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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 11, 2012
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 are both Sorrento Grille alumni. The space has been attractively redecorated and the menu is entirely their own, featuring "kicked up comfort food" with tons of flavor at reasonable prices. The menu is divided into five categories: bites, small, medium, large and sides.
NEWS
November 28, 2002
DINING OUT Hayashi, the Japanese restaurant with the bright blue shingles, has taken over the location of Plaka the Greek restaurant on Beach Boulevard and transformed it into a neat minimalist sushi bar. The L-shaped room has light wood tables and chairs (no booths), a vaulted ceiling with crystal chandelier and a front patio under construction. Owned by Koreans Lisa and Che Yoe Chin, who have one other restaurant, in La Canada, Hayashi is a family affair, with their son Sean Chin as the sushi chef.
NEWS
December 11, 2003
Mary Furr It opened only a few weeks, but word gets around in Huntington Beach quickly and a line of diners was waiting to be seated at Habana Cafe when we went. The new Cuban restaurant on Beach Boulevard has a friendly air about it. Sitting in the large dining room at glass-covered tables, we feel adventurous when handed the menu to select from one of the five $6.99 lunch specials. For me it is the largest, fattest oven-baked white meat chicken and Polo Asado, the skin a crispy brown crust, the meat rubbed with garlic and herbs.
NEWS
July 18, 2002
DINING OUT Many restaurants have come and gone on the southeast corner of Brookhurst Street and Adams Avenue. The recently opened Moulin Rouge Bistro is one with a French Vietnamese cuisine that lives up to its promise. At the entrance is a new fish grotto with some lively koi, while inside it's a true 1950s dinner house with dark maroon velvet drapes, soft carpets, a stained glass ceiling in the first dining area and a baby grand piano that centers the way into the second dining room ready to be played on weekends.
NEWS
November 15, 2001
Mary Furr It's a different world in Doson Beach. There's a slower pace with no apologies. It's service with dignity. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the kitchen will oblige but it will take time, so relax and catch up with news from friends. Lunch ($5.95-$8.95) is a bargain with several choices -- one a rather dry beef mixed with good, fresh broccoli, bok choy, mushrooms and water chestnuts. Another is crusty grilled chicken in a medium thick soy-flavored potent sauce.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 28, 2011
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 in random order but represent the best of the bunch. * Bayside Bar, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach Cast-iron seared quail shone above the rest. It was glazed with a complex sauce that was fruity and spicy, sweet and sour, with great depth of flavor.
NEWS
February 5, 2004
Mary Furr Next to a good cup of coffee or a thick hearty soup, the most welcome sight in a restaurant is the chef at work in an open kitchen, which is what greets you as you enter Mangia Mangia. Located on the Goldenwest side of a strip mall dominated by Expo on Edinger Avenue, it's a double storefront from which chef Giuseppe Cafalu could be seen at the grill as co-owner brother Pietro led us to a table. It was from the daily specials on the black board that we selected our entrees, each served with an exceptionally varied green salad -- red leaf, feathery frise, oak leaf and baby spinach with a light dressing -- just the variety of texture and color is an indication of the excellent preparations to come.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 11, 2010
Handsome and refined but not stuffy, Pinot Provence is the South Coast outpost of Joachim Splichal’s Patina Group, along with Leatherby’s Café Rouge. This famous Los Angeles chef is slowly building an empire of attractive restaurants with consistently good food. Authentic Provençal French food is the star here, with classics like escargots, soupe a l’oignon, moules frites and magret de canard. The high-ceiling dining room looks like the great hall of a chateau in Avignon.
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By Candice Baker | December 31, 2013
Fresh Mex: The much-anticipated fresh casual Mexican restaurant Solita Tacos & Margaritas has opened at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach, 7631 Edinger Ave., Suite 1508. Created by the team behind SOL Cocina of Newport Beach and featuring the big flavors of coastal Baja and a showcase wood grill, Solita offers an all-weather patio and indoor/outdoor bar. It is currently open for dinner service and will begin offering lunch Thursday. Information: solitatacos.com . For auld lang syne: New Year's Eve offers a variety of ways to ring in the new year.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | August 20, 2013
After months of June gloom, it was a pleasure to wake up on a Sunday morning with the sun shining and a cool breeze in the air. The day was perfect for brunch at one of our favorite spots, although it is more accurately described as "blunch," since most of the menu items are more like lunch or dinner food. Bayside Restaurant is located just across the street from an inlet of the bay in Newport Beach. This beautiful eatery serves a three-course, prix fixe Sunday brunch for $29.95, with all the mimosas or champagne you care to drink.
SPORTS
July 3, 2013
District 62 championships will be on the line this weekend in three divisions as the 2013 Little League All-Stars tournament comes to a close. The double-elimination event ends with Major, 9/10, and 8/9 division championship series taking place at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. Undefeated Huntington Valley will meet once-beaten Ocean View in the Major All-Star championship series. Opening game is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Field 15 at Mile Square Park. If necessary, a second game will be played at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 11, 2012
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 are both Sorrento Grille alumni. The space has been attractively redecorated and the menu is entirely their own, featuring "kicked up comfort food" with tons of flavor at reasonable prices. The menu is divided into five categories: bites, small, medium, large and sides.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 28, 2011
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 in random order but represent the best of the bunch. * Bayside Bar, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach Cast-iron seared quail shone above the rest. It was glazed with a complex sauce that was fruity and spicy, sweet and sour, with great depth of flavor.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 7, 2011
Kappo Honda is primarily an izakaya restaurant, but it does have a sushi bar in a separate room. Izakaya traditionally is a very casual drinking establishment that also serves small plates. In the U.S., it has morphed into an actual style of restaurant. At Kappo Honda there is a huge menu with a half-dozen different categories, but we think the best thing here is the grilled food, which has its own extensive "yakitori" menu. (Yakitori is technically only grilled chicken; yakimono is the usual term for grilled food.)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | July 6, 2011
The other day we dined on delicious "fried" avocado mini-tostados, tasty olive pizettas and scrumptious garden tahini veggie wraps. We adored the chocolate ganache with sea salt and coconut butter. What was amazing was that every bit of this excellent meal was completely raw! These and a vast array of other raw foods are served at 118° Degrees, Jenny Ross' attractive restaurant at the Camp in Costa Mesa. What exactly is raw food? This is a movement advocating food that is heated to a temperature no higher than 118 degrees Fahrenheit, thereby preserving its natural chemical structure.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | June 29, 2011
The wife of a Scottish nobleman modeled the Five Crowns on a 12th century English country house when she built it in 1936. Originally called the Hurley Belle, it was a bed and breakfast catering to the Hollywood elite. Couples like Rita Hayworth with Howard Hughes and Bogie and Bacall used it as a hideaway. In 1965, Richard Frank of Lawry's Prime Rib took it over and renamed it Five Crowns, because it was his fifth restaurant and each was considered a jewel in the company's crown.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 29, 2010
The top 10 dishes of 2010 (in no particular order and not a list of the 10 best restaurants): Café Grill (Fountain Valley): Sweet Potato Ravioli is a winner! Looking more like cannelloni, the toothsome pasta is wrapped around an exquisite sweet potato puree, whipped into a state of sublime creaminess with an astonishing depth of flavor. The nut-brown butter sauce with sage accents adds a whole other dimension of mouth-watering delight. The final fillip is the crispy, deep-fried sage leaves on top. Unbelievably, only $5!
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 22, 2010
When there are no new restaurants opening in the area, we like to check in on some of the standbys to see how they're faring, especially when the executive chef is off building his empire. Such is the case with Roy Yamaguchi, of Roy's restaurant in Newport Beach. Terry is old enough to remember Yamaguchi's first restaurant, back in the mid-1980s in West Hollywood, 385 North, where the food was amazing. He moved to Hawaii in '88 and was instrumental in creating Hawaiian fusion cuisine.
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