Here were are. In July. Half the year behind us. But to this list, it's another month of new restaurants. We saw two restaurants coming back for triumphant returns: Break of Dawn and The North Left (Née The Crosby).
But you know what was the most popular opening this month judging by the number of page views and Facebook likes? Another donut ice-cream joint. It might take another half year before any of us tire of donut ice-cream joints…and that's fine by me. Bring more on!
Here's the list of the open-and-shut cases we wrote about last month.
RESTAURANT/VENUES OPENED IN JUNE:
Farmers Markets at Crossroads and The Square, Irvine
Driftwood Kitchen, Laguna Beach
Veggie Grill, Irvine
85°C Bakery Cafe, Fullerton
Frozen Bar, Garden Grove
Break of Dawn, Laguna Hills
Ritter's Steam Kettle Kitchen, Huntington Beach
J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine, Tustin
Tastea, Costa Mesa
à la minute, Orange
The North Left, Santa Ana
Al Forno Caffe, Costa Mesa
RESTAURANT/VENUES CLOSED IN JUNE:
Paradise Perks, Irvine
Edwin Goei was born on the island of Java, grew up in La Habra, studied in Irvine, and eats everywhere. Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, he went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.