Off the Menu OC

Covering the dining scene in and around the OC

Best Dining Experiences of 2015

Happy New Year! We took a year off to work on other projects, but we’re back and ready to write about our dining experiences in 2016. But first, a look … Continue reading

January 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Favorite Dining Experiences of 2014

We had a lot of terrific meals in Orange County in 2014, particularly in Newport Beach (our home base), and very few dishes that made our taste buds wince. A … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Holidays are the Perfect Time to Dine on Balboa Island

Thanks to the annual Ring of Lights holiday home decorating competition, Balboa Island is ablaze with colorful and elaborate décor. This also means more people roaming the Island to get … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Best Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

What’s the best wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner? Many wine experts will simply say it’s whatever wine you like to drink, but matching wine with food can enhance the … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Pizza Purveyors in Newport Beach

More than three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. every year, making pizza one of the most popular food items in the country. Pizza is also popular in Newport … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

2014 Golden Foodie Awards

Hundreds of people from Orange County’s restaurant community (including the Off the Menu OC dynamic duo) descended on the Fairmont Newport Beach on Sunday, Sept. 28, to honor chefs, bartenders … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pizza Nova Offers an Explosion of Flavors

Summer’s over, time to get back to business, and back to pizza! Catherine loves pizza (“I could eat it every day—and often do,” she said), so when she heard that … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment