Whenever friends and family come to visit, they always want to eat somewhere unique to California. And one of the best, unique experiences is being able to eat outside on the beach anytime of the year. So, this past weekend, I decided to take a trial run (for future visitors, of course!) at The Beachcomber Cafe, a cottage-style restaurant located inside of the Crystal Cove state park in Newport Beach.
I loved that this restaurant (and state park) doesn’t feel touristy at all, it has a very local vibe to it and who doesn’t love being able to relax on the beach while waiting for a table? The best part is the parking lot, because you can park all day and enjoy the beach, for free, with your Beachcomber receipt. I can guarantee you won’t find that at any other restaurant on the beach.
The restaurant really does think of all of the details a guest might need, including fleece blankets for the chillier parts of the day, since the restaurant is pretty much open air.
And now, on to the meal portion which was pretty mind blowing when it comes to dessert. To start though, I decided to try the blue crab cake with grapefruit, yuzu aioli and a homemade crouton. This was very light and refreshing, definitely put me in the mood for Summer.
I also choose the Lobster Roll with bacon and avocado on brioche bread. I loved that they used brioche instead of the traditional rolls and also punched up the flavor with bacon. It was very filling and I found myself only able to eat half. The drink menu, in itself, is a reason to stop by The Beachcomber. They have a cute bar area on the side that reminded me of previous Caribbean vacations. I tried the signature drink with island blue pucker, citrus vodka, and lemon/lime juice.
Now, on to the best part of the meal: beignets with powdered sugar, chocolate sauce, and vanilla bean ice cram. One of the managers recommended this as their most popular dessert and mentioned that guests claim these are better then The Cafe Dumonde’s beignets in New Orleans. Pretty big claim, but these were honestly the best dessert I have had in a long time.
The cutest part about The Beachcomber? They also offer beach chair rentals for the day and reserve a space for you while you are eating. I could see myself easily spending an entire day here without the need to lug an umbrella, towels and chairs with me.