Seal/Hunington Beach Visit- recomendations food and fun
I normally research travel locations like crazy- but the whole reason for this trip is the overwhelming stress from my business/personal and im finding it hard to get a free moment to research. So i am turning to my Chow board in hopes to get a jump start!
Im taking a trip for a week over the 4th to Seal Beach and Huntington Beach. Im a serious foodie from Minneapolis and im looking for some option in the area. Im looking for the local secrets to the best of the best in the area (we are staying in Seal Beach, but willing to drive).
And while im at it, non food related anything I should take a look at specifically? I will be taking surfing lessons, and maybe a hike? hot springs? maybe some shopping?
Furthermore im looking for the best small dog boutique with the largest selection of harnesses. (strange request i know).
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Just a friendly reminder, discussion that does is not food related is out of scope for Chowhound.
In Seal Beach we like 320 Main but if you are looking for something unique, that's not it--they have lamp chops, mac & cheese, etc. but very good. Lots of people love Walt's Wharf for fish but it's not our favorite. In Huntington Beach I can't think of anything special. Depending on your tastes, it might be worth the drive to Westminster (10 minutes from Seal Beach) for some great Vietnamese or even Garden Grove (10 minutes from Seal Beach) for Korean.
Walt's Wharf Restaurant
201 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740
Beachwood BBQ is very good - in Seal Beach.
Not too far from Seal Beach (just a few miles) in Naples section of Long Beach is Michael's (Italian).
And just down the street from Michael's is Open Sesame for Lebanese.
Agree with previous poster, that Westminster and Garden Grove are excellent for Vietnamese and Korean, respectively.
131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740
5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
First of all, if you have to get anywhere on the 4th of July, RENT A BICYCLE. Huntington Beach closes PCH from 17th to Main Street (and Main Street from PCH to Yorktown) for the huge, slow-moving parade in the morning, and the rest of the day it will be a madhouse—I mean, seriously, you could walk faster.
Second, as far as amazing food... you are just coastward of the largest concentration of Vietnamese businesses outside Vietnam in Little Saigon. The food is cheap, it is great, it is a little divey in most cases but that's part of the fun. I suggest Vien Dong (on Brookhurst in the 13000-ish block?), Xanh Bistro (in Fountain Valley, at Brookhurst and Edinger) or Pho Thanh Lich (in Westminster, at Brookhurst and Hazard)... there are hundreds more restaurants, though.
You should check out the farmers' markets, honestly. I lived in Minnesota and the produce there can't begin to compare. The best one local to you is Sunday the 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Long Beach Marina—head north on PCH into LA County/Long Beach, make a left on 2nd, and a left on Marina.
14271 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Pho Thanh Lich
1036 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813
16161 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Main Street Cafe
12939 Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840
In Seal Beach:
Pizza: Slice of New York Pizza
Breakfast: blackboard Bistro
BBQ: Beachwood BBQ
In Huntington Beach:
Italian: Cucina Alessa
Burgers: 25 Degrees
131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740
600 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 100, Seal Beach, CA 90740
412 Walnut Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
That is tough i love everything, there is nothing i dont enjoy.... I like strange ethnic, french, contemporary, American, and much more
Vietnamese is hug in mpls, so i may stop there, but i have my Pho down to a science from living in LA and mpls. I will be there for a week so during the week but so far i have compiled this list:
Barbeque in Seal Beach:
Soul Food/Traditional in Seal Beach:
Outdoor swimsuit seafood, specialty caught- fish tacos:
Contemporary, Bar scene/hot spot:
Contemporary/Fun on the beach:
Breakfast/Lunch: Wed-Fri: 8:00am to 1:30pm
Sat-Sun: 8:00am to 2:00pm
Lunch at Crystal Cove after Hike:
Brunch Saturday and Sunday:
Wow. You weren't kidding when you said you like to research your trips! :)
Since it looks like you're willing to venture a bit farther south, I'll throw in a couple more for your consideration:
Cham Sut Geol
Hope you have a blast while you're here.
14460 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Let me suggest Break of Dawn and Ramos House Cafe for brunches as well.
Viet is OK in Minneapolis but Little Saigon is in a class of its own.
Slaters 50/50 may be open in Huntington Beach by the time you get here, and I'd add Sol Cocina and Raya to your Mexican. If you want more downscale, head inland and go to places like Mariscos Los Primos or Mariscos Licenciado #2.
Ramos House Cafe
31752 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Break of Dawn
24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
1052 N State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806
Mariscos Los Primos
2600 W Edinger Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704
251 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663