You like carnitas slow braised in a wood oven? All-you-can-eat Korean barbecue? Slow-roasted pork osso-buco (with garlic yucca mashed potatoes)? Satisfy your foodie cravings with our monthly update of new and soon-to-open restaurants. Your taste buds will thank you.
- Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen has opened in The Market Place, offering California-Latin dishes that put a modern twist on the culinary heritage of Mexico and Latin America. Special offer here.
- Chai Lan Restaurant has opened in Northpark Plaza, specializing in Korchi-style cuisine, with Korean-style Chinese noodles, dumplings, a variety of rice, meat and vegetable dishes.
- The Cut has opened at Westpark Plaza, bringing its award-winning, handcrafted burgers from one of O.C’s favorite food trucks to a new storefront. Special offer here.
- Daphne’s California Greek has opened at The Market Place, offering California-fresh salads, flatbread pizzas, pita sandwiches and grilled meats and seafood with savory Mediterranean undertones. Special offer here.
- I Can BBQ Korean Grill has opened in Oak Creek Shopping Center, offering all-you-can-eat meats, traditional side dishes and tabletop fire grills.
- Nekter Juice Bar has opened in The Square, offering 100% all natural, raw, vegan juices, smoothies, specialty drinks, cleanse programs and more.
- Olives Branch Express has opened in Alton Square, offering quick-serve Mediterranean restaurant featuring kabobs, shawarmas, gyros and more of your favorite authentic Greek dishes.
- Chronic Tacos is expected to open its second Irvine location this fall in Walnut Village Center, offering the same fresh Mexican food from authentic, third-generation recipes.
- Habana is expected to open its second O.C. location this summer at Irvine Spectrum Center, offering authentic Cuban and Pan-Latin cuisine.
- Inchin’s Bamboo Garden is expected to open this fall at Crossroads, offering a fusion of Indian and Chinese cuisines (the name combines the two words) inspired by ‘feel good’ street food as well as the finest Indian and Chinese cooking styles.
- JA Jiaozi Authentic Dumplings is expected to open this summer at The Market Place. This is the first American outpost for the popular Chinese restaurant (pronounced ja jao-ji) specializing in Beijing-style dumplings served steamed, boiled or pan-fried.
- Poke Me is expected to open this summer at University Park Center, offering build-your-own-bowls of Hawaii’s popular raw-seafood salads known as poké.