January kicks off California’s Restaurant Month, a celebration of American farm-to-table cuisine. Cities across the state have participated in the event, bringing the best of Californian traditional cuisine and the latest trends emerging from the food scene.
Newport Beach is a foodie’s paradise, especially due to its healthy eats and its innovative, sustainable dining options. It is no stranger to the California culinary scene and is the place to be in early 2020 with the Newport Beach Restaurant Week. Returning for its 14th year from January 13-26, this year’s installment is sure to be the best to date.
From brunching like a true OC-native, to testing cocktails and delicious apps, here are some delicious Newport Beach dining highlights:
- Tavern House Kitchen + Bar – This local brunch favourite is the epitome of Newport Beach: indulgent flavours, stunning views of the marine and a drink in hand. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm and diners have a chance to experience classic brunch favourites with a little Newport Beach flair: The buttermilk fried chicken, paired perfectly with malted waffles, pecan-wood smoked bacon, maple syrup and thyme gravy. For those craving eggs, opt for the classic eggs Benedict, accompanied by English muffins, hickory-smoked ham and a luscious hollandaise. All egg dishes are served with thyme-flavored tater tots.
- Red O – Located at the world-famous Fashion Island, this Newport Beach staple is always on point. Under the direction of Rick Bayless, Bravo’s Top Chef Master 2009 and International Association of Culinary Professionals 2007 Humanitarian of the Year, Red O is known for offering a “taste of Mexico” and its brunch options are no exception: Traditional Mexican dishes, like enchiladas and tacos, are available, as well as more classic brunch options, including pancakes and build-your own omelettes. Brunch-ers also have the option for $20 bottomless margaritas, mimosas, bloody Marys and sangria to help you say “Hola!” to the weekend! A la carte menu served Saturdays from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. Brunch buffet offered Sundays from 10 am-3 pm.
- Bosscat Kitchen & Libations – Innovation meets libation at Bosscat. Chef Peter Petro brings his unique and modern style to weekend brunch with his take on classic dishes. Most famously is the “donut burger,” beef patties, cheese bacon and a duck-fat-fried egg sandwiched on a donut bun. The “fruity pebbles” French toast is another go-to, served with freshly-baked bread doused in a mixture of egg wash and fruity pebbles and topped with fresh berries, bacon and even more fruity pebbles! For just $34 diners can enjoy a gorgeous, sparkling, fruit mimosa and an photo-worthy entrée.
- Moulin – Committed to delivering an authentic French experience, Moulin is filled with the smell of fresh-baked pastries, the taste of rich wine, and the sound of people speaking French throughout the bistro. This celebrated restaurant, owned by French chef Laurent Vrignaud, has two locations in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, with a third location slated to open in 2019 in San Clemente. The innovative Chef Vrignaud also plans to open an antique store adjacent to the Newport restaurant.
- Farmhouse – Farm to fork comes to life in this iconic Newport Beach setting at Roger’s Gardens. The gorgeous, scenic background is paired with incredible cuisine, like the grilled Dijon soy glazed pork tenderloin and the house cured salmon with grilled pumpernickel bread. Chef and owner Rich Mead has been developing relationships for more than 20 years with local farmers markets to source the freshest ingredients.
- Beachcomber – After nearly two decades, Crystal Cove renovations are set to begin again this month, restoring the historic Crystal Cove State Park cottages where the Beachcomber Café is located. This quaint, beachy space boasts oceanside views and a perfect outdoor space, accompanied by delectable dishes like blue crab stuffed salmon and handcrafted cocktails like the “luscious lemonade.”