Off the Menu OC

Covering the dining scene in and around the OC

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

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

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

Artistic Dining in Laguna Beach

The arts festivals are in full swing, Pageant of the Masters has begun its summer-long run, and The Laguna Playhouse just opened the musical “Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story.” … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment