Huntington Beach is still buzzing with talk of Pacific City, the restaurant, retail, and entertainment hub slowly coming to life on Pacific Coast Highway, just south of the HB Pier. Developers have kept mum on details of who will inhabit the restaurant spaces, but news of newcomers has started surfacing. Last month, The Bungalow in Santa Monica announced the launch of its second location, introducing its vision of a Baja-inspired beach cottage lounge to Pacific City. Now four more eateries have made it official: Lemonade, Bear Flag Fish Company, Simmzy's, and Ola. Let's take a bigger bite.
Think gourmet-style "new school cafeteria" concept offering seasonal comfort foods, like marketplace salads, savory proteins, unique sandwiches, truffle mac and cheese, slow-simmered stews, fresh baked breads, decadent desserts, and fruit- and herb-infused lemonade. This is Lemonade, born in Los Angeles with locations in Ventura County, Newport Beach, and the Middle East. Chef and Founder Alan Jackson and COO Ian Olsen are bringing their "rotating daily spread of deliciousness" to Pacific City, marking its first HB location.
Bear Flag Fish Company
With two locations in Newport Beach, Bear Flag Fish Company will take a short hike north to HB for its third spot. Serving as the anchor for Pacific City's Lot 579, an artisanal community featuring homegrown food vendors and other merchants, the Orange County company will serve up its popular fresh seafood fare, including its famous fish tacos, burritos, sushi, a full bar, and more.
A favorite among locals in Manhattan Beach and Long Beach, Simmzy's will bring its artisanal pub-style eats, craft beers, and small production wines to Pacific City, marking the restaurant's first OC location. The menu offers salads, burgers, woodfire pizzas, tacos, homemade desserts, and more, including one of our favorite treats: the Blue Cheese Haystack. Simmzy's believes, "Sometimes it's ok to be a beer snob," and with HB's movement into the OC craft beer scene with newcomers Beach City Brewery and Four Sons Brewing, we think it's safe to say HB concurs.
Here's something completely fresh to get excited about. The Huntington Beach-based team behind the popular Mahé in Seal Beach and Dana Point will debut Ola, Spanish for "wave" and Hawaiian for "life," at Pacific City. "Fusing elements of authentic Mexican comfort food with elevated South of the Border culinary influences, Ola will feature magnificent ocean views and a fun, festive ambiance," according to press materials.
ICYMI: Pacific City, which is set to open in fall 2015, announced its featured athletic club earlier this year as Equinox, the pretty people/pretty penny New York City-headquartered gym. Watch a quick 1-minute video about HB Equinox here.