11 Neighborhood Newcomers To Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach's local business scene is anything but stagnant. Culinary concepts, boutique shops, and self-enrichment sanctuaries are shuttering and opening every month, and we try our darnedest to keep pace with the buzz. Aside from Pacific City's grand opening, here are 11 new must-try eateries and healing spaces around town.
1 // Hole Mole
Holy moly, we've got ourselves a Hole Mole. Born in Long Beach, this family-owned and operated local chain serves up Mexican-inspired favorites in Long Beach, Carson, Tustin, and finally, since January 6, Huntington Beach. They promise "one bite and you're hooked," and they're not kidding. The menu boasts affordable, locally sourced eats and beverages, and features marinated asada, chicken, and al pastor; slow-cooked, made-from-scratch enchilada sauces, mole sauces, and salsas; fresh guacamole; savory refried beans and cheese; fried ice cream; nachos; and their signatures: Ensenada-style fish tacos made with their secret Ensenada batter and crema, grilled ono burritos, and chicken mole bowls. Offering one of the best Taco Tuesdays in Southern California, Hole Mole prices their Ensenada-style fish, asada, chicken, carnitas, and al pastor street tacos at $1.19, and their Ensenada-style shrimp tacos at $1.99. Also on tap are more than a dozen craft beers, plus wine cocktails.
Winter hours are Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hours will extend come summer.
BONUS: Main & PCH readers can download a free Ensenada-style fish taco by texting "holemole" to 44777 and downloading the On-Q mobile app.
Hole Mole // 17491 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-841-3474
2 // Stacked
Burger enthusiasts should sharpen their knives for Stacked: Food Well Built, which opens its first Orange County location in Huntington Beach on Monday, January 18. A truly customizable dining experience, Stacked welcomes culinary creativity by allowing diners to create their own burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, mac 'n' cheese, breakfast items, shakes, desserts, cocktails, and more. We'll be sampling the goods pre-opening and will report back on how Stacked stacks up to our favorite local bites.
Hours are Sunday through Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Stacked // 7490 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 657-845-2100
3 // SeaSalt Woodfire Grill
SeaLegs Wine Bar regulars (and anyone with a salt tooth) should be very excited for SeaSalt, the soon-to-be sister and neighboring "farm-to-fire" concept of the award-winning wine bar and franchise powerhouse. Owner Alicia Whitney, Chef Alexander Dale, and their extraordinary team will serve up smoky Santa Maria-style live-fire barbecued meats, seafood, and veggies, seasoned with housemade sea salts. Opening date is slated for March 2016. Read all about SeaSalt in our earlier feature story.
SeaSalt Woodfire Grill // 21214 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-414-5683
4 // Mystical Realms Crystals & Books
Gifting Huntington Beach with its powers of intuition and healing, this downtown newcomer opened in November 2015 and filled a void in the neighborhood. Owner and Spiritual Counselor Kelley Eckhardt grew up in Venice Beach in the '70s, and brings her spiritually evolved, new age world of faiths, metaphysics, and crystals to HB. Weekly classes and events range from yoga, toddler yoga, reiki, sound bowl sessions, meditation, and more. Inside you'll not only find mind-opening guidance, but also a comprehensive gift shop full of books, calendars, jewelry, pendulums, salt lamps, soap, Tibetan singing bowls, drums, candles, incense, art, Buddha and elephant statues, as well as healing gems, stones, and crystals. Setting the vibe are gorgeous original murals throughout the peaceful space, along with zen living walls.
Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mystical Realms Crystals & Books // 307 3rd Street, Suite 101, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 714-960-5200
5 // Bahama Buck's
While this shaved ice concept is part of a national chain, a local husband-wife team from Huntington Beach brought one of the first California locations to town in late July 2015. Serving up nearly 100 flavors of sno, smoothies, and other island treats, the new dessert spot also offers a tropical retreat with its island-inspired decor.
Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Bahama Buck's // 8112 Talbert Avenue, Unit 104, Huntington Beach, CA // 714-841-7661
6 // Euro Caffe
Self-described as "Europe in a cup," this cafe, coming soon to Bella Terra, serves up coffee, tea, handmade crêpes, grilled panini, and European pastries. A crème brûlée latte paired with green tea matcha tiramisu? Yes, please. It recently took over the former SweetXO shop at Bella Terra, and will proudly pour alongside neighboring locations in Costa Mesa and Irvine. It's also a three-time nominee for "Best Coffee" by OC Weekly and the official coffee sponsor of the Newport Beach Film Festival. Update: Euro Caffe softly opened on August 20.
Euro Caffe // Bella Terra, 7631 Edinger Avenue, Suite 151, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
7 // Thunder Burgrz & Pizza
Sky Door Restaurants is slowly taking over downtown Huntington Beach, and this customizable comfort food joint marks their fourth location alongside Gallagher's, 2nd Floor, and BLK Earth Sea Spirits. The new late-night concept centers on build-your-own and ready-to-eat pizzas featuring handmade-from-scratch dough and sauce, $5 late-night pizza by the slice, handcrafted burgers made with Angus beef and American Wagyu Kobe beef, fresh hand-cut fries and onion rings, and fried sweets. Thought the OC Fair was the closest place to score fried Oreos, Snickers, and Twinkies? Wrong. It's now on Main Street, and also fries up "Kronut Bites."
Hours are daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., then midnight to 3 a.m.
Thunder Burgrz & Pizza // 126 Main Street, Suite 104, Huntington Beach, CA // 714-374-1234
8 // Bowl Of Heaven
Because there can never be too many acai bowls... Locals who frequented the former Huntington Harbour Mall location need now head to 5 Points Plaza on the other side of town. In addition to its standard health-conscious menu, the acai bowl, smoothie, and juice bar concept is also testing a dairy-free coconut ice cream. Order onsite, online, or via their mobile app.
Hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Sunday.
Bowl of Heaven // 5 Points Plaza, 18685 Main Street, Suite 103, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-842-5300
9 // Soul Awakening Retreats
We had the pleasure of meeting the two healing women—Leanne Crawford and Veronika Hess—behind this new oasis at Harmony HB Arts & Wellness Center's annual holiday event, and within a couple weeks we were on our backs, sinking into the floor, experiencing one of their extraordinary sound healing sessions. "Raising consciousness one retreat at a time," this Huntington Beach escape opened in November 2015 and offers hypnotherapy, life coaching, energetic mindset coaching, grief recovery, sound healing, reiki, self-awakening workshops, various group experiences, as well as comprehensive remote retreats. Some events are free or donation-based, and there's even a free monthly "Real Love Group" that practices building unconditional love in a safe, judgment-free environment.
Soul Awakening Retreats // 15475 Chemical Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 657-204-6175
10 // Kitchen Republic
Occupying the former Bondi Grill space at Bella Terra, Kitchen Republic defines itself as a "tapas bistro," with a menu that's not quite Spanish nor French. Grouped by "Earth," "Land," "Sea," "Pasta & Soup," "Main Land," "Main Sea," and "Desserts," the menu has us drooling for ahi poke, lobster macaroni & cheese, spicy chicken khao soi, crab fried rice, and…okay, we'll stop.
Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Kitchen Republic // Bella Terra, 7821 Edinger Avenue, Suite 110, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-891-8890
11 // Go Salad
We love to hate salad. But with Go Salad's nutritious customizable medleys, we may learn to love them. Newly minted at 5 Points Plaza, the eatery invites diners to create their own fresh chopped salads from more than 60 toppings and homemade dressings. Also featured are chef created salads, bowls, and sandwiches, plus fresh juices. The menu is friendly to all diets, from vegans to omnivores.
Hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and closed on Sunday.
Go Salad // 18687 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-316-3893