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Off the Menu: Hamburger Hunting

I seem to be on an unofficial search for the area’s best hamburger. I’ve order the burger at four restaurants over the past two weeks: Olea in Newport Beach, The Bungalow in Corona del Mar, and Las Brisas and Selanne Steak Tavern in Laguna Beach. No two taste buds or palates are...

Off the Menu: Vodka Battered Fish & Chips at Circle Hook

Lido Marina Village has been attracting attention ever since its remodel nearly two years ago. Since then, three popular restaurants have opened: Zinquè, Lido Bottle Works and the world famous Nobu. Make that four restaurants. Circle Hook opened its doors this week in a small...

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: Avila’s El Ranchito and The Beachcomber Celebrate Tasty Anniversaries

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale Avila’s El Ranchito Turns 50 Last year, Avila’s El Ranchito in Newport Beach celebrated its 40th anniversary, but an even bigger milestone has arrived for the family-owned restaurant group: the 50th anniversary of Avila’s El...

Off the Menu: Best Dining Experiences of 2015

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy “Sushi at Roku and pizza at Sapori, breakfast at Moulin and pasta at Pelican Hill, 50 years of Five Crowns was such a big deal, these were a few of our favorite meals.” Yes, we’re singing about food again, but great...

Dining News

Off the Menu: Small Plates, Big Flavor at K’ya Bistro

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We’re lucky to have so many noteworthy restaurants in Newport Beach, but occasionally we do cross the border into Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach and other nearby towns in our constant quest for excellent and interesting dining...

Off the Menu: A Restaurant Adds CdM Location

Whenever someone asks me for a recommendation on a good steak restaurant in Newport Beach, my answer is usually the same every time: A Restaurant. I’ve dined at A Restaurant several times and absolutely love their steaks—which is saying a lot from someone who prefers salmon over...

Off the Menu Special: Best Wines for Thanksgiving

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy What’s the best wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner? Many wine experts will simply say it’s whatever wine you like to drink, but matching wine with food can enhance the enjoyment of the meal. We decided to ask William...