Mona Shah, owner of Moxxe PR, is regarded as one of Southern California’s most successful restaurant publicists. She has created a reputable name for herself by working with some of the area’s top restaurants, including The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Driftwood Kitchen, ARC, Provenance, SOL Cocina, Haven Gastropub, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, and Sushi Roku Newport Beach.
In the Neighborhood
Orange County has distinct neighborhoods, and I love supporting my community. Since I live and work in Santa Ana, we have great local options to support – these are the restaurants I can pop into with colleagues or with my twins.
Haven Gastropub – Old Towne Orange, “If you’re a lover of craft beer, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better list with a full menu of the best gourmet comfort food around!”
Pepitos – Santa Ana
ADYA – Anaheim or Irvine, “I’m Indian, so you know I’m very picky about my Indian food, and ADYA delivers a very authentic experience with only the best seasonal, local ingredients.”
Rance’s Pizza – Costa Mesa
Sessions West Coast Deli – Huntington Beach or Newport Beach, “Full disclosure: the Executive Chef/Partner is my sweetheart — but I know he makes everything on his menu with the same amount of love for all guests!”
Bamboo Bistro – Corona del Mar
Provisions Market – Old Towne Orange, “Where else can you get craft beer on 30 taps and craft coffee from Portola Coffee Roasters side-by-side, along with breakfast at 7 a.m., seven days a week?”
4th Street Market – Santa Ana
Even though weekends are typically as busy for me as weekdays, I have to admit that I look forward to them for a little R&R, not to mention BRUNCH!
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – Newport Beach, “Their Sunday Brunch is a time for any lover of wine or bubbles! With a picturesque setting overlooking the Newport Marina, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation for a few hours!”
Sapphire Laguna – Laguna Beach
Driftwood Kitchen – Laguna Beach, “Have you ever dined perched over the Pacific Ocean? Get in for breakfast any day of the week, and you’ll be living your best life!”
Sushi Roku – Newport Beach, “My favorite spot for sushi — plus, you can catch up on shopping at Fashion Island while you’re there!”
Restaurant Marin – Costa Mesa
Provenance – Newport Beach, “I like to know where my food comes from, so it’s great to go into the restaurant’s on-site garden that supplies the kitchen and bar with fresh ingredients daily!”
The Loft – Laguna Beach
Even though I dine at restaurants for a living, I love planning a great night out with family or friends! There are so many incredible experiences in OC to limit them to one list, but here are some of my favorites!
Studio – Montage Laguna Beach, “The Vegetarian Tasting Menu is so innovative and delicious; it has had me thinking I can give up meat forever!”
Marche Moderne – Newport Coast
The Guild Club – Costa Mesa, “It’s a members-only club… proving that membership has its privileges.”
Mastro’s Ocean Club – Newport Coast
Hendrix Restaurant – Laguna Niguel, “South County has a real gem with this beautiful restaurant – and if you love rotisserie meats, try their Colorado Leg of Lamb!”
ARC Restaurant – Costa Mesa
Juliette Kitchen & Bar – Newport Beach, “If you’re like me and you buy your wine based on the look of the label, you’ll love their visible wine list!”
Broadway by Amar Santana – Laguna Beach