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Off the Menu: Delicious Dining Adventures at Chianina and Michael’s on Naples

      With so many terrific restaurants in the greater Newport Beach area, we don’t often venture far from home for our dining excursions, but sometimes it’s nice to leave your comfort zone and visit restaurants across the county line. We were invited to dine at Chianina...

Off the Menu: Ultimate Field-to-Fork Dining at Farmhouse

Chef and restaurateur Rich Mead is somewhat of a legend in the local culinary world. His Newport Beach restaurants Sage and Sage on the Coast were popular spots where Mead introduced customers to his sustainable, farm-centric menus. After closing his restaurants several years...

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

More Than Beer to Oktoberfest

Brush up your German and prepare your palate – it’s time for Oktoberfest, and a handful of Newport Beach restaurants are unveiling special menus to celebrate the occasion. In America, Oktoberfest is a month-long salute to hearty German food, but revelers in Munich are...

Off the Menu: Putting on the Ritz

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Mention the old Ritz Restaurant in Fashion Island to longtime Newporters, and you’ll get memories of cozying up to the bar for a classic martini or dining on the signature steaks and the traditional holiday goose dinner....

Dining News

Off the Menu: Decadent Dining in Balboa Village

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Balboa Village has had a long and colorful history dating back more than 100 years. Known for the iconic Balboa Pavilion and the nostalgic Fun Zone, the area has never been viewed as a culinary destination (unless you...

Off the Menu: A Culinary New Year’s Eve in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” That’s a familiar question, and one with lots of answers when you’re talking about New Year’s Eve dining options in Newport Beach. Whatever type of culinary celebration you choose,...

Off the Menu: An Afternoon in Italy at Andrea Restaurant

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We recently spent an amazing afternoon dining along the Italian seaside, and never had to leave Newport Beach. Last Friday, we were invited to have lunch at Pelican Hill Resort’s Andrea Restaurant and chat with new Andrea...