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

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

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

Island Hotel in Newport Beach Unveils New Restaurant

The Island Hotel in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, closed its Palm Terrace Restaurant and Lounge earlier this year and transformed the entire facility into two separate yet adjacent entities: Oak … Continue reading

July 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

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