Just off the coast of Newport Beach, CA lies an island of .2 square miles with about 3,000 residents called Balboa Island. The island is connected by a public bridge, but it can also be accessed by ferry or other water vehicles. Boat piers for homeowners line the perimeter, and shops, restaurants, and real estate fills the land on Balboa Island. In fact, the only bar, The Village Inn, has been on the island for over 80 years, and locals lovingly call it “VI.”
With limited space and an ideal location, Balboa Island boasts one of the country’s most expensive real estate markets, just behind lower Manhattan. For example, a two-bedroom house with ocean views can list for about $3 million. Many lots are currently being sold for at least $2 million, and existing bayfront properties range in price from about $4 million to $9 million and up.
If you’re thinking of buying Balboa Island real estate, be prepared for a competitive environment. However, after all that negotiating, you’ll want to refresh and rejuvenate, and nothing will hit the spot more than lunch or dinner at Ruby’s Balboa, one of the most famed restaurants on the island.
Curb your appetite with these dishes at Ruby’s Balboa
2. Garden Scramble
3. Cinnamon Roll French Toast Combo
Who says cinnamon rolls are only for dessert? Ruby’s Balboa transforms them into luscious French toast by dipping sliced cinnamon roll halves into a rich egg batter before grilling them in butter to a crispy golden brown. The combo is served with two jumbo eggs prepared in any style and a choice of thick-cut bacon, veggie sausage, or sausage links.
4. Corned Beef Hash and Eggs
5. Classic Ruby Burger with Cheese
What better way to celebrate your new Balboa Island real estate purchase than with the classic combination of a burger, fries, and a shake! Tuck into a Classic Ruby Burger with two thick slices of American cheese, freshly sliced tomato, crisp and crunchy lettuce, and tangy RubySauce for an instant feel-good meal.
6. Fresh Roast Turkey Breast Sandwich
If it’s not Thanksgiving and you’re missing turkey sandwiches, the Ruby’s Balboa fresh roast turkey breast sandwich will fill your craving. It’s made of hand-carved, roasted turkey breast slices with crisp lettuce, tasty cranberry sauce, and rich mayonnaise served on a RubyRoll, all served with fries. You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy this meal!
7. Albacore Melt
8. Ruby's Apple, Pecan, and Bleu Cheese Salad
9. Chinese Chicken Salad
Legend has it that the Chinese chicken salad originated at the famous Madame Wu’s Garden restaurant in Santa Monica, CA after dashing Hollywood actor Cary Grant requested it in the 1960s. Grant’s version featured shredded chicken, lettuce, crispy rice noodles, and wonton strips. Ruby’s version is a mix of fresh salad greens, celery, green onions, shredded red cabbage, red bell peppers, and crispy fried wonton strips. All this is topped with freshly grilled chicken breast and tossed with Asian dressing. You could switch dressings, but why mess with perfection?