Craft Beer & Gourmet Bites Hit Bolsa Chica State Beach
Prjkt Restaurant Group is on a mission to elevate Huntington Beach's culinary scene, and their next project stretches along the three-mile Bolsa Chica State Beach shoreline. Come summer 2016, four existing cinderblock concessions will be revamped into coastal-cool, dog-friendly beachside bistros—two modeled after award-winning SeaLegs Wine Bar and sister eatery SeaSalt Woodfire Grill.
Here's what's hitting the beach, from north to south:
SEALEGS AT THE BEACH: A surfside rendition of SeaLegs Wine Bar, the concession will feature an abridged menu, including wine and the lounge's signature flatbreads, as well as their ever-popular Champagne Brunch, paired with plates like Bananas Foster French Toast. Bottomless bubbly, however, will not be poured. Tap here for menu. Tentative hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday.
SEASALT BEACHSIDE BURGER: Serving up nostalgic California barbecue, this nod to SeaSalt Woodfire Grill will offer savory and sweet eats and drinks, like a Signature SeaSalt Burger, Santa Maria Tri-Tip Sandwich (pictured above), and Caramel SeaSalt Shake.
BEACH CITY PROVISIONS: This spot will plate comfort food—think Shrimp Po' Boy Baguette—and pour local craft beer. Eats will also cater to the nearby RV crowd, with portable go-to options, as will a small general store stocking firewood and other essentials.
PACIFIC KITCHEN: Diners will find sustainably sourced fish, Kéan Coffee, and acai bowls on the menu, while washing fish tacos and fresh poke down with a cold, refreshing Corona. Tap here for menu. Tentative hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday.
SeaLegs at the Beach, the northernmost concession, is set to open Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. Pacific Kitchen, the southernmost concession, will open on Thursday, June 9, at 8 a.m. Both spots will be open on weekends to start, then extending to Wednesday through Sunday service from June 15 and beyond. SeaSalt Beachside Burger is slated to open on July 2, and Beach City Provisions opened its doors on October 15.
The five-year partnership between Prjkt and California State Parks marks the first of its kind, wherein more than one restaurant type concession is included in an agreement. It's also the only other restaurant concession at an Orange County state park, second to The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove.
"By opening these beachside restaurants," says Restauranteur Alicia Whitney, "we're giving vacationers and locals the chance to heighten their fun-in-the-sun experiences with thematic menus and healthy food alternatives." Hear more from Whitney and Chef Alexander Dale in the 90-second video below.
The current 42-year-old concessions have stood vacant for roughly two years. Backed by Prjkt and the state, the $1 million overhaul will bring them back to life and into modern day. The seasonal concessions, operating daily June through October, will also employ approximately 100 people.
Parking at Bolsa Chica State Beach costs $15, and concessions guests who spend $75 or more will receive $10 off their dining bill and parking fee.
Kevin Pearsall, Public Safety Superintendent II, Orange Coast District, California State Parks, chimes in: "The state park concessionaires are important partners in implementing the department's mission. They will support the California State Parks Healthy Food Initiative by offering a selection of native-grown, organic, and reduced-fat foods. The goal is to encourage park visitors to pursue healthy, physically active lifestyles and make a habit of eating nutritious snacks, meals, and beverages."
Bon appétit, beach-goers.
Editor's note: This post has been updated to include opening dates and hours of operation.