Another beautiful day at the beach! After a few hours of sun, sand, and surf you can really work up an appetite – fortunately, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach have an abundance of great places offering mouthwatering, creative eats that are conveniently located within walking or biking distance from the beach. No need to battle traffic or lose that parking spot, depending on where you’re staked out, mouthwatering eats are only a leisurely pedal or stroll away.
Turkey Burgers | caramelized onion, brioche bun
One such place is Eat Chow 2 in the Newport Shores neighborhood, bringing you the same excellent fare that Orange County foodies have been raving about since the 2008 opening of Eat Chow in Costa Mesa.
Truffle parmesan fries
Eat Chow’s main goal is simple – to make its customers full and happy. And over the last four years, the owners and staff have been doing just that at their 18th Street, Costa Mesa location. But when the perfect little spot opened in Newport Shores – the team jumped at the chance to continue their mission and expand to the beach. Eat Chow 2 (EC2) fits in perfectly with the laid-back atmosphere of its bayside neighborhood, creating just the friendly vibe Eat Chow prefers.
Fried Green tomatoes | best.ever
While the new location will serve up the same favorites as the Costa Mesa spot – think everything from truffle mac n’ cheese, warm curry chicken salad, and the French dip with made-from-love au jus, to Mexican chilaquiles, and the Reuben with homemade red cabbage sauerkraut – 100s of new recipes are in the works. The Eat Chow team – Amy Curran, Francisco Perez and Brian McReynolds – are excited at the opportunity to test these out in the Newport location’s state-of-the-art kitchen. To perfectly complement the adventurous recipes (everything from ribeye burritos to almond-encrusted mascarpone French toast, along with Southern, Japanese, Mexican, British and Cuban inspired dishes), the restaurant strives to use the best ingredients, and thus receives their ingredients daily to ensure freshness. Eat Chow’s menu is a no-holds-barred, borderless array of international cuisine, each with the chef’s fresh spin.
Service with a smile and cups of Turkey chili
Although, both locations share the same great objectives, the vibe and aesthetic experience at EC2 is uniquely it own – designed by Ross Morgan, the decor is inspired by a Danish, mid-century modern look, with warm, custom wood components, and beach-inspired color accents and earthy stone walls.
Curry Salmon Tacos
I’ve happily dined at Eat Chow and am excited to have them a few miles down the coast from where I live in downtown Huntington. Talking with Eat Chow owners Amy Curran and Brian McReynolds at the recent Grand Opening, we were excited for them as they expressed their desire for continued success and appreciation of the communities that have embraced them whole-heartedly.
Current specials include breakfast carnitas tacos with scrambled eggs, braised Bajio style smoked pork, blueberry basil habañero salsa, avocado, cojita cheese, Mexican crème, flour tortillas, and a cup of black Beans; and sweet potato and goat cheese frittata with shallots, fresh thyme, goat cheese, lightly dressed mache, chipotle aioli drizzle, and garlic crostinis; or Bajio style BBQ pulled pork sandwich with sweet and spicy slaw, whole grain mustard aioli, manchego cheese, toasted brioche bun, and side salad (shown below – you better get over there, stat).
BBQ Pork | sweet & spicy slaw, whole grain mustard aioli, manchego chese, brioche bun
And, for your sweet tooth – desserts such as Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding, Flan, Choco Taco, and Lemon Cookie Cake can be found on the menu.
Mini tastes of Lemon Cookie Cake
Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday;
7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Eat Chow 2 is at 211 62nd St. in Newport Beach. 949.423.7080.