The Beachcomber has long been a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The restaurant sits on the beach, with sprawling views of the Pacific Ocean, ready to be tantalize the senses.
My favorite time to go is for breakfast/brunch, although any time of the day is super. I’ve yet to come for dinner when the sun is setting.
Start off with the Big Bad Bloody Mary ($18) a drink that is in itself, a meal. The Tito’s vodka infused cocktail uses a house-made bloody Mary mix and is garnished with a crab claw, jumbo shrimp, and an array of garden vegetables.
There is a host of both savory and sweet items to choose from, and settling for one or the other might be quite a chore. I’ve always liked sharing with friends, so bring some along to help you out. I like to start with savory, and Crab Cake Benedict ($18.95) is a good beginning. The blue crab cakes are light but the whole plate might be too much for one as it is rich and hearty with the soft poached egg, English muffin, and Hollandaise sauce smothered over the top.
For young diners, the Breakfast Pizza ($12.95) is sure to please. The thin crispy crust is layered with mascarpone mousse and tomato sauce, before fluffy scrambled egg are placed on top with a handful of arugula and olive oil drizzled over.
If you’re looking for something light, Avocado Toast ($15.95) is a definite winner. Sourdough toast is topped with mashed avocado, heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion, arugula and micro ruby radish. There is also goat cheese and soft poached eggs and a drizzle of balsamic glaze reduction to finish off.
Those with a sweet tooth will no doubt find the following options highly pleasing. The Coconut-Macadamia Pancakes ($12.95) took me back to the days when I lived in Hawaii where on weekends, we would enjoy macadamia pancakes at local diners. The lemon zest coconut pancakes with bits of macadamia nuts dotted within are served with a warm coconut syrup. I liked my pancakes au naturel sans syrup!
Brioche French Toast ($12.95) will delight both young and old alike. The soufflé style baked challah is perfect in texture, with dulce de leche, Chantilly cream and candied pecans as accompaniments. Fresh strawberry, blueberries and bananas add an element of freshness to the plate.
Of course, the piece de resistance here is the Beachcomber Beignets ($9.95), and the best part? You don’t have to come for breakfast to enjoy them. There are on the menu all day long, so you an order these puffy treats any time of day. You won’t be able to stop at one.
The Beachcomber is the ideal destination whether you’re impressing an out-of-town guest, or simply, reconnecting with a friend over a leisurely meal. This is why it still remains one of the most sought-after spots in Orange County.
15 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast, CA 92657