Looking for a perfect day? Make the trek to Crystal Cove and sample the offerings from the Beachcomber for Newport Beach’s Restaurant Week. You’ll find fun, relaxation, a sense of timelessness and great food, too.
Park in the Los Trancos Parking Lot located on the East side of PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). You can catch the trolley ($1 per person, no charge for kids under 12) or walk the path leading from the south west corner of the lot that leads to a tunnel under the highway and opens to the entrance of the Historic District. As you reach the beach the Beachcomber Restaurant is on your right. Meet the host/hostess at the sand where the steps lead to the front deck. There are no reservations so if you’re hungry when you arrive, it’s a good idea to put your name on the list first thing.
Once seated, you’re sure to find something on the menu that you’ll love. We started with this Field Green salad with perfectly candied pecans, goat cheese and some of the best beets I’ve ever tasted. Big slices of crusty bread with your choice of butter or fresh pesto accompany your meal. The Newport Beach Restaurant Week Menu offers a two course lunch for $20 per person. For our second course, we actually sampled all three of the offerings. The Cioppino was succulent and delicious. Mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, and generous chunks of swordfish (they were out of Sea Bass when we were there) play in a savory red sauce served with a gigantic slice of crusty sourdough. I was in heaven.
Here’s a snap of the Beachcomber’s Newport Beach Restaurant Week prix fixe lunch menu.
We also sampled this moist and tender Roasted Lemon Chicken with root vegetables and potato puree. I’m a huge lemon fan, so I have to tell you that while the chicken was delicious it isn’t lemon forward. The root vegetables were out of this world, full of flavor, texture and color.
Lisette’s favorite by a mile was the Ahi Tuna Burger served with fries. She is a big beef fan, so I was surprised (and delighted) by how much she liked this. The portions are large and well suited to the appetite you’ll work up exploring the tide pools, pristine beach and charming cottages that make up this easy-going enclave of California culture.
In case you didn’t see it, here’s Lizzy’s snap of our order of Beignets. Please don’t hate me, but they’re better than the ones at Café du Monde in New Orleans! We’ll have to go back to the Beachcomber with my husband (a New Orleans native) to get his take on the subject.
Lizzy’s photo won! Can you say proud?