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ddawnzer Sep 6, 2007 06:40 PM

Heading to Seal Beach again and wondering what we have missed in the past. Could anyone share their wonderful foodie experience there?

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    Joani Macaroni Sep 9, 2007 08:40 PM

    We've been to the three seafood places mentioned (Walt's, Jimmy's, and Original Fish Co.) and we prefer Walt's. Just took a friend from Sweden there (and they know good fish!) and he said it was the tastiest salmon he'd ever had. So if you only have time for one, go with Walt's. BTW, you now have to request their wonderful bread. They have stopped serving it automatically since lots of folks are cutting back on carbs, and they were throwing out full baskets or ones with just a few slices used.

    Farther inland on Katella Ave. in Los Alamitos is Katella Deli (just west of the racetrack, opposite side of street. Great food, great bakery, occasional dinner specials with traditional Jewish meals for the holidays. Generous portions. Everybody loves this place and no, you don't have to be Jewish. Breakfast/lunch/dinner.

    1. ddawnzer Sep 9, 2007 03:50 PM

      Thanks everyone for your great suggestions. SOme places we have been like El Burrito junior.Koi, Walts Wharf. The place with the Met Pies sounds great , do they have take out and is it expensive?

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        wilp Sep 7, 2007 04:10 PM

        My favorite sandwich is the Halibut Melt at Coaches. It is on PCH across the street from the main street entrance. Also some great fresh fish, I think they catch alot of it themselves. I remember the enchilada and grouper combo being one of the better meals I have ever had. And yes, it is a beer bar. I like bars.

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          Raymondo Sep 7, 2007 03:18 PM

          Try Patty's place behind Restaurant Koi in the same center - PCH and 5th or Marina. Prime steaks and martinis. Nice quite atmosphere and great food.

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            Joani Macaroni Sep 9, 2007 08:26 PM

            Went to Patty's Place in March - lovely place (tiny though) and good service, but we were disappointed in the meal. My husband's steak dinner was pretty pricey but he said it was tasteless and we've had (much) better steaks at Lone Star down the road. Maybe we went on the wrong night. . .

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            lawdog262 Sep 7, 2007 05:38 AM

            Koi on PCH - tremendous sushi. And Kamal Palace just across the county line for Indian.

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              wenster Sep 7, 2007 08:07 AM

              Ditto on Koi, Open Sesame on 2nd... Captain Jack's in Sunset Beach is also pretty good!

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                brekkie_fan Sep 8, 2007 11:47 AM

                Captain Jack's rocks for no-frills seafood in a local atmosphere. I think it's time to go back....

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                  JeetJet Sep 9, 2007 10:09 AM

                  My son told me the prime rib Captain Jack's is very good. I wonder wherther they have anything like a beef dip?

                  Captain Jack's Prime Rib
                  16812 Pacific Ave
                  Sunset Beach, CA 90742
                  (562) 592-2514

              2. badhomecook Sep 6, 2007 11:23 PM

                Just went to Roman Cucina on PCH - very tasty pasta and beautiful boy waiters. Fun scene. The house merlot sucks bad, tho.

                1. gaylenwaydelich Sep 6, 2007 10:00 PM

                  For breakfast I like the Jetty @ the Jetty.
                  Walts Wharf for seafood and drinks
                  Kobe on Seal Beach Bl. Iike thir Bento box at the 405 next to Spaghettini's
                  Not a fan of Spaghettini
                  I miss the old Davio's on Seal Beach Bl.

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                    rdhargro Sep 6, 2007 10:11 PM

                    Pasta Grotto was great before they closed due to lease issues.

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                      Joani Macaroni Sep 9, 2007 08:20 PM

                      Went to Davio's tonight at their new(er) location on Beach Blvd. in the Von's/Target shopping Center in Huntington Beach. We go every 2 - 3 months. They've been there now about 2 years or so. Their special spinach and strawberry salad is good, and they often have interesting specials. The ravioli (was it pumpkin or butternut - don't remember) was heavenly (when available). It's behind and to the left of Marie Calendar's, and right next to the Lazy Dog Cafe. We didn't like the LDC - too noisy and too crowded and food was okay but not anything special (in our opinion) - though others love it. We prefer quieter, cozier (not crammed in) dining.

                      For breakfast in Seal Beach we occasionally go to the Seal Beach Cafe (has the Dutch door and quaint homey decor) in Old Town, and Schooner or Later in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. The last place has outdoor seating next to the marina and is a lovely way to start the day when the weather's nice. You can stroll around the maria afterwards. Food portions are generous.

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                      justagthing Sep 6, 2007 09:29 PM

                      OK...once again, gotta say for sushi head to Restaurant Koi on PCH...the best, freshest and many choices that you will not find at any regular sushi places.
                      Head over to Second St. in Long Beach for several more choices including, but not limited to: Cafe Gazelle, Open Sesame, Magic Lamp, Le Creperie.
                      Have fun and let us know what you did choose.

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                        rdhargro Sep 6, 2007 09:32 PM

                        I grew up in Sunset Beach just south and would suggest going to Katela and Seal Beach Blvd just east to Pasty Kitchen. They have the most unique english meat pies. I have been eating thier for 30 years. I will be there sunday visitng from Phoenix.

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                        JeetJet Sep 6, 2007 08:27 PM

                        Sweet Jill's ( Just for Cinnamon Rolls and coffee -- no breakfast)
                        123 1/2 Main St.
                        Seal Beach, CA
                        (562) 598-3445.

                        Well worth the short drive South

                        Harbor House Café (In the LA/OC area this is the closest to an old school dinner as it gets in ambiance and the giant menu. Request to sit in the front section and not the rear patio)
                        16341 Pacific Coast Hwy,
                        Sunset Beach, CA 90742
                        562-592-5404
                        http://www.harborhousecafe.com/

                        And then a little more South

                        T K Burger (Pretty good burgers and really great buns too. One block South of the Huntington Beach Pier next to the Dairy Queen which has great soft serve cones
                        )110 Pacific Coast Highway
                        Huntington Beach, California 92648
                        (714) 960-3238
                        Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

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                          Das Ubergeek Sep 6, 2007 09:37 PM

                          I like Harbor House.

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                            JeetJet Sep 7, 2007 07:47 AM

                            What do you get there? I like the New York steak & eggs w/ Hobo potatoes. The soups are good also.

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                            Oh Robin Sep 7, 2007 08:53 AM

                            Mmmm... Harbor House cheese fries. Or country gravy fries. That's just high school to me. Yum.

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                            Clinton Sep 6, 2007 08:08 PM

                            As I had mentioned before in other threads, Spaghettini's is good for high-end Italian dining while Finbars is little bit more casual. Walt's by the pier is good for seafood as well as The Original Fish Company on Seal Beach Blvd (Los Alamitos). Old Town near the pier on Main St. is great for breakfast and lunch. It's closed for dinner. The little Mexican place next door (I forgot the name) is excellent for lunch. Some people rave about Charo's Chicken near the pier also. Jimmy's near Westminster and PCH is a favorite of mine for seafood. Oh, Augustino's is excellent for Italian food too. I think it's on Bolsa?

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                              bubbles4me Sep 6, 2007 07:20 PM

                              Hmmm might help if we knew what you have had before. Must tries are Nick's for breakfast burritos and I think Beachwood is pretty tasty but avoid the creamed corn...icky.

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                                CactusKate Sep 9, 2007 09:48 PM

                                I agree-Nick's makes great breakfast burritos and roast beef on rye sandwiches. You can grab a table outside and enjoy Main Street. We moved, so I haven't been to Beachwood yet, but my husband and son like their BBQ and grits, (I think it is bleu cheese grits.) They are closed Mondays. Or you could go to Chimayo's at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier-nice atmosphere, and the grilled hearts of romaine salad comes with a choice of chicken or shrimp.

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