Full Steam Ahead

At Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking

The word about Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking has risen like steam during the past few years. The kettles are cooking, and people are talking. Maybe it’s the authentic Cajun and Creole flavors, the secret spice combinations, and the Southern-caught seafood on the menu that’s been getting people’s attention. Maybe it’s the fact that people can watch as their food is ... Read More »

Warm Up Your Winter

Five ways to stay cozy in Laguna Beach

Winter in Laguna Beach? We know it’s mild compared to some. But when that chill hits the air, you’ll want to know where to go to get cozy. From crackling fireplaces to guilt-free comfort food, we’ve highlighted five ways to warm up your dining excursions in Laguna Beach this season. Zéytoon Café {412 North Coast Highway; 949.715.9230} There’s nothing like trying a ... Read More »

Your First Mates in Dining

Waterline and A&O Kitchen+Bar at Balboa Bay Resort

 Meet your two new best friends: Waterline Newport Beach and A&O Kitchen+Bar. Why should they be your go-to culinary companions? For one, they cook up delicious food at all hours of the day at prices that beat many comparable experiences in the Newport Beach area. Take the Sunday brunch, for example—bottomless mimosas, a farmers’ market display, pastries, a raw bar, ... Read More »

The Anaheim White House Restaurant

Feeding one and all for 28 years

Chef Bruno Serato with plate

If you live in or near Anaheim, you know about Anaheim White House Restaurant. It’s the turn of the century mansion—once a private home—that has housed the esteemed fine Italian steakhouse owned and operated by Chef/Proprietor Bruno Serato for the past 28 years. Although it’s been refurbished more than once, the house still carries with it the original grandeur of ... Read More »

Italian Paradise at Antonello Restaurant Group

Three decades of Italian cuisine in Orange County

Different types of pasta

Antonio Cagnolo was born in Italy in 1951. He grew up in a small town called Bistagno, located near Turin between the rocky Ligurian coast and the base of the snow-dusted Alps. His two grandfathers, both named Antonio, worked in town—one as a butcher, the other at an ancient grain mill. His mother would cook ingredients that his family grew ... Read More »

Free-Spirited Fare at Zimzala Restaurant and Bar

Fish on a plate with view of ocean

by Monica Parpal | Senior Editor Palm tree-lined streets bustle with life. Sun-drenched beaches reflect bright, warm rays. Surfers ride the crests of the rhythmic waves. Huntington Beach encapsulates the free-spirited soul within each of us—the one adventurous enough to splash into the ocean waters, and content enough to walk barefoot along the sand. We know that Southern California isn’t ... Read More »

Experience Newport Beach

A coastal culinary destination

Branzion on a wooden plate

by Monica Parpal | Newport Beach has emerged as Orange County’s top culinary community, beckoning to be explored. Within each unique Newport Beach neighborhood, an explosion of culinary opportunities awaits on every corner. From sophisticated restaurants offering succulent steaks, seafood, and elaborate wine lists, to healthy eateries and hidden local gems, each neighborhood offers its own charming experiences to please ... Read More »

Then and Now: A Culinary Conclave

Chef Ferran Adrià and the elBulli Foundation

By Jeffrey Steen | Managing Editor … Bullipedia and the elBulli Foundation will grow, and contributions will ensure that the world of haute cuisine will not remain locked in ivory towers and many-starred kitchens. It will be of all, and for all. When the doors closed on legendary elBulli restaurant in Spain in 2011, the world held its breath. Small ... Read More »

You’ve Got To Try This!

Our roundup of “musts” at some of our favorite Orange County restaurants

A Restaurant

    by Monica Parpal | “We’re always on the lookout for more great reasons to dine out. To remind ourselves of all the great dining opportunities in Orange County, we approached some of our favorite food spots and asked outright: “Why do people come to your restaurant? The ambience? The incredible view? The food?” Get hungry, OC: here’s our ... Read More »

Where the Good Times Roll

It’s always Mardi Gras at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Ralph Brennan's

by Maya Silver | Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is to Orange County as Little Italy is to New York City. Both of these cultural transplants have captured the essence of a celebrated culinary tradition while growing to develop traditions of their own. The story begins in 1947 with the Brennan family’s first establishment: the legendary Old Absinthe House on Bourbon ... Read More »