Off the Menu

Off the Menu: New Restaurants for a New Year

The New Year brings new dining opportunities to Newport Beach. Two high profile restaurants – Red O and Fig & Olive – just opened in Fashion Island, while two more – The Winery and Provenance – open in February. Others arrive later in the year, further proving that Newport...

Off the Menu Special: New Year’s Eve Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy What are you doing New Year’s Eve? We have a few suggestions courtesy of some of our favorite Newport Beach restaurants.  BALBOA BAY RESORT The Balboa Bay Resort has several ways to ring in the New Year in style. The First...

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A Precocious Palate

Want a quick culinary getaway to the Mediterranean without leaving OC? Head to Pelican Hill, where creative cuisine meets classic architecture, and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation as you dine al fresco with sweeping vistas of Pelican Hill’s golf course and...

Landmark Gets Makeover

There’s a new restaurant in town: Landmark. Yes, Landmark has been a longtime fixture in Corona del Mar’s dining scene, but new owners Kelly and Scott Polston have transformed the popular late-night hangout into a fine-dining bistro. The transformation includes a new...

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Off the Menu Side Dish: From Poulet to Plastics

By Christopher Trela & Shelly Zavala | NB Indy “Plastics.” Just that word alone conjures images of the classic 1967 film “The Graduate” starring a young Dustin Hoffman as a naïve college student who allows himself to be seduced by the wife of his father’s best friend—played...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Brunch, Lunch & Dessert

Montage Holiday Brunch Two of our favorite words are champagne and brunch. Add to those holiday and the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, and you have the Montage Champagne Holiday Brunch on the Studio Lawn, set for Sunday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a chance to sip...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Envy Lounge Opens, Bluewater Gets Crabby

Envy Lounge is Classy Newport Speakeasy Ten Nightclub on MacArthur Blvd. near John Wayne Airport had a long run but closed earlier this year to make way for a new concept: Envy Lounge, a roaring 20s speakeasy featuring craft cocktails, bottled craft microbrews, and American...