Tim Ho Wan
Chain’s Michelin-starred classics make California debut in Irvine.
Tim Ho Wan is a minimalistic dim sum hall that arrives in Irvine with an impeccable pedigree. The restaurant’s classics are all here (think baked barbecue pork buns, shrimp har gow, and pan-fried turnip cakes), but so are California-only offerings of shrimp toast and fried bean curd with avocado. Want to skip the line? There’s a takeout window, too. 2700 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 262-888-8828
Taka Roasty Bowls
Pan-Asian barbecue bowls star at Buena Park’s best new grab-and-go lunch.
Workers in nearby offices should rejoice at the arrival of Taka Roasty Bowls. The restaurant’s build-your-own bowls are a fantastic lunch option, designed around pan-Asian barbecue favorites such as shredded duck and pork belly. Toppings abound, headlined by a perfect soy egg, pickled vegetables, bamboo shoots, and more. 6122 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park, 714-266-0179
Naturally leavened pizza and a lovely new brunch make a splash at The Camp.
Cooking in the former home of Old Vine Café, Folks is a place dedicated to quality pizza and simple indulgences. Consider the fennel sausage pizza dusted with potent fennel pollen, its crust airy at the edges and mottled with char. Brunch adds a little luxury and global inspiration with dishes such as coddled eggs with sea urchin and hearty shakshuka. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-617-4888
All-day eatery comes to Anaheim’s Packing District.
A “shovel-to-fork” restaurant, Cultivation Kitchen set out to be more, partnering with a tree-planting group to offset its carbon footprint and donating 1 percent of its profits to charity. Try sunflower-hemp hummus or plates with your choice of proteins (maybe organic chicken or sustainably raised salmon) and sides (perhaps wood-roasted broccoli with cilantro lime crema vinaigrette). 350 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-603-7076