2015 Dining Archive Stories

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  • Best Places to Eat, Coast-Style By: Brad A. Johnson
    Who doesn’t love a list, especially when it’s restaurant critic Brad A. Johnson’s 75 favorite restaurants in Orange Coun
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Chef Style: Lost and Foied By: Steve Bramucci
    The battle is over. California’s controversial foie gras ban has been lifted, and Orange County’s top chefs are racing to get it back on their menus. In the media, the debate was often portrayed as a war between animal rights activists and heavily tattooed, renegade chefs – the bleeding hearts versus the heartless. But th
    Thu Feb 05, 2015
  • Cuisine: Filomena's Italian Kitchen By: Jenn Tanaka
    Linda English loves comfort food. When you walk into Filomena’s, her Costa Mesa restaurant, instantly you feel as if you’re visiting a friend’s house. “In Italian homes, everyone always gathers in the kitchen,” she says. “I don’t know anyone who uses a traditional family room anymore.” When you eat
    Tue Nov 11, 2014
  • Harlow's By: Jenn Tanaka
    Unexpected delights. That is the first thing that comes to mind when dining at Harlow’s in San Juan Capistrano. The drive to the restaurant down the grass-lined Rancho Viejo Road that winds parallel to the 5 freeway brings you to a small shopping plaza. While the exterior is unassuming, the interior décor evokes a speakeasy fused wi
    Mon Sep 08, 2014
  • Farm to Table: Rise and Shine By: Jenn Tanaka
    Driving down Jeffrey Road in Irvine, you notice a small patch of farmland. Standing tall amid the crops is a bright red barn that seems out of place amongst the nearby strip malls and housing developments. Upon closer glance, you see that the barn doubles as a farm stand. Colorful signs advertising the wares of the season, from fresh strawberrie
    Mon Sep 08, 2014
  • Pirozzi
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • Pirozzi By: Jenn Tanaka
     The first thing you notice when visiting Pirozzi, Corona del Mar’s hip new eatery, is the crowd spilling out onto the East Coast Highway sidewalk. There’s no denying that on this busy weeknight Alessandro Pirozzi is the culinary king of Italian food in Orange County. The next thing that catches your eye once you walk through th
    Tue Aug 05, 2014
  • Provenance By: Jessica Husami
    Chef Cathy Pavlos’s new restaurant, Provenance, is not at all where one would expect to find a garden. Located in the corner of the Eastbluff Village Center in Newport Beach, it’s more utilitarian errand-running than fine seasonal dining. But given what we know of Chef Pavlos and her past venture, Lucca Café in Irvine’s
    Thu May 29, 2014
  • Red O By: Jessica Husami
    EAT  Red O is located at Fashion Island at 143 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach. 949.718.0300  :: 
    Wed Apr 23, 2014
  • Solita By: Jessica Husami
    In 2004, when Deborah Schneider released her cookbook, ¡Baja! Cooking on the Edge, opening her own restaurant was not on her agenda. But life has a way of making its own decisions. The book, a tribute to her love of the Mexican peninsula’s cuisine, caught the eye of two young entrepreneurs, Matt Baumayr and Rich Howland, who w
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • Ways & Means By: Jessica Husami
    Ways & Means is located at 513 E. Chapman Ave. in Orange.714.516.1800 ::
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Fig & Olive By: Jessica Husami
    It’s Sunday night and Fig & Olive, one of Fashion Island’s new dining destinations, is bursting at its French Riviera-inspired seams. Hordes of OC’s finest mingle at the bar and spill into the front lounge, and harried servers carrying cocktails and olive oil samplers speed through the sprawling restaurant. Although the fre
    Mon Feb 03, 2014