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Off the Menu Special: Food and Wine are Perfect Pairings at Charity Events

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Food and wine are perfectly paired with philanthropy at two charity events coming up next month. One is focused on vino, the other on cuisine. Having attended both events every year, we know how much fun they are, and also how...

Off the Menu: New Restaurants Offer Delicious Delights

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Slapfish Seafood and Newport Beach have long been a perfect match, so it’s no surprise that Slapfish, a “modern seafood shack” founded in Huntington Beach in 2012 by Chef Andrew Gruel, would eventually open a Newport location. The...

Boozy Beginnings

From bottomless offerings to specialty cocktails, these spirit-driven brunches prove why the weekend meal is worth looking forward to. By Adreana Young and Allison Hata   Come Sunday, there’s nothing quite like sleeping in and enjoying a late morning meal—it’s a time to...

Off the Menu: Valentine’s Day Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Going out to dinner for Valentine’s Day? You’re not alone. Valentine’s Day is usually the busiest day of the year for restaurants, which is why most offer special prix fixe Valentine’s menus. This year, with Valentine’s Day on a...

Off the Menu: Super Dining for Super Bowl

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Super Bowl Sunday means super business for local restaurants and bars, especially those with multiple big screen TVs. Most places are offering discounts on game day, such as all-day happy hour or other food and beverage special...

Newport Beach Restaurant Association Gets Dining Update

Newport Beach Restaurant Week just started, but it’s already shaping up to be a big success, according to statistics shared during the Newport Beach Restaurant Association BID meeting held this week. “I’m very excited about Restaurant Week—we have a great lineup of restaurants,...

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...

Biz Buzz: Cooking Up the Business of Newport Beach Restaurant Week

The restaurant business is a major economic force in Newport Beach. An important component of the city’s tourism industry, it drives traffic to the city and provides welcome tax dollars. One of the methods of marketing Newport restaurants comes in the form of Newport Beach...

Off the Menu: Newport Beach Restaurant Week is Here

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Newport Beach Restaurant Week starts Jan. 19 and runs through Feb. 1, and as in previous years, decisions must be made as to where to dine. We perused every Restaurant Week menu on the DineNB.com website to see which prix fixe menus...

A Tour of Tastes

From the first sip to the final bite, explore the latest in culinary trends tailored for the coastal palate. By Bria Balliet, Kirsti Correa and Linda Domingo Crafting the perfect meal takes care and precision—and it’s made all the more difficult when chefs must also remain...

Off the Menu: Preparing our Palates for Restaurant Week

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale One of our favorite times of the year is almost here: Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which has expanded from one week to two this year (Jan. 19 – Feb. 1). Over those two weeks, 60 restaurants throughout the city are offering a...

Dine Sides

Coming Soon Four new eateries are slated to arrive in Newport in the coming months. The Waffle Affair, which opens in early December at Bayside Center, will serve an inventive take on a Belgian classic. The new eatery will offer 21 flavors of waffles that boasting a crispy...

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...

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Newport Beach

21 OCEANFRONT Ring in the New Year with two different seating and menu options. The first seating is a three-course menu for $75 from 5 to 7 p.m. (two hour table limit). The Entrée course offers a wide variety of options from lobster tail and petite filet mignon, to pan seared...

Off the Menu: Best Newport Beach Dining Experiences of 2014

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale “Wild game at The Winery, short ribs at Red O, pizza at Pirozzi and also Fresh Brothers. The French food at Moulin is such a big deal, these were a few of our favorite meals.” Yes, once again we’re singing about our favorite thing:...

Off the Menu: Christmas Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Dining out at Christmas means someone else does the cooking, which gives you more time to spend with loved ones (and less mess to clean up). Here’s a list of what some notable Newport Beach restaurants are offering this Christmas...

Off the Menu: Where to Dine and Watch the Christmas Boat Parade

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale It’s time to “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly” and watch the annual Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Harbor. More than 100 elaborately-decorated boats will circumnavigate the perimeter of the harbor, cruising by a handful of...

Off the Menu: Holiday Menus that Celebrate the Season

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale This is one of our favorite dining times of the year, with several local restaurants offering special holiday menus that celebrate the season. The Ritz at The Bungalow The Ritz Restaurant was renowned for its special holiday menu,...

NB Restaurant Association Says “Seize the Dish”

Instead of seizing the day, the Newport Beach Restaurant Association wants diners to “Seize the Dish.” That’s the new marketing campaign for Newport Beach Restaurant Week (Jan. 19 – Feb. 1, 2015) that was unveiled at last week’s Newport Beach Restaurant Association Business...

Off the Menu: Dining Delights on Balboa Island

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Thanks to the annual holiday home decorating competition, Balboa Island will soon be ablaze with colorful and elaborate décor. This also means more people roaming the Island to get a glimpse of the often over-the-top displays, which...