Creperie couple open their first brick-and-mortar in downtown Fullerton.
After 10 years catering and selling sweet and savory crepes from food trucks, Christian and Danielle Murcia have opened an all-day restaurant in their hometown, adding French beer and wine to the menu. A must-try: the HazelBerryAna dessert crepe. 115 S. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 714‑595‑9995, crepesbonaparte.com
Little Saigon legend relocates to Fountain Valley.
Brodard had been planning its move from behind the Mall of Fortune for years. It now has a sparkling space, all sleek lines and plush booths. But the signature nem nuong cuon (pork spring rolls) remain, as does the vast and stellar selection of Vietnamese favorites. 16105 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 657‑247-4401, brodardrestaurant.net
El Tamal Cocina Mexicana
Retooled Mexican favorite is dedicated to all things tamale in Garden Grove.
This festive restaurant is all about tamales—a dozen savory and sweet ones, along with a full all-day menu. Creations include a fried, bacon-wrapped tamale or a heap of fries loaded with grilled onions, carne asada, chorizo, and, yes, more hunks of fried tamale. 12432 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove, 714-537-6703, eltamalcm.com
Raw Bar by Slapfish
Huntington Beach seafood specialist adds an adjacent raw bar.
Surf City’s diminutive Raw Bar by Slapfish offers familiar favorites: briny oysters, clams steamed with a touch of fennel, and warm, buttery lobster rolls. They speak a bit more of New England than fusion-friendly SoCal, but they’re all prepared with Slapfish flair. 19694 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714-963-3900, slapfishrestaurant.com
Drink of the Month
Pink Moon // Blinking Owl Distillery
A staple at Blinking Owl’s bar in Santa Ana, the Pink Moon is all about aquavit, an aromatic spirit infused with caraway, hibiscus, dill, and fennel. It’s paired with lemon juice, Angostura bitters, and falernum (an almond-and ginger-flavored syrup) for a refreshing, warm-weather winner. 802 E Washington Ave, Santa Ana, 714-852-3947, blinkingowldistillery.com