Yesterday was not only the beginning of March, but OC Restaurant Week as well. With so many delicious restaurants to choose from, my husband and I decided to try Red O in Newport Beach. The restaurant is the second outpost from well-known Chef, Rick Bayless. The original in LA has great reviews, so I’ve been eager to try this location. The restaurant is situated in the outskirt of Fashion Island, so it’s not necessarily in between all the hussle & bussle, which is perfect as you don’t feel the rush and noise of a mall eatery.
The great thing about restaurant week is the chance to try a variety of restaurants and menu items at very reasonable prices. Three-course lunch for $20? Sold!
I decided on the Cesar salad to start, carnitas as my entree and cuatro leches cake as my dessert. My husband opted for the hummus to start, the chicken enchilada as his entree and flan as his dessert. With some bloody mary’s and skinny margaritas we were set. They offer complimentary chips and salsa, which I always enjoy – probably a little too much. But the salsas were tasty – flavorful with lots of lime and a touch of spice. Coming from Mexican descent, I’m pretty picky about my Mexican food and often judge the food by the quality and taste of a restaurant’s salsa – is that crazy? Probably.
But I was happy to say I enjoyed the food, and our drinks we’re delicious, nice & strong. The place is beautiful, great ambiance and attentive service. Each course took it’s time to be delivered, which some may find as a negative, but I loved having the ability to enjoy each entree and not feel rushed. We often want speedy delivery, which forces us to over indulge ourselves. It’s such a pretty place to enjoy, so I’d recommend to take your time. The food was plentiful and we both took home leftovers. Overall, it made for a great little date lunch spot.
TIPS: Park near the Macy’s and allow ample time to enjoy your food. I would also recommend checking out the enclosed patio, which is beautiful for a bright and airy date or brunch.
NOTE: As always, all local spotlights are my personal opinion and are not sponsored. I only feature what I would recommend.