Restaurant Roll Call for March 2015

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More poke! More fun!

March saw a lot of openings. More poke, more ramen, and a challenger to the Lee's Sandwiches empire.

What follows is our monthly roll call of open-and-shut cases we wrote about in the past thirty days on this thing we call a food blog.

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Restaurant Roll Call for February 2015

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Anne Watson Photography
Fourth Street Market opens Feb. 16.

The big opening news this last month was Fourth Street Market, which, if we counted all the places that opened within it, accounts for twice as many openings as I'm about to list here. Last month also saw the opening of two new poke joints and the anticipated debut of Wursthaus in Santa Ana, a city that's now officially filled to the brim with new eateries.

What follows is our monthly roll call of open-and-shut cases we wrote about in the past thirty days on this thing we call a food blog.

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Restaurant Roll Call for January 2015

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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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