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    • Family-owned Five Crowns restaurant celebrates 50 years with a new menu

      Family-owned Five Crowns restaurant celebrates 50 years with a new menu

      Even as a child, Ryan O'Melveny Wilson knew flavorful and expertly prepared prime beef. When he and his family traveled from Northern California to visit his grandfather's Newport Beach restaurant, Five Crowns, he would ask for the New York steak au poivre. "I'd only eat half of it, which annoyed...

    • 'Ted' Marinos, longtime cafe and pawn shop businessman, dies at 91

      'Ted' Marinos, longtime cafe and pawn shop businessman, dies at 91

      Elefthious "Ted" Marinos, a longtime Costa Mesa resident, business owner and volunteer, has died. Marinos died of natural causes in his home on Feb. 15. He was 91. Marinos' 60-year residency in Costa Mesa included operating the Wagonwheel Cafe, which eventually became the Goat Hill Tavern, as well...

    • Corona del Mar Today: Crews move boulders to make way for home

      Corona del Mar Today: Crews move boulders to make way for home

      Crews began loading boulders from the sands of Little Corona Beach onto trucks and hauling them away Thursday morning. The effort is part of an agreement between a Corona del Mar couple and the California Coastal Commission. The removal was expected to cost about $100,000, homeowner Jerrod Blandino...

    • Burger King will be out, Raising Cane's chicken in on Harbor Boulevard

      Burger King will be out, Raising Cane's chicken in on Harbor Boulevard

      Costa Mesa planners approved a new fast-food restaurant this week that will replace a Burger King near the 405 Freeway. The Burger King at 3150 Harbor Blvd. — the city's only Burger King — will be replaced by Raising Cane's, a Baton Rouge, La.-based chain that specializes in chicken tenders. Raising...

    • Dancing is OK again at Woody's Wharf, court says

      Dancing is OK again at Woody's Wharf, court says

      Appellate decision finds that City Council violated municipal code in hearing appeal of Planning Commission action.

    • Vintage car museum gets green light from Costa Mesa planners

      Vintage car museum gets green light from Costa Mesa planners

      Costa Mesa planning commissioners unanimously signed off Monday night on plans to turn a Westside industrial site into a vintage car museum and cafe. Richard Cushman, owner of Beverly Hills Motorsport on Pomona Avenue, won approval to convert his 1960s-era building at 729 Farad St. into a place...

    • New Balboa Peninsula deli blends tradition, trends
      New Balboa Peninsula deli blends tradition, trends

      With its extensive craft beer selection, local artisan coffee and traditional East Coast deli fare along with vegan options, Newport Beach's newest delicatessen is out to prove that "family-friendly" and "trendy" aren't mutually exclusive concepts.

      Dory Deli, near the Newport Pier at 2108 W. Oceanfront...

    • Hungry? Newport's Restaurant Week offers special menus through Feb. 1
      Hungry? Newport's Restaurant Week offers special menus through Feb. 1

      Diners can dig into special menus at 63 restaurants during Dine Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which runs Monday through Feb. 1.

      The ninth annual event will offer prix fixe menus with lunches from $10 to $25 and dinners from $20 to $50.

      Participating restaurants include fine-dining establishments...

    • Off Center Festival at Segerstrom looks to entertain and provoke
      Off Center Festival at Segerstrom looks to entertain and provoke

      Fourth annual event offers socially minded works.

    • Corona del Mar Today: Heroin, meth are teen drugs of choice, officer says

      Undercover detective speaks at CdM's first PTA meeting of the year.

    • Longtime chamber leader passes baton
      Longtime chamber leader passes baton

      After 23 years as Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Ed Fawcett is calling it quits.

      But although Fawcett stepped down Dec. 31, by the next day he had started as a consultant for the chamber's transition to new leadership.

      Fawcett said he will continue consulting with the new president...

    • Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014
      Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014

      2014 — I remember 2014. In Los Angeles, it was the year of peak steakhouse. It was a year of artisanal soda pop, $16 cheeseburgers and chef-ly barbecue. Tacos entered their Mannerist period. Cocktails largely supplanted wine, even in fine-dining restaurants. Kale, sea urchin, offal and poached...

    • Lido Theatre screens 'The Interview'
      Lido Theatre screens 'The Interview'

      One fan calls it his 'patriotic duty' to see film at center of a hacking incident that the U.S. has linked to North Korea.

    • Top 10 stories in Laguna Beach for 2014
      Top 10 stories in Laguna Beach for 2014

      Mobility throughout Laguna Beach, whether by foot, car or bicycle, was a recurring theme in 2014 as the city took strides to address safety on the busiest thoroughfares, including adopting a bike safety plan after a cyclist was killed along Coast Highway in June.

      The city hired urban planning firm...

    • C is for cookie — that's good enough for her
      C is for cookie — that's good enough for her

      Emily Osterberg, who moved from Minnesota to become an entrepreneur, has her hands full at Baking Betty's.

    • Ranch at Laguna Beach faces trademark infringement claim

      A U.S. District Court judge last week set a trial date in a trademark infringement claim by the owner of the Anaheim-based Ranch Restaurant and Saloon that accuses the company that owns The Ranch at Laguna Beach of capitalizing on the name to promote business for its hotel and golf course in Aliso...

    • Mozambique gets more seating but parking is not resolved

      Mozambique's parking problems took center stage at the Laguna Beach City Council meeting Tuesday, but the steakhouse scored some concessions as it got the chance to be heard after appealing a recent decision by the Planning Commission to quash its plans for more seating.

      In September, the commission...

    • Woody's Wharf to appellate court: Shall we dance?
      Woody's Wharf to appellate court: Shall we dance?

      The Balboa Peninsula restaurant is challenging a ruling that barred dancing and late-night patio hours.

    • Gift-wrapping competition aids charity
      Gift-wrapping competition aids charity

      They came armed with scissors, tape, wrapping paper, bows and creativity.

      Representatives of nine nonprofit organizations went head to head Wednesday morning in a gift-wrapping competition sponsored by Quattro Caffe at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

      A panel of judges circled the restaurant to...

    • Coffee beer, or how to drink your craft beer and coffee at the same time
      Coffee beer, or how to drink your craft beer and coffee at the same time

      Brewers have been mixing their buzzes with coffee-fueled beers for decades, but nowhere else in the country does coffee beer quite like Southern California.

      The region is home to many fantastic small-batch coffee roasters, and these bean-loving artisans share the flavor-fanaticism that also fuels...

    • Stylish community joins forces on Superior
      Stylish community joins forces on Superior

      In a corner of town more popularly known for industrial buildings and oil changes, a budding pocket of artists and businesses are combining forces to forge their own slice of "Costa Mesa cool."

      They're calling their neighborhood Style on Superior.

      So far, 11 businesses on Superior Avenue's 1600...

    • Season of change for venerable band Missiles of October
      Season of change for venerable band Missiles of October

      Laguna Beach band, which has been mainstay of Marine Room Tavern for 23 years, branches out to stay alive.

    • Biz News: Coldwell Banker opens brokerage in Newport Center
      Biz News: Coldwell Banker opens brokerage in Newport Center

      Rush Hill, while still Newport Beach mayor, participated in a ribbon-cutting Dec. 4 at the grand opening of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 840 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100.

      About 200 people attended the event, including Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage President Jamie Duran,...

    • Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers
      Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers

      Holiday shopping is not for wimps. Given that it's among the most strenuous and exacting activities on the planet, you, the one staring with glazed eyes at a very long list, will need sustenance. Sometimes a quick bite is all that's needed. Other times you'll want to put those bags down beside...

    • Around Town: Plaque to be placed at old Golden Bear site Monday
      Around Town: Plaque to be placed at old Golden Bear site Monday

      Huntington Beach's famed Golden Bear nightclub will be remembered with a plaque placed at 1 p.m. Monday at its former site at 306 Pacific Coast Hwy., now the Pierside Pavilion.

      The Golden Bear opened as a restaurant in the 1920s and frequently served movie stars who were in town for a day at the...

    • Huntington Beach rejects new limits on alcohol sales

      Huntington Beach has been grappling for more than a year about how to cut down on rowdy behavior in its popular downtown area.

      The problem got new focus in 2013 during a melee on Main Street that left shop windows smashed, portable toilets overturned and people pelting police with debris. More...

    • Harbor area alive with marina and park projects
      Harbor area alive with marina and park projects

      Commissioners hold a special meeting aboard a ferry as they tout progress being made in several areas.

    • Huntington council rejects tighter alcohol restraints on new downtown restaurants

      The Huntington Beach City Council decided Monday night not to place additional restraints on new downtown bars and restaurants that serve alcohol despite having supported the notion months before.

      Council members voted 4-2 to deny a zoning change that would have required new eating establishments...

    • Food, art and exhibits Friday night at Canvas Costa Mesa event

      The inaugural Canvas Costa Mesa event, a one-night program of festivities that spotlight the local arts, will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in the SoBeCa District.

      Merchants, eateries and galleries in the roughly triangular area bordered by Bristol and Baker streets and Randolph Avenue will...

    • Five great brewed-in-L.A. IPAs to drink right now
      Five great brewed-in-L.A. IPAs to drink right now

      Love 'em or hate 'em, the popularity of India Pale Ales in Southern California cannot be denied, and there are more choices than ever for hop-forward IPAs from Los Angeles breweries. Forget the big names from San Diego, here are some new IPAs (and one classic) from local breweries that deserve...

    • Rock 'N Fish leaves Laguna, rooftop redesign stays
      Rock 'N Fish leaves Laguna, rooftop redesign stays

      The restaurant that had been poised to reap the benefit of downtown Laguna Beach's first rooftop deck has closed after four years in the coastal city.

      Rock 'N Fish, which operated the top space in the historic two-story Heisler building, served its last meals and cocktails Saturday, building owner...

    • Empty Bowls brim with charity
      Empty Bowls brim with charity

      Irvine-based nonprofit invites artisans, including high-schoolers, to decorate bowls for charity dinner.

    • 3 questions: Where Huntington Beach City Council candidates stand on the issues

      Two incumbents and nine challengers are running for four spots on the seven-member Huntington Beach City Council. The Huntington Beach Independent asked each candidate the same three questions:

      1) How would you address the problems downtown (alcohol, parking, etc.)?

      2) Who should have the final...

    • Babette's open in Newport Beach, The Horn wild game steakhouse to open in WeHo
      Babette's open in Newport Beach, The Horn wild game steakhouse to open in WeHo

      Babette’s, the popular East Hampton restaurant, has opened its first West Coast location in Newport Coast. Zach Layton, owner Barbara Layton's son, is running the Orange County location. The menu includes lacinato kale with toasted barley, Granny Smith apple, cerignola olives, marcona almonds,...

    • Brewing beer by the beach
      Brewing beer by the beach

      Laguna entrepreneurs offer their homemade brew to local establishments — and their logo may jog some memories.

    • Laguna council approves bike safety measures

      Cyclists in Laguna Beach scored a victory at the City Council meeting Tuesday.

      In two separate votes, the council unanimously approved bike routes, designated with signs and sharrows, and a beefed-up education and enforcement campaign developed by the Laguna Beach Police Department.

      A slew of recent...

    • The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait
      The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

      In 1993, Din Tai Fung was voted one of the 10 best restaurants in the world by the New York Times. The first one opened in 1958 in Taiwan. Eventually, its success led to other restaurants opening throughout Asia, Australia and then the U.S.

      Its latest branch just opened in South Coast Plaza.

      The...

    • Planning Commission rejects tighter alcohol rules for new downtown restaurants

      The Huntington Beach Planning Commission voted not to place tighter restrictions on when new downtown restaurants and bars can serve alcohol.

      The proposal that failed Tuesday night would have changed the city's zoning in the area to require new eating establishments to close at midnight and stop...

    • Biz News: New food locations opening

      Grand opening set for Island Hotel gourmet collection

      The Island Hotel in Newport Beach will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday to introduce its gourmet Market Place in the hotel's renovated lobby.

      Tastes of some of the house specialties at the Market Place will be offered, along...

    • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best
      Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

      The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia.

      ...

    • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu
      Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

      Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt.

      Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

    • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza
      The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

      In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix.

      800 Degrees Neapolitan...

    • Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants in L.A.
      Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants in L.A.

    • 9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now
      9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now

      A perfectly balanced breakfast sandwich the size of your head goes a long way toward improving the prospects of almost any day. (And there’s nothing like it for curing a hangover.) It has to have melted cheese, protein (preferably crisp bacon), eggs (of course) and bread (from tortilla to loaf,...

    • 28 great L.A. bakeries
      28 great L.A. bakeries

      Maybe it was the rise of kouign amann -- the uber-buttery, caramelized "it" pastry from Brittany -- and better access to fresh-baked baguettes that lately has helped reinvigorate an Angeleno culture of neighborhood bakeries, all butter and sugar and love.

      There's a bakery out there to suit any...

    • The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner
      The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner

      You're a coffee fiend keeping track of every new specialty coffee shop that opens in L.A.? With one new cafe opening after another, it's not so easy anymore. But it is a lot easier to come across a great brewed coffee or perfect pull of espresso, whether in south Santa Monica or North Hollywood,...

    • 5 best not-Cronuts in L.A. (and a map that includes all the rest)
      5 best not-Cronuts in L.A. (and a map that includes all the rest)

      It's easy to succumb to a faux-Cronut addiction. Intrigued by a meta-pastry trend, I've eaten every version of the croissant-doughnut hybrid in Los Angeles that I could find, from Spudnuts in Canoga Park to DK's Donuts in Santa Monica.

      I've had the original Cronut, the "half-croissant, half doughnut"...

    • Falafel! 6 great places to get your fried-garbanzo fix
      Falafel! 6 great places to get your fried-garbanzo fix

      There's an art to making falafel so that the ground garbanzo beans are perfectly light and fluffy, the exterior crisp but not greasy, the mix of textures and spices habit-forming.

      Falafel's exact origins are unknown, but it's believed to have started in Egypt, then made its way through the Middle...

    • MSG-free bowl
      No MSG, no worries

    • Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.
      Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.

      Shortly after Chipper Pastron opened the first Juice Farm in Pasadena in January, a developer asked if he'd be interested in setting up another in the same neighborhood. No way, Pastron said, thinking there wouldn't be enough demand.

      Six months in and he and his partners are negotiating a space...

    • L.A. restaurants: Top 13 spots on hotter-than-ever Sawtelle Boulevard
      L.A. restaurants: Top 13 spots on hotter-than-ever Sawtelle Boulevard

      The stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard often referred to as Little Osaka recently has expanded so quickly that it's bursting beyond its traditional boundaries. With so many new restaurant openings, they're popping up north of Santa Monica Boulevard and south of Olympic. 

      Shin Sen Gumi officially opened...

    • Chicken karaage list: 6 great places to get your fried fix
      Chicken karaage list: 6 great places to get your fried fix

      Chicken karaage, the Japanese version of fried chicken, is addictive. Unlike its American cousin, karaage are boneless, cut small and mostly dark meat. It's easy to pop five into your mouth in quick succession. The coating, made of potato starch, is light, almost paper thin and delicate. And the...

    • Best banh mi sandwiches
      Best banh mi sandwiches

    • Where to find the best bibimbap
      Where to find the best bibimbap

      Several locations specialize in the many varieties of the favorite Korean mixed-rice dish.

    • Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook
      Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

      99 EASY DINNER RECIPES to help you when you need something fast.

    • The $10,000 martini
      The $10,000 martini

      The $10,000 martini from Vaucluse is literally on the rock - a one-carat, rough cut diamond added to the drink.

    • The hunt's on: Three restaurants deep into game this season
      The hunt's on: Three restaurants deep into game this season

      Critic's Choice: Josie Restaurant, Patina at Disney Hall and Saddle Peak Lodge are there to indulge your hankering for wild boar, elk, quail and other manner of game.

    • 25 Cinco de Mayo recipes: Guacamole, tostadas, chiles rellenos and more
      25 Cinco de Mayo recipes: Guacamole, tostadas, chiles rellenos and more

      Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with recipes for margaritas and tacos and other great fare. Avocado tips: Best way to get unbruised avocado

    • Three L.A. restaurants that are good brunch bets
      Three L.A. restaurants that are good brunch bets

      Critic's Choice: Bucato, Girasol and Farmshop are three L.A. restaurants that know how to do brunch right, which can be a lifesaver when you have houseguests.

    • Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California
      Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California

      Dining out for $5 or less may seem like a fantasy, but Southern California has much to offer for those on a tight budget. For affordable Vietnamese fare, venture to Garden Grove. Or look to food trucks for inexpensive eats. Even some pricier restaurants offer cheap eats during happy hours.

    • Pancakes, on a grand or silver-dollar scale, in L.A.
      Pancakes, on a grand or silver-dollar scale, in L.A.

      Critic's Choice: Pancakes are an American comfort food favorite. Three L.A. eateries offer terrific examples: Cooks County, Valerie and Axe.

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