Table Talk: Rebel Cheesecake

Burnt cheesecake may sound like a recipe gone bad but, in the hands of Joshua Lozano, it’s downright swoon-worthy …

Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Orange County

Looking for ways to show your support for the black community? Donate, shop and dine at the many outstanding black-run businesses throughout Orange County. BUSINESSES C|Dobbs BoutiqueCorona del Mar Plaza, 928 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949.427.2321. c-dobbs.com | Instagram CherryHills Market21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 800.504.6979. cherryhillsmarket.com Laguna Candles821-A Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, […]

Celebrate At-Home in O.C. This Passover and Easter

Wild mushrooom risotto with aged parmesan and kale sesame chips at Five Crowns Stay-At-Home this Passover and Easter and let the professionals do the heavy lifting this year—your taste buds will thank you and so will your local businesses. Passover and Easter celebrations might look a little different this year but the table doesn’t have […]

Orange County Restaurants with Alternative Dining Options

We’ve got your back, and so do these Orange County restaurants. Support them as they are are offering delivery, takeout and curbside options, as well as gift cards, packages and more to help you and your family. NOTE: Please check back periodically for any updates as these may change with the ongoing news.   MULTIPLE […]

18 New Restaurants Dramatically Alter Orange County’s Culinary Landscape

The number of new restaurants that have debuted at or near the top of their genres of late—dramatically altering the county’s culinary landscape in little more than an academic calendar year—has been extraordinary. Note: Restaurants within each category are listed alphabetically. By Benjamin Epstein.   Euro Chic Fable & Spirit »Newport Beach  The decor beguiles—the […]

On Cloud Wine with Jason McClain

McClain Cellars is a cool and curated wine-tasting experience in Laguna Beach. By Kedric Francis. On a sunny afternoon, locals and out-of-towners gather in a modest, colorfully decorated tasting room, sipping wines with evocative names such as Summer Breeze, Kiss of Life and Old Black Magic. Some nibble on artisan popcorn, others on charcuterie and […]

The Incredible Case of the Disappearing French Chef

By Benjamin Epstein. In the 1980s, French chefs were gods. Fine dining meant French dining. These days, a dozen Italian restaurants open in Orange County for, if we’re lucky, every one French. With the debut of Knife Pleat at South Coast Plaza by chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Francophiles did get lucky. And […]

It’s Burger Week! Our Top Orange County Restaurant Picks

During O.C. Burger Week, July 14-20, burgers range from classic to creative, from beef to plant-based, and from $10 to $25. Edited by Whitney Lauren Han. Presented by The Fork Report, the foodie event highlights burgers from more than 50 Orange County restaurants. Here are our picks variously offering menus priced at $10, $15, $20 […]

Postcards on a Plate: 3 Orange County Chefs With a Taste for Travel

Culinary internships often take place abroad, and for a chef to revisit the country that ultimately inspires his or her cuisine makes sense. But what happens when, in the course of their travels, an American chef is smitten by Tasmania, a wine-country chef by New Mexico or a pasta-centric chef by the American South? They […]