Working Class Kitchen Now Open In Long Beach

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Nice to meat you

Last Thursday was day one for the newest concept from the team that brought you Michael's on Naples, Chianina Steakhouse and Michael's Pizzeria. With a catchy yet cryptic name, Working Class Kitchen's industrial space celebrated in style-- offering foie gras crostini to all patrons.

A sustainable, all-natural deli and butchery, their motto is Sine Labore Nihil. Translated literally it's Without Labor Nothing. We see it as a reminder that hard work pays off. Without a formal website, we poked around to learn about what's in their deli case.

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Kingchops, Taiwanese Pork Chop Specialist, Now Open in Irvine

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Chop chop!
O.C.'s unofficial Taiwan Town just got more Taiwaneseier. Kingchops--a Taiwanese fried pork chop specialist that's actually from Taiwan--has opened in Irvine next to Clay Oven at the corner of Irvine Center and Jeffrey.

As mentioned before on this blog, there's also a branch in the City of Industry that serves pork chop rice (Pai Gu Fan)--basically a plank of deep-fried pork served with rice dotted with soy-sauce-seasoned ground pork, veggies and a hard-boiled egg. Also on the menu there and now at this store: pork chop noodles, either served dry or submerged in soup.

There's also fried chicken, if you're more inclined.


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Twenty Eight in Irvine Is Good--Even If You've Never Seen Top Chef

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Roll 'em up

By the time I heard that Top Chef contestant Shirley Chung was opening a restaurant in Irvine, my interest in the show had long since waned. Maybe I should've stuck around until its 11th season, in which Chung was a finalist, because when I went to Twenty Eight--the modern Chinese eatery she opened in the space vacated by Kimera--I felt as if I were the only one at a rock concert who didn't know any of the words.


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Ninjas With Appetite Food Truck Opens Brick-and-Mortar in Downtown Santa Ana

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The Lime Truck. Seabirds. Dos Chinos. All the cool trucks are doing it: setting up brick-and-mortar restaurants. Soon the Burnt Truck and Dogzilla collaboration called Burntzilla will open a restaurant in Irvine.

But before that happens, the Ninjas With Appetite Food Truck have debuted their brick-and-mortar at the location of the former Grilled Cheese Spot, the shuttered sandwich shop by the Crosb...er, North Left folks.

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Panxa Cocina Opens in Long Beach

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Chef Arthur Gonzalez's new restaurant, called Panxa Cocina, has opened in Long Beach at the spot recently vacated by Christy's on Broadway. Christy's closed last summer after a 20-year run. It was named after its owner, Christy Bono, who is the late Sonny Bono's daughter.

You might remember Gonzalez as the owner and chef of ROE Restaurant of Belmont Shore, a seafood joint that had to revert to serving its food out of a truck when renovations on its building hit road block after road block.

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Bowl Of Heaven Opens in Laguna Niguel; Tustin and HB Next

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Bowled over.
We talk a lot about those assembly-line pizza joints popping up all over; but those acai bowl purveyors aren't that far behind.

At last check, there's Banzai Bowls, Acai Republic, Barefoot Bowls, Nekter, Birdie Bowl & Juicery, and that's just the ones I remember. Bowl of Heaven is another. It already has stores in Newport Beach and RSM, and this week it will open one in Laguna Niguel at 23954 Aliso Creek Rd., next to Whole Foods.

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Boiling Point Opens Second Restaurant in Irvine

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And then there were two.
I'm not saying that Boiling Point's opening of their second Irvine restaurant mere steps away from the first one was planned to coincide with the coldest week we've had all year, but boy is it good timing. This kind of weather is made for their hot pots.

If you missed my review of the first Irvine store (which is still there), here's a summary:


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Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai Shows That Costa Mesa is OC's Ramen Town

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Bowl it up

Surely you've heard about the recent study that linked instant ramen to heart attacks and diabetes and that the chemical preservative tertiary-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ, a petroleum byproduct) is an often-used ingredient. This is why you should shun those freeze-dried packets of cheapness and convenience and instead eat more real ramen. I'm talking about real noodles in a made-from-scratch soup full of porkiness. And the city where you can get it has always been Costa Mesa. OC's Ramen Town is home not only to the venerable Santouka, with its rich-as-gravy broths; Ramen Yamadaya, with its equally weighty bowls of liquid bacon; but also to the indies Mentatsu and Ramen Zetton, which has a vegetarian ramen that's perhaps even better than the one made with pig.

Before it closed earlier this year, there used to be Kohryu, a cult favorite famous for bowls flecked with its signature deep-fried, charred bits of green onion. But we don't call it Ramen Town for nothing. Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai quickly took its spot in August--the first U.S. store of a chain that has about 60 locations in Japan.


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Another Ramen Burger Joint Opens; Also a Katsu Sandwich Shop

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Mmm...pork sandwicccchhh...
I suppose it started with the O.G. Ramen Burger, then there was Samurai Burrito, and Toro Burger. For a lack of a better word, I'll call it fast-food-fusion, where Japanese flavors and ingredients are incorporated into the Western ideas of sandwiches, burgers, and burritos.


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Dunkin' Donuts Opens in Long Beach; Laguna Hills Location Next

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You East Coasters who've been flocking to Downey for the first Dunkin' Donuts around these here parts in a long, long time can now also flock to Long Beach; Another one just opened there last week at 5560 E 7th St.

And for those who are in South County who'd rather go to the one in Camp Pendleton rather than schlep it to Long Beach, well, there's good news: there will be a Laguna Hills Dunkin' Donuts soon.

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