South Indian chain, with more than a dozen dosas, opens in Lake Forest.
The famous, foot-long South Indian crepes are impossibly thin and occasionally brittle, just pliable enough to wrap around masala potatoes or gooey paneer. Along with the dosas, you’ll find the usual tandoori dishes and South Indian fish curries, too. 24416 Muirlands Blvd., Lake Forest, 949-273-3327
100 North Kitchen + Lounge
All-American fare with a charitable heart stars at this Fullerton newcomer.
This place is less about the cutting edge and more about the community. It sources its produce through Anaheim’s Renewable Urban Farm and works with C.O.R.E., which helps restaurant industry employees through tough times. 100 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 714-698-4010
Japanese sizzling beef specialist premieres at Diamond Jamboree.
At Pepper Lunch—the first to open in the U.S.—a cast-iron plate is superheated into a do-it-yourself teppan. On it is a mound of rice, encircled by thin sheets of beef that cook in minutes. There are variations, such as kimchi chicken with cheesy rice, and add-ons, too. 2750 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 949-387-6290
Protein-packed sandwiches please the discerning surfer in Laguna Hills.
Welcome to this neighborhood hang featuring fresh breads and rotisserie chicken. Sandwiches are named for famous surf locales such as the popular Padang Padang with rotisserie chicken, provolone, crisp bacon, and buttery toasted sourdough. 25292 McIntyre St., Laguna Hills, 949-600-7713