We have to say, 2011 was a stellar year for new buzz places in Fullerton, especially in the milieu of eateries around town.

Some of the more notable openings were: Burger Parlor, Kentro Greek Kitchen, Two Saucy Broads Pizza, Wildflour Cupcakes and The Night Owl.

Unfortunately, there were establishments that could not keep their doors open: Cherch Lounge, Hot Spud, West Cafe and veteran Judy Lynn Bakery.

For 2012, we’ll see:

– The official opening of Shortstop BBQ (gourmet food truck turned brick-and-mortar, which we will be featuring this week);

– the permanent location (read: no longer popping up at Rialto Cafe) for Burger Parlor (where Monkey Wrench Collective has recently vacated since they’re taking their act to Los Angeles);

JP23 Smokehouse and BarBQ (taking over where Cherch Lounge used to be; maybe having better luck on that corner);

– Izakaya Honda-Ya (everyone is getting a food boner for this one);

– and a rumored dining establishment where The Clock Man stands now (once thought to be Bruxië, which has sadly been negated, but you heard it here first anyway).

We took our camera around the very foggy First Night event and snapped a few glimpses of downtown’s festive crowd and the stroke of midnight fireworks display.

Happy New Year, Fullerton!

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