Costa Mesa’s Social has opened a second outpost in Huntington Beach. It takes over the space of SeaSalt Woodfire Grill, the Santa Maria-style steakhouse by SeaLegs owner Alicia Whitney, which closed in April. 21214 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
The Vietnamese crepe called banh xeo is the specialty of the house at La Xanh, a new restaurant in Santa Ana that also serves a variety of rice vermicelli dishes. 5425 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703
A new Indian fast-casual restaurant called Orange Curry has opened in Orange. Combo meals start at $7.99 for a 1-item and $10.99 for a 3-item. 4033 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92868
Chungchun Rice Hotdogs, a purveyor of Korean-style corndogs, has opened in Garden Grove. This is the second outlet of the chain in Orange County after the location in Irvine. Among the specials are dogs filled with cheese and squid ink. 9760 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844
Quik Bowl, a Korean rice bowl vendor, has opened at The Source’s food court in Buena Park. Among the many bowls offered is a Korean BBQ chicken bowl that comes with corn cheese. 6924 Beach Blvd, K-335, Buena Park, CA 90621
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.