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

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

Eating Our Way Through the Orange County Fair

Deep fried bacon wrapped turkey legs. Jack Daniels infused churros. Texas size pop rocks donuts. Deep fried pecan pie on a stick. Those are just a few of the outrageous … Continue reading

July 26, 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

Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Comes to Town Sept. 20 & 21

In September of 2012, the annual Taste of Newport ended its 24 year run in Fashion Island. Now, another food and wine festival aims to take its place. The inaugural … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Winery Newport is a Dazzling Newcomer

Over the past six years, The Winery Restaurant partners JC Clow, William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz have earned a reputation in the OC culinary world as having exceptional food, … Continue reading

May 31, 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