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Top Choice Coffee in Newport Beach

Alta Coffee Warehouse

Hidden on a side street, this cozy coffeehouse in a beach bungalow with a covered patio lures locals with live music and poetry readings, art on the brick walls and honest baristas who dish the lowdown on the day’s …
Top Choice Bar in Newport Beach

Muldoon’s

At upscale, upbeat, much-admired Muldoon’s, choose from indoor, outdoor (under a leafy tree) and bar seating and enjoy decent, if pricey, Irish pub grub, 10 beers on tap and live acoustic sounds Thursday through Sat…
Top Choice Seafood in Newport Beach

Bear Flag Fish Company

This is the place for generously sized, grilled and panko-breaded fish tacos, ahi burritos, spankin’ fresh ceviche and oysters. Pick out what you want from the ice-cold display cases, then grab a picnic-table seat. …
Top Choice Museum in Newport Beach

Orange County Museum of Art

This engaging museum highlights California art and cutting-edge contemporary artists, with exhibitions rotating through two large spaces. Recent exhibitions have included the California-Pacific Triennial and works b…
Area in Newport Beach

Balboa Peninsula

Four miles long but less than a half-mile wide, the Balboa Peninsula has a white-sand beach on its ocean side and countless stylish homes, including the 1926 Lovell Beach House. It’s just inland from the paved beach…
Beach in Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park

A few miles of open beach and 2400 acres of undeveloped woodland at this state park let you forget you're in a crowded metropolitan area, at least once you get past the parking lots and stake out a place on the sand…
Californian in Newport Beach

Eat Chow

Hidden a block behind W Coast Hwy, Eat Chow's crowd is equal parts tatted hipsters and ladies who lunch, which makes it very Newport indeed. They all queue happily for rib-eye Thai beef salads, grilled-salmon tacos …
Christmas in Newport Beach

Christmas Boat Parade

The week before Christmas brings thousands of spectators to Newport Harbor to watch a century-old tradition. The 2½-hour parade of up to 150 boats, including some fancy multi-million-dollar yachts all decked out wit…
Seafood in Corona del Mar

Tackle Box

It looks like a beach shack, and you can eat with your toes in the sand, but this is no ordinary beach experience. Chef Brian Huskey, a Top Chef alumnus and veteran of some of SoCal's best kitchens, has opened this …
Deli in Newport Beach

Dory Deli

This hip new beachfront storefront does hot and cold sandwiches like the Rubinstein, Lifeguard Club and the steak-filled Rocky Balboa, plus fresh-caught fish-and-chips. For breakfast, you could be good and get the y…