Off the Menu OC

Covering the dining scene in and around the OC

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

Best Dining Experiences of 2013

So many restaurants, so little time. That seemed to be out mantra this year. We lost count of how many restaurants we dined at in 2013, and despite our best … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Dining at the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

One of the largest holiday celebrations in the country is the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, which is viewed by hundreds of thousands of people each year. This year’s parade … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fall Dining at Pelican Hill Resort

We always look forward to dining at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, whether it’s at the noted Andrea Ristorante or the more relaxed (yet no less noteworthy) Coliseum Pool … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Trip to Italy at Pelican Hill’s Third Annual “Festa dell’ Autunno” Sept 20-22

Autumn is almost here, and with its arrival comes Pelican Hill Resort’s third annual “Festa dell’Autunno,” September 20-22 in Newport Beach. The Italian themed celebration is fitting for Pelican Hill, … Continue reading

September 14, 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

3rd Annual L.A. Food & Wine Festival Hits Town August 22-25

 The food and wine event of the year is about to hit Southern California! The 3rd annual LA Food & Wine Festival is a four-day culinary celebration that features more … Continue reading

August 13, 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

10th annual Newport Beach Wine Festival

We’ve re-launched the Off the Menu OC blog with a new look, just in time to write about the 10th annual Newport Beach Wine Festival, held at Balboa Bay Resort … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · Leave a comment