Off the Menu OC

Covering the dining scene in and around the OC

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

Ruby’s Diner Offers Special Burger Price to Celebrate 31 Years

Who would have thought that a retro 50s diner that opened on the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach more than three decades ago would not only still be around, but … Continue reading

January 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Islands Restaurant “Burger & Beer” Football Deal

The NFL Playoffs are upon us, and Islands Restaurants has a great deal for those who want to enjoy a burger and beer while watching a game. On the remaining football … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a 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

Dining Out at the Movies

Moviegoers are hungry for quality films, and quality food fare. Fortunately a handful of new, deluxe movie theaters have been created that fulfill both needs (although we can’t guarantee a … Continue reading

December 1, 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

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

Golden Foodie Awards Part 2

We love dining out–it’s always an adventure to visit new restaurants and try new dishes, but it’s also fun to return to local favorites to see what they’re up to … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment