Note: Please call ahead to check each restaurant’s status before attempting to visit.
Latin American twist on fish and chips draws fans to strip-mall venue.
Virtually everything at Tres Muchachos is customizable, even the restaurant’s signature fish and chips. Choose your seafood (options include scallops, shrimp, and calamari) and batter. There are several types of fries, as well as tacos, ceviche tostadas, and grilled fish plates to round out the menu. For dessert, the 24-tier layer cake is destined for social media stardom. 333 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949-220-7811
Upmarket newcomer brings refined recipes from India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
South Asian cooking gets its star turn at Khan Saab. Classics such as butter chicken are elevated alongside inventive options like pomegranate-braised brisket with polenta and desserts gilded in edible gold. By halal standards, there’s no alcohol here. But there are well-crafted mocktails, like a riff on the bloody mary with tomato chutney and aromatics. 229 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-853-1081
Jo Gae Chang Go
Tustin lands a new Korean barbecue joint specializing in all things seafood.
Korean barbecue doesn’t always have to be such a meaty affair. Enter Jo Gae Chang Go, a new seafood barbecue specialist in Tustin. You can order a la carte, but the way to go is with one of the restaurant’s set combos, which include clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, oysters, seafood pancakes, and seafood salads. 1056 Walnut Ave., Tustin, 657-900-2160
Gus’s Fried Chicken
Tennessee franchise opens in Santa Ana with famous chicken and special pies.
Today’s appetite for fried chicken seems endless. But Gus’s is no mere also-ran; this is the first Orange County franchise from a famous Tennessee chain frying the same family recipe since 1953. As good as the fried chicken is, pies are just as much a reason to visit, with a roster of Southern essentials like pecan, sweet potato, and rich chocolate chess. 102 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana, 949-336-3936