Monday, February 7, 2011

On The Road: Coffee Importers, Dana Point, CA

The Coffee Importers Menu

I failed in the photographic part of this blog post. No pics of the sandwich I ordered, no pics of the buildings...just a blurry shot of the menu. Sigh. I was in a hurry. But I shall make up for it with photos of wildlife.

Anyway, I felt it was important to share this place with you. When I was in California for the holidays, I went whale watching in Dana Point. We didn't see any whales, sadly, but we did see a mega pod of dolphins and some sun bathing sea lions on a buoy. The point is, it was lunchtime around our depature and I hadn't planned well, so I was hungry. This place came to my rescue.

Common Dolphins

The Coffee Importers is located in Dana Point Harbor's Mariners Village and it looks to have a lot of vegan-friendly options. I mean, they have veggie cream cheese on their menu! Many bagel places make vegan bagels, as long as you stay away from the obvious ones like the egg, cheese, and everything bagels. But make sure you confirm that, dairy can sneak into anything. They also have Gardenburgers on their menu in several different sandwich options, plus a veggie panini, a veggie wrap, and several vegetarian salads you can modify to vegan. They also have quite a few breakfast options, bagels plus oatmeal, granola, and'd just need to make sure they have some soymilk. I can't imagine them not, since they serve fancy coffees.

The only thing I confirmed here was my Veggie Sandwich. I ordered it with no sauce, just bread and bunch of veggies with a side of fruit. And it was really good. So if you are touristing in the area, it may just be the place to go. I don't drink coffee, but they seem to have a good rep for that too.

This place was packed, so beware of that. I mean, I have never been to a bagel/coffee place where you get a pager to pick up your order. But considering that, the line moved fast and it didn't take long for my order. The seating is all outside on the patio right near the water, because the restaurant is right there harborside. This is a place you come to just so you can enjoy your meal or coffee outside and shoo away the seagulls. And despite the amount of tourists they must get (although the locals seem to like the place too), the prices were not outrageous tourist prices; they seemed to be on par with other California joints though a little steeper than a comparable Arizona locale. Overall, a nice place.

The Coffee Importers
Ranking: ***

***** awesome! Highly recommended.
**** hey, this is pretty dang good.
*** not bad at all.
** eh.
* bad. Keep looking for alternatives.


The Coffee Importers
Dana Point Harbor- Mariner's Village
34531 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 493-7773

Open 7 days a week at 7am
Monday - Saturday 7am - 9pm

California Sea Lions

1 comment:

Missantrhopics said...

That all sounded extremely delicious! Makes me rather jealous that there isn't one here.