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Off the Menu: The Winery Moves South, Bluewater Grill Heads North

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Two of our favorite local restaurants, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar and Bluewater Grill, have announced plans to open new locations outside of OC. The Winery The Winery Restaurant, which has locations in Newport Beach and...

Off the Menu: Menu Musings for NB Restaurant Week

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy How much food can we eat in 14 days? That’s a question we ask ourselves each year when we’re preparing for Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which starts January 16 and runs through January 29. More than 60 restaurants are...

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: New Chefs and New Restaurants

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy It’s always news when a new chef comes to town, but this week two new chefs have taken over the kitchens at a pair of well-known waterfront restaurants: Bluewater Grill and Back Bay Bistro. Bluewater Grill We wer...

Off the Menu: Sushi Roku Rocks Fashion Island

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Brasserie Pascal in Fashion Island was one of the few fine French bistros in Newport Beach that had a distinctive atmosphere and cuisine, prepared by owner and chef Pascal Olhats, Christopher could frequently be found at...

Dining News

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...

Play and Pandor Combine for a Tour de France

“One of my favorite musicals is coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts: ‘Les Miserables,’” I told Catherine, my editorial assistant. “I’ve always wanted to see it,” she replied. “Well then, we have to go!” I stated. “And I know the perfect dining spot to prepare us for an...

Off the Menu Special: Themed “Lion King” Menu

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale We always dine at Leatherby’s Café Rouge prior to seeing a Broadway musical at the adjacent Segerstrom Center, because Chef Ross Pangilinan always creates an inventive menu that revolves around the theme of each show. “The...