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vkck Jun 24, 2007 04:45 PM

Any good places to eat in Huntington Beach Ca? Fresh fish, Mexican, and Chinese would be the best.

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    thericequeen RE: vkck Jun 27, 2007 08:30 PM

    Huntington Beach, as fond as I am of the place, is sort of a culinary wasteland. There are a few decent places but you have to hunt. That said: Mangia Mangia, good little Italian restaurant in the strip mall on the corner of Golden West Street and Edinger. I remember both their salmon and gelato fondly.

    If you've got company and want to eat near the water, you're best bet is probably Duke's by the Huntington Pier. Food's okay but nothing to write home about, scenery if you get a window table is spectacular!

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      flyerfan182 RE: thericequeen Jun 27, 2007 09:22 PM

      Its not great but Huntington Beach Beer Factory have some Garlic Cheese Bread that is to die for good. They also have a really good Thai Chicken Pasta. Plus its right above Main St. and never really busy so don't have to worry about the heavy heavy crowds to watch some baseball.

      I also enjoy Z Pizza on Golden West and Garfield. Its a chain pizza place but this certain establishment has good pizza.

      In the Post Office Strip Mall on Warner between Springdale and Golden West (not sure exactly) is a health food store in the strip mall. Def. hole-in-the-wall. There is a sandwhich shop inside that has amazing sandwhiches served by a nice Asian lady who dresses up pretty hardcore for work, her name is Esther and she will guaranteed remember you if you come back more then once!

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      cdmedici RE: vkck Jun 27, 2007 09:53 PM

      In about a month Takashi Abe of Bluefin will open a new izakaya place were Red Pearl was. It is going to be called Izakaya Zero.

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        I got nothin RE: vkck Jun 28, 2007 09:22 AM

        Fish: There's a Kings Fish House in the Bella Terra Center. But personally, I would head down to Newport Beach (the Cannery or Blue Water Grill) or up to Seal Beach (Walt's Wharf). If by Fresh Fish, you also mean sushi, then there are several good places in huntington
        Mexican: Mario's (two different locations) is pretty reliable, nothing extraordinary, but you'll get a good meal for a decent price.
        Chinese: Lotus Chinese, for Islamic Chinese food. I've yet to try it, but heard good things about it
        Others: I'll 2nd Mangia Mangia. Peruvian Kitchen, try the Seco.

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          JeetJet RE: vkck Jun 28, 2007 10:06 AM

          This is my list for the area. Park Ave is not in HB but very close and well worth going to. Call for the time they are open.

          Park Ave. (Steaks, Chops, Shrimp, Chopped sirloin burger, Medallions of filet mignon, New York Strip, fruit crumble dessert is a must, All at good prices in a Googie Dream setting).
          11200 Beach Blvd.
          Stanton, CA 90860
          (714) 901-4400
          http://www.parkavedining.com/

          T K Burger (A great burger and really great buns too
          )110 Pacific Coast Highway
          Huntington Beach, California 92648
          (714) 960-3238

          Wings N Things Restaurant (Buffalo wings --Mild, Hot, Extra Hot, Beyond Hot , Beef on Weck, Ribs)
          18302 Beach Blvd
          Huntington Beach, CA 92648
          (714) 848-2767
          Cross Street: Between Ellis Ave and Taylor Dr

          Alertos Mexican Food (Asada or Carnitas Nachos plus...)
          17225 Brookhurst Street
          Fountain Valley, CA 92708
          (714) 593-0069

          Lotus Chinese Eatery (Not sure whether this placed is still there? Islamic Chinese food).
          16883 Beach Blvd.
          Hinington Beach, CA
          (714) 848-4940

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            LittleRed1 RE: vkck Jul 1, 2007 11:20 AM

            If you're willing to try sushi/Japanese, I just came across a good find; in a strip mall no less. It's called Slow Fish and it's menu is an excellent mix of sushi and Japanese. Very good quality. Very nice people. Nice atmosphere. It's located at Bolsa Chica and Edinger.

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              kelsos1 RE: LittleRed1 Mar 24, 2010 10:55 AM

              I will second the Slofish recommendation. Very nice people and inventive dishes. The best deal is lunch. You can get an excellent spicy seafood ramen for $6. Also try the braised short ribs. I think they are $8 and come with rice and a salad. It’s as good as any $25 plate elsewhere. Another great spot in HB is La Choza Mexican rest. They make their own tortillas and the food is very yummy. They are on Edinger across from the old Levitz. Other than that it is kind of a wasteland.

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              La Choza
              7402 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

              Slow Fish
              16051 Bolsa Chica St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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              mdpilam RE: vkck Mar 24, 2010 11:33 AM

              I figure this might be a good place to ask this question:

              Has anyone been to Ra Sushi (in HB)? I have a friend's birthday dinner there this weekend, and she guaranteed that the restaurant doesn't have a fishy/seafood smell (I don't know how it can't...) and that it has non-fish/seafood options. I don't doubt that it has non-fish/seafood options, but the non-fishy smell at a sushi restaurant, I am very doubtful of - I think she just wants me to be there. Can anyone let me know if the above are true? I HATE fish/seafood, and can't stand to be around the smell, let alone eat with it....

              Thanks.

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                Das Ubergeek RE: mdpilam Mar 24, 2010 05:06 PM

                It doesn't smell like fish. It smells like culinary disappointment.

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                  I got nothin RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 24, 2010 05:24 PM

                  A very apt description by DU, I must say. The last time we were meeting up with NC friends at the Ra in Tustin for dinner, I went to Maki Zushi beforehand.
                  Although mdpilam may end up liking Ra since their menu is filled with "sushi" rolls and other items that have no fish whatsoever in them.

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                  Maki Zushi
                  1641 Edinger Ave # 101, Tustin, CA

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                    mdpilam RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 26, 2010 05:55 PM

                    Ha! Thanks for the response. I had already lowered my expectations in terms of quality. :)

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                  BlackTruckCatering RE: vkck Mar 24, 2010 04:00 PM

                  The Spark Woodfire Grill has seafood, but is a contemporary American restaurant. The food is good and you'll have a nice view of the ocean and pier, as the restaurant is located upstairs. If you go there just make sure to make reservations beforehand.

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                    BlackTruckCatering RE: vkck Mar 24, 2010 04:13 PM

                    I totally forgot about Mckenna's on the Bay! They have dining right on the water and offer seafood, sushi, sashimi, an oyster bar, steaks, and more. As with my other suggestion, this restaurant is kind of upscale casual and very comfortable.

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                      bohemianbailie RE: vkck Mar 26, 2010 12:57 PM

                      In regards to sushi Sango Sushi in the shopping area on Goldenwest and Yorktown has great prices and is very fresh tasting to me.

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                      Sango Sushi Restaurant
                      27261A La Paz Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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                        schrutefarms RE: vkck Mar 26, 2010 01:25 PM

                        I LOVE Seacliff liquer for their deli, and there's a pretty good Mexican place in the same strip mall (17th/Orange). Also Jans on Main st (a bit north of all the madness) is a terrific health food place. TK Burger is solid, and the shakes at the pizza place on PCH are great. Wahoo's is a chain, but still good for fish tacos, and I'd agree with the recs of Mangia Mangia.

                        1. janetms383 RE: vkck Mar 26, 2010 02:58 PM

                          For fresh fish, there is the Market Broiler on Brookhurst & Adams or Crabby's in downtown HB - it's got other things on the menu too.
                          For Mexican, Las Barcas on Beach or La Capilla on Adams
                          For Chinese - Wow the best in the area! But really Fountain Valley - Fu Wing Low
                          It looks like a dump but the food is out of this world!!!

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                          La Capilla
                          807 E Adams Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

                          Fu Wing Low
                          16545 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

                          Las Barcas
                          21032 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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                            marti RE: janetms383 Mar 27, 2010 03:05 PM

                            Avoid the Market Broiler at all costs!! Went there today, first time in a year or so. Never overly impressed there but today was the final visit. The only edible items on the whole plate were the coleslaw and the bread. Shimp, potatoes were in edible. Mentioned it to waiter. Also, told the hostess. As we were getting in car, Mgr. ranout and said was sorry but he would give us gift certificates to come again.! What a joke. They were for 7.99 for a meal! We had only paid 8.99 at full price!! Never again!!

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                              Joani Macaroni RE: marti Mar 27, 2010 07:03 PM

                              We were there last week end and the food was pretty decent - the coconut shrimp were really tasty. Most of the meals I saw on the menu were $15 and up - and of the four of us, we had no complaints, other than our waitress seemed to disappear (it was busy) and we had to snag a passing waiter for assistance. Oddly, though I generally like coleslaw, I found theirs rather disappointing.

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                              hbgypsy RE: janetms383 Jan 25, 2011 08:29 AM

                              you are absolutely right, Janet. not much in the way of good food in HB. but I do agree with your choices. (La Choza is nasty> can't believe they are still in business, as well as Marios, Don Ramons and Don Joses) Market Broiler is a good stand by.

                              Buon Gusto is my new favorite on Warner and Bolsa Chica.

                            3. OC Mutt RE: vkck Mar 27, 2010 03:24 PM

                              La Fontana Restaurant close to the corner of Beach and Main/Ellis is serves excellent Italian food, a bit more upscale than the red sauce checkered table cloth places, in an odd strip-mall location. It's a hidden gem.

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                                Frankie D RE: OC Mutt Mar 28, 2010 02:59 PM

                                I agree with OC Mutt, La Fontana is a hidden Gem. If anyone who reads this has not been, then call and make an appt., you will not be disappointed.

                                I also think Mangia Mangia is very good as well, but a little more casual. I usually go to Mangia Mangia for lunch.

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                                  OC Mutt RE: Frankie D Mar 28, 2010 03:14 PM

                                  For a place that no one seems to have heard of, it's surprisingly full all the time and it's been in business for many years.

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                                    Frankie D RE: OC Mutt Mar 28, 2010 04:47 PM

                                    You are right, it has been around for many years. I originally found it back in 2002 when Nichola owned it. He then sold the business to the new owner who has done very well in keeping up with Nichola's quality and taste.

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                                      schrutefarms RE: Frankie D Mar 28, 2010 05:42 PM

                                      Is La Fontana the place I'm thinking of? Family owned (or at least it used to be), been around since at least '98? Really small, in a strip mall off Beach, shares a parking lot with a Thai place (I think)? Had a dish called something something Luna, pasta, no meat with capers? This is all I remember. If it is the same place, yes it is a gem. Used to go there when I was 19 with my (food snobby) San Franciscan boyfriend. We both really loved it.

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                                      2520 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

                              2. bernardo RE: vkck Mar 27, 2010 03:55 PM

                                Our picks are Alessa for Italian (Main St near downtown) & Lou's Oak for Santa Maria BBQ (Brookhurst & Hamilton).

                                King's Fish in Bella Terra is closest to edible in the freeway-close category..

                                OK in a pinch: Mangia Mangia on GW, Cafe Gazelle on Bolsa Chica & La Fontana on Beach, all Italian/Med.

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                                  Joani Macaroni RE: bernardo Sep 4, 2010 05:18 PM

                                  Finally got to Mangia Mangia (which is next to the bridal shop facing Goldenwest). Very good food, friendly and fast service, lively environment. If you're looking for something more relaxed (as in leisurely), a more extensive choice of menu selections, and a bit more romantic, go with Caffe Gazelle. (yes, 2 F's in Caffe).

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                                  Caffe Gazelle
                                  16041 Bolsa Chica St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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                                    ocshooter RE: Joani Macaroni Jan 25, 2011 11:16 AM

                                    Mangia Mangia never did it for me. Basic Italian, nothing special.

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                                      bernardo RE: ocshooter Jan 25, 2011 06:53 PM

                                      Please don't tell anybody because the place is tiny, but Mona Lisa (Adams & Magnolia) has seductive Italian chow at favorable prices with superfriendly service. Beats the pants off of MM (assuming you can find a seat). www.monalisacucina.com

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                                  kerryhb RE: vkck Mar 28, 2010 09:11 PM

                                  We went to Vittorio's tonight...despite some old negative reviews on other websites we gave it a try and it was terrific. It was closed for a while but has new owners and a new chef. Everything from the appetizer to the cannoli for desert was delicious. Nice atmosphere and attentive service, too. Definitely worth a visit!

                                  5921 Warner, at Springdale

                                  http://www.vittorios.com/

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                                    OC Mutt RE: kerryhb Mar 29, 2010 08:30 AM

                                    Vittorios has good old school red-sauce Italian-American food, and excellent Italian bread - which is not easy to find in southern CA. .

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                                    jaykayen RE: vkck Mar 28, 2010 11:18 PM

                                    Amazing gelato in the last place you'd expect to find it: on Main St.

                                    Mangiamo Gelato Caffe, 122 Main St.

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                                    Mangiamo Gelato Cafe
                                    122 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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                                      YumYumNo8 RE: vkck Jul 28, 2012 02:56 PM

                                      Joe's Sushi (Warner - Goldenwest). All you can eat sushi place. Priced fair for the good quality of fish. Lots of options! Highly recommeded!
                                      It's kind of a hole-in-the-wall place. Staff are extremely friendly. There is a bar as well as tables.
                                      It's located by the radio shack and a karate place on the side of the "Big Lots Building" right off of Goldenwest.

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