Tupelo Junction Cafe
A Santa Barbara favorite migrates to Newport Beach.
→Tupelo Junction was a State Street staple for years, known for its all-day menu of Southern favorites. Late last year it closed and resurfaced in Newport Beach, and we’re luckier for it: cinnamon‑apple beignets, fried green tomato BLT, pecan‑crusted trout. 508 29th St., Newport Beach, 949-877-0280, tupelojunction.com
Arc Pizza House
A new, pizza-centric offshoot of the popular restaurant
→Team Noah and Marin von Blom shuttered beloved brunch staple Restaurant Marin (a retooled version is expected in Newport Beach), and in its place is Arc Pizza House. Wood-fired pizzas are the draw—think toppings such as roasted duck and romesco—but Arc’s full lunch and dinner menu are available, too. 3321 Hyland Ave., 949-500-5561, arcrestaurant.com
Tortas & Bionicos “Nice”
Snacky Santa Ana spot takes hefty tortas to Placentia.
→Expect a little bit of everything at Tortas & Bionicos “nice”—toasty, sizable tortas, a roster of mariscos, even breakfast. But the snack-focused restaurant, expanded from its Santa Ana original, is best known for its fruit salads and overloaded desserts. Cool off with a mango raspados. 616 W. Chapman Ave., Placentia, 657‑444‑9100
Sibling of beloved Ma’s Chinese Islamic comes to Laguna Hills.
→Anaheim legend Ma’s Chinese Islamic has spawned offshoots and imitators, and now there’s Ma’s House in Laguna Hills. It’s a sleeker space, but all the favorites remain, such as spice‑kissed cumin lamb, sesame bread shot through with green onion, and thick, knife-cut noodles. 24291 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949‑951‑1577, mashouserestaurant.com