New EV Charging Stations in Newport Beach

At last night’s Newport Beach City Council meeting, Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield proudly announced the addition of 20 EV charging stations around Newport Beach. On Tuesday, Mayor Duffield, City Council member Diane Dixon (District 1, Balboa Peninsula) and other city officials attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Newport Coast Community Center to launch the energy-efficient initiative. The…

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Newport Beach’s Taco Bell Cantina is Fast Food with Booze

Taco Bell Cantina just opened in Newport Beach, a tiny wedge of an eatery standing tall and proud next to Stag Bar on 22nd St. off W. Balboa Blvd. (Yes, it’s in the same location as the now-defunct Original Pizza and yes, its presence represents the encroaching maniacal claws of rampant consumerism on our small,…

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Tupelo Junction Cafe Looms Bright as The Porch Swings No More

To be honest, The Porch was good but never great. The feta cheese crumbled on top of the guacamole was a nice, salty touch and the flatbreads more often than not delivered but overall, The Porch occupied that precarious space between elevated bar food and ambiguously mediocre “New American” dining. If you check Yelp, the…

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Lido Bottle Works is Farm-to-Table Perfection

“5:30.”  “In the morning?” “Yes. And everyone showed up.” I was sitting in the corner booth at Newport Beach’s latest bay-side dining experience, Lido Bottle Works, about to dive into an expertly seared halibut set before me moments before by Executive Chef Joel Harrington. From what I could already tell, the chef commands his kitchen with…

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