi. The chain has two other locations in Orange County. 901 South Coast Dr, Ste C180, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
A new restaurant called The Peninsula Kitchen & Bar has opened in Newport Beach. Brunch items include chilaquiles and chicken and waffles. Dinner features seared scallops and roast chicken. 2406 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663
GuacAmigos has taken over the spot formerly occupied by Joe’s Crab Shack in Newport Beach. Appetizers range from a tableside guacamole for $15 to “Caviar Tacos” for $60. Main entrees start at $20 for chicken mole enchiladas to $78 for the “GuacAmigos Surf & Turf.” 2607 W Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Piccolo Stivale, an Italian restaurant, has opened in Huntington Beach with a menu that features paninis, pastas, and three protein-based main entrees. 19171 Magnolia St, Ste 8, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
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.