Journeyman’s in Fullerton transitions to a more traditional experience.
Bronze Quail inherits the mantle left by Journeyman’s Food + Drink. Ambitious tasting menus remain but with fewer modernist cooking techniques. Instead, look for dishes such as the signature pan-roasted quail with barley porridge croquette, a savory lava cake with smoked alligator and gooseberry, and elaborate craft cocktails. 1500 S. Raymond Ave., Fullerton, 714-635-9025
NOVA Kitchen & Bar
An elemental pan-Asian kitchen stars at this splashy newcomer in Garden Grove.
NOVA covers a ton of territory as a sleek pan-Asian restaurant with a sprawling menu that sometimes pays some homage to the five elements of Chinese philosophy. In practical terms, that means you can order artful sashimi platters and a raft of nigiri sushi alongside plates of Chinese dan dan noodles and braised Korean short ribs. 12361 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, 714-696-0888
Longtime Santa Ana favorite has shed its Spanish influence for a menu inspired by Mexico City.
After a transformative trip, chef Luis Perez has turned Santa Ana’s Lola Gaspar into a Mexico City-style taquería. There’s a spin on esquites with smoked corn, coconut mayo, feta, and skewers of charred octopus and chorizo. The tacos are served in fresh tortillas, which go especially well with the chorizo negro, a blood sausage from DTSA neighbor Electric City Butcher. 211 W. Second St., Santa Ana, 714-972-1172
Ha Noi Corner
One of Little Saigon’s specialists expands with a second location in Westminster.
The original Ha Noi Corner is perpetually popular, so the arrival of the restaurant’s second location is something of a local blessing. Crowds come for Northern Vietnamese classics such as the bun cha ha noi (vermicelli noodles, fresh herbs, and discs of charred pork sausage) and bun ca rau (a rice noodle soup loaded with fried fish patties and showered with dill). 9081 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, 714-248-9503