Scraps was a restaurant that had a bad name but good intentions. The chef was young, but her cooking was always interesting (kimchi-flavored waffles and fried pig ears) even as it was hit-or-miss.
I wrote a review of Scraps a few weeks after it opened. It closed about a year and half later.
Now the location has a new tenant called Vegan Nirvana, where the only ears you'll probably see has to do with corn. But judging by its Twitter account, Vegan Nirvana has a space-alien theme. Yes. A space-alien theme.
There are menu items such as "Deep Sea Meditation" (fried vegan shrimp), "Kingdom of God" (vegan chicken) which is served with "Wisdom Sauce", and a salad called "Garden of Eden" with "Almighty Dressing".
Let's hope it develops more than a cult following.
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.