What’s new in Irvine’s culinary scene

February 7th 2023

A fresh twist on taquitos

Spectrum Center

Crunchy, savory taquitos are this year’s trending street food. At Roll-Em-Up Taquitos, they’re rolled fresh, never frozen, then pan-fried to order. You choose the filling – shredded beef, citrus chicken, potato-chile or grated Monterey Jack cheese, with corn or flour tortillas. Yes, you can mix-and-match your order of two, three, five – or a party pack that includes guac sauce, crisp lettuce, cheese, sour cream and addictive house dipping sauce.

Learn to bake like a pro

Culver Plaza

Amaze friends and family with delectable desserts you bake in Home Baking Day’s professional kitchen, equipped with every tool and ingredient you need. Choose from over 40 recipes for sweets ranging from lemon-honey madeleines to matcha chiffon cake to marble mirror cake. Reserve sessions to create birthday cakes, dinner-party desserts or a surprise for Valentine’s Day. Best of all? No cleanup.

Try ice creams of the world

Walnut Village

Travel the world with every scoop at Wanderlust Creamery, where each flavor is globally inspired. Choose from a host of year-round and seasonal flavors served in a cup or artisan cone. Instagram darling Ube Malted Crunch stars Filipino purple yams with American malt crunch, while White Rabbit, made with Shanghainese “White Rabbit” milk candy, celebrates the Lunar New Year.

Build your own pasta feast

Spectrum Center

Fast is fabulous at Gramm00, where you build your own pasta feast from several al dente pastas, eight sauces and proteins, including vegan meatballs. Think artichoke ravioli Alfredo with chicken, or spaghetti puttanesca with shrimp or tuna. Fast is also affordable, with $6 fresh Italian sandwiches and $11 entree salads. For dessert? Authentic tiramisu, for la dolce vita – the sweet life!

Road to Korea BBQ features a full soju bar

Parkview Center

Soju fans, rejoice! Road to Korea BBQ is Irvine’s first Korean barbecue to spotlight Korea’s beloved spirit with a dedicated soju bar. Look for an exclusive lounge menu that pairs snacks and small plates with an impressive soju collection. There’s also a full array of traditional barbecue offerings, plus a slick setting with clubby music and hip LED lighting.