Breakfast Dishes to Discover in Newport Beach
Arguably, the most important meal of the day is breakfast. Unique to all the other meals. A time for self, a time for serenity. Truly, I don’t believe breakfast gets the credit it deserves. It seems that so many people are clamoring to get to lunch and swooning over dinner, but I bet you can’t even recall if you did have your culinary wake up call. Breakfast around the globe takes many forms, and most countries stay true to simplicity. In the United States, however, our palates vary wildly during the early morning hours, from a cup of coffee to meals more serious than dinner.
Moulin 1000 Bristol St N. Newport Beach, CA 92660
I have often referred to my favorite dining experiences as the ones that are able to translate to the guest, a different time and place through their food and atmosphere. Moulin, as some people have said, is “a little piece of France, in the middle of Newport Beach.” They have high aspirations to challenge themselves to emulate one of the most famous cities in the world. Their menu is simple and approachable, featuring pastries, omelettes, and their ever popular Croque Madame. This classic dish has been a favorite for diners for over 100 years and has many variations. A more classic variation of the Croque Madame is served at Moulin, ham and Emmental cheese toasted in between two pieces of bread topped with Bechamel and a fried egg.
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ERIC’S BREAKFAST ENCHILADAS
Eat Chow 211 62nd St., Newport Beach, CA 92663
Hidden Gem. This term gets thrown around too frivolously, often describing lackluster establishments that are only good in relation to the nothing that is around them. “Gems” have character and beauty, and being “hidden” doesn’t mean a place of solitude, but rather something that is kept out of sight. The Newport Beach Eat Chow location is hardly noticeable from the PCH street view. A little exploration will lead you to the restaurant that you may have otherwise missed if you weren’t looking. Once you find the restaurant, the “gem” quality shines through. From the atmosphere, the family oriented service, to the named menu items, you begin to feel an elevated sense of “mom and pop” shop, a far stretch from any thought of an old school breakfast diner. Eric’s Breakfast Enchiladas, eggs, onions, tomatoes, peppers wrapped in a tortilla, topped with green chille and smokey charred tomato salsa is a perfect blend of what this eatery has to offer. The menu is a play on American Diner and Mexican food, and the menu pays homage to some of the brains behind the brand.
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CHILLI CHEESE OMELET
Galley Cafe 829 Harbor Island Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
Orange County is still building on it’s history. There are no ancient relics or war rubble to rummage, but we do have the pioneers. Galley Cafe, a small family owned eatery, stays true to the vintage diner style of breakfast. On top of a vintage soda fountain, they serve up malts and shakes and even some nontraditional menu items. The Chilli Cheese Omelet has been a house favorite for years and is topped with Grandpa’s Chilli, a family recipe that has been passed along for generations. The recipes and soul of this establishment have been warming the hearts of breakfast goers for years, now its your turn.
PARISIAN FARMER CREPE
Cafe Beau Soleil 953 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
Out of all the things that could possibly impact your morning, breakfast shouldn’t be the thing weighing you down. Cafe Beau Soleil offers a selection of “feel good” fresh breakfast offerings to the visitors of Fashion Island. It is a very comfortable, relaxed feel, in such a prestigious international shopping destination, but it was meant to be welcoming. Crepes have seen a resurgence in the food world, and the talent at Cafe Beau Soleil keep that trend alive. The Parisian Farmer Crepe is an organic, buckwheat crepe, stuffed with Mary’s Organic Chicken, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Gruyere Cheese. This light take on a breakfast joint really speaks to the culture of the Newport Beach community.
ORANGE RICOTTA HAUTE CAKES
Haute Cakes Caffe 1807 Westcliff Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
There is a secret garden amidst the suburban domains of Newport Beach. Haute Cakes Caffe has an expressive charm and serves a quality breakfast. Walking through a small green courtyard with a canopy of tree leaves above you and the bright blue sky offers a kind of environment where no one feels obligated to speak. A simple California Fresh breakfast and lunch offerings are the perfect pairing to the stunning outside seating area. The Orange Ricotta Haute Cakes, delicate and flavorful, are a specialty of this breakfast joint.
Mustard Cafe 21137 Newport Coast Dr., Newport Coast, CA 92657
Breakfast doesn’t always need to be a ritual, and sometimes can be a quick experience if you are headed to lay at the beach or headed out for a bike ride. Mustards Cafe, is a quick service style eatery, straight forward menu, with breakfast served all day! There are few things more exciting than being able to indulge in a sweet breakfast treat for lunch or dinner. The Cinnamon Sugar Brioche French Toast would be my choice.
SAUSAGE IN A BLANKET
Sabatino’s Lido Shipyard Sausage Company 251 Shipyard Way, Cabin D, Newport Beach, CA 92663
When you hear “Fine Dining” and “Sausage Company” in the same name, your head may spin with the oxymoronic thoughts of Foie Gras and Sausage pairings, or something of the sort. Sabatino’s is a long time staple in Lido neighborhood, with out of town east coasters and Italian transplants visiting the sausage spot for authentic Italian flavors with an American twist. Their brunch menu slyly intermingles their specialty dish into other more commonly understood brunch staples. The S.O.S. – Sausage on a Shingle seems to be a crowd favorite, with an Italian sausage blended in a delicious cream sauce over a toasted bagutte, but I think the Sausage in a Blanket might bring some nostalgic memories to life. The beautiful outside patio is only a compliment to the food on the menu.
Main Slider Image: Haute Cakes Caffe’s Orange Ricotta Haute Cakes