Review: Balboa Bars


Dad’s Donut & Bakery
318 Marine Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 673-88686

Sugar ‘N Spice, 310 Marine Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 673-8907

Local legend has it that the decadent balboa bar was first served in Balboa Island. The foundation of this tasty treat is a rectangle-shaped chunk of vanilla ice cream dunked in chocolate and dipped in your choice of sprinkles, cookies, or other sugary delights.

Balboa bars are served at various locations on Balboa Island’s Marine Avenue, but the question has always been which business served the first one? Locals have narrowed the contenders down to two establishments: Dad’s Donut & Bakery Shop and Sugar ‘N Spice only a few stores apart from one another. Although there is evidence pointing to both sides of the argument, it seems this urban legend will remain a mystery.

Be sure to taste-test at both locations on your trip to Newport Beach—and let us know which you think is best.

Read about more things to do in Newport Beach.

Take the Balboa Island ferry.