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

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

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

A “Tabu” Dinner Leads to Comedy at Laguna Playhouse

Our home-base may be Newport Beach, but we love making the short drive down the coast to Laguna Beach, which has an impressive array of restaurants. The town also has The Laguna … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a 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

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

Beauty and the Beast: A Musical Menu

We love musicals, and seldom miss one of the Broadway touring productions at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. We also love dining at Leatherby’s Café Rouge adjacent … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · Leave a comment