When I think back on my trip to Laguna Beach last month, it’s hard not to think of the food. Clobster (crab and lobster) Grilled Cheese, Duck Egg with black truffle, and an acai bowl with organic strawberry and banana. I didn’t eat that all at one time, but I went with a group of travel writers to Laguna Beach and we tried a few good restaurants.
I talked about the wonderful meal I had at Driftwood Kitchen in my last post. On my second day in Laguna, I had an equally delightful Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at three different restaurants.
Juice and Shakes in Laguna Beach
154 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, A 92651
We started the day at the juice bar, Juice and Shakes, located right on South Coast Highway. We were given samples of juices including this apple, pineapple, spinach, and lemon juice concoction.
Some of the juices had quite a kick to them like the cucumber and celery juice with ginger and jalapeno. I really liked the acai bowl and the cold pressed coffee. They also have shakes. I tried the banana almond and I’m sure I would have one often if I lived close to the shop.
It was a great way to start the day. I felt energized through all of our morning activities.
211 Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Slapfish, a modern seafood shack, not only has great seafood, it serves only eco-friendly, sustainable seafood. That made me feel good while I was eating the Clobster Grilled Cheese.
The Clobster is crab and lobster that is grilled on fresh bread and smothered in cheese and “awesome sauce” (it was pretty awesome). It looked decadent, but I didn’t feel overly full after I ate it. I also tried all of the other items below.
Splashes Restaurant at the Surf & Sand Resort
1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Then, we had a very special dinner at the Splashes Restaurant in the Surf & Sand. The chef created four courses especially for our group and each course was paired with a different wine. It was unbelievable. I’m really into eggs right now and there were two phenomenal egg dishes.
The first was the Eggs and Toast (pictures a the top of the collage below) with salmon caviar, frenched egg, baquette, ver jus glazed grapes and smoked salt. The next was a duck egg with black truffle, fino vinegar, garlic, maitake mushroom, spinach oil, and red chipotle salt. It was rich and flavorful and perfect. The third course was Pataganion Icefish with 24 shortrib ficelle and black trumpet mushrooms. The last course was dessert of course and it included another of my favorite ingredients – peanut butter. It was a peanut butter chocolate ganache with peanut butter caramel.
Everything I tried was fabulous and the wine pairings were perfect. There were a few I hadn’t had before, including the Argyle, brute rose from Oregon that I will be looking for the next time I’m at the wine store.
I had to go on a mini-diet after my trip to Laguna because there were so many good things to eat. To learn more about Laguna Dining, check out Visit Laguna Beach.
Disclosure: I was given meals and lodging for review purposes. All opinions are my own.