8 Best Brunches In Huntington Beach
The term "brunch" is not as easy as it sounds. It's a series of compromises between friends and family—starting with location, menu, price and ambience. However, if you know your audience and do a little homework, the outcome satisfies all. Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of Huntington Beach restaurants that will likely meet everyone's fancy (and not-so-fancy). Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.
SeaLegs Wine Bar
According to the locals, all things "happening" are doing so at SeaLegs Wine Bar. Celebrate the weekend with $15 Bottomless Bubbles, offering a choice of juice (orange, guava, pineapple, or strawberry), or mix it up with @ThaDonutDon Donut of the Day Bloody Mary (24-ounce housemade Bloody Mary garnished with strips of bacon and a maple bacon cronut from HB's own "#ThaDonutDon"). This, accompanied by a Vegetarian Benedict (grilled asparagus and roasted tomato over an English muffin, poached egg, hollandaise sauce served with home style potatoes), or the Shrimp, Tomato & Arugula Omelet (three-egg omelet with sautéed shrimp, grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and arugula, served with homestyle potatoes) will keep you coming back. Even the sides are worth the trip. Soft Shell Crab with Basil Aioli or Brioche French Toast, anyone? Yum.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations recommended.
SeaLegs Wine Bar // 21022 Beach Boulevard, #105, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714.536.5700
Even if you've read Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly," you won't hesitate to brunch at Duke's in Huntington Beach. With its topnotch culinary team, you know they will deliver the goods. Their Sunday Brunch Buffet includes an array of offerings, such as an omelet station, Coconut French Toast, carved ham and, of course, Hawaiian style poke. A casual vibe with great service, this location offers a beautiful ocean view and, on special days, entertainment that often involves a ukulele. Don't have all day? Pop into the Barefoot (full service) Bar and enjoy a Mai Tai or Bloody Mary.
Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Duke's // 317 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714.374.6446
A more casual family affair would be Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches on 5th Street. You can enjoy the classic Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle served with 100 percent pure Vermont maple syrup. If you like to keep it light and sweet, try their delicious Crème Brûlée with classic vanilla crème and burnt raw sugar and seasonal fruit on an authentic Belgian waffle. Another popular dish among the young at heart is Green Eggs & Ham (grilled ham, Tillamook cheddar, mayo, jumbo egg and arugula pesto). They also have an easy, fun menu for the kids, who can choose between Cheesy, PB&J, or S'More waffle sandwiches or a simple Brussels Waffle. Coffee? Yes! Enjoy their custom blend and take advantage of their full barista service. Wind down with a casual stroll on the pier.
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. First come, first served.
Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches // 180 5th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 657.215.3559
Are you feeling sleek and sophisticated, but one of your dearests is covered in fur? Try Zimzala at the Shorebreak Hotel. They're dog-friendly, kid-friendly and overall, very accommodating. Start light with fresh yogurt, seasonal fruit and granola. Sip a mimosa and work your way up to their Lobster Benedict (egg, prosciutto, avocado, baby spinach, saffron hollandaise Yukon breakfast potatoes) or Huevos Rancheros (two eggs any style with refried beans, corn tortillas, tomatillo salsa, sour cream, Monterey jack cheese and Haas avocado)—all while lounging with Fido on the outdoor patio, taking in sips of fresh air and the relaxing cool vibe. You could stay here all day.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations accepted.
Zimzala // 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714.960.5050
A more bare bones establishment (yes, we are leading you to a strip mall) with a large fan base would be Café Cup. You're willing to wait 25 minutes for a table because you signed up for F-L-A-V-O-R. The highly praised Mashed Potato Omelet comes with seasoned mashed potatoes stuffed with bacon and cheddar cheese and topped with green onion and sour cream, served with grilled tomatoes. Delicious! If you've got a sweet tooth, try their Stuffed French Toast, made with thick egg French toast stuffed with cream cheese and topped with butter and cinnamon sugar, or their lovely Cinnamon Buns. Pair with a latte. Oh, and bring the green, as it's all about the cash—no credit.
Open at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Café Cup // 5930 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 714.840.8991
Avila's El Ranchito
Are you rounding up your old college buddies? Avila's El Ranchito will take you straight back to the glory days. Their Menudo Bar consisting of menudo, vegetable soup and fresh fruit will cure any hangover, and their drink specials, $3.95 Tecate cans, $4.50 mimosas and $6.50 Bloody Marys, will keep your group satiated through a plethora of football games played out on the big screens. Add in their Baja Breakfast Burrito (eggs, bacon, beans, potatoes, avocado and cheese) or the Quesadilla Eggcelente (eggs, cheese, avocado and tomato, add chicken or bacon), and you're all set.
Open Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. Reservations accepted.
Avila's El Ranchito // 318 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714.960.9696
Mama's On 39
Did everyone and their brother RSVP for brunch? Try Mama's On 39 for classic American comfort food. Plenty of room and menu choices. From Bacon Biscuits 'n Gravy (Mama's bacon biscuits smothered in homemade chicken sausage gravy, topped with fried sage) to the Backyard Bikini Garden Scramble (scrambled eggs, local seasonal vegetables, feta cheese, sliced avocado and Mama's buttermilk biscuit) to Mama's Famous Chicken 'n Waffles (Mama's buttermilk fried chicken and homemade waffles with your choice of Mama's homemade chicken sausage gravy or maple syrup). Order PB&J waffle sandwiches for the kiddos, enjoy your company and keep score of the game on the big screen. Breakfast and Mama's 32-ounce Bloody Marys are served all day, and bottomless mimosas are poured until 3 p.m.
Reservations required for parties 12 and over.
Mama's on 39 // 21022 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714.374.1166
The Sugar Shack
Those on dawn patrol will point no further than The Sugar Shack. Established in 1967, this family-owned business knows its way around the kitchen and wallet. The surf memorabilia and old-fashioned ambiance will make you feel right at home. Reservations are made by way of pen and clipboard at the door. Note they have both front and back patios. We, along with Courtney Conlogue, recommend the popular Keppler's Special (three eggs scrambled on an English muffin, topped with sliced avocado, tomato, bacon and hollandaise sauce, served with hash browns), as well as the three-egg breakfast burrito with your choice of fillings (includes hash browns and salsa). A "Cup of Joe" for you and the traditional hot cocoa for your little one.
Saturday and Sunday hours: 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Sugar Shack // 213 1/2 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714.536.0355