When you've got a resort view like that from your dining room, life should be pretty mellow, right? Yet David Man became a tad nervous when I hit the record button. He had nothing to worry about, though. Once we started exchanging Bay Area stories about our favorite ramen in Burlingame, I knew he wa ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterPaul Cao and Phi Nguyen Our truckin' trio (Paul Cao, Phi Nguyen and Minh Pham) continue their On the Line interview as we inquire about the Burnt Truck's story behind its name, as well as how often they get carded. If you're wondering where Minh is in our photos, he's about ... More >>
StarfishAh, Laguna Beach. If there was a rallying point where the high-concept restaurants flock, it'd be here. There are at least three new restaurants slated for the Laguna coast this year, all of them fit for a town that seems to demand a new restaurant or bar to go to every weeken ... More >>
Photo Courtesy of Moxxe PRThere has been a changing of the guard at Rustica in Fashion Island. Grant MacPherson left the kitchen sometime last November, leaving it to the very capable hands of his chef de cuisine, Renieri Caceres, who, like his predecessor, came from Sin City.
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For those folks who can still afford it, the Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis down in Dana Point remains a gorgeous meal, one featuring the trademarks of owner and celebrity chef Michael Mina--trios, a love of American cuisine, high-priced meals that nevertheless justify their cost. But Mina is ... More >>
Palmer: A class act all the way...Everyone else today will spill worth-it praise on Charlie Palmer's new burger joint, DG Burger, rave about the burger, wax purple over the fries, breathlessly report on the hundreds-deep line that snaked around his South Coast Plaza eatery to take him up on a fre ... More >>
Courtesy of Food NetworkNormally our On the Line feature runs on Tuesdays and features a professional chef whose cooking has captivated the hearts of Orange Countians. We ask a series of not-very-serious questions and publish the results.Well, for this extra edition of On the Line, which we're pu ... More >>
Usually a euphemism for a sad old salad or lackluster soup, the term "Recipe for one" is enough to strike terror into anyone. Just because only one person will be enjoying the finished dish, doesn't mean it shouldn't be interesting or nourishing. After all, it's you!So here's acclaimed chef Mich ... More >>
Father's Day may have been and gone, but there are zillions of other events to celebrate, whether it's the Fourth of July--just around the corner, folks!--or your birthday.Here's our pick of the best special-occasion restaurants in Orange County. Most of them, in particular Mastro's, aren't cheap (a ... More >>
As you may have already heard, the St. Regis Monarch Beach is on the verge of being auctioned off in a foreclosure sale. LA Times had the scoop.The ritzy hotel, as many have noted, is infamous for hosting a certain AIG boondoggle. You know the one: The bash they held after accepting government b ... More >>
Not a moment after the first ever Orange County Restaurant Week winds down (it ends this Saturday, March 7th, after a one week extension), another "Restaurant Week" waits in its wake.
Up next? Dana Point with its own Dana Point Restaurant Week. It starts this Friday, March 6th and runs to th ... More >>
Tell all your friends! Tell your neighbors! Michael Mina's givin' out free food at Stonehill Tavern. Okay, so it's not exactly his tasting menu; It's just a few canapes, about three or four types per night, served at the bar every Thursday from 5:30 PM to 7 PM. They're doing this for the rest of ... More >>