Restaurant Roll Call for April 2012

What a busy, busy month in this crazy business of restaurants. We Forkers observed everything from the opening of a new French restaurant by the ex-chef at The Cellar, to a new Brazilian BBQ, to another food truck gone brick and mortar, to a waffle sandwich shop that seems to challenge Bruxie. 

Of course, there were closures. One restaurant was barely a year-old. The other was an 65-year-old institution. Both took us by surprise.

Here's this month's restaurant roll call.



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Location Info


19696 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

Paninoteca Maggio

304 Main St., Santa Ana, CA

Category: General

The Iron Press

3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Bleu

918 S. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, CA

Category: Restaurant

Makino Seafood Buffet

1818 Main St., Irvine, CA

Category: Restaurant

Hot N Juicy Crawfish

15972 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA

Category: Restaurant

Woori Market

14551 Red Hill Ave., Tustin, CA

Category: General

Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop

234 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, CA

Category: Restaurant

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