The Galley: "Classic Diner, Quirky Location (with a view)" Newport Beach Restaurant Tip by brewjohnson
Newport Beach Restaurants: 21 reviews and 17 photos
The Galley is probably my favorite breakfast spot in Orange County (my old stomping grounds). Not because it was my most frequented breakfast option (it wasn't) or because it has the best food, but because of its quirkiness and the personal memories I associate with the place. Don't get me wrong, the food is very solid, old school diner fare... eggs, omelettes, pancakes, flavored cokes and floats for lunch, etc. (the chili cheese omelette is out of this world). But its the location and ambience that really makes the Galley shine. It basically sits at the end of a residential cul-de-sac, between a very high-end Newport Beach homes and one of Newport Harbor's yacht marinas. The juxtoposition of a family-owned diner that could have been pluck straight out of the 50s next to modern McMansions only ads to the charm. To get to the galley, you have to drive through a residential neighborhood, and it seems like the last place you'll find a greasy spoon. But when you walk into the tiny place and see the vinyl booths and counter filled with a mix of locals who have been coming there for years and people filling up before jumping onto their boat for a day on the ocean, you'll understand why I'm a fan. It can be a little annoying having to line up to wait for a seat (there's no list or hostess), but at least you have a nice view of the water and boats!
No credit cards. Only cash or checks (the fact that they accept checks gives you a hint as to the type of place it is).
Favorite Dish: Chili cheese omelette.
Address: 9 Harbor Island Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-7235
Price Comparison: least expensive
Phone: (949) 673-4110
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