Discover Newport Beach: McDonald’s (?)

McDonald’s located on PCH, Newport Beach


A few storefronts down from the Newport Beach Ferrari dealership on Pacific Coast Highway, one can find a surprisingly tasty and affordable food establishment. This particular restaurant serves breakfast (24 hours even), lunch and dinner. Children love going here. Adults likely secretly love it only because this fast food chain is not exactly known for a healthy menu. What is this magical Newport place I speak of? McDonald’s.

McDonald’s will never be considered a fine dining destination. The words Newport Beach and McDonald’s don’t necessarily go together. But let’s just admit an obvious truth; some days a McDonald’s meal really hits the spot. Personally, nothing beats an Egg McMuffin breakfast and a McDonald’s Coke with ice the morning after a night of heavy drinking. I don’t know what it is about McDonald’s Coke but I think it is heaven in a paper cup.

This past Sunday morning, I knew the moment I woke up that the only cure for my hangover would be McDonald’s.

Thankfully for my heart and calorie intake, I have not ate a meal at McDonald’s in at least a month. For some time now, I always noticed a small McDonald’s next to Mozza but still never made the effort to stop. Every time we passed the out of place fast food restaurant, my inner food snob always thought, Must be heart to compete with Mozza. Since I theorize though that everything is better in Newport (aka the sun shines brighter, the libraries are nicer, the roads are cleaner, etc.) I thought hangover Sunday required a full on McDonald’s experience with the whole dine in option.

Nothing beats a McDonald’s Coke with Ice.

As I walked through the parking lot and up to the door, I knew right away, this McDonalds on PCH was going to be fancy. Nice modern interior, clean space, flat screen TVs and a digital menu overhead? Damn. Everything is better in Newport.

I order my usual #1 Breakfast Value Meal with a Coke (of course). As I unfold the yellow wrapping of my breakfast, I instantly notice the beautiful craftsmanship of this Egg McMuffin. I further marvel how my sandwich seems to shine in the Sunday morning Newport sun. Wait. Am I still drunk? Why is the cheese melting perfectly over the muffin? Since when does McDonald’s cheese melt so delicately? Am I in a commercial? Why is my muffin so soft and easy to eat as opposed to the rubbery texture I have sadly become accustomed to? Why is there little grease residue from my perfectly crunchy hash brown? Wow. It really is true. Everything is better in Newport—including fast food!

Well of course–for research purposes–I couldn’t possibly just base my opinion on one (1) extra value breakfast meal. I had to also see if the famous Big Mac could also live up to my breakfast experience earlier in the day. So in the name of research, I repeat, in the name of research, just eight hours later we again went to McDonald’s for dinner and a Coke with ice. Similar to breakfast, I quickly noticed the craftsmanship of my Big Mac and the un-soggy, salty French fries. The pickles perfectly placed, the cheese slightly melted over the sesame seed bun, the lettuce crunchy and not wilted! Before my first bite, I pause, look around and wonder, Am I in McDonald’s?

The craftsmanship of the Big Mac at McDonald’s Newport Beach.

For non-believers and closet McDonald’s lovers, I am telling you right now, those perfect sandwiches displayed in McDonald’s commercials and advertisements do actually exisit. Honestly, I don’t know if my fast food experience should be attributed to the nearby ocean location and/or the proximity to Ferraris and million dollar plus homes, but whatever is happening at this McDonald’s is amazing. Maybe I found the secret McDonald’s test kitchen in Newport Beach? Nevertheless, all I know is that after two meals in one day I can say with full conviction the Newport Beach McDonald’s on PCH is legit. I’m lovin’ it.


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