What’s new? LOTS! With the opening of Pacific City, Huntington Beach is experiencing a metamorphosis of epic proportions in its dining scene. The time has long been overdue for the city to shed its raucous bar scene image for a more refined persona.
Famous for its wide expanse of beaches and home to numerous annual surf and volleyball competitions, beach games and marathons, Huntington Beach, aka Surf City USA, has always been a travel destination for families and beach sports enthusiasts. Now, with more dining options than ever before, from family friendly to, dare we say it, fine dining (but never stuffy or sedate), it also establishes itself as a dining destination for residents and visitors to Orange County.
Huntington Beach foodies were thrilled that 2015 brought numerous new restaurant openings putting us more on par with our sister cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.
Ways & Means – With fresh seafood, a casual seaside ambiance that celebrates world-class oyster bars, and daily Sunset Social specials from 2 p.m. to sunset, Monday – Friday, this family-friendly restaurant in Pacific City is a must try. I mean who can pass up $9.99 Maine Lobster – Monday’s Sunset Social special. Visit Ways & Means website to see the daily food and drink specials.
21022 Pacific Coast Highway (at Pacific City). 714-960-4300.
Ola Mexican Kitchen – Taco Tuesday with a view! We’re there! But there’s more to Ola Mexican Kitchen. Enjoy authentic Mexican food elevated beyond our gringo taste for tacos. Not your traditional Mexican cantina, Ola Mexican Kitchen boasts a modern rustic minimalist decor that doesn’t detract from panoramic views of the Pacific from nearly every seat, the most coveted being the outdoor patio seating area open to the sights and sounds of what makes Surf City USA famous.
21040 Pacific Coast Highway, F100 (in Pacific City). 714-969-7300.
Lemonade – Offering signature seasonal comfort food, a colorful bounty of fresh made salads, and a creative menu of hand-made lemonades, this cafeteria style eatery exudes a SoCal vibe with its modern, sunny and bright interior space and patio boasting a panoramic view of the Huntington Beach pier. A comfortable place for lunch or dinner, Lemonade’s rotating daily spread of deliciously healthy fare allows for flexitarian choices and endless combinations.
21016 Pacific Coast Highway, at Pacific City. 714-604-1072.
Simmzy’s – craft beer is all the rage and Simmzy’s boasts a rotating lineup of 24 craft beers on tap from local Orange County breweries such as Four Sons (Huntington Beach), Barley Forge (Costa Mesa), The Bruery (Placentia), Valiant (Orange) and further afield. Non beer lover can enjoy 9 wines by the glass and refreshing cocktails with a tropical Tiki twist. The restaurant allows sweeping ocean views from every seat and a casual menu of generously sized burgers, sandwiches, salads, kids menu, and hearty SoCal breakfast favorites on Saturday and Sunday satisfies everyone in the family.
21150-21200 Pacific Coast Highway (at Pacific City). 714-831-1240.
In downtown HB:
Doppio Zero Pizzeria – authentic Roman pizza made with 100% organic ingredients by a Roman! It’s no wonder that Doppio Zero has received rave reviews since opening last year and is, hands down, the best pizza in Huntington Beach! Double zero flour, a 72-hour rise, and slow bake is the secret to the perfect crust of their huge rectangular slices of Margherita, Fungi, Parmigiana, Doppio Zero, Rustica, Crostino, “from Hell”, or the sublime Truffle Porcini. All who enter are met with a cheerful greeting by owners Francesco and Carlotta Zaza. Select Italian pastries, espresso, sandwiches, salads, and rotating lasagna and eggplant parmigiana made from a family recipe complete the menu.
221 Main St. 714-969-2929.
And, last but certainly not least:
photo courtesy of SeaSalt
SeaSalt Woodfire Grill – The highly anticipated March opening of SeaSalt Woodfire Grill is finally upon us! Specializing in Santa Maria-style barbecue, Sea Salt is the sister restaurant to award-winning Sea Legs Wine Bar in the same center. Inspired by 19th century Santa Maria-sytle live-fire barbecue, SeaSalt’s menu features smoky, hearty cuts of meat, think bone-in ribeye steak, traditional ti-tip, lamb chops, and linguica sausages, seafood, and vegetables cooked over Red Oak coals on the open woodfire grill and sprinkled with housemade sea salts.
21214 Beach Blvd. (in the Big Lots shopping center). 714-414-5683.
Are you hungry now?!