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Off the Menu Side Dish: Pelican Hill Happy Hour, Lighthouse Cafe Spring Menu

Lounging and Dining at Pelican Hill We were at a reception at Pelican Hill Resort this week to meet the resort’s new Managing Director, Tom Donovan. We gave him a glowing account of our dining experiences at Andrea, Coliseum Pool & Grill, and Pelican Grill, but our...

Off the Menu: Sampling Seasonal Dishes at Provenance

We’ve always considered the Newport Beach Independent a “hyper-local” publication, but that term can also apply to cuisine. At Provenance in Eastbluff Village Center, Chef and Restaurateur Cathy Pavlos has taken the hyper-local cuisine concept a step further—she grows many of her...

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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Side Dish

Off the Menu: Classic Italian Cuisine at Il Barone

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We ran into Chef Franco Barone of Il Barone Restaurant in Newport Beach at the Table for Ten culinary event fundraiser a couple of weeks ago, and promised him we’d come to his restaurant and try some of the new menu items...

Off the Menu: Eating Our Way Through the OC Fair

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Pepsi cola donut dog. French toast bacon bombs. Deep fried butter balls. Chicken in a waffle on a stick. Pickle fries. Bacon-wrapped bake potato. Yes, the OC Fair has returned with another batch of outrageous culinary...

Dining News

Off the Menu Special: Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival – May 31

We were introduced to Celebrity Cruises earlier this year at the kickoff party for OC Restaurant Week at Newport Lexus, and learned that 10 of the cruise line’s restaurants have received Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence,” which we consider an impressive feat. And so, we’re...

Off the Menu: Restaurant Week is Served

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy One of our favorite dining events is finally here: Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which runs through January 26. This annual event features more than 50 restaurants offering prix fix lunch menus ($10 to $20) or dinner menus...

Off the Menu: Skyloft Restaurant Reaches New Culinary Heights

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Skyloft in Laguna Beach made a splash when it opened last November on Coast Highway in downtown Laguna Beach. Christopher went several times and loved the rooftop dining. The menu was recently retooled thanks to new chef...