Sessions Sandwiches To Open Its Second West Coast Deli In Huntington Beach
It's our ob-session, our new ob-session. We will find a way, and we will have you. We are super stoked that Sessions Sandwiches is planning to open their second Orange County location in downtown Huntington Beach, neighboring Jack's Surfboards in the former home of beloved Papa Joe's Pizza & Pasta, come April 2015 (scroll down for opening day updates).
Speaking with owner and "Chief Shaka Giver" Matt Meddock, we learned that this Southern California native dreamed of opening a credible sandwich eatery based on the West Coast lifestyle for seven years—and finally paddled out with much encouragement from family and friends, one of which is Alicia Whitney of popular HB wine bar SeaLegs. High school buddy and now business partner Beckham Thomas is given huge credit for Sessions' successful start and for keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes. Matt most admires Wahoo's Fish Taco and would like Sessions to emulate their style and business acumen in the surf industry, "but with sandwiches," he says.
Since Sessions Newport Beach opened in April 2014, it has been the talk of the town. Word quickly spread about this stylish (open kitchen + thoughtful layout) and inviting location (family + individual seating), serving up majorly satisfying meals with a surprisingly wide variety. Here's just a sampling of their offerings:
Summer Zephyr: fresh mozzarella, marinated tomato, basil aioli, baby arugula, pickled onion, balsamic reductions, toasted French roll.
Meltdown: smoked ham, Swiss, muenster, creole mustard sauce, caramelized onion, pressed French roll.
Roasted Butternut W/ Kale: kale, arugula, roasted squash, dried cranberry, toasted walnut, shaved parmesan, apple cider vinaigrette.
Tinga Cup: spicy adobo shredded chicken, served w/ guacamole, lime crema.
And Deli Gold
Spicy Chili Mango Sausage: sweet & smokey chipotle catsup, pickled mustard seed.
Stone IPA Bratwurst: German style mustard, red onion, dill pickle, IPA sauerkraut.
For The Early Birds
McSession: smoked bacon, baked egg, cheddar, Sriracha syrup, toasted brioche.
Rise & Grind: bacon, baked egg, cheddar, tomato, shredded lettuce, basil aioli, toasted brioche.
Sessions' fresh ingredients and generous portions are married with delicious in-house signature sauces created by Chef Max Schlutz, whose background includes his own sessions at A Market and 25 Degrees. Matt sheepishly admitted that the kitchen is not his playground, but taste is. As with the playfully worded menu, everything is served with love and flair down to the smallest detail. The chips, for example, are sprinkled with fresh grated parmesan cheese and dried sage.
For the HB location, there are plans to raise the bar with an in-house artisan communal kitchen serving both locations. Matt's brother, Chris Meddock, is an award-winning Laguna Beach architect and will design the new space, which will have a trendy, creative, and inspirational vibe. Matt's wife, Summer Meddock, is the founder of Hemp & Wood and will add her own handcrafted retail elements.
Both the Newport and HB spaces are/will be available for private events as well. For those requiring substance offsite, Sessions offers an attractive catering menu for small and large gatherings.
Matt, a family man, avid surfer, and Newport Beach resident, is thrilled to become part of the HB community. He admires the family vibe that HB locals know and cherish. Sessions has plans to be an active part of the local community and is already looking to support HB's local surf team.
Having immensely enjoyed the menu and authentic surfer vibe, we give a hearty W-E-L-C-O-M-E to Matt and honestly cannot wait to walk off the sandy beach from one great sesh to another to enjoy "the best sandwiches to ever hit the lip."
UPDATE, JULY 25: As of July 24, Sessions Huntington Beach is open.
UPDATE, MAY 28: Sessions Sandwiches' grand opening has pushed to late June 2015.
UPDATE, MARCH 22: Sessions Sandwiches' grand opening has moved to early May 2015.
Sessions Sandwiches Huntington Beach (Opening April 2015) // 414 South Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Sessions Sandwiches Newport Beach // 2823 Newport Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92663 // 949-220-9001 // 7 a.m.-9 p.m.