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Off the Menu: Delicious Dining Adventures at Chianina and Michael’s on Naples

      With so many terrific restaurants in the greater Newport Beach area, we don’t often venture far from home for our dining excursions, but sometimes it’s nice to leave your comfort zone and visit restaurants across the county line. We were invited to dine at Chianina...

Off the Menu: Ultimate Field-to-Fork Dining at Farmhouse

Chef and restaurateur Rich Mead is somewhat of a legend in the local culinary world. His Newport Beach restaurants Sage and Sage on the Coast were popular spots where Mead introduced customers to his sustainable, farm-centric menus. After closing his restaurants several years...

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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The Fair Way of Judging Wine

“Let’s Eat!” That’s the theme of this year’s Orange County Fair, but at the Fair’s popular Wine Pavilion, a more appropriate phrase might be “Let’s Taste.” Every year, fairgoers have the opportunity to belly up to the tasting bar and sample wines ($1.50 per one ounce taste) that...

Off the Menu: Musings on Menus for Restaurant Week

  So many restaurants, so little time! That’s the dilemma diners encounter during Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which started January 18 and runs through January 27. Some 70 restaurants throughout the city are participating this year (a record number), a good...

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Off the Menu Special: New Year’s Eve at Tamarind of London

Still looking for a last minute spot for your New Year’s Eve dining? Try Tamarind of London in the Crystal Cove shopping center, where they have a three course prix fixe menu for $72 per person. I recently sampled some of the items from their New Year’s Eve menu, and was very...

Off the Menu: A Restaurant’s Spring Menu Gets an A+

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Legends keep getting better with age. For proof, look no further than A Restaurant on Coast Highway, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary with new menu items served in an old-school steak house ambiance that fits...

Off the Menu: Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza and The Sliding Door

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Two New York chefs have come to town to help open a pair of new restaurants—well, one is new, the other under new owners who have renovated the restaurant, and the menu. Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza The iconic Sgt. Pepperoni’s...