Costa Mesa 55 Tavern & Bowl Opens

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Ready for drunken gutter balls.
With the opening of Costa Mesa 55 Tavern & Bowl in what I am guessing is the space left behind by Virgin Megastore (or was it the Nike Town?) The Triangle looks like it has most of its vacant space occupied.

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Yushoken Ramen Opens Across From UCI

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Charles Lam
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As Charles reported late last year, the restaurant that was replacing Asia Noodle Cafe after its near 20-year run across from UCI at University Town Center was another noodle joint--a ramenya, to be exact, by the name of Yushoken.

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"Eureka! Discover American Craft" Restaurant and Bar Opens in Huntington Beach

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Burger!
What, you may ask, is that mouthful of a restaurant calling itself "Eureka! Discover American Craft"? It's an outfit that has eateries as far north as Seattle and as far south as San Diego, with a bar specializing in beer and bourbon.

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85°C Bakery Cafe Opens in Buena Park

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Edwin Goei
The line at the Irvine location
Six years ago, there was only one 85°C Bakery Cafe in America, and it was in Irvine's Diamond Jamboree. Now there are nine in Southern California alone. The latest one just opened in Buena Park at 5151 Beach Blvd. and it serves all the things the others serves: fresh baked bread gilded with all manner of savory toppings, pretty cakes, and their sea salt coffee drinks.

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Matcha Love Opens at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Costa Mesa, Serves Green Tea Soft Serve Ice Cream

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Often, after slurping Santoka's legendary but ultra savory bowls of ramen at Mitsuwa's food court in Costa Mesa, my mouth wants something cold, something sweet. Until now, that meant one of two things:

1. Some sort of boba drink at Sky Express.

Or

2. A box of mochi ice cream from the supermarket.

Now there's is a third and much preferable option--soft serve green tea ice cream by Matcha Love, a brand new purveyor that just opened at the food court.

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Wei Shian Noodle, Another Braised Beef Noodle Restaurant, Opens in Irvine

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Edwin Goei
The beef noodle at 101 Noodle Express
Before Liang's Kitchen closed, the 99 Ranch-anchored plaza had what I estimate to be at least four restaurants serving nou riu mian (braised beef noodle soup) and fried scallion pancakes. Some of the noteworthy ones: Lao Dong and 101 Noodle Express. Across the street, there's A&J.

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A Ramen Burger Joint Opens in Santa Ana

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It had to happen sooner or later. Toro Burger, a new burger joint that just opened in Santa Ana, is selling ramen burgers--those noodle hamburger hybrids that went viral last year and had everyone calling it the next cronut. And Keizo Shimamoto--the food blogger and ramen aficionado who invented the original ramen burger--does not appear to have anything to do with it.

See also: It's Here: A Recipe For The Ramen Burger

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Afters Ice Cream in Fountain Valley Sells Donuts Stuffed With Ice Cream

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The opening of a new ice cream shop not named Baskin Robbins is news enough, but one that sells said ice cream inside donuts can either be taken as cause for alarm for those already in danger of getting diabetes or cause for celebration for those who have always dreamt of such a union.

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India Kitchen Opens in Tustin

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Traditions in Tustin has closed to make way for India Kitchen, a new restaurant that seems intent on covering the whole gamut of the entire subcontinent. Where Traditions primarily focused on the cuisine of the North, with all its wonderful breads, India Kitchen looks like it will offer Southern, Northern, and even Indo-Chinese dishes, which usually means chicken and gobi Manchurian, and chilli chicken (yes, with two "L's").

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Vegan Cuisine in Fountain Valley Opens; Serves, Um, Vegan Cuisine...The Vietnamese Kind

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I can count all of the vegetarian Vietnamese restaurants in our county using one hand. There's Au Lac, Thuyen Vien, Bo De Tinh Tam Chay, Zen Vegetarian Restaurant, and Hoa Sen Vegetarian Restaurant.

With the opening of Vegan Cuisine, it seems I'll have to use the other hand. If I'm not mistaken, it is the county's sixth vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant.

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