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Off the Menu: Zinfandel Time at Tobin James Cellars

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Next weekend, we head north for our annual Paso Robles pilgrimage to sample some of what we consider the best zinfandel in California—and probably the world. Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend is March 17-19, a time when more...

Off the Menu: Newport Bistros Get High Marks for OC Restaurant Week

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Orange County Restaurant Week ends March 5-11, with more than 100 restaurants throughout the county offering prix fixe menus for lunch or dinner. The prix fixe menus vary from $10, $15 or $20 for lunch, and $20, $30, $40,...

Tabel for Two

The Winery on The Water

Chef and restaurateur Yvon Goetz captures joie de vivre through his food at the restaurant’s new Mariner’s Mile location. By Allison Hata | Photos by Jody Tiongco Some may find it unusual that there’s a second Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar just 10 miles down the road from its...

Comfort Redefined

Pass the plates at A&O Kitchen and Bar, where the creative fare is meant to be shared with everyone at the table. By Kirsti Correa | Photos by Jody Tiongco When Balboa Bay Resort shed its guard tower a little more than a year ago, it served as a reminder to the community that...

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Off the Menu: Sampling Newport Beach Restaurant Week Menus

We’ve been out and about during Newport Beach Restaurant Week sampling a variety of prix fixe menus at various prices points for both lunch and dinner. We discovered some terrific dishes and were reminded just how good our town’s restaurants are. Newport Beach Restaurant Week...

Off the Menu: Grateful for Gratitude

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We’re always grateful for the abundance of excellent restaurants in Newport Beach, and now there’s one more to be thankful for: Gratitude at Castaway Commons on Westcliff Drive. This organic and plant-based restaurant,...

Dining News

Off the Menu: Dining Icons and Delicious Newcomers

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Five Crowns It’s not easy to sustain a restaurant through the ups and downs of the economy and changing tastes, but Five Crowns in Corona del Mar has managed to do just that for five decades. Yes, hard to believe, but Five Crowns is...

Rustica Surprises and Delights

Tucked into a corner haven of Fashion Island’s shopping core is one of the most surprising, contemporary regional cuisine restaurants Newport Beach has to offer: Rustica California Wine Bistro. Surprising, because you wouldn’t expect a top-rated Gayot restaurant to be situated...

Off the Menu: A Culinary Treat for Moms

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Mother’s Day is next weekend—the perfect time to treat mom to a Mother’s Day brunch. A number of local restaurants are creating special Mother’s Day menus, including one of our new favorites, Provenance, in Eastbluff....