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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Don The Beachcomber Offers Traditional Thanksgiving – In The Tropics!

Give thanks in paradise – enjoy a holiday meal with all the trimmings

Huntington Beach, Calif., November 2010 – Enjoy a traditional holiday dinner on Thanksgiving Day – in the tropics! Even Donn Beach, the original founder and tiki-torch flame behind Don the Beachcomber would have offered guests the opportunity to enjoy a holiday dinner with all the trimmings, accompanied by Tapua, a live Polynesian show with singing, dancing and musicians. The Huntington Beach restaurant, located at 16278 Pacific Coast Highway, will be open for business from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, offering the menu items below.

Don the Beachcomber Thanksgiving Day Menu
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Noon – 8 p.m.

Adults $24.95 | Seniors $19.95 | Children $10.95

  • Prelude: Green Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette and Squash Soup
  • Entree: Roasted Turkey with Gravy or Honey-Glazed Ham (choice of one), Cranberry Sauce, Tropical Stuffing, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Traditional Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Almondine
  • Dessert: Pumpkin Pie

The Don the Beachcomber restaurants originated in the ‘30s in Hollywood and grew to incorporate 16 restaurants under the brand umbrella. Donn Beach was responsible for creating and spreading tiki culture around the world. As defined by Beach, Tiki is a relaxed ambiance consisting of exotic, rum-based cocktails and tropical décor, complete with island-themed fabrics, torches, “hula” girls, palm tree motifs, masks, carvings and Asian-influenced food. Donn Beach gained much acclaim for his creation of rum drinks with a tropical twist, unknown then in the tropics, but now offered at every mainstream watering hole and bar. His famous rum cocktails include the Navy Grog, Vicious Virgin, Rum Cow, Dr. Funk, Zombie, Missionary's Downfall and, of course, Don's Original Mai Tai.
Although none of the early Don the Beachcomber restaurants exist today, thousands of other establishments opened following his lead. Unfortunately, many of these were poor imitations of his restaurants and tried, unsuccessfully, to duplicate the flavor of his drinks, losing focus on tiki culture, and playing up more of the kitschy décor that physically defined the locations. Under the ownership of Arthur and Delia Snyder, Don the Beachcomber is experiencing a rebirth with its first new restaurant in 20 years. The goal is to replicate the experience of the original tiki restaurants made popular in the ‘40s and ‘50s throughout Southern California, and in Orange County, where Don the Beachcomber opened its doors in Corona del Mar in 1969.
Don the Beachcomber is open daily, serving Lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Mon-Fri: Don's Seafood Shack menu; Sat & Sun: regular lunch menu), and Dinner from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Sun-Thurs) and from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Fri-Sat). Kids 12 years & younger eat FREE with the purchase of one regular adult entrée during dinner hours Monday through Thursday in the dining room area.

The Dagger Bar tiki lounge is open during normal business hours and till 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant features a special Happy Hour menu in the Dagger Bar from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday – Thursday (until 10 p.m. every Monday).
Don the Beachcomber is located at 16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. For more information or to make reservations, call 562-592-1321 or visit (on Facebook:; on Twitter:

1 comment:

  1. I actually went here last year for Thanksgiving.