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Now Open: Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach

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Anne Marie Panoringan
That VIEW!

"Inside or outside?" the host inquired. That viewpoint above is considered INSIDE. Beyond the picture windows, a handful of tables along the perimeter make for even better sunset panoramic shots. We pulled up to the Pacific Edge Hotel (valet parking only) for an impromptu girl's night out during their inaugural dinner service last Tuesday.

Since Driftwood's menu is not up on their website, we're here to provide some general reconnaissance. In no way is this a review, but a brief summary of their evening options.

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Veggie Grill Opens In Tustin Irvine Marketplace; $50 Gift Cards To First 50 Guests

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Jonathan Ho
Veggie Girl
Veggie Grill is kind of everywhere now, having infiltrated markets as far as Washington since it began in Irvine in 2006. There are four in Orange County alone (three in Irvine, one in Laguna Niguel), and now there's going to be a fifth, which will be its 25th store overall.

The 2,900 square foot location that used to be Pat & Oscars next to Edwards Theater at The Marketplace (13786 Jamboree Road, Tustin, Irvine, CA 92602) will open as a Veggie Grill this Thursday, June 26th at 11 a.m.


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85°C Bakery Cafe Opens in Fullerton

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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 four in Orange County alone. The latest one just opened in Fullerton at 535 N. Commonwealth Ave., 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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Frozen Bar in Garden Grove Sells Donuts Stuffed With Ice Cream

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Frozen Bar Facebook Page
More donuts stuffed with ice cream!
When Afters Ice Cream opened a few months ago and introduced their ice-cream-stuffed donut confections called "Milky Buns", it was only a matter of time before there were going to be others.

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Now Open (Again!): Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills

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Anne Marie Panoringan
My new favorite. Thanks for sharing, Ming!

One spot our food blog team has nothing but love for remains below the El Toro Y. Break of Dawn shifted spaces within Oakbrook Village Shopping Center, returning from a three month and 15 day hiatus on Father's Day. I crawled out of bed Sunday morning to join a baker, his lovely wife and their crew of restaurant owners for brunch.

What's changed? Nothing and everything. The menu is as memorable as ever, with Nguyen sporting a Costa Mesa police cap as he preps for incoming diners who learned of his reopening the old-fashioned way-- by paying attention to their friends' Facebook feeds. The space, on the other hand, has evolved.

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Ritter's Steam Kettle Kitchen Opens In Huntington Beach

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Dustin Ames
It's Ritter time!
There are going to be more Cajun steam kettle joints coming to OC, such as Kettlebar, which will open when Union Market opens at The District in Tustin, but right now it's Ritter's time.

Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking, which has been open in Santa Ana since Fall of last year a few blocks from South Coast Plaza, has finally opened store number two in Huntington Beach, smack dab in downtown at 180 5th St, Ste 130.

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J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine Opens at The District In Tustin

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Edwin Goei
J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine
It's been about three years since Pablo's Cantina shuttered at The District in Tustin. Even longer since Bistro West closed in that very spot. Does anybody even remember Bistro West?

Now a new restaurant has moved in. J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine is the restaurant that's owned (at least the last time I checked) by the owner of Happy Harbor Restaurant in Rowland Heights, whose name is Jackie Jin Qi Zhou. As we originally reported two years ago, it, too, was supposed to be called Happy Harbor, but a lot of things can happen in two years.

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Free Organic Coffee at Tastea in Costa Mesa until Friday

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If you have a habit of trawling the boba shop-riddled landscape of Rowland Heights, you might have come across one called Tastea. And if you actually drive up from the Costa Mesa area to get to it, or the existing one in Garden Grove, you may not have to anymore. The mini chain has opened a store in Costa Mesa at 1175 Baker Street, Suite E-21, and to make people aware of its existence in an area that's, well, not entirely boba-friendly, today until Friday, June 13th, it will be giving out "free organic mini coffees" from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

It will hold its grand opening on Saturday, June 14th.

Here's a cut-and-paste job I did on a press release I got on what they actual serve:

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à la minute, A New Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Shop, Opens in Orange

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Another liquid nitrogen ice cream shop has opened in OC. à la minute (yes, all in lower case) uses tanks of the same substance that Creamistry in Irvine and Poof in Buena Park uses to instantly freeze milk, cream and sugar into, well, the stuff you already know by now, made to order under billowing vapor clouds.

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The North Left, Spiritual Sucessor of The Crosby, Is Now Open

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The North Left
Awww yeahhh

Great news coming out of Downtown Santa Ana: The North Left, the spiritual successor of the Crosby, is now open for business.

They actually had a soft opening last week (which I heard went phenomenally well) to work out the kinks, but now it's prime time. Go tonight. It's located at 400 N. Broadway in the same space as the Crosby, and they'll be serving a very similar menu -- hip, new American cuisine with a focus on the local and the fresh (I hear all of the desserts are gluten free).

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