4 Spots to Check Out in Irvine Right Now

New takeout options join established favorites in an Irvine center.
4 Spots to Check Out in Irvine Right Now
Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Paderia Bakehouse
The cookies ($4) alone would be enough reason to visit this popular bakery. The chocolate walnut variety made with Belgian chocolate are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, while the peanut butter chocolate cookies are as rich as brownies. But don’t miss the other specialties, especially the iced horchata drinks ($4.25 to $5) and the Portuguese egg tarts ($2.50), flaky pastry shells filled with caramelized custard. 17935 MacArthur Blvd., 949-287-8931

The Goban
Opened in April, this takeout online spot shares space with eight other restaurants in an office park storefront. The short menu consists of Korean-style rice bowls ($10 to $12) and bento boxes ($14 to $17) filled with bulgogi beef, galbi chicken, pork katsu, and fried tofu, alongside broccoli, bean sprouts, pickled red cabbage, and dumplings. Order online or through the touch screen at the counter. 17951 Sky Park Circle, 949-889-0083

Hui Wei Kitchen
This new Taiwanese restaurant offers only delivery and takeout and provides plenty of ways to customize your order. You can make your own hot pot from a list of more than 20 ingredients that includes everything from spicy tofu and fish dumplings to veggies such as shiitake mushrooms and lotus root slices. Or you can choose a traditional bento box ($15 to $17), with braised pork belly or stewed chicken leg. 17961 Sky Park Circle, 949-619-5922

Liberty Diamonds
Founded as a diamond cutter and wholesaler nearly 40 years ago, this fine jeweler run by a father and son still sells loose diamonds. But it is better known today for creating elegant diamond jewelry, from stud earrings to tennis bracelets, and custom-designed engagement and wedding rings made with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and garnets. There’s even a line of jewelry for wedding party gifts. 18009 Sky Park Circle, 949-261-8663

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