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Laguna Beach Books hosts best-selling mystery author T. Jefferson Parker

On Friday, August 14 at 5 p.m., Laguna Beach Books is pleased to present the...

Rumari Offering $37.50 Family Meals

I was so busy last week that I can't even think of a metaphor to describe it....

Vegetarian Options Abound in Summer Menus

One of my followers the other day commented that I was "focusing on too much...

“Outdoor Dining” Expands to More Options in Your Own Backyard

With new closure orders issued this week for most California counties...

Burger Week Satisfies Mid-Summer Cravings

Just when you thought you could get started on that diet after all your...

Dine-In Closures Prompt Rapid Outdoor Action

On Wednesday this week, Governor Newsom announced that dine-in options would...

Best Food & Drink

Yard Bar Patio Restaurant Debuts to Happy Acclaim

Yard Bar Patio Restaurant Debuts to Happy Acclaim

On Wednesday afternoon, a new patio restaurant was born in the heart of downtown. Aptly named Yard Bar, this patio is more of a little brother to the Lumberyard restaurant on Forest. A concept dreamed up by the ever-innovative Restaurateurs Cary and Suzanne Redfearn,...

New Sapphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook Lives Up to its Name

New Sapphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook Lives Up to its Name

Nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing a talented restaurateur choose Laguna Beach. In Sapphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook's case, Restaurateur Russ Bendel has stacked the deck with additional talent that plays at a very big culinary level. For daily operations, Russ...

Popular Kya/Rooftop Chef Craig Moves to Ristorante Rumari

Popular Kya/Rooftop Chef Craig Moves to Ristorante Rumari

After 15 years of creating renowned success as the Corporate Chef of Casa Del Camino's K'ya Bistro and The Rooftop, Chef Craig Connole has moved four blocks south to Ristorante Rumari. "I was planning to leave Casa at the end of March and take off the month of April...

Harley Restaurant Re-opens for Summery Take-Out

Harley Restaurant Re-opens for Summery Take-Out

It's been nearly three months since Chef Greg Daniels temporarily closed his doors at his popular Harley Laguna Beach restaurant. Today (Fri, June 5th), he re-opens for take-out with family meal options that will certainly brighten any backyard or beachy picnic. For...

June 1: At Least 36 Dine-In Restaurants Are Back in Play in Laguna

June 1: At Least 36 Dine-In Restaurants Are Back in Play in Laguna

After receiving news on Saturday, May 23rd that they could begin the re-opening process, several Laguna Beach restaurants immediately hopped into motion. By Memorial Weekend's end, at least 12 restaurants were either offering patio seating or the full dine-in...

Papa’s Tacos is Back With 60+ Menu Items To Go

Papa’s Tacos is Back With 60+ Menu Items To Go

After temporarily shuttering on March 223nd, Papa's Tacos Owner Michael Skerly figured he might be able to quietly merge back into business eight weeks later … on Saturday of Memorial Weekend. Instead, he and his crew were zambonied. "It was three days in an absolute...

Upcoming Events & News

Phenom Musician Francois Dean Takes It Virtual

Phenom Musician Francois Dean Takes It Virtual

If you've followed me for any length of time, you know that I'm a giant fan of the great musician, Francois Dean. Here in town, he's primarily played at Skyloft and Mozambique, and also ran the "Laguna Voice" contest with me at Mozambique for over a year. This guy is...

2020 Festival of Whales Parade Changes Dana Point Route

2020 Festival of Whales Parade Changes Dana Point Route

While Laguna Beach has its Annual Patriot's Day Parade on the morning of Saturday, March 7th, neighboring Dana Point has its own parade - the 49th Annual Festival of Whales Parade - same day, same timeframe – which is just the beginning of a two-weekend festival of...

Laguna Playhouse’s “Barefoot in the Park” a Must

Laguna Playhouse’s “Barefoot in the Park” a Must

Laguna Playhouse is debuting one of my all-time favorites, Barefoot in the Park, with shows that begin on Sunday, March 1st and run through Sunday, March 22nd. No less than Paul Rodriguez and Rita Rudner are in two of the four starring roles. Rodriguez plays the part...

2020 Patriot’s Day Parade Promises Fun & LESS Traffic Snarls!

2020 Patriot’s Day Parade Promises Fun & LESS Traffic Snarls!

In Laguna Beach, the well-loved Annual Patriot's Day parade starts at 11 a.m., which means hundreds of happy citizens participating, thousands watching from the sidewalks, and traffic diversions beginning as early as 9:00 a.m. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. by Laguna...

Beach Club at Main Beach has reopened behind Hotel Laguna

Beach Club at Main Beach has reopened behind Hotel Laguna

Hotel Laguna operators, Laguna Creative Ventures, has launched what it calls a "first stage" Beach Club, open Wednesday through Sunday and holidays (weather permitting) with limited beach service. Anytime between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can walk down or park in the...

Get to Know OC & LA Chefs

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...

Chef Jeff Moore – EATS Kitchen – Irvine

Chef Jeff Moore – EATS Kitchen – Irvine

Meet Chef Jeff Moore, Owner and Chef of EATS in Irvine. Chef Moore started working in restaurants to stay alive in college and, after learning to make the best Philly Cheesesteak in the world, he was hooked on creating food that people love. Click to learn more about...

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