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Orange Inn

703 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA - (949) 494-6085
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/20/2012 3:47:00 PM
The Orange Inn, which claims to have invented the smoothie, serves a classic: nothing but strawberries, bananas, dates, juice, and ice topped with a sprinkle of bee pollen. In an era when ambitious smoothie shops offer mixological catastrophes made with everything from crumbled Oreos to powdered libido enhancers, it's nice to find one so simple. Or you can get a date shake.

The Orange Inn also happens to be a place to sip excellent coffee with or without espresso and eat freshly-made muffins, brownies, and sweet rolls. There is a modest lunch menu of sandwiches, Cal-Mex fare, soups and salads, as well as eggs and such for breakfast, and some first-rate granola.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Original Smoothie
Brownie
Date Shake
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Although I can't authenticate the Orange Inn's claim to be the home of the original smoothie, it is one of the best smoothies I've ever enjoyed.  Those are flakes of bee pollen floating on top of the smoothie.
"Although I can't authenticate the Orange Inn's claim to be the home of the original smoothie, it is one of the best smoothies I've ever enjoyed. Those are flakes of bee pollen floating on top of the smoothie."
Dale Fine





This granola really tastes like health food: not sickly sweet like so many granola candy bars and cereal.
"This granola really tastes like health food: not sickly sweet like so many granola candy bars and cereal."
Michael Stern


If you like your brownie crisp-edged, dense, and chewy, this is the one for you.
"If you like your brownie crisp-edged, dense, and chewy, this is the one for you."
Michael Stern


Serving Southern California health food enthusiasts since 1931.
"Serving Southern California health food enthusiasts since 1931."
Dale Fine


The Orange Inn Smoothie is served with a scattering of bee pollen on top.
"The Orange Inn Smoothie is served with a scattering of bee pollen on top."
Michael Stern


The blueberry muffin really tastes like blueberries. Its top is easily removable in bite-size pieces.
"The blueberry muffin really tastes like blueberries. Its top is easily removable in bite-size pieces."
Michael Stern


Home of the Original Smoothie.
"Home of the Original Smoothie."
Dale Fine


Other than the ocean and the hills, there hardly is anything old in Orange County, but the Orange Inn has been around since 1931. This is not its original location, but inside and out, it feels like a place that has worn time well.
"Other than the ocean and the hills, there hardly is anything old in Orange County, but the Orange Inn has been around since 1931. This is not its original location, but inside and out, it feels like a place that has worn time well."
Michael Stern


They offer a variety of shakes.  The date shake is not on the menu but is readily available to
"They offer a variety of shakes. The date shake is not on the menu but is readily available to "those in the know.""
Dale Fine


A board in the window of the Orange Inn offers the weather forecast and a surf report.
"A board in the window of the Orange Inn offers the weather forecast and a surf report."
Michael Stern


It's comfortable to hang out, sip coffee and chit-chat or read the paper at the Orange Inn. Note the surfboards stored overhead.
"It's comfortable to hang out, sip coffee and chit-chat or read the paper at the Orange Inn. Note the surfboards stored overhead."
Michael Stern



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