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Off the Menu: Favorite Dining Experiences of 2017

Another year has come and gone already, and with it 52 weeks of memorable dining experiences. We often dine out two to three times a week, so trying to reflect back on our favorites this year was rather challenging. However, we managed to come up with a list of our top 10 dining...

Off the Menu Side Dish: New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day Dining

Compiled by Laura Wise | NB Indy  21 OCEANFRONT 21 Oceanfront is ringing in the New Year with two different seating and menu options. The first seating is their full menu with regular reservations from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Second seating is a four-course dinner with a split of Moet...

Tabel for Two

Surreptitious Delicious

  Let’s face it, negotiating a business cocktail party can be strategically challenging, on many levels, and I’m not talking shop. How do you balance a cocktail plate full of appetizers, a beverage and cocktail napkin, reach for passed hors d’oeuvers, and eat gracefully, all...

Italy Comes to Newport at Barone Ristorante

  Barone Ristorante opened only six months ago, but it’s already become known as one of the finer Italian restaurants in Newport Beach. Last fall, Chef Franco Barone – longtime executive chef at Antonello – decided it was time to open his own restaurant. He took over the...

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Off the Menu: Skyloft Restaurant Reaches New Culinary Heights

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Skyloft in Laguna Beach made a splash when it opened last November on Coast Highway in downtown Laguna Beach. Christopher went several times and loved the rooftop dining. The menu was recently retooled thanks to new chef...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Vote for the Golden Foodie Awards

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Who has the best pizza in OC? How about the best French food? Awards in those and 20 other categories will be presented to restaurants throughout the county at the fifth annual Golden Foodie Awards, to be held this fall at...

Dining News

The Five Crowns Returns

It’s fun when fate intervenes and provides simultaneous epicurean experiences. Such was the case last week when Stasha and I both had dinners on the same night on separate coasts. Stasha was in New York starring in a short film, while I was stuck in Newport Beach contemplating...

Off the Menu: Dinner and a Show

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Theater season is upon us, which means it’s time to bring back a well-known phrase: dinner and a show. Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Repertory have launched their 2013-2014 seasons, and what better way...

Off the Menu: SideDoor Gets Cheesy, Bluewater Gets Fishy

We’ve been raving about the new Five Crowns menus, but just around the corner is another restaurant joined to Five Crowns but vastly different in tone and cuisine: SideDoor. This English gastropub features creative cocktails and craft beer, as well as an impressive selection of...