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

Eating Our Way Through the Orange County Fair

Deep fried bacon wrapped turkey legs. Jack Daniels infused churros. Texas size pop rocks donuts. Deep fried pecan pie on a stick. Those are just a few of the outrageous … Continue reading

July 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Island Hotel in Newport Beach Unveils New Restaurant

The Island Hotel in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, closed its Palm Terrace Restaurant and Lounge earlier this year and transformed the entire facility into two separate yet adjacent entities: Oak … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Off the Menu: Classy Catering with 24 Carrots and Vanity Catering

The term “catering” at one time had a less-than-glamorous connotation, but that has changed in recent years thanks to a handful of caterers and chefs who have taken catering to … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Winery Newport is a Dazzling Newcomer

Over the past six years, The Winery Restaurant partners JC Clow, William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz have earned a reputation in the OC culinary world as having exceptional food, … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Restaurant Gets A Rating

“Meet me at The Arches!” That was a familiar phrase back in the 1920s and 30s, when The Arches Restaurant and Filling Station on Coast Highway in Newport Beach was … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Newport’s Culinary Newcomers Reveal Culinary Delights

After a long wait, two new restaurants from two of our favorite chefs have finally opened in Newport Beach: Provenance and The Winery. Each one offers unique concepts and culinary delights.  Provenance Chef Cathy … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

OC Restaurant Week – Feb. 23 to March 1

Orange County Restaurant Week kicked off on Saturday, February 22 with a launch party that featured two dozen restaurants offering samples of their Restaurant Week menus. More than 100 restaurants … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wizard of Food meets “Wizard of Oz”

Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan of Leatherby’s Café Rouge at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa loves to create themed menus for the Broadway musicals that come to the … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ultimate Valentine’s Dining at Pelican Hill Resort

Ready to go all-out this Valentine’s Day? So is The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. One of the most romantic locations in So Cal, Pelican Hill Resort is Newport Beach’s … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment