The space that was formerly Two Left Forks in Dana Point is now Whitestone, a restaurant by Pizza e Vino owner Steve Dickus. The menu includes wild boar ragu over pappardelle and brown butter scallops with hijiki seaweed and togarashi. 34212 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
La Casita Olvera has opened a restaurant in Lake Forest. Along with Mexican specialities such as enchiladas, it offers a Sunday brunch buffet with bottomless mimosas. 41 Auto Center Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92610
A new restaurant called Saffron Cuisine of India has opened in Huntington Beach in the space that used to be Pizza Lounge. Tandoor specials, curries, and flatbreads are offered. 301 Main St, Ste 107, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Country Cafe, a diner which has locations in Seal Beach and Cypress, has opened a branch in Santa Ana. Breakfast and lunch is served. 2321 E 4th St, Ste A, Santa Ana, CA 92705
A restaurant called 501 Park Avenue Bistro has opened in Newport Beach. The menu offers such disparate items as the Impossible burger, pot roast, and ramen bowls with Korean pork meatballs. 501 Park Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662
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.