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The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove Restaurant Review: Located in the Crystal Cove Historic District, the Beachcomber is perhaps Orange County's best on-the-beach restaurant. Nestled among the cliffs and cottages at '40s-era Crystal Cove, it sits as a tribute to the eclectic village of artists and families who once lived here. Set in a Craftsman-style bungalow, the eatery is not just a casual café with a view. Some come here for coffee and beignets on foggy early mornings, or maybe the brioche french toast. Executive chef Carlos Olivera oversees a seasonally changing lunch and dinner menu that puts an emphasis on organic ingredients. Start with roasted diver scallops with chorizo and China Rose sprouts, or the field greens with carrot and cucumber "linguini." Entrée standouts include the pork chop served with butternut squash and pancetta. If you come at sunset, which is highly recommended, you'll be on time to witness the bugle salute and raising of the restaurant's “martini” flag, a tradition started by the original cottage dwellers. Visitors must park at the Los Trancos parking lot located on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway and can either take The Beachcomber Shuttle ($1) or embark on a winding walk that tunnels under PCH to access the restaurant.