| Sep 10, 2014
| 2:40 PM
My husband and I recently discovered a small bistro on Balboa Boulevard near the pier. The chef, Kevin Cahalan, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked for Bradley Ogden and Wolfgang Puck, among other chefs.
He and his fiancée,...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 4:13 PM
Orange County's second Malaysian restaurant, Old Malaya Grill, has recently opened in a Huntington Beach strip mall.
I am not really familiar with this cuisine but discovered that it is a delicious mélange of Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese,...
| 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...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 5:33 PM
Tortilla Republic has opened in the former home of Javier's and Asada in Laguna Beach.
Owners have done a very nice job of remodeling the space and pride themselves on serving "a modern take on Mexican comfort cuisine, utilizing recipes featuring farm-...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 1:47 PM
The former home of Mark's Restaurant, in the strip mall across from the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, has undergone a makeover. It now has a new name, Ivory Restaurant & Lounge; a new owner, Marsha Benson; a new chef, Abel...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 4:27 PM
Just in time for summer, Surf City beachgoers and vacationers will find a new resort restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa.
Watertable, featuring contemporary American food, replaces the hotel's Californian, which closed in...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:34 PM
Well spotted: Chick-fil-A's next Cow Appreciation Day will be July 11. The annual event, held at all Chick-fil-A locations, allows patrons who dress partially like a cow (say a cow-spotted shirt) to receive a free entrée, while those who dress head to toe...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 4:34 PM
Do the beach cities really need another pizza place? Well, if it happens to be Settebello, the answer is a great big "yes."
It recently opened in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center, transforming a couple of retail shops into a spacious and very attractive...