Now Open: Pie Dog and A Bite Café

Photo by AMP
Simple. Sexy.

Downtown Fullerton and SanTana have no shortage of independently-owned, trendy dining concepts. Yet we gravitate to all of them, because supporting local businesses is how we show respect. Some of the newest spots can be found a couple of blocks from the main road--you just gotta know where to look.

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Panxa Cocina Brings New Mexican Flavors to Long Beach

Photos by Josue Rivas
It's Christmastime in the LBC

You might remember Arthur Gonzalez as the owner/chef of Belmont Shore's Roe Restaurant & Fish Market, a seafood joint that had to revert to serving its food out of a truck when renovations on its building hit roadblock after roadblock.

Roe finally folded last year after the retrofits to get the building up to code went nowhere. But Gonzalez re-emerged with Panxa Cocina, a restaurant he was developing as Roe's fate was stuck in bureaucratic hell. Panxa Cocina doesn't feel as if it were Plan B or an exit strategy; it's the restaurant Gonzalez was meant to helm all along.

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There's a Food Truck Called "Pho King Awesome"

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Sure you are.

Yes, there's a new food truck roaming the streets of Long Beach called "Pho King Awesome" which follows Pho King Way in Mission Viejo and many other phở purveyors who name their restaurants so that it ends up sounding like an obscene verb in the present participle.

But Pho King Awesome doesn't seem to be just a pho truck. Along with bowls of pho, Pho King Awesome also offers a fried rice they've dubbed "phunky", Asian tacos, Asian Cajun chicken, "Spamusushi", and egg rolls.

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Sweetee Thai Opens S. T. Noodle Bar in Long Beach

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This week, the Sweetee Thai family of restaurants, which includes the eateries in Cypress and Artesia, opened a new place in Long Beach they're dubbing S. T. Noodle Bar.

S. T. focuses on noodles. Khao soi, boat noodle, and rad nah are their specialties. But there's everything else you expect from a Thai joint, including rice, apps and a "Crying Tiger" salad.

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Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana in Fullerton Dazzles With Neapolitan Know-How

Photos by Jennifer Fedrizzi
What an oven!

At Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana, everything that counts comes from Naples. Extra-fine Caputo flour is used to make the dough. San Marzano tomatoes are imported not just because they're required for certification by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana--a group that designates whether a pizza is truly of the Naples style--but also because they happen to taste the best. And the oven--a cherry-red monolith covered with a mosaic of tiles that resembles the helmeted head of an X-Men villain--was hand-built using sand from Mount Vesuvius by Stefano Ferrara, who is to Neapolitan-style pizza ovens what Enzo Ferrari is to Italian sports cars. All the die-hard Neapolitan pizzaiolos of late swear by this man's fornos as much as they rely on the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana seal to prove they know how to use it.

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Bronx Sandwich Company Grand Opening In Tustin TODAY!

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Hot damn!

Technically open since early January, Bronx Sandwich Company may be the concept that breaks the property curse on the corner of Newport Avenue and Irvine Boulevard. Although its neighbor, Nieuport 17, has plans to close their doors for good next month. Maybe the unlucky streak simply shifted next door?

With a second location nearing completion in Anaheim, it was time for this East Coast-style deli to officially make its presence known. And what better method to debut than with an old-fashioned ribbon cutting! If you plan on heading northbound on the 5 freeway after work, go ahead and make the detour today-- you'll be glad you did.

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Mick's Karma Bar Owner Opens Pie Dog, A Beer-Burger-And-Sausage Bar Opens in Fullerton

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This puppy's open!

CORRECTION: I have just been informed that although Michael Schepers of Mick's Karma Bar was initially involved with Pie Dog, he no longer has a dog in the fight here (pardon the pun).

It is still open, however. And there are burgers afoot.



As Anne Marie revealed on this blog nearly two years agoMichael Schepers of Mick's Karma Bar had been planning a beer-burger-and-sausage bar in Downtown Fullerton. This weekend, the man who created one of OC's best burger joints (when he was just trying to open a juice bar in an Irvine office park), is ready to open Pie Dog (actually it's already soft-opened).

Here's the Facebook post announcing its opening this weekend:

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Garlic & Chives Is Little Saigon's Latest Hotspot

Photos by Jennifer Fedrizzi
Bring breath mints

If Little Saigon were Vegas, Bolsa Avenue would be its Fremont Street, and the intersection of Westminster Boulevard and Brookhurst Street would be where Las Vegas Boulevard meets Flamingo Road. The corner is arguably one of the busiest and buzziest in the Vietnamese enclave, boasting two of its most popular restaurants, Brodard and Boiling Crab, which are--stretching the analogy a little further--its Bellagio and Caesars Palace.

The newest and hottest here is Garlic & Chives.

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Wursthaus Is Finally Opening THIS FRIDAY

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Kristine Hoang

After a long, long wait, Wursthaus will finally be opening this Friday on February 20th in Downtown SanTana. As some of you know, we've been anticipating this since September 2014. Details for the grand opening (special deals and such) have not yet been confirmed, but soft opening activities will be starting early this week. So care to walk by - chances are you might be able to come in and try something. YES!

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Vegan Nirvana Opens in Huntington Beach

Screenshot of their Twitter.
Scraps was a restaurant that had a bad name but good intentions. The chef was young, but her cooking was always interesting (kimchi-flavored waffles and fried pig ears) even as it was hit-or-miss.

I wrote a review of Scraps a few weeks after it opened. It closed about a year and half later.

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