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Nancy Wilhelm

Owner – Starfish restaurant, South Laguna Beach (She also owns Tabu Grill)

OC METRO's Hot 25 for 2011Published: November 01, 2011

Your indulgence: I indulge in as many massages as I can afford, especially for my feet.
Hot Factor: The Wilhelm restaurant brand has expanded with Nancy Wilhelm’s recent opening of Starfish, in South Laguna. The eatery serves up Asian cuisine to rave reviews.

After years in the downtown Laguna Beach restaurant business, Nancy Wilhelm decided to switch careers. The problem was, she says, “I just missed the smells of a restaurant. It gets in your blood.”
   
So when she got the chance to open Tabu Grill nine years ago, she decided to return to her first love. Tabu Grill specializes in high dining, steak dinners and fine pork chops. But recently she opened her second restaurant, just a few doors away in the Aliso Creek Shopping Center, a lunch venue named Starfish that specializes in Asian food and opened to rave reviews.
   
“Just travel down the coast: China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand – we’ve got something from every country.”
   
We can’t wait to see what’s next for Wilhelm.

Editor’s Note: To see who made our “Hot 25” lists in prior years, visit our Archives page.
   
And, we’re now on the hunt for exceptional women who are impacting O.C. If you know someone who deserves to be on our 20 Women to Watch list, please let us know at our Nominate page.