Off the Menu

Off the Menu: Newport Welcomes New Restaurants

Coast Highway is getting a makeover—well, not the road, the restaurants. Several new eateries are opening on our scenic coastal highway, which is already packed with popular restaurants. However, two of those restaurants come from seasoned culinary pros with a successful track...

Off the Menu: A Passion for Creative Cuisine at Ocean at Main

Laguna Beach resident Craig Strong launched his culinary career when he was 15, but got serious about it when he enrolled in culinary school at age 18 and learned the basics of classic French cooking. He spent time in Spain soaking up the culture, and the cuisine, then worked for...

Tabel for Two

This Fest Is the Best

“Memorial Day is coming up next week – you know what that means, don’t you?” I asked Catherine, my editorial assistant. “It means I get a day off?” she replied hopefully “Well, maybe on Monday, but I’m going to make you work on Saturday and Sunday,” I said with a smil...

Mother’s Day Dining

Looking for last minute Mother’s Day dining ideas? Several of Newport’s most classic and classy restaurants are ready to welcome you and your mom. Five Crowns has been around for more than four decades but has remained a popular upscale dining hotspot. Mother’s Day is no...

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Off the Menu: Festa Heralds a Festive Weekend at Pelican Hill Resort

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  It’s always a treat for us to dine at Pelican Hill Resort, especially when we’re invited to a media event to sample cuisine from multiple Pelican Hill restaurants. Last Wednesday, we attended a special VIP preview of the...

Off the Menu Special: New Year’s Eve at Tamarind of London

Still looking for a last minute spot for your New Year’s Eve dining? Try Tamarind of London in the Crystal Cove shopping center, where they have a three course prix fixe menu for $72 per person. I recently sampled some of the items from their New Year’s Eve menu, and was very...

Dining News

Off the Menu: Bungalow, Bluewater, Barilla

Bungalow Extends Restaurant Week  Newport Beach Restaurant Week ended last week—or did it? At The Bungalow Restaurant in Corona del Mar, restaurant week isn’t over, it’s just beginning. Diners can enjoy The Bungalow’s Restaurant Week menu through February 28. The special...

From Wicked Green to Delicious Red

Don’t tell anyone, but I’d never seen “Wicked.” I know, I know. Chris had experienced it four times, and lectured me constantly about going. However, this deprived novice actually committed every single Ozian song to memory three years ago, when she auditioned for Elphaba in the...

Off the Menu: SOL Says Sí to Premium Tequila

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Someone recently asked us how we select the restaurants we write about, and if our meals are comped. Both good questions! We receive information on various local restaurants from a variety of PR companies that handle those...