Huntington Beach residents are no strangers to working multiple jobs, and local Sarah Davies is no exception. Not only can she be found working her cut, color and styling magic in homes throughout HB, she also spends her days working in special education programs within the Greater Anaheim SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area). Having called HB home for the past five years, Davies has uncovered local eateries that accommodate her vegan lifestyle, dog-friendly spots for her four-legged trio and happy hour happenings with a view.
We caught up with Davies, who cleans us up every few months, to find out where the woman who selflessly pampers and helps others every day indulges. Here are her top five local spots to spoil herself.
Living in Huntington Beach has been an important part of my life during these past five years. For two of the years I have been vegan (going on three), and I have discovered many vegetarian-friendly places in the community as well as vegan restaurants. You have an entire menu to choose from instead of two options on a regular menu or going to a place with no options and making an uncomfortable issue with the server of modifying 60 percent of a meal to make it edible. Working in a service industry that pampers others, it's nice to have places you can wine and dine and indulge in pampering for yourself. With that being said, one of the restaurants I really enjoy eating at is VegiLicious. It offers tons of meal options, and one of my personal favorites is the signature curry. I try to eat all organic, and it's hard to find restaurants that support this movement. VegiLicious promotes using organic ingredients and also offers a variety of gourmet coffee and tea drinks, and cheesecake as well (usually another hurdle as a vegan)! I definitely recommend checking these guys out and giving them a try!
VegiLicious // 16821 Algonquin Street, Suite 103, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Downtown Huntington Beach
Another significant part of my life is being a proud pet owner. I currently own three dogs; two were decided on, and my recent third was a rescue I took in after finding her in a dire situation. After many long weeks of nursing her back to full health, I decided I couldn't give her away to a family (my original plan) and kept her as a new member of my family. Three dogs is a handful, especially when two are larger breed dogs. Living in a pet-friendly community makes having a family of furry friends a lot easier! Downtown Huntington Beach is fortunately very welcoming to pet owners. I often walk my dogs there. On Tuesdays they have the Surf City Nights street fair, which usually offers live music, kid-friendly entertainment (usually a bounce house or two) and a wonderful collection of handmade goods, fresh produce and bakery products sold by independent vendors.
Huntington Dog Beach
On that note, who could forget the famous Huntington Dog Beach? Taking my dogs to Dog Beach is always a fun time. Socializing with other dogs and pet owners while playing in the water and sand—what more could a dog ask for?! I usually try to get there as early as I can to beat the traffic, but really any time of day is a good time to be at Dog Beach.
Huntington Dog Beach // 100 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Sandy's Beach Grill Happy Hour
Working two jobs can be stressful, so it's always important to find a good happy hour! Sandy's Beach Grill is an awesome restaurant, but more importantly, my favorite happy hour spot. Not only are you right on the sand watching the sunset (I'm a sucker for patio seating), but they also have live music with a local artist and a happy hour from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. everywhere and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the bar seven. days. a week. You can't really beat that to wind down your day—except if they offered $5 glasses of wine and a vegetarian-friendly, inexpensive, very generously portioned gourmet happy hour food menu. In which they do! Jackpot! The food, the wine, the sand, the sunset, the music—a must go to spot.
Sandy's Beach Grill // 315 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
This place is pretty amazing stuff! What's usually harder to find than vegan cuisine? Vegan breakfast! Banzai Bowls are a healthy parfait-type concoction made with a smoothie from fresh berries as the bottom and granola in the middle and are topped with fresh fruit and coconut shavings. Every time I go here the line is out the door, and it's not at all surprising why most patrons are not vegetarian. These goodies are absolutely delicious! Not to mention the perfect boost of yumminess and vitamins to start your fantastic day.
Banzai Bowls // 222 Fifth Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648