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Champagnes Is Aging Well

Locals only! That phrase – used by surfers to denote a secret surfing spot – can also apply to restaurants. Local dining spots are often hidden culinary treasures, which is the case with Champagnes Bistro & Deli. The restaurant has been around for many years, yet...

Five Crowns’ New Offerings

The temperature is sizzling, and so is Five Crowns, which just turned up the heat in its kitchen with the hiring of new Executive Chef Greg Harrison, who will lead the culinary team behind Corona del Mar’s gastronomic institution and its adjoining SideDoor gastropub....

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Off the Menu: Eating Our Way Through the OC Fair

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Deep fried Twinkies. Barbecued ears of corn. Two-foot sausage on a stick. Yes, the OC Fair is back, and with it an incredible array of food options, from healthy to artery-hardening. We’ve spent the past few weeks...

Off the Menu: Dining Without Whining

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We’re often asked how we select the restaurants we write about, whether we go incognito or they know we’re coming, and why we seem to always like the food at every restaurant. “You like everything,” one loyal reader...

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