The Buffalo Spot, which originated in Long Beach, has opened at Irvine’s Campus Plaza. The specialty of the house is Buffalo Fries, which are fries are topped with bits of fried chicken covered in Buffalo sauce. Wings and chicken tenders are also served. 4511 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
The highly anticipated Michelin-starred dim sum house Tim Ho Wan has opened in Irvine’s Diamond Jamboree. It takes the space that was formerly Capital Seafood. Expect long lines and a limited menu while the restaurant goes through its soft opening period. 2700 Alton Pkwy, Ste 127, Irvine, CA 92606
San Diego-based Breakfast Republic has opened across from UC Irvine at University Center. Menu items include Benedicts, omelets, and scrambles but also breakfast jambalaya and a “shrimp & grits breakfast” where the Southern specialty is paired with three eggs cooked any style. 4213 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
A new Creole restaurant called Gram’s Kitchen has opened in La Palma. The menu features dishes such as jambalaya, fried okra, and a rendition of shrimp and grits. 12 Centerpointe Dr, Ste 106, La Palma, CA 90623
WR Kitchen & Bar by Wood Ranch BBQ has opened in Laguna Niguel. Menu items include BBQ items such as tri tip and baby back ribs. Tacos and sandwiches are also served. 28061 Greenfield Dr, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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.