Happy eating, Newport Restaurant Week has arrived!

The 11th Newport Beach Restaurant Week starts next week on Jan. 16, and as the new girl in town (approximately 2 months and 11 days), I am excited to experience what Orange County has to offer. The two-week long event, organized by Dine Newport Beach and Newport Beach Restaurant Association, has over 60 participating restaurants.

The two-week Newport Restaurant Week features over 60 restaurants. (Image Credit: Web/Newport Restaurant Week)

The two-week Newport Restaurant Week features over 60 restaurants. (Image Credit: Web/Newport Restaurant Week)

The event also rounded up this year’s food trends, including:

  • Dessert for Breakfast
  • Meat the “New” Meats
  • Bar Food Boom
  • Cauliflower Marches On
  • Vegetables are the New Comfort Food
  • Spice Up Your Life

These are not exactly new trends per se — take “Dessert for Breakfast,” for example, there are limitless variations when it comes to pancakes and waffles — but I am looking forward to each restaurant’s take on these trends!

I will be trying out seven restaurants during Restaurant Week, which are:

Fig & Olive
The Mediterranean restaurant brings forth flavors from costal regions, including the South of France, Italy and Spain. The chain has eight locations, including New York, Washington DC, Chicago and Newport.

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Fig & Olive (Image Credit: Web/Restaurant Official Site)

Canaletto Ristorante Veneto
The restaurant features Italian food inspired by the region of Veneto, a region in northeastern Italy.

Canaletto Veneto Ristorante (Image Credit: Web/OpenTable.com)

Oak Grill
The restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine, with great seafood selections and desserts.

Oak Grill (Image Credit: Web/LocalMagazine.com)

Juliette Kitchen & Bar
French restaurant (with a contemporary American twist) Juliette uses fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Juliette Kitchen (Image Credit: Web/OCWeekly.com)

Red O Cuisine
The restaurant focuses on a combination of seafood and steak, with Mexican influences.

Red O (Image Credit: Web/Red O Restaurant official website)

The restaurant — truly local, seasonable and sustainable — sources its ingredients from its garden or network of local small-scale producers.


Provenance (Image Credit: Web/VisitNewportBeach.com)

The pleasure of dining at Farmhouse at Rogers Garden (I’ve been once), besides merry eating and drinking, is its scenery. The restaurant is located on a seven acre home and garden center.

Farmhouse at Rogers Garden (Image Credit: Web/Farmhouse official restaurant website)



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