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Sushi Roku, the popular Los Angeles-based sushi concept, will be making its Orange County debut June 1, when it opens its doors in Fashion Island. As the name suggests, the venue will be serving up sushi and sashimi, along with an eclectic array of specialty rolls. The menu will also feature modern Japanese fare created with a California influence. Guests will be able to round out their dining experience with a selection from the venue’s beer, wine and sake list. Lunch & Dinner daily. Sushi Roku Newport Beach, Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr. Ste 327, Newport Beach, CA 92660, no phone.
Luna Kutsi has opened in downtown Santa Ana, in the space formerly occupied by Memphis at the Santora. The restaurant is serving regional Mexican cuisine that encompasses the different traditions of the country’s eclectic culinary scene, from Baja California to the Yucatan peninsula and all spaces in between. The venue also features cocktails and late-night dining. For more information, visit www.lunakutsi.com. Dinner nightly. Luna Kutsi, 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, no phone.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, the Austin, Texas-based burger and beer restaurant, is opening its first location in Orange County this summer. The eatery will set up shop in Newport Beach’s swanky outdoor shopping center Fashion Island. The menu will be highlighted by a list of burgers featuring all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus beef, which is grinded in-house. Guests will be able to pair their burgers with a selection from the list of local craft beers. Lunch & Dinner daily. Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Fashion Island, 401 Newport Coast Dr., Ste. 311, Newport Beach, CA 92660, No phone available.
Dory Deli has opened its doors next to the Newport Beach pier. The restaurant's name references the area’s historic fish market. It serves up a list of breakfast items and salads, along with a host of traditional and artisanal sandwiches, including several vegetarian offerings. The eatery also features a wine and beer list highlighted by the presence of several local craft brews. Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner daily. Dory Deli, 2108 3/4 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-220-7886.
Eats Kitchen & Bar, Orange County’s latest foray into the swelling gastropub genre, has opened in the newly renovated Hotel Irvine, formerly the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Executive chef Jason Montelibano, who previously oversaw the kitchen of Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana, has cobbled together a small plates menu consisting of updated versions of classic comfort food. The restaurant, which will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, also features a host of craft beers and wine flights. For more information, visit www.hotelirvine.com. Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner daily. Eats Kitchen & Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92614, 949-230-4452.
Cucina Enoteca has rolled out a second Orange County location, in Newport Beach’s famed shopping center Fashion Island. Like the original OC space, the new space features an array of rustic Italian cuisine and an extensive list of wines that may be purchased at retail prices. Cucina Enoteca, Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-706-1416.
Jazz Brunch at Scott’s Restaurant & Bar
Scott’s Restaurant & Bar brings the worlds of cuisine and music together by hosting a jazz brunch. This weekly gathering, co-hosted by 88.1 KJAZZ FM on-air personality Bubba Jackson and Scott’s General Manager Robert Redaelli, allows guests to unwind by enjoying live jazz music from talented artists. Select dishes include eggs Benedict with Dungeness crab; pulled pork pancakes with bourbon maple syrup, butternut squash and fried egg; and brioche French toast. Guests can also indulge in various brunch cocktails, as well as a Bloody Mary bar. Scott's Restaurant & Bar Sunday Jazz Brunch, South Coast Plaza, 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-979-2400.
Burgers, Bourbons, & Brews in May
Leatherby’s Café Rouge in Costa Mesa is featuring a special Burgers, Bourbons, & Brews special. For the entire month of May, executive chef Ross Pangilinan will be putting together a most decadent spin on an American classic. The burger itself will feature a Filipino longganisa patty, seared foie gras, pickled mango, fried egg, fried garlic aioli, tomato and green onions. The burger will be served with sweet potato wedges and house-made banana dipping sauce. Guests can also pair this upscale combo with a flight of either Bulleit bourbon or San Miguel Pilsen. The cost is $28 for the burger, $36 for the beer pairing, or $40 for the bourbon pairing. Leatherby's Cafe Rouge, Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-429-7640.
Unpretentious Wine Thursdays at Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street hosts Unpretentious Wine Thursdays, a monthly get-together designed to take the perceived starch out of wine tasting. Guests gather in the downtown Fullerton restaurant’s heated outdoor patio to enjoy pairings of wines from a selected vintner with the restaurant’s Cajun-inspired contemporary fare. The cost of the event is $20, and is slated to run from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The event occurs on the third Thursday of the month. Bourbon Street, 110 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-626-0050.
Scott Brandon is no longer the executive chef at Fireside An American Tavern. No reasons for his departure was announced. The Costa Mesa venue, which is housed inside the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa hotel, has not named a replacement chef. Fireside An American Tavern, Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County, 3131 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-913-9061.
Charlie Palmer’s at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza closed its doors after a seven-year run. The restaurant had been one of the culinary flagships of the famed Costa Mesa shopping center. It will be replaced with gourmet burger concept Holstein’s Shakes & Buns. The new eatery, whose original location is in The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, is slated to open late summer. Charlie Palmer's at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
Lark Creek Newport Beach at Fashion Island in Newport Beach has shuttered. This was the first foray into Orange County for the San Francisco-based Lark Creek Restaurant Group. Lark Creek Newport Beach, Fashion Island, 957 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, no phone.
The downtown Huntington Beach location of RA Sushi has closed. No reason was given for its closure, and there have been no announced plans for a replacement venue to operate in its former space. RA Sushi’s Tustin location, located at The District at Tustin Legacy, remains open for business. RA Sushi, 155 5th St., Ste. 183, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, no phone.
Harlow’s has closed its doors. The restaurant, which was located away from the tourist-fueled section of San Juan Capistrano, did not give a reason behind its shuttering. There have been no announced plans to replace the now-abandoned space with a new dining concept. Harlow's, 31111 Rancho Viejo Rd., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, no phone.
Nieuport 17 served its last meal to customers March 31, 2015. The venerable aviation-themed Tustin restaurant, which has been known for its Continental cuisine, closed its doors after 45 years of service, due to a decline in business. No future plans for the restaurant’s building have been announced. Nieuport 17, 13051 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA 92780, no phone.
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