Off the Menu OC

Covering the dining scene in and around the OC

The Charm of Dining on Balboa Island

“When’s the last time you had dinner on Balboa Island” I asked Catherine last week. “Probably when we sampled the menu at Village Inn earlier this year,” she replied. “Since … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Stuff the Lobster (Not the Bird) at Bluewater Grill

Tired of turkey? Try a stuffed lobster instead. The best place to enjoy stuffed lobster? Bluewater Grill, which has three locations in So Cal and one in Phoenix. “Stuff the … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pre-Show Dining in The OC

If you’re visiting or live in the OC, chances are you’ll attend a show or concert at Segerstrom Center, South Coast Repertory or Laguna Playhouse. Question is, where to dine before … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Restaurant Gets A+ Grade

“Meet me at the Arches.” That was a familiar phrase back in the 1920s and 30s, when the only route between San Diego and Los Angeles was Pacific Coast Highway. … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Take the Plunge to Great Eats at DivBar

You don’t normally associate a dive bar with great food, but DivBar on Coast Highway is anything but a typical dive bar. Catherine and I first sampled the DivBar menu … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Everything Old is New Again at Village Inn Restaurant

Hard to believe that The Village Inn on Balboa Island in Newport Beach has been around for more than 80 years, which makes it one of the oldest restaurants (possibly … Continue reading

July 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wonderland Bakery Delivers a Sweet Fourth of July

Wonderland Bakery at The Bluffs Shopping Center on Bison Avenue has been named the official bakery of Newport Beach and dubbed the town’s official “Sweet Ambassador.” Anyone who has been … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

SOL Says Si to Tequila

We’ve been a fan of SOL Cocina for several years, ever since Chef Deborah Schneider first opened her Newport Beach location (she has since opened one in Scottsdale, AZ) and … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

June 7 is National Doughnut Day!

We love doughnuts, so of course we love National Doughnut Day! Several national brands are giving away doughnuts today, including Dunkin’ Donuts (one free donut with any beverage purchase) and … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Celebrate National Hamburger Day with a massive burger from ARC in Costa Mesa

It’s National Hamburger Day, and we can’t think of a better spot for a gourmet burger than ARC at the South Coast Collection/OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa. This trendy … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 1 Comment