Best Diner Orange County 2013 - Galley Café
829 Harbor Island Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92663
It's hard enough to find a diner in this county that has been around longer than you've been alive, but none are harder to physically locate than the Galley Café in Newport Beach. Deep down a dead-end road, you'd have no chance of stumbling upon it unless you own a yacht in the adjacent marina. An old-fashioned milkshake mixer and drugstore-style seltzer spigots stand guard over an antique ice-cream freezer. The place radiates a throwback charm circa 1957, when the café was built on a spit of land down the hill from the cattle fields that lined PCH. Breakfast items are served all day, of course. You want hand-cut fries? How about a from-scratch chili with beans that you can order on an omelet or fries? But skip right to the chicken-fried steak and cream gravy, which comes with a hamburger bun that has been flattened tortilla-thin and butter-griddled until dark and toasty.