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Off the Menu: Restaurateur David Wilhelm Brings New Concept to Newport Beach

It’s always exciting when a noted restaurateur opens a new restaurant in Newport Beach (CdM, Louie’s by the Bay and Arc Kitchen & Bakery are the most recent). However, I am particularly excited about a new concept from the man who created Rouge, Chat Noir, French 75, Chimayo,...

Off the Menu: Hamburgers Versus Sushi

May is National Hamburger Month, so each week I’ll share some of my favorite gourmet burgers available at local restaurants. These are burgers I love for their creativity, flavor combinations and toppings, and of course the fries that come with the burger. When I sit at the bar...

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: Local Bistros Serve Deals for OC Restaurant Week

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Didn’t get your fill of Newport Beach Restaurant Week in January? You’re in luck—Orange County Restaurant Week is March 5-11, and more than 100 restaurants throughout the county are offering prix fixe menus for lunch or...

Off the Menu: Truffles, Lobster and France

Truffle That Hopdoddy Burger We finally made it to Burnt Crumb at Pacific City in Huntington Beach this week to try their famous spaghetti grilled cheese sandwich (served with a side of marinara sauce for dipping), and it was indeed a decadent delight. However, we just learned of...

Dining News

Off the Menu Special: Beauty and the Beast

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We love musicals, and seldom miss one of the Broadway touring productions at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. We also love dining at Leatherby’s Café Rouge adjacent to Segerstrom Concert Hall, because they usually feature...

Off the Menu: Foodie Films Feature Chef Pascal, Cocktails and Noodles

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Orange County’s fine dining scene is relatively young, so the term “legend” in the county’s culinary world is seldom used. And yet, it’s fittingly applied to Chef Pascal Olhats, who has been crafting authentic French...

Off the Menu: 50 Years of Five Crowns, 50 Glasses of Scotch at Bayside

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy FIFTY YEARS OF FIVE CROWNS Five Crowns restaurant is celebrating its 50th birthday with a new menu and new events that are a decided departure from the norm, yet still blend in well with the restaurant’s tradition of fine...