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The Eat Index: OC: 🍣 This sushi restaurant is unlike anything OC has had before

ByKelley Wheeler

Jul 23, 2020

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Main Course

Nigiri sushi from the temporary takeout menu at Sushi Ii in Newport Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

“There has never been anything quite like this in Orange County before,” critic Brad A. Johnson writes of Sushi Ii, the swanky new sushi restaurant that opened recently in Newport Beach. “When it reopens, you’ll want to dress up.”

The restaurant, which is focused on takeout as its dining room is closed, is owned by chef Susumu Ii. He formerly operated the now-shuttered Kasen in Fountain Valley, but more recently has spent time in Japan re-immersing himself in Osaka’s sushi scene. Read more. 


Eat of the Moment

Whole Foods market at the Bella Terra mall in Huntington Beach, which had more than one worker test positive for the new coronavirus, remains open. (Courtesy of Google Maps)

Coronavirus closures 

More OC restaurants have temporarily closed recently for sanitizing due to coronavirus concerns. Anne Valdespino has more. Read more. 



A Restaurant in Newport Beach has set up a tent and will be ready for patio dining on July 23. (Courtesy of A Restaurant)

A Restaurant reopens

After briefly closing following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order that restaurants close their indoor dining operations, A Restaurant reopened Thursday with seating located beneath an outdoor tent. Read more. 



Taco Bell is streamlining its menu. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange Country Register/SCNG)

Adios, Quesarito 

If you’re a fan of Quesaritos, Beefy Fritos Burritos or any item that has potatoes in it, you may want to rush to get those things while you still can at Taco Bell. The fast food giant has confirmed it’s getting rid of those offerings as it pares down its menu to streamline operations. Read more. 



Southern Californians will have the chance to try Beyond Fried Chicken at nearly three dozen Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants on July 20. (Photo courtesy of Kentucky Fried Chicken)

I can’t believe it’s not chicken

While Taco Bell is looking to make its menu smaller, Kentucky Fried Chicken has broadened its offerings. Its new meat-free nuggets became available at nearly three dozen SoCal locations starting Monday. Read more. 


This Week’s Recipe

Blackberries adorn a layer of marscapone atop a crepe cake in this sensational summer dessert. (Photo by Cathy Thomas)

We’re right in the middle of summer, which means it’s the time of the season for stone fruits and berries. If you’re looking for some ideas, Cathy Thomas has a list of desserts that includes nectarine upside-down cake, blackberry and mascarpone crepe cake, and peach and mixed berry cobbler. Let’s Cook!


Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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