Time for our monthly round-up of open-and-shut-cases we wrote about last month. Among the notable ones was the debut of Capital Noodle Bar, a spin-off from the Capital chain, and that someone finally moved in to the old Battle of the Dance building.
Edwin Goei There be oodles of noodles inside!
Here's the rest of the list.
If you were anywhere near South Coast Plaza last month, you already know that the biggest restaurant opening in OC has three words and an insane wait time: Din Tai Fung.
Charles Lam This is what you've been waiting for.
But if you're the kind of person who doesn't care for their xiaolongbaos (or are perhaps unaware what a xiaolongbao is and why Din Tai Fung is a big deal), then perhaps you'll say that the big restaurant opening this month is Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in Anaheim, just blocks away from Disneyland.
Either way, you're right.
However, if you don't know why these two restaurants are newsworthy, keep reading this blog in the coming weeks: we'll tell you. This post is just a roundup of the open-and-shut cases we wrote about this month.
Time for another Restaurant Roll Call, where we roundup all the open and shut cases we wrote about the past month on this thing called a food blog.
Anne Marie Panoringan Seared Maine diver scallop from Oak Grill
And my was there a lot of openings, including the first (if I'm not mistaken) buffet to serve soul food, two wine bars in DTSA, and a poutine restaurant.
Here were are. In July. Half the year behind us. But to this list, it's another month of new restaurants. We saw two restaurants coming back for triumphant returns: Break of Dawn and The North Left (Née The Crosby).
Anne Marie Panoringan It looks good even without the filter.
But you know what was the most popular opening this month judging by the number of page views and Facebook likes? Another donut ice-cream joint. It might take another half year before any of us tire of donut ice-cream joints...and that's fine by me. Bring more on!
Here's the list of the open-and-shut cases we wrote about last month.More »
Summer is here. May is gone. And thus, it's time for another round-up of new restaurants we noticed opened this month. Among the notables: There were two poke joints that opened and Alessandro Pirozzi of Cucina Alessa fame opened a new place in Corona Del mar. Without further ado, here's the rest of the list.
We had a few notable openings this past month, but not that much. The Winery opened #2 in Newport Beach where Villa Nova used to be. And the county welcomed its second Malaysian restaurant in Old Malaya Grill, which is decidedly not so old.
Anne Marie Panoringan #2.
But the good news is that there weren't many closures to talk about, and of those that did shutter, barely anybody noticed.
Here's our monthly rundown.
March's big new opening was just like it was last month: it involved donuts. And both debuted in Fountain Valley, which seems to have some sort of monopoly on hype-driven donut concepts. Donut Bar which opened officially this past weekend doesn't stuff their donuts with ice cream like Afters, but it sure didn't stop people from obsessing over it.
So yeah, donuts seemed to be what y'all cared about in the past month. But we did write about other restaurants and eateries that opened, and closed. Here's our monthly roundup of open and shut cases.More »
Hey kids! It's Restaurant Roll Call time again! So let's talk about it. There were two restaurant openings last month that blew up big: Toro Burgers and Afters Ice Cream. And it was here that the world first heard about the ramen burgers Toro served and the donuts stuffed with ice cream at Afters. But there were other openings we wrote about this last month that didn't involve viral food trends, and here is the list.
Toro Burger Facebook Ramen burgers inside
This past month was a bruiser. So many restaurants and venues--some new, some old--went kaput. Some were already on life support since December (Assi Natural Market and Seasons of Japan), while other closures were a complete surprise (Chakra and Traditions). And by the looks of it, February may bring even more.
Photo by our anonymous tipster
In spite of this, there were some notable openings: including the triumphant return of Renzo Macchiavello, who himself was on the closure list two years ago when his Irvine "Renzo's Taste of Peru" shuttered.More »