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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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

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Anne Marie Panoringan
#2.
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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Restaurant Roll Call for March 2014

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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.

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Restaurant Roll Call for February 2014

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Toro Burger Facebook
Ramen burgers inside
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.

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Restaurant Roll Call for January 2014

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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.

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.

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Restaurant Roll Call for December 2013

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It's the new year and a new month, which means time for another round-up of openings and closures we wrote about in the last month in this thing we call a food blog. Without further ado, here's the list, and happy new year!

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Restaurant Roll Call for November 2013

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The big opening last month is a steakhouse by the man you see above. Yes, Teemu Selanne's long-awaited restaurant, called Selanne's Steak Tavern, opened in the old French 75 space in Laguna Beach. There were others, of course, but in terms of coverage here on these here pages, they were the ice under the Selanne Zamboni.

Here are the other open and shut cases for November.

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