Off the Menu OC

Covering the dining scene in and around the OC

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

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

Get “Chowified” at Eat Chow Restaurant

Have you been ‘Chowified?” We have, and we love it. Of course, we’re talking about Eat Chow, which has locations in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Soon, you’ll be able … Continue reading

July 28, 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

Sliding Door Cafe No Longer a Secret

 It’s no secret that we’ve become fans of The Sliding Door Café in Newport Beach. Chef-Owner Kevin Cahalan, a transplanted New Yorker, is making culinary magic in his tiny kitchen. … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Chef Pascal Olhats Brings a Twist on French Cuisine to Cafe Jardin in Newport Beach

The iconic Ritz Restaurant in Newport Beach garnered headlines when it closed in February. Another Fashion Island favorite, Brasserie Pascal, closed last December when Chef Pascal Olhats was unable to renegotiate … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment