With the new year also comes new bites, and two Huntington Beach restaurants have cooked up fresh menus to keep us sated in 2014. Slapfish, HB's acclaimed and expanding sustainable seafood joint, predicted the inevitable—New Year's resolutions to trim down—and created a few healthier options for diners. HB Beer Company knew patrons would be seeking eats from both ends of the food spectrum with the dawn of a new year and rolled out numerous new year options. Here's what's new on your plate.
If you follow Slapfish on Facebook and Instagram, you know Owner and Executive Chef Andrew Gruel never lets the menu down when it comes to fresh sea-inspired dishes and delicious documentation of them. To kick off 2014 on a lighter note, Gruel introduced a few new healthier plates—and they're not just salads. "Our 2014 menu showcases a few new dishes that feature the freshest fish, grilled simply," says the 33-year-old entrepreneur, adding, "And for those who are avoiding bread, all of our handheld sandwiches and rolls can now come 'protein style' packed between lettuce." Let's dig in.
- Caesar Salad (romaine, parmesan dressing, tomato, crouton, with option of fish or shrimp)
- Wedge Salad (blackened hake, iceberg, veggies, creamy lemon herb sauce)
- Salad Feature (seasonal feature)
- Banh Mi Burrito (bbq white fish, jalapeno, cucumber, carrot, peppers)
- Hot Shrimp Roll (grilled shrimp, split-top roll)
- Grilled Fish & Chips (served with house-cut fries and slaw)
Additionally, Gruel's All-American Lobster Boil special returns to the menu permanently this year, complete with a whole boiled lobster, Slapfish slaw, fries, sweet potato tots, clam chowder, corn and drawn butter.
Peruse the full Slapfish menu here, then follow your stomach to the Newland Center. Slappy Hour is Monday through Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to close.
HUNTINGTON BEACH BEER COMPANY
Our go-to spot on Main Street for craft brews and comfort food, Huntington Beach Beer Company took careful note of last year's most popular running specials and welcomed them to their 2014 menu. General Manager Kris Martin says the staff at Orange County's oldest brewpub has removed the "dead weight" from the menu, including the build your own burger option, and incorporated some of guests' most beloved eats. Here's what's new:
- Grilled Artichoke (with IPA mayo, butter and lemon)
- Fried Cheese (topped with marinara)
- Shrimp Salad (grilled shrimp, strawberries, candied walnuts, blue cheese crumbles, cranberry walnut vinaigrette)
- Spicy Beer Chili (served in a sourdough bowl with a choice of house or caesar salad)
- Chicken Tortilla Soup (served in a sourdough bowl with a choice of house or caesar salad)
- Catalina Clam Chowder (served in a sourdough bowl with a choice of house or caesar salad)
- Patty Melt (patty, swiss cheese, grilled onions, 1000 island on rye bread)
- Jerk Chicken (jerk spiced chicken, charred pineapple salsa, swiss, mayo on a wheat bun)
- Black & Blue Chicken Sandwich (buffalo marinated chicken, blue cheese and bacon crust, blue cheese and buffalo sauce)
- Cajun Chicken Sandwich (cajun grilled chicken, Ortega chili, grilled onions, avocado and spicy mayo)
- Reuben (corned beef or pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and 1000 island on rye)
- Chef's Choice Fresh Fish (ask your server for description and market price)
- Hanger Steak Chimichurri (hanger steak served with fried fingerlings and fried artichokes)
- Smoked Pork Chop (house brined and smoked pork chop, served with bourbon brown sugar apples and sweet potato fries)
- Buttermilk Fried Chicken (breast and thigh fried to perfection, served with mashed potatoes and spicy collard greens)
- Grilled Chicken Bowl (grilled chicken, white rice, black beans, charred pineapple salsa and lime creme)
Download the full menu here. HBBC happy hour is Monday through Friday, 2 to 6 p.m.. Late night happy hour is Sunday through Thursday, 10 p.m. to close.