If you have room after your culinary world tour there is a dessert tray filled with homemade goodies. Two stand out: One is the flour-less chocolate cake, a dense wedge so popular with the table that the person who ordered it surrounded it with empty wine glasses to keep the rest of us at bay; the other is the ginger-snap ice cream with ginger-snap cookies on the side, a raised-consciousness version of ice cream and cookies. This is an adult dessert, but it arouses childish emotions. With a little more nerve, most of the other dishes in this restaurant could do the same.
Showley-Wrightson is moderately priced. At lunch time, attractive salads like chicken lemon, Tex-Mex potato, and mushroom feta, are offered in combinations for $8.75. Picnic baskets, filled with goodies that Lynn Redgrave wouldn't touch, are $20. At dinner, appetizers are $5.50 to $8. Main dishes are $12.50 to $18.
2531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach
Open for takeout Monday through Friday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m., lunch Monday through Friday, 11 a.m to 3 p.m., dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa accepted.