9 Of Huntington Beach's Most Exciting Newcomers
BLK Earth Sea Spirits
The owners of 2nd Floor and Gallagher's opened BLK Earth Sea Spirits in August, marking their third downtown Huntington Beach location. Plating contemporary American cuisine, the casual sophisticated, industrial chic eatery has taken over the old Spark Woodfire Grill perch at Main and PCH, offering "Orange County's largest ocean view patio," grilled certified Kobe and Wagyu hand‑cut steaks, poultry, seafood, two dozen beers on tap, a custom beer tap room, an extensive wine list, craft cocktails, an express lunch menu (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.), a weekend brunch buffet (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), and a Weekend Wind Down every Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring live music and half-priced appetizers and desserts. Tastes from the savory menu include steamed Mediterranean black mussels; lobster mac 'n' cheese; Kobe beef, salmon, and veggie sliders; fresh salads; and an Akaushi Kobe style prime cut steak from Harwood, Texas.
BLK Earth Sea Spirits // 300 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 202 // 714-960-0996
Sessions West Coast Deli
Straight outta Newport Beach, Sessions opened its deli doors in late July at the former Papa Joe's Pizza & Pasta space next to Jack's Surfboards. With sandwiches named "Sloppy Barney" and "Pirate Coast," it's exactly what downtown has been craving. Read our complete Sessions story here.
Sessions // 414 Pacific Coast Highway
Rainwater Gallery & Event Center
Perfectly placed just steps away from the Huntington Beach Art Center on Main, Rainwater opened in mid-July, gifting Huntington Beach with rotating curated themed collections of local art. Emerging and established artists line the walls, and the Rainwater team promises lots of "exciting developments" in the future. It's a must-see during the monthly Art Walk too.
Rainwater Gallery & Event Center // 526 Main Street, Suite #100 // 714-951-9008
The rules at this new surfboard demo club are simple. Sign up for a monthly membership, score access to any of the 100-plus boards in their massive quiver, and go surf. The founding duo focuses the collection on local shapers, including "many of the respected guys around town who don't have a large presence in the existing standard surf shops." Daily and weekly rates are also available.
Quivers // 1611 Alabama Street // 714-470-0278
OPM Restaurant & Lounge
There's a swanky new lounge and tapas spot in town serving up a "modern and eclectic interpretation of New American cuisine with worldwide influences." At the helm of OPM stands Executive Chef Charles Cho, who puts out small bites and seasonal farm-to-table dishes. A few samplings include raw oysters, short rib croquette, Korean tacos, and green tea tiramisu.
OPM // 8901 Warner Avenue // 714-848-1188
Cooking up both traditional and modern Thai cuisine, Bangkok Avenue opened in mid-April and prepares its authentic and fusion dishes with fresh, high quality ingredients. Be extra excited for their Kao Soi, a northern Thailand red curry noodle dish that's rarely found on local menus. The sleek interior mixes glass, wood, and metal, and the outdoor patio invites diners to cozy up next to the fireplace.
Bangkok Avenue // 17221 Beach Boulevard // 714-841-9567
Touted as the "world's largest milkshake bar company," UK-based Shakeaway first re-invented the American classic in 1999 and opened in downtown in early May. A milkshake lover's dream, the international "milkshakery" offers more than 180 flavors and millions of combinations, including soy options for the lactose-intolerant. Smoothies, fat-free fro' yo', hot shakes, baked goods, and fries sweeten the menu.
Shakeaway // 120 5th Street // 714-536-3162
Naugles Tacos & Burgers
After a 20-year hiatus, Southern California's beloved Naugles reopened in Fountain Valley in late July, causing a reaction so ravenous, the Mexican fast-food joint ran out of food during their soft opening. Following its 1988 merger with Del Taco, the chain completely disappeared by 1995 after developing an impressive cult following. Fan favorites include the cheese burrito, bun taco, Ortega burger, and combo bean-and-meat cup.
Naugles // 18471 Mt Langley Street, Fountain Valley
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