| Jul 16, 2014
| 2:26 PM
Chef Peter Petro has launched a new restaurant called Bosscat Kitchen, right next door to his Ten Asian Bistro.
No sushi here — this cuisine is called Southern, but it is a little more eclectic. For example, one of its most popular dishes is...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:21 PM
A new sandwich shop has arrived in Orange County, and it is really like no other.
Mendocino Farms is the creation of Mario del Pero and his wife, Ellen Chen. They opened their first unit in downtown Los Angeles and now have six more.
A few weeks ago,...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:23 PM
In its continuing effort to crack down on downtown disturbances, the Huntington Beach City Council decided Monday to look into restricting alcohol licenses.
Council members voted 5 to 2 to direct city staff to draft an amendment to the zoning code...
| May 13, 2014
| 3:51 PM
After 20 years in business, another grand dame of the Newport restaurant scene has passed on, and in Villa Nova's place, overlooking the bay, the highly regarded Winery from Tustin has opened its second location.
After a major remodel, the new...
| May 14, 2014
| 4:10 PM
According to the old saying, necessity is the mother of invention. And in the case of Vojo Brasnovic, the new general manager of Old World German Restaurant, it was his mother who prompted the necessity.
The Croatia native, who joined the restaurant in...
| May 21, 2014
| 11:51 AM
Sweet surprise: Ruby's Diner Inc. will begin offering Santa Cruz ice cream favorite Marianne's at its Southern California locations, beginning with a rollout at its Laguna Beach diner. Pop by from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday or 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at 30622 S....
| May 28, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Fireside Tavern is the latest venture from one of my favorite chefs, Scott Brandon, recently of the Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona del Mar.
He is currently serving his gourmet pub food in the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County on Bristol Street, just...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 5:58 PM
Sota Akiyama has had extensive experience at many fine sushi restaurants in California.
He began his career at Hapi Sushi in Laguna Beach and eventually started his own private chef company. This was followed by a stretch at Ozumo, training in San...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 2:46 PM
The energetic and charming Alessandro Pirozzi has opened yet another excellent restaurant, this one in Corona del Mar.
This is the fourth restaurant of his that I have reviewed, and by now he knows who I am. It has always been my policy to remain...
| May 7, 2014
| 1:57 PM
Surfing sale: The Rip Curl Sample Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at 3030 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa. Enjoy savings of up to 75% off apparel, wetsuits and accessories for the whole family. The first 200 people will receive a free T-...
| May 7, 2014
| 11:34 AM
When a new restaurant opens, I always like to wait a few weeks to give the operators time to get their act together before doing a review, but I inadvertently found myself at Watertable in the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on the night...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 11:04 AM
I have been a fan of chef Cathy Pavlos since she first opened Lucca in the Quail Hill Shopping Center in 2005, and I have been eagerly awaiting her new restaurant, aptly called Provenance. It is in the Eastbluff Village Center in Newport Beach.