Voted Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Award for three years straight, Velvet Yogurt dishes out healthy yogurt, fresh fixings, and an eco-friendly philosophy. Guests start their journey toward cultured snacking by choosing one of 12 self-serve frozen-yogurt flavors before topping it with as much fresh fruit, crunchy add-ins, and spoons as they could possibly eat ($0.39/oz.). For fans of un-frozen feasting, the acai bowl offers up tepid tastes of coconut milk, hemp milk, or apple juice blended with acai berries and slices of fresh fruit for a treat loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, and vowels ($6.25 on average). Goji berries and granola join a handful of other fresh add-ins and toppings that add texture and taste without adversely affecting the fiber-rich snack's healthful reputation. The staff at Velvet Yogurt swirls together its probiotic-rich snacks with a heaping helping of environmental awareness, using only 100% biodegradable spoons, napkins, and cups for its chilly concoctions. Carved pub tables and handcrafted artwork fashion a lively environment for guests as they enjoy a snack or attempt to calculate their yogurt's value in Aruban florins.
Founded on the Pacific Coast Highway in 1931 and relocated to Laguna Beach in 1986, Orange Inn continues to purvey a menu of simple and delicious sandwiches, salads, dinner entree specials, and freshly baked muffins and pastries. The Orange Inn breakfast sandwich ($7.95) uses whole-wheat toast to pinch the cheeks of avocado, sprouts, cheese, and two scrambled eggs, and the intoxicating aroma and secret-spilling steam signals of house-blend coffee ($1.45–$1.95) radiate from mugs to awaken taste buds during early morning hours. The eatery's namesake Orange Inn smoothie ($4.95) expertly blends fresh strawberries, dates, bananas, bee pollen, and juices into icy perfection. At lunch or dinner, diners can bite into the Lagoona Toona sandwich ($6.95), with albacore, cilantro, and onion, or munch on the chicken platter ($7.65) bedecked with a bed of sprouts and vegetables tucked in by thin sheets of chicken. The fresh garden salad ($6.45) hosts croutons and lush greens such as carrots, olives, cucumbers and tomatoes that complement refreshing sips of soda ($1.75), chocolate milk ($2.25-$2.95), or ranch dressing.
With buttery, baked-to-order confections, Gecko Cookie Company tickles sweet teeth and fulfills cravings for edible nostalgia. Customers can assemble the perfect doughy dozen by mixing and matching varieties of cookies and dessert bars, with flavors ranging from classic chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and short bread to decadent oatmeal butterscotch coconut and Nutella fudge brownie. Each batch of treats is made with real vanilla, butter, and oven mitts, and the flour artists at Gecko Cookie Company never cheat by sprinkling in common preservatives or intelligence-boosting additives.
On a patio shade by large umbrellas, or inside amidst the whir of an espresso machine and walls littered with art, The Neighborhood Cup fosters that sought-after feeling of coffee-house leisure. Resident baristas craft coffee and espresso drinks, manipulating the bubbly foam of lattes into intricate patterns such as portraits of the Mona Lisa drinking a cappuccino. Patrons also find coffee-colored leather couches and chairs, as well as a menu of breakfast bites, sandwiches, and snacks. The Neighborhood Cup also hosts events, including open-mic nights and classic-car gatherings to see whose muscle car can knock back the most espresso shots.