| Nov 22, 2011
| 9:42 PM
Year after year Marché Moderne has won accolades as the best restaurant in Orange County. Sometimes restaurants glide by on their reputations while the food slides downhill. Not so at Marché Moderne.
We hadn't reviewed this restaurant since 2008 and...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 1:45 PM
It's become our tradition to publish a year-end list of favorites.
These are the dishes we've most enjoyed from more than 300 or so that we've tasted (for better or worse), in the past year. Rather than a top 10 or any other numbered list, these appear...
| Jan 11, 2012
| 3:51 PM
Three-Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink is a wonderful new addition to the Orange County dining scene. Well, not entirely new because it is in the former home of Sorrento Grille. New owner, Executive Chef Ryan Adams, and his Chef de Cuisine Mitch Gillam...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 4:01 PM
If you are looking for a great deal and some interesting food, we suggest you try the buffet at Orchid in Costa Mesa, served both at lunch and dinner every day but Saturday. It might be a nice introduction to Iranian — or Persian — cuisine...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 4:09 PM
Experiencing a culinary delicacy doesn't get much better than Crab Tuesdays at AnQi Gourmet Bistro & Noodle Bar at South Coast Plaza. It's a rare weekly foodie event hosted by celebrity Chef Helene An, the matriarch and executive chef of all An Family...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 2:04 PM
Although King's Fish House is a regional chain restaurant, it prides itself on the quality of its sustainable, farm-raised fish and seafood in addition to a large selection of wild caught products.
For example, their Idaho rainbow trout comes from...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:36 PM
Fashion expert Elizabeth Charles just opened her third eponymous boutique in the former chic A'Maree's store at Westcliff Court in Newport Beach.
She already enjoys a loyal following of fashionistas, who appreciate her sophisticated and elegant...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 9:34 AM
To brine or not to brine, that is the question. Robert L. Wolke, in his book "What Einstein Told His Cook," says, "Brining seems to be all the rage these days, as if the world's chefs and food writers have suddenly discovered salt water, like Balboa...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Like the phoenix, Prego Ristorante has risen from the ashes eight months after a devastating kitchen fire closed the restaurant. Chef Ugo Allesina and his staff seem very happy to be back, and so were we.
The lovely main dining area appears to be...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 11:58 AM
We always enjoy it when our readers write us to recommend a find or a favorite restaurant in their neighborhood. Often, these places are not on the radar because they don't represent destination dining, but they do offer tasty food at palatable prices....
| Feb 6, 2013
| 1:28 PM
"Bring back that loving feeling," so the song says, and with Valentine's Day here, there are plenty of ways to do that. Here are just a few ideas.
The Californian at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa has a special menu for the big night...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Nestled in a tiny storefront on Balboa Island is a new and charming, romantic little bistro called Trattoria Mediterranean. It is a treasure box, with its candlelit atmosphere, the sound of trickling water from the fountain on the terrace and the wrought-...