Beach Barrel in Newport Beach delivers killer comfort food to your door, and they’re doing it until 3 A.M. on Fridays and Saturdays.

DSC_2577Barrel Burger / Photo by Michael Ma


What you need to know about Beach Barrel in three sentences. 

  • Beach Barrel serves up modern comfort food: flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, salads, etc.
  • Offers free delivery to the 92661 and 92663 ZIP codes in the Newport Beach with a $20 order.
  • Open until 3 A.M. on Fridays and Saturdays.
DSC_2586The Shredder Sandwich / Photo by Michael Ma

I always hear a common complaint from Orange County-based millennials: “There’s no dope late night grub spots after a night of drinking.”

Sure, there’s no Fat Sal’s, King Taco or “dirty dog” stands in Orange County. Damn you, Los Angeles! But this doesn’t mean you’ll go hungry after midnight in OC. The Beach Barrel, a new addition to the Balboa Peninsula, may be the answer to your midnight munchies on the weekends.

On the menu, you’ll find flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, salads and a burger. Yes, there’s just one burger on the menu.

Beach Barrel owner Jared Jones knows a thing or two about satisfying late night cravings. He previously operated Midnight Muncheez, a late night delivery service that would sell everything from breakfast burritos to booze. But Jones stepped back from that business and created a more food-centric concept.

DSC_2587The Jerk Pizza / Photo by Michael Ma

So yes, you can walk into Beach Barrel and order food for dine in or take out. The storefront is cozy, with a warm decor. But if you’re feeling lazy or if you’re drunk out of your mind, you can get free delivery with a $20 purchase within the 92661 and 92663 ZIP codes in the Newport Beach area. And Beach Barrel is open until 3 A.M. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Almost everything here is made from scratch, in-house. The Da-Kine Chicken sandwich brings together a pile of shredded chicken breast with grilled pineapple and applewood-smoked bacon. This is topped with caramelized red onions and melted provolone cheese on grilled brioche bun with Sriracha Teriyaki sauce. The fusion of the applewood smoked bacon with the melted provo is dynamite. But the addition of grilled pineapple brings some pizazz to the sandwich.

DSC_2574Da-Kine Chicken / Photo by Michael Ma

Be sure to check out the avocado fries. Panko-crusted wedges of avocado are deep fried and served with a side of chipotle ranch, which turns it up a notch.

DSC_2580Avocado Fries / Photo by Michael Ma

But I think the star of the show at Beach Barrel is the dessert, the Hawaiian Sticky Buns. Beach Barrel takes King’s Hawaiian rolls, layers them with marshmallows and smothers them with pecan caramel sauce. This is then topped with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Over the years, many culinary concoctions have been made with King’s Hawaiian rolls. But this might be the most ambitious. When the roll hits the grill, it has the same consistency of a donut. It’s crispy on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside. Watch out Milky Bun, this might be in the running for Orange County’s best dessert.

DSC_2611Hawaiian Sticky Buns / Photo by Michael Ma

Beach Barrel is at 3305 Newport Blvd. in Newport Beach. (949) 531-6222.

Editor’s Note

On a side note, big shoutout to Niyaz Pirani for letting us know about Beach Barrel. ICYMI, Niyaz is back in Orange County and running his own public relations firm, Knife+Spork Public Relations. If that name sounds familiar, Niyaz did his time at the Orange County Register, running the infamous “Food Frenzy” blog. He also runs a great blog on his website.

Originally posted 2016-04-12 21:52:39.

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