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Off the Menu: Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Arrives Oct. 4-7

Only two weeks until the fifth annual Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival hits town, which means it’s time to get your tickets for the weekend Grand Tastings and special culinary events. Presented by Jaguar Land Rover Oct. 4-7, the Newport Beach Wine & Food...

Off the Menu: Meet the Chef at Oak Grill

It’s not often that a chef roams a dining room to greet guests and talk about the cuisine, but then again it’s not often you have a chef like Brittany Valles in the kitchen. Valles was named executive chef at Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge in the Fashion Island Hotel barely a month...

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: Let’s Do Brunch!

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Some call it breakfast, some call it brunch; we call it a great way to start the day. Breakfast is one of those often overlooked meals that we tend to rush through on weekdays. However, weekends are a different matter....

Off the Menu Special: Café Rouge Serves Kinky Menu for ‘Kinky Boots’

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale. It’s no secret that we’re fans of Leatherby’s Café Rouge at Segerstrom Center. Last week, we caught a performance of the musical “Kinky Boots” and savored Chef Ross Pangilinan’s themed “Kinky Boots” menu prior to the play. “Chef...

Dining News

Off the Menu Side Dish: From Doughnuts to Barbecue

Something Peachy at Oak Grill August is National Peach Month, and Oak Grill restaurant at The Island Hotel is celebrating all month during lunch and dinner with a special peach cocktail and specialty dessert. The Southern Delight cocktail has Bulleit rye, muddled peaches, peach...

Off the Menu: New Menus, New Restaurants

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Eat Chow Have you been ‘Chowified?” We have, and we love it. Of course, we’re talking about Eat Chow, which has locations in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Soon, you’ll be able to get “chowified” in downtown Santa Ana when Eat Chow...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Hoag Summer Fest Celebrates Local Cuisine

Newport Beach is lucky to be the home of so many truly great restaurants. I was reminded of that fact when I attended the 31st annual Hoag Summer Fest (formerly Hoag Summer Classic) at the Newport Dunes last Wednesday, June 27. More than three dozen restaurants participated in...