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Newport Restaurant Week Stirs Up Friday

For the first time 70 local restaurants offer discounted lunch meals and prix fixe menus during the seventh annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week.

Chefs are hard at work whipping up last minute preparations for Newport Beach's seventh annual Restaurant Week which begins Friday.

This year more Newport restaurants are opening their doors to foodies who are looking to taste new dishes. Peggy Fort, restaurant week director, says this year 70 Newport Beach restaurants are participating in the 10-day event, up from last year's 63, and will offer lunch meals at $10 to $20 per person and three-course dinners at $20 to $40 per person.

"Restaurants and chefs around Newport Beach have been busy getting everything prepared and we are really looking forward to another great event," Fort said. "We hope everyone can come and enjoy it."

The long list of restaurants include the Island Hotel's Palm Terrace Restaurant, Amelia's Restaurant, Ten Asian Bistro, Eat Chow, Pelican Grill at The Resort at Pelican Hill, Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, The Counter, SOL Mexican Cocina, Summer House, Bluewater Grill, Ohana House and Malarky's Irish Pub.

“We look forward to Newport Beach Restaurant Week every year,” Chef David Man, of Palm Terrace Restaurant, said. “It is a great chance to introduce people to the creative culinary inspirations of Palm Terrace while rewarding those already familiar with us with a unique menu and special prices.”

Restaurant week begins Friday and continues through Jan. 27. For a full list of restaurants and their discounted menus, or to make reservations, visit newportbeachdining.com.

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