Orange County: The Beachcomber Cafe

Every time I’m in Newport Beach, I can’t leave without going to the Beachcomber. Nestled in Crystal Cove State Park right on the beach, it’s the go-to place for many locals as well, and on weekends you might end up waiting upwards of two hours, but let me tell you – it’s worth it. Sitting on the deck and watching dolphins play in the water while you savor coconut pancakes or well-seasoned eggs is an experience that can not be understated.

So, first things first: order the beignets. I’ve never had more delicious, light, and fluffy beignets than they have here and luckily, you can get them any time of day. You’ll want to keep eating them so if you’re with a lot of people, you should totally consider getting more than one order. Take my advice on this one, trust me. They come heaped with powdered sugar and with maple syrup on the side, but you can also get chocolate and/or berry dipping sauces. Honestly, both are equally as good.

The Beachcomber serves breakfast until 11:30 but you have to be seated before 11:15 to order it, so my advice is come early if you want breakfast, especially on a weekend. You can make a reservation but they will only fill 30% of their tables with reservations, so make one well in advance. We got there around 10:00 on a Tuesday and waited about 30 minutes for a table outside. But if you don’t make it there in time, don’t worry! The lunch and dinner menus are just as delectable.

If you do make it for breakfast/brunch, though, here’s what you need to know. The brioche French toast is a local favorite and it’s exquisite. I was surprised to find that it was a little more like bread pudding than French toast, so if you love bread pudding, you will love it. I thought it was incredibly good and the toasted almonds sprinkled on top gave it just the right amount of texture. It’s dense, so make sure you’re hungry when you order it!

We also tried the lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes and these were easily our favorite. They were light, not too dry, and the mixed berry compote served with them gave them the perfect tangy and sweet flavor. I’ll be ordering those again when I go back, that’s for sure!

My husband and I loved our breakfast on the beach and definitely spent the time to savor our meal, enjoy the view, and live in the moment on this one. And after all, isn’t that what food’s supposed to be for? Have you ever been to the Beachcomber Cafe? What are your favorites on the menu?

The Beachcomber Cafe (15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA // 949.376.6900)

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