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Rumor Mill is Bunk: Alessa and Salerno’s Ristorante Not Going Anywhere (In Fact, They’re Partying)

Chef Alessandro Pirozzi has been in the spotlight this week, thanks to a rumor...

Wild Taco’s Wild Year Results in Super Chill Opening

Bear Flag's popular taqueria concept, Wild Taco, opened on Thursday, Jan 16th...

Laguna Beach Restaurateurs Chime in on Biggest Challenges

Laguna Beach Restaurateurs Chime in on Biggest Challenges In the last two...

45+ Top Orange County Chefs are Tackling OC Homelessness at OC Chef’s Table Grand Event

The biggest, swankiest chefs' dinner in the LA Basin, OC Chef's Table is back...

Restaurants in Laguna Beach: A Decade in Review, Part 2

On Friday last week, I wrote "Part One" about Restaurants in Laguna Beach and...

2020 Tipping Challenge: A Great Start to a Precarious Year

For the 2020 Tipping Challenge, the key, it seems, is to keep the “2020”number rolling in some way, shape or form.

Best Food & Drink
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...

Coyote Grill Howls Its 30 Years on Sept. 24th

Coyote Grill Howls Its 30 Years on Sept. 24th

In late August of 1989, the Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson version of Batman was setting $100 million records, "Good Thing" was topping the charts from the Fine Young Cannibals, and Kim Bryant was opening South Laguna's Coyote Grill. Fast forward 30 years, and Coyote...

Tortilla Republic Closes Suddenly, Fishbone Hoping to Swim In

Tortilla Republic Closes Suddenly, Fishbone Hoping to Swim In

Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach abruptly closed with locked doors and a simple note this Tuesday, Sept. 3rd. Their note to the public stated that "Due to the recent influx of Mexican restaurants in Laguna Beach, it has become unsustainable for Tortilla Republic to...

Upcoming Events & News
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...

Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Sophistication & Surprise

Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Sophistication & Surprise

Laguna Art Museum's history and future is being celebrated again this coming Saturday, Sept. 21st, when the Laguna Art Museum Gala takes place at the Festival of Arts grounds. Last week, I wrote an article about the Museum's history and reasons for the expansive shift...

2019 Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Glitz and Fun All in One

2019 Laguna Art Museum Gala Promises Glitz and Fun All in One

Last Friday,  Laguna Art Museum (LAM) Executive Director Malcolm Warner offered me a rare walking tour of the museum. Since his arrival at LAM in 2012, the man has been so busy that I've only seen bits of him from afar, either walking briskly from here to there or...

New Trolley Schedule Post Labor Day

New Trolley Schedule Post Labor Day

If you stayed off the trolleys this summer because of the crowds, now's your time to not only take back the town but take back your trolleys! Starting this week (Sept. 3), trolley service is cut back but still continues to troll us throughout the town.  Weekend...

Locals’ Parties & Pub Crawls Popping Up Everywhere

Locals’ Parties & Pub Crawls Popping Up Everywhere

As much as we love our tourists for their economic boost, we locals can't help but feel a bit of happy-happy joy when Labor Day creates that invisible cut off day. While our city remains much busier year-round now, it's still a welcome relief to be able to drive from...

New Dog Beach Hours + Dog-Friendly Restaurants Updated List

New Dog Beach Hours + Dog-Friendly Restaurants Updated List

Laguna Beach is extremely dog-friendly and it gets even friendlier in the fall and winter months. Starting on September 10th (my birthday, thank you very much. I'm sure all the dogs voted for this day) … dogs are allowed on the beaches anytime of the day as long as...

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