Friday, July 20, 2007

The Beachcomber Cafe

The Beachcomber Cafe
Crystal Cove

This was a casual, friendly, little sand and beach gem that serves cafe-like cuisine. It is a small done-up beach shack that is utterly adorable on the inside. It really has the feel of a beach diner, but once you go outside on the patio area you are met with a breathtaking view of the crystal cove park beach. This place is ideal for a sunny, warm day. Of course, in order get the full experience, you HAVE TO eat outside -- hands down.

We dined inside and didn't get the full feel of it at all, but it was still cozy. It was like we were in a little beach house. There are little wooden patio tables outside with umbrellas; it's so lovely. The breakfast, I must say, looked tempting and delicious. I'm coming here for hot cakes and eggs next time. I wasn't impressed with their lunch food. It was good, but I'm not going to remember them for their food at lunch... except for the sexiness of their burger. That Beachcomber burger was amazing looking and smelled so good, it was almost enough to make me reach across the table to steal this from Gary.

If you're going to eat here, eat outside, and eat at lunch or breakfast, and get there early -- the wait for lunch to eat on the patio at 11:30 was an hour wait... that just gives you an idea. Bring money for the shuttle too from the parking lot. It's worth it for the beach dining experience. The food is not stunning, but it's good. I gotta try breakfast next time.

Crispy Calamari
"Lightly fried calamari served with our own cilantro aioli and tartar sauce."

This is actually an appetizer dish, but it was quite a big bowl of these tiny crispies of light/pale blond calamari. These were so tender, but I must say they were fried, and it the actual calamari was probably 10% of the piece, but the frying was actually underdone, so it wasn't gross. The flavor was incredibly light, and didn't taste like what fried things usually taste like with heavy grease and butter. The fried outer covering was not crispy, and I've never seen a fried color so light, they were the color of manila folders. I honestly only ate a few of these though because the flavor wasn't amazing. It was a little too pure of a taste for me. These were great, but my taste buds really weren't responding to them because they were so light. Maybe they just needed more salt or something. They were incredibly fresh though! I didn't care for their choices of dipping sauce. The tartar I didn't care for and that pesto stuff...was wayyyy too buttery and creamy for me.

Clam Chowder
"Our own rich and creamy clam chowder served in a cup or a toasted sourdough bread bowl."

My dad had a bowl of this for an appetizer and I must say it was very good. It wasn't really fish, it was seasoned with salt well and it kept a smooth, creamy consistency. The clams were good to. The best way to describe this was that it was creamy and smooth, and had a well-distributed amount of diced, soft potatoes, tender little clams, and some herbs. It was good.

King Alaskan Salmon
My dad and I ordered this. This Grilled Salmon fillet must have been about 6oz, it was so big and it had huge black grill marks strung across it. This was a good fish, but I didn't care for it much. The lemon-pesto sauce pairing, that was thick and creamy, was not appropriate for this fish. The salmon was better with just some lemon drizzled on it. The salmon was more on the drier side, not very juicy or tender, but of course it was grilled... so what do you expect. It was decent, but I won't remember it. The finely diced vegetable medley of eggplant, zucchini, squash and onions was a good additive presented atop four thick slices of tomato on the side of the dish. It was creative for them to present a vegetable medley in such a manner that it looked like a little tropical salsa. It was good, but again, just salmon.

The finely diced vegetable medley of eggplant, zucchini, squash and onions was a good additive presented atop four thick slices of tomato on the side of the dish. It was creative for them to present a vegetable medley in such a manner that it looked like a little tropical salsa. It was good, but again, just salmon.

Beachcomber Burger
"A half-pound of the finest choice chuck topped with two thick slices of bacon and your choice of Cheddar, Provolone or Swiss cheese served on an artisan onion roll with lettuce, tomato, onion and sun-dried tomato aioli."

This was one of the sexiest, hottest burgers I've ever seen! The bun was a darker tan color and shone like tanning oil. It was probably 7 inches high, i swear. The meat patty was oozing with juices and the entire thing was stacked so highly and manly with layers of cheese and vegetables. The fries were absolutely delicious. They were made from fresh potatoes and sparkled with salt to just the right amount. I thought these fries were fantastic, and the burger looked so good to gobble down. It was apparently really filling though because Gary could only devour half of it. He said it was good though.

China Cove Salad
"A medley of tender chicken, Napa cabbage, mixed vegetables, cashews and crispy wonton strips tossed with our homemade creamy Asian dressing."

Martha got this entree, and I didn't try it, but she said it was "just a salad." It had a huge presentation, this was a big salad, but I must say, it didn't look so fantastic that I even cared to want to take a bite. It kinda just looked same-old-same-old as far as Chinese salads go -- boring. Everything was shredded and mixed well together though. The chicken was white meat and fresh and the dressing looked like a kinda of syrupy ginger-soy. Martha ate it, so it was good.

Fresh Roast Turkey Club
"Turkey roasted fresh this morning, beefsteak tomato, avocado
and thick smoked bacon on an artisan bread."

Ed ordered this one and it came with a side of fries and Apple Coleslaw. None of us touched the coleslaw; it didn't look good at all. It looked like Soupplantation coleslaw. The sandwich, on the other hand, looked quite fine. The fries, again, are great! So fresh and tender, baked to perfection so they're still tender, and they're hot. Ed said this was pretty much "just a sandwich", nothing special, but it was still good, and on the better side of most sandwiches... very fresh. All of their meals are fresh.

Michael’s Boysenberry Pie
"Combine great fruit with a great crust and the result is one of the best pies you’ve ever had."

I actually tried the crust of this, and I was a bit disappointed. Knott's as the best boysenberry pie, hands down. Beachcomber's pie crust was a little too buttery, and it was hard to put your fork into. It wasn't savory and delicate and tummy stuffing. The texture of the crust was just not right. Martha loved the filling, and the filling was heavy which I noticed and looked good though I didn't try it, but she ate it all, so the filling must have been decent at least. Martha loves these pies and she didn't even touch the crust, so that's saying something. The whip cream on the side was definitely a plus.

Berry Cove
Dad ordered this dessert that was served in a martini glass of Chambord Royale sweet liqueur, with creamy vanilla bean ice cream and a heap of whip cream on the top. It was good! I loved the liqueur flavor to it. Plus, there were raspberries and blackberries around the sides. It was quite creative.

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