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Tommy Bahama Closes Its 10-Year Operation

Tommy Bahama, known internationally for celebrating the island life, will...

Royal Hawaiian Wins “Best Steak of O.C.”

After just seven months of operation, Laguna's Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill took...

Art & Nature Begins Nov. 7th

Laguna Art Museum is celebrating its 7th annual Art & Nature, a...

Sip ‘n Shuck 2019

Next Sunday’s 7th Annual Sip and Shuck party at The Deck just keeps expanding...

Royal Hawaiian Hosts Oct 31st “Voodoo & Lapus” Party

Because Halloween is on Thursday next week, a few restaurants and bars in town...

Laguna Restaurants Scaring Up Rumors at October’s Close

Fishbone, Wild Taco hoping to open next week While most Laguna-bound...
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Tommy Bahama Closes Its 10-Year Operation

Tommy Bahama Closes Its 10-Year Operation

Tommy Bahama, known internationally for celebrating the island life, will begin island hopping this Tuesday when it closes its Laguna Beach location in search of a new home. On Saturday morning, the corporate offices notified management at both the restaurant and...

Royal Hawaiian Wins “Best Steak of O.C.”

Royal Hawaiian Wins “Best Steak of O.C.”

After just seven months of operation, Laguna's Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill took down top Orange County accolades with the "Best Steak in Orange County" award. Notified by OC Weekly's editors, Chefs Maro and Martin Molteni were all grins. "It's a really great honor and...

Laguna Restaurants Scaring Up Rumors at October’s Close

Laguna Restaurants Scaring Up Rumors at October’s Close

Fishbone, Wild Taco hoping to open next week While most Laguna-bound restaurants aim to open in early spring, a surprising number end up opening in the quieter months of fall. This makes Laguna locals extremely happy as it gives us a small window of time to get to...

Local Lobster Season is On but No Local Lobster to Be Found

Local Lobster Season is On but No Local Lobster to Be Found

In Laguna Beach, we locals look forward to about three events each year. In October, it’s all about the lobster … for the month’s duration, you’ll find us standing on street corners in South Laguna, anxiously awaiting the unfurling of the “Local Lobster” banner at...

New Kid in Town: Lumberyard’s Popular Burger Goes Beyond

New Kid in Town: Lumberyard’s Popular Burger Goes Beyond

Over many years, the Lumberyard Signature Burger has never budged from my annual "Top 5 Burgers of Laguna Beach," and it's always been a best-seller on Cary Redfearn's menu. Over the last few months, though, the LYard champ is being challenged by a come-upper from its...

The Drake Brings Back Nostalgic Supper Club

The Drake Brings Back Nostalgic Supper Club

Last night was the official "opening night" for The long-anticipated The Drake Laguna Beach. It was an impeccable experience, which is a rare thing to say on a restaurant's opening night. Yes, they're still stepping into their stride, but for a 0-day-old restaurant...

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Art & Nature Begins Nov. 7th

Art & Nature Begins Nov. 7th

Laguna Art Museum is celebrating its 7th annual Art & Nature, a multidisciplinary exploration of art in the natural world from November 7-10. For the first time in the event’s history, the commissioned work of art will be inside the museum rather than outside, and...

Sip ‘n Shuck 2019

Sip ‘n Shuck 2019

Next Sunday’s 7th Annual Sip and Shuck party at The Deck just keeps expanding with more enticing fare. Our fine folks at The Driftwood and The Deck restaurants introduced the Sip and Shuck as an oyster/champagne party in the name of non-profit love for Laguna Beach....

Royal Hawaiian Hosts Oct 31st “Voodoo & Lapus” Party

Royal Hawaiian Hosts Oct 31st “Voodoo & Lapus” Party

Because Halloween is on Thursday next week, a few restaurants and bars in town are celebrating this weekend with live music and parties. Next Thursday, though … Halloween night … the only party noted in town is at The Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill with its “Voodoo &...

Hauntin’ Events 2019 Start This Weekend

Hauntin’ Events 2019 Start This Weekend

If you haven't noticed, Halloween has become a month-long event. I'm not sure how this all got started, or when it actually took pole position over the Easter Bunny, but no one seems to be complaining. I was sad to see that the Festival of Arts' Pageant of the...

Spooktacular Paw-ty Options for Your Pets

Spooktacular Paw-ty Options for Your Pets

As Halloween fast approaches, there are plenty of events popping up that cater to kids and adults, alike. Fortunately, Halloween also includes the most important peeps in our lives, too - our pets. There are two upcoming events that are simply "can't miss," even if...

Dining Project OC Pops Up at Hotel Laguna

Dining Project OC Pops Up at Hotel Laguna

Sometimes, when I feel like my life is nearing an alarming level of chaotic flurry, God/the  gods/angels have a pow-wow on how to give me a break. Things are so busy in my life right now that they know they can’t send me on vacation. So, they decide, instead, to bring...

Get to Know OC & LA Chefs
Chef Peter Lai – The Blind Rabbit Speakeasy – Anaheim

Chef Peter Lai – The Blind Rabbit Speakeasy – Anaheim

Meet Chef Peter Lai, new Chef of the award-winning Blind Rabbit speakeasy in Anaheim. Chef Peter Lai wasn't even looking for a new job when he was invited to take a look at The Blind Rabbit … and then he couldn't even find the door when he showed up for his...

Chef Linda Johnsen – Filomena’s – Costa Mesa

Chef Linda Johnsen – Filomena’s – Costa Mesa

Meet Chef Linda Johnsen, Owner and Chef of the ever-popular Filomena's in Costa Mesa. Chef Linda purchased the restaurant in 2009 when the real estate market tanked (her primary career at the time), and she's never looked back. Click to learn more about Chef Johnsen...

Chef Rich Mead – Farmhouse – Newport Beach

Chef Rich Mead – Farmhouse – Newport Beach

Meet Chef Rich Mead the unassuming chef of Farmhouse in Newport Beach at Roger's Gardens. Chef Mead has been cooking for GIANT tables of guests for years, so he's looking forward to his return to OC Chef's Table where he simply tends to 10 guests during the...

Chef Jet Tila – Food Network’s Iron Chef

Chef Jet Tila – Food Network’s Iron Chef

Meet the Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Jet Tila, the likable and uber-talented chef on a number of shows, including Iron Chef America.  Chef Jet Tila is returning for his second year to OC Chef’s Table as the spotlight celebrity chef.   Click to learn more about Chef...

Chef Jason Neroni – Rose Cafe – Santa Monica

Chef Jason Neroni – Rose Cafe – Santa Monica

Meet Chef Jason Neroni, the renowned L.A. based chef of Rose Cafe in Santa Monica. Chef Neroni has heard about the OC Chef's Table, and was so affected by the homelessness in his own neighborhood, that he contacted Illumination Foundation, the non-profit entity...

Chef Randy Gruspe – Duke’s – Huntington Beach

Chef Randy Gruspe – Duke’s – Huntington Beach

Meet Chef Randy Gruspe, new Chef of the renowned Duke's in Huntington Beach. Chef Randy Gruspe was born and raised a Hawaiian, which might make him the best possibly suited chef for the popular Duke's chain. Click to learn more about Chef Randy Gruspe and … The events...

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