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There's Now A Poke Food Truck

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Another week, another post reporting another new poke shop. But this week, I've got something a little different. This one's a poke food truck. Remember food trucks, kids? Yep, the latest food trend has finally circled back to catch up with the last one.

The Poke Hut, despite the static-sounding name, is an honest-to-goodness food truck that drives around serving poke bowls similar to what you've probably had, well, at all the other new poke shops I've written about in the past few months. We're talking white or brown rice topped with salmon or tuna dressed in either ponzu, shoyu, or spicy mayo, then garnished with green onion, onion, fruitcake furikake (damn you, AutoCorrect!), masago, and seaweed.

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Jason's By The Circle Opens in Orange

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Jason's By The Circle's Facebook
Ways and Means, we hardly knew you.
As I wrote a few weeks ago here, the space near the Orange Circle that used to be Spiros, which turned into the high-falutin' seafood restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef called Ways and Means, has been taken over by Jason Kordas, who used to own Jason's Downtown in Santa Ana.

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Tony Roma's In Fullerton Is Now Harbor Prime Restaurant


Tony Roma's in Fullerton has been a fixture in its spot at the corner of Harbor and Orangethorpe for as long as I can remember. Now it has closed and turned into a new restaurant called Harbor Prime.


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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's Rock & Brews Opens in Buena Park

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Buena Park, are you ready to rock and roll all night and party every day? And um, have some hot wings and pizza? The Starchild and The Demon, a.k.a. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, are close to officially opening a branch of their Rock & Brews restaurant right across from Medieval Times and their sword-clanging knights at 7777 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park.

If you haven't heard of it, the first Rock & Brews opened in El Segundo in 2012 and has since expanded to more locations including Redondo Beach, LAX, Maui, Albuquerque, and Orlando, planning for about 100 more restaurants in the coming years.

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Harmony Tea Bar Opens in Mission Viejo

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Tea and boba joints open all the time, all over, but not as often in South County. Recently, a new tea and boba joint called Harmony Tea Bar opened in Mission Viejo, which joins just a scant number other boba joints and tea shops in the area.

Harmony is owned by a husband and wife team who met on eHarmony, which may explain the name. But if you remember Harmony Tea Bar at all, it might have been from their appearance at the OC Night Market a few months ago.

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Noodles & Company Opens First OC Outlet in Orange

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Pho, ramen, spaghetti, pad Thai--OC has oodles of noodles. Now a new noodle restaurant called Noodles & Company has landed in OC to offer even more. If you're not familiar with Noodles & Company, you should be. The chain is everywhere, with 472 restaurants nationwide and in Canada, 411 of them company-owned and 61 franchises.

The company is based in Colorado, founded in 1995 by an ex-Pepsi exec and now headed by an ex-Chipotle exec. It's traded on the NASDAQ and reported $115.2 million in revenue last quarter. But here's how big they are: their website is noodles.com.

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Uroko Cafe Opens in Costa Mesa; Chaya Closes

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Poke proliferation.
Chaya, the Costa Mesa Japanese cafe that we've written about and awarded for its salad dressing some three years ago, is now shuttered and has become Uroko Cafe. Care to guess what Uroko Cafe sells? Yes. Uroko continues the proliferation of poke. It is the umpteenth poke shop to open within this past year and it won't be the last, not even in the same block. Another poke store is slated to open soon down the street at Bristol and Baker any day now.


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45. Tijuana-Style Carne Asada Tacos at Tio Flaco's

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Dave Lieberman
¡ÓRALE!

Real carne asada, long the dominion of tíos armed with barbecue grills in their yards on Sunday after Mass, is finally starting to make its way into restaurants north of the border. San Diego has a branch of Tijuana's Tacos el Poblano; there's a taco stand at a llantera in South L.A. that even gets nervous Westsiders to venture south of MLK; even Vegas has TJ-style tacos at Tacos el Gordo. But Orange County has been slow to adopt; we love our lonchera flat-top carne asada too much.

But after we published the Only Taco Guide to Orange County You'll Ever Need last week, reader Jim Flores chimed in with Tío Flaco's, a brand-new taco shop in on Magnolia Avenue that grills their meat over wood fire.


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Poki Yaki Opens in Buena Park

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The Medium Poke Bowl


The poke proliferation continues. Yet another poke shop has opened. This time it's in Buena Park in what used to be, you guessed it, a generic teriyaki and California roll joint. It's called Poki Yaki and if you're judging just by its operating model, it can be argued that it's copying Pokinometry, OC's poke pioneer, nearly down to the letter.


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Now Open: Sessions West Coast Deli In Huntington Beach

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Grilled cheese make out session

Debuting earlier than planned, Sessions Huntington Beach coincided with the Vans US Open of Surfing. What better place to conquer your hunger at the beach? Prime real estate has our second favorite restaurant facing Pacific Coast Highway, a crosswalk away from the pier.

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