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Off the Menu

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...

Off the Menu: Cooking Up a Culinary Cinema Series at NB Film Festival

More than 50 local restaurants are set to serve food during the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival, and a presenting sponsor is Pacific Sales (a leader in kitchen and home products), so the foodie factor at the festival is high. That’s why the Film Festival has brought back its...

Tabel for Two

Sushi Splendor

A family-friendly atmosphere and an inspired menu make Blue C a new go-to sushi spot at Fashion Island. By Lauren Matich  | Photos by Jody Tiongco The buzz at Blue C Sushi is palpable, from the vibrant art on the walls to the movement of the conveyor belt offering delicious...

Savoring Summer at Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama apparel is synonymous with summer, so it makes sense that the Tommy Bahama Island Grill in Corona del Mar Plaza has introduced new menu items that reflect the season. The regular menu already celebrates the Island lifestyle, but Executive Chef Jacquelyn Nabong has...

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Off the Menu: The Winery Newport and Pirozzi are Notable Culinary Newcomers

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Several new chef-driven restaurants have opened recently that offer unique concepts and sensational cuisine, including two that have quickly become our favorites: The Winery Newport and Pirozzi in CdM. The Winery Over the...

Off the Menu: Thanksgiving Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale ‘Tis the season for tradition, and nothing says tradition like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. A handful of restaurants in Newport Beach are offering Thanksgiving feasts ranging from prix fixe dinners to generous buffets. Here’s...

Dining News

A Small Chocolate World

Valentine’s Day is drawing near, and what better way to celebrate the occasion than with chocolate. Lots of chocolate. A room full of chocolate. I’m always ready to dive into a chocolate treat. Stasha pretends not to enjoy chocolate, but she has indulged when the mood – and the...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Super Bowl Dining

Where are you watching the big game this Sunday? One suggestion is the Stag Bar near the Newport Pier, where all of their big screen TVs will be tuned to the game with full surround sound. Stag Bar is an official Rams bar, and former Rams players and cheerleaders will be at Stag...

Autumnal Offerings Around Town

“It’s the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Much like Linus, who was always on the lookout for the great pumpkin, I’m always searching for dishes and drinks that offer my palate a plump pumpkin taste sensation. That’s one of the reasons I love...