Red, White, and Food
Ice cold drinks, delicious food, and un-beatable views of the coast — that’s how 4th of July in California is meant to be celebrated. From a small burger joint right off of PCH, to a seaside spot serving up fresh seafood, these Newport Beach eateries provide the perfect setting to ring in the 4th of July.
Ruby’s Shake Shack
Located off Pacific Coast Highway, a visit to Ruby’s Shake Shack will transport you to a hot summer day in the 1950s. Drive up to this little shack off of Coast Highway for a juicy burger, fries, and milkshake. Some highlights on the menu include the Hickory Burger, made with cheddar cheese, thick-cut bacon, and zesty BBQ sauce, and the amazing view of Crystal Cove. Of course, no stop to Ruby’s Shake Shack is complete without a creamy milkshake! We love the Strawberry and Caramel Banana Milkshakes.
Unlike most BBQ joints, this local spot features beautiful views of Newport Harbor. With a ‘big Texas taste and bayside address,’ Balboa Bar-B-Que specializes in Smoked Brisket, Pulled Pork and Hot Links. They smoke their food daily and can run out, so go before the sun sets. This joint is located in Balboa Village’s Fun Zone, a must-see destination especially if you’ve got kids in your crew.
The Beachcomber Cafe
Just a few steps from the sand, this local spot’s outdoor patio is the perfect place to sip on a refreshing cocktail while enjoying lemongrass chicken skewers — served with shishito peppers, edamame salad, and a coconut peanut sauce, Blue Crab Stuffed Salmon, or clam chowder.
Looking for something fresh and quick? These are some of our favorite spots for an amazing sandwich, sweet treat, refreshing juice, and picnic or boat party supplies:
Crocker’s the Well-Dressed Frank: This summer day favorite is the perfect grab-n-go meal for your convenience and appetite. That Fourth of July hot dog craving can be fulfilled at this little joint off Marine Avenue on Balboa Island.
Sugar n’ Spice: Since 1945, Sugar n’ Spice on Balboa Island has been whippin’ up the signature desserts of Newport Beach, the Balboa Bar. This chocolate sprinkled ice cream bar from heaven is well deserved after a bike ride down Marine Avenue.
A Market: Inspired sandwiches packed perfectly for an afternoon picnic or adventure on the water. If you get there in the morning be sure to try a slice of coffee cake and cappuccino while they prep your order.
Juice Mi: If you’re in Balboa Village and want something healthy and refreshing, head to Juice Mi for the freshest pressed juices and delicious acai bowls. Pro Tip: Take your bowl to-go and stroll down to the beach for a tropical experience.
Lido Bottle Works: Order the daily tacos to go and grab a few bottles from their curated refrigerator for a perfect local feast.