The 8th annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week starts this Friday, January 17th through Sunday, January 26th. It's the best way to get a 3-course taste of over 60 restaurants from seaside Balboa Island to quaint Corona del Mar. Prix-fixe lunches range from $10 to $20 with dinners from $20 to $40 per person.
Last week I got a sneak peak of the dishes that'll be served from some of the participating restaurants. Back Bay Bistro hosted the launch party with complimentary libations from the mobile Svedka Bar. (I particularly enjoyed their new cinnamon whiskey that's similar to Fireball without all the sugar.)
Cucina Alessa - light bacony tomato flavor, Farfalle & Smoked Salmon in a Vodka Cream Sauce
Great Maple - stay tuned for my blog post next week, but check out their Great Happy Hour in the meantime
Mayur - vibrant, tart 'n fresh Quinoa Salad with Cilantro, Dried Cranberries & chopped Red Pepper
Muldoon's Irish Pub - velvety, hearty, warms your soul, Irish Stew with a touch of Guinness
Rockin' Baja Coastal Cuisine - you could eat a bowl of this zesty Guacamole with smashed Avocado, Tomato, Cilantro, Onion & secret Spices
Make sure to snag a reservation before a deal at the restaurant of your choice is gone. Remember, as with any restaurant week, there's definitely a lotta heat in the kitchen. It's a great way to get a taste, but it's best to return to your new found gem in order to experience it in all its brilliance.