Whenever I feel the need for a getaway – yes, even in sunny SoCal it happens – I always take a trip down to The Beachcomber in Crystal Cove.
Since the late 1920's, owners James Irvine II and III would frequent this beach hideaway. Movies like Treasure Island were filmed here too because of its resemblance to tropical paradise.
Nowadays you can lease one of the cottages overlooking the ocean. Or, just park the car at Crystal Cove State Park and spend the day at the beach.
The Beachcomber restaurant is always packed, so make sure to get a reservation if you plan on eating a full meal. In fact, I've only made it to the restaurant once, hence impending blog post.
- spicy 'n fresh with a mighty crunch, wanted to dive in but its hard to eat, Ahi Tacos with crisp Wontons, Pickled Cabbage & Sriracha Aioli $16
- light 'n healthy, but too simple and "Walnut" Vinaigrette is very faint, Scarborough Field Greens Salad with Roasted Cipollini Onions and Carrot & Cucumber "Linguini" $9
- it had the works but its lack of juiciness didn't work for me, Beachcomber Kobe Burger with Maple Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, Cheddar, a side of Fries & Pickle $14.95
- tastes like vacation and smells like Hawaiian Tropic, The Bootlegger Cocktail with Banana Rum, Orange & Pineapple Juices on the rocks $9
If you don't have time to wait, The Bootlegger Bar just behind the restaurant is a great alternative.
They offer more appetizers than the restaurant, their famous Mai Tai comes with a commemorative Tiki mug, and if you land the right seat, you just might get an ocean view.
15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657. 949-376-6900.