Hoods: Opening Act

New food options—for people and their pets—are taking center stage near Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Raku Sushi 

You can get nearly any type of roll you want at this new sushi and teriyaki spot, from spicy tuna and rainbow rolls to the deep-fried Las Vegas roll filled with spicy crabmeat, salmon, tuna, cream cheese, and jalapeno ($4.75 to $15.95). But the most intriguing items on the menu might be the sushi burritos—rice, cucumber, pickled cabbage, and crunchy noodles paired with proteins ($10.95 to $15.95)—perfect for grab-and-go meals. 3941 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, 714-689-3295

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End lunch on a sweet note with SubVegan’s plant-based, organic baked goods such as croissants, carrot cake, and chocolate espresso cake.

This yearling sandwich shop is true to its name: Most of the menu is devoted to plant-based versions of classic submarine sandwiches ($8.95 and up), including Italian, corned beef, club, turkey, and meatball subs. There’s also the veggie-packed Mother Earth, with avocado, arugula, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, pepperoncini, and black olives. All subs pair well with the house-made strawberry-mint or blueberry limeades ($4.95). 3930 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, 714-852-3896

Egg LXIII 

Shoppers can fuel up at this spot at the Collage Culinary Experience near Bloomingdale’s. The short menu focuses on egg sandwiches, from the simple Los Angeles, with scrambled egg, American cheese, and spicy aioli ($8.75), to the intense Dallas, with egg, pulled pork, coleslaw, shishito peppers, and barbecue sauce ($11.75). Tater tots ($3.25 for a small) are a must; order the version with truffle oil and Parmesan cheese ($7.25) for a splurge. 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 657-247-0489

Petlingo

This cheerful pet shop has everything you’d expect: a wall of colorful plush and chew toys, a selection of pet food, and a handful of other supplies such as dog carriers, leashes, and collars. But most dog parents come in for the treat bar, where you can mix-and-match dog treats and pay by the pound. Don’t miss the fresh-baked seasonal dog cookies, cupcakes, and cakes. Preorder a cake, and they’ll decorate it to your specifications. 3901 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, 949-344-1747

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