A modern French bakery lands in Laguna Hills.
It’s impossible to visit Chaupain Bakery without trying a chocolate almond custard croissant. The flaky, gooey pastry has quickly become a shop staple—and for good reason. But there’s plenty more to entice at this newcomer, including lovely fruit tarts, savory sandwiches, and a small selection of high-quality coffee. While you’re there, grab a fresh baguette or rustic loaf. 24401 Ridge Route Drive, Laguna Hills, 949-273-3597
All Flavor No Grease
South L.A.’s social media upstart gets a stall at Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market.
Owner Keith Garrett (known on Instagram as “Chef Ocho”) started All Flavor No Grease in the front yard of his home in Watts. The neighborhood favorite’s classic roster of street-food essentials (think tacos, burritos, and quesadillas) soon caught fire, attracting an audience from all over the area. Garrett’s operation now has a home in Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market. 201 E. fourth St., Santa Ana
The popular breakfast destination expands to a new spot in Orange.
The Southwest’s favorite breakfast haunt first landed locally in Tustin—and it has been jam-packed ever since. Thankfully, Snooze has expanded to a second branch in Old Towne Orange. The retro-minded cafe does it all well: simple egg-combo classics, unique signatures like a breakfast potpie, a half-dozen Benedicts, and even a pancake flight that lets you sample several inventive flapjacks. 240 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 657-284-1850
Downtown Fullerton newbie dishes up Mexican-minded bowls and slushy margaritas.
These days, just about every cuisine has had a grain-bowl makeover. But Tazon does it right with bold Mexican flavors: braised short ribs with dried chiles, cochinita pibil-style pork belly, sauteed zucchini and corn with a chile-cream sauce. There are also tacos (try the flash-fried octopus), salads, breakfast, and more. Tazon’s frozen margaritas are just right for beating the summer heat. 500 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 657-248-7330