Restaurant Roll Call for January 2015

Open now!
The first month of the year and it's been a busy one. We lost another Fatburger in OC, but gained at least two Taiwanese joints. And this was the month Costa Mesa's Marukai turned into Tokyo Central, with revamped food court area that's integrated into the store itself.

Here's the rundown of last month's open-and-shut cases we wrote about.

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Restaurant Roll Call for December 2014

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Top Chef Shirley Chung

A lot of restaurants opened this month, but none so anticipated as Twenty Eight, the modern Chinese place by Top Chef finalist Shirley Chung in Irvine. But December was also the month we saw more Dunkin' Donuts, more Japanese-fast-food-fusion joints, and at least one more waffle shop.

Here's the rundown of the open-and-shut cases we wrote about this past month on this thing we call a food blog.

And happy new year!

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Restaurant Roll Call for November 2014

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Anne Marie Panoringan
There be Filipino fried chicken at the end of the line!
If you're Filipino or married to one and you live in triangle enclosed by the 55, the 5, and the 405, then the big opening last month was that of Seafood City in Irvine. Along with it came the first outpost of Jollibee, Red Ribbon, and Valerios in the Irvine area--all of which are staples of Pinoy communities elsewhere. But there were other notable openings we wrote about, too.

Here's our list of open-and-shut cases we chronicled on these here pages we call a food blog.

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Restaurant Roll Call for October 2014

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Your flight has arrived.
Time again for our monthly roll call of open-and-shut-cases we wrote about last month. The most notable was the debut of Barley Forge Brewing Co. in Costa Mesa.

Here's the rest of the list.

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Restaurant Roll Call for September 2014

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Edwin Goei
There be oodles of noodles inside!
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.

Here's the rest of the list.

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Restaurant Roll Call for August 2014

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Charles Lam
This is what you've been waiting for.
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.

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.

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Restaurant Roll Call for July 2014

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Seared Maine diver scallop from Oak Grill
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.

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.

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Restaurant Roll Call for June 2014

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Anne Marie Panoringan
It looks good even without the filter.
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).

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.

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Restaurant Roll Call for May 2014

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Poki bowl
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.

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Restaurant Roll Call for April 2014

Anne Marie Panoringan
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.

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.

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