19 Neighborhood Newcomers To Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach's local business scene is anything but stagnant. Culinary concepts, boutiques, and fitness studios are shuttering and opening every month, and we try our darnedest to keep pace with the buzz. Aside from Pacific City's ever-revolving door, LOT 579's recent opening, and Sunset Beach's The Zone, here are 19 new must-try eateries, art galleries, shops, and workouts around town.
1 // AYCE Sushi
Breathing new life into the former Sushi-Ya location at Springdale and Edinger, AYCE Sushi and its "sushi guys" serve all-you-can-eat sushi ($22.95 for lunch and $26.95 for dinner), as well as sashimi and oysters ($8 more). For those not seeking a food baby, a la carte menus offer apps, rolls, sashimi, and bento boxes. The booze menu pours imported Japanese beers, including Asahi, Kirin, and Sapporo, as well as sake. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
5864 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 714-916-0359 // website
2 // Blast 825
Self-described as "purveyors of pizza perfection," this modern pizza joint invites pizza hounds to build their own pies from bottom to top. What sets them apart from other custom eateries is that they hand-stretch their made-daily dough and quick-fire pies in a custom 825-degree brick oven for just three minutes. Signatures pies and salads are also available. Keep your eyes on their Facebook page for "Community Give Back Days" offering $5 build-your-own pies, proceeds of which are "dough-nated" to a local charity. Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
18541 Beach Boulevard, #101, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-841-1210 // website
3 // Fit Bar Superfood Cafe
Seattle's go-to for nutrient-dense acai bowls, pitaya bowls, and smoothies is opening its second location in Sunset Beach, just north of Anderson Street, by year's end. On the menu guests will find bowls loaded with the standard goji berries, coconut milk and flakes, hemp granola, and flaxseed, as well as some lesser known treats like mulberries, hemp hearts, and bee pollen. Choose from signature creations or make your own, along with goodies from other local small businesses, like cold-pressed juice, kombucha on tap, coffee, nitro coffees and teas, and grab-and-go options. Aside from its plant-based superfoods, the cafe will also offer nutrition coaching.
16305 Pacific Coast Highway, Sunset Beach, CA 92649 // website
4 // Huntington Ramen
Because one can never have enough ramen. Choose a ramen style, from Spicy Miso to Fresh Citrus to the Real Tan Tan, then add toppings, like cha-shu chicken, black garlic oil, and bokchoy. As with many new eateries around town, customization is king. Rice bowls, poke bowls, and sushi rolls join the menu alongside app favorites like spicy tuna on crispy rice and seaweed salad. Also on tap are draft Asahi, bottled Sapporo, and sake. Slurping welcome. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
7391 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-715-3631 // website
5 // Imola Italian Restaurant & Bar
Housed in a downtown HB location that's seen much turnover in recent years, Imola dared change the course for the corner of 5th and Walnut with authentic made-from-scratch Italian grub and a focus on the community. Chef Kevin Grant plates dishes like Lobster + Mac, Wild Mushroom Ragu, Cioppino, artisan-style pizzas, and weekend brunch items, and live entertainment sings through the restaurant and bar every week. Hours are Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
210 5th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-536-5001 // website
6 // Johnny's "Old Style & Secret" Pizzeria
HB's acclaimed watering hole Johnny's Saloon doesn't just do Johnny Cash on the jukebox, whiskey, and nonstop shenanigans well, it now does made-from-scratch pizza. For those who haven't noticed, it now answers to the name Johnny's Neighborhood Saloon & Pizzeria. Aptly named pies, like the "Ring of Fire" with jalapeño peppers, have received rave reviews by locals, and their first-ever "Pizza Box Art Show" in mid-August was a delicious success. When one of the apocalypses hits, rest assured knowing everything needed for survival is housed at Johnny's: great whiskey, pizza, beer, music, and friends. Dine-in and to-go pies are available Sunday-Wednesday, 4:17 p.m.-12:01 a.m.; and Thursday-Saturday, 4:03 p.m.-1:28 a.m.
17428 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-848-0676 // website
7 // Legends Restaurant & Sports Bar
Legend has it that Legends is a favorite watering hole and eatery for Long Beach sports fans. Its longtime location along 2nd Street in Belmont Shore has beckoned guests for decades with its tavern-style pub grub, pitchers of beer, and flatscreen TVs. Now the rush has taken over the former Beachfront 301 spot along Main Street. On the epic menu are burgers, apps, sammies, salads, soups, and sweets, and of course, local craft beer, select wines, and cocktails. Speaking of the Kitchen Sink Nachos, sporting tortilla chips, Fritos, and Cool Ranch Doritos—we'll take two. Hit happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight; and Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
301 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-374-2175 // website
8 // MOD Pizza
Established O.C. favorite MOD Pizza and its "MOD Squad" have brought their customized pizza concept to HB: "simple food for complex times," offering signature "Top 10" pies as well as make-your-own with endless fresh toppings at no extra charge. Seriously. "Get every topping or none," they dare diners. They even grant a courtesy "do-over" pie if diners get a little too ambitious with flavor pairings. Salads, cinnamon strips, garlic strips, and hand-spun milkshakes round out the menu. Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Friday & Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Seacliff Village, 7051 Yorktown Ave #103, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-477-6298 // website
9 // Pie Nation
And for our third blurb in custom pizza, Pie Nation—run by HB local Richard Yun—also puts the power of artisan pizza-making in the consumer's hands. It begins with a base sauce or oil, then moves into more than 40 "tops" of meats, cheeses, fruits, and veggies. We're stoked on the sauce menu, which features rich, savory recipes like alfredo, bbq, buffalo, butter, and pesto. Yun's father owns Valentino's Pizza in HB, so we know the family knows pizza. The HB location is the first of its kind. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
21210 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-874-1147 // website
10 // Poki Star
Locals on the Harbour side of town now don't have to make the trek to downtown's North Shore Poke Co. for a poke bowl (though it remains our fave). Bowls are customizable from the base to the fish to the multitude of toppings, and we highly recommend adding their seaweed salad and going for the Spicy Mayo and "Crazy" Korean chili sauces. And guess what: avocado isn't extra. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
16475 Bolsa Chica Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 714-846-3100 // Yelp
11 // The Blue Flame Coffee
Newly minted in November 2015, this local coffee roaster keeps it simple with "straight up good coffee." Come Monday, September 12, guests can roll up to the roastery for free coffee and a seat at a picnic table, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outside food is welcome. Addicts can also score their Blue Flame buzz from the Huntington Beach Farmers Market, Old Crow Smokehouse, and, of course, via their website and Amazon.
15541 Product Lane, #102, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 714-893-6105 // website
12 // Wokcano
With neighboring locations in Tustin, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, and more, this contemporary Asian restaurant and lounge features sushi, creative maki rolls, and modern riffs on traditional fare. An expansive menu promises dumplings, a little something called "The Monkey Brain" (tempura avocado stuffed with fresh spicy tuna and crabmeat, topped with spicy eel sauce), and full-on dinners like Garlic Black Bean Pork Belly, Curry Chicken, Orange Crispy Tofu, and Singapore Style Noodles. Hours are Monday-Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Thursday & Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Friday, noon-2 a.m.; and Sunday, noon-midnight.
Bella Terra, 7311 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-892-1700 // website
13 // Bonus Buzz
There's a new Nekter Juice Bar at Seacliff Village, bringing HB's tally to three.
14 // Beatbike Indoor Cycling Amphitheater
Because you know I'm all about that beat. Coming to HB this fall, Tarzana's popular community-focused spin studio Beatbike will open its second location opposite Bella Terra, complete with a nearly 60-bike indoor cycling amphitheater equipped with state-of-the-art performance software. CEO Ashton Whited has partnered with execs Kevin Weaver of Atlantic Records Group and Robert Earl of Planet Hollywood International to bring a music-centric experience to riders, which includes live DJs every week. Thanks to Weaver's music industry ties, riders will score listens to "tomorrow's hits, today." Classes promise to be affordable with membership and package options, loud, dark, and welcoming of riders of all ages and fitness levels. A single ride runs $22, while $139 scores members unlimited monthly classes, including non-spin offerings. In addition to spinning, the studio will also offer sculpt, stretch, and yoga classes in a separate room. Set to open in late fall 2016.
7454 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 818-342-6030 (Tarzana location) // website
15 // Chuck Dent Surf Center
This old-school surf shop recently packed up its downtown HB location and moved it over to an industrial park near Beach and Yorktown. Now with a rustic industrial warehouse vibe, the shop, which has been around since 1963, offers the same great deals on new and used surfboards, repairs, and accessories, as well as a retail component featuring Chuck Dent and Bolsa Clothing inventory. The new center is still a work-in-progress, and will eventually exhibit a factory showroom feel, complete with 2,000 square feet of space—which includes a shaping bay. Other new components include skateboard gear, a fully-loaded skateboard tune-up bench, and SUP boards. Don't forget to look around—and up—for history on display. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
7950 Yorktown Avenue, #8, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-960-2882 // website
16 // CKO Kickboxing
Kickboxing fans—or fit folks hunting a new workout—New Jersey's own CKO Kickboxing opened a 2,300-square-foot gym in HB on August 13, joining locations in North Tustin and Laguna Hills, as well as L.A. and San Diego counties. What sets it apart from other kickboxing gyms is its instructor-driven classes and one heavy bag per person commitment. A friendly atmosphere vows to make guests feel right at home, and compelling workouts reportedly help boxers burn up to 1,200 calories per hour. Owned by a husband-wife team, the studio does not publish rates and prefers to discuss goals and options with guests in person. However, note their "Phase 2 Pre-Sale" special through August offering half off enrollment and discounted monthly rates, as well as the free trial class. Classes run from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
16561 Bolsa Chica Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 657-215-1013 // website
17 // E-Lux Electric Bikes
Poised across Main Street from Easyrider, HB's newest electric bicycle retailer and rental shop has opened its flagship store. Cruise a custom designed ride in one of four models for $20/hour or $30/hour, or $75/day or $100/day. Speeds reach up to 23 miles per hour. Time will tell how this brand measures up to Pedego Electric Bikes, already well established in downtown HB.
326 Main Street, Suite 101, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-916-0726 // website
18 // Love Lola
We love the story behind Love Lola, a new curated collection of women's clothing, shoes, and accessories from Australia and L.A. Situated along PCH under the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, the boutique is founder Sandy Johnson's new concept store, along with a Newport Beach location on Westcliff Drive and coming on the heels of her former and beloved Lola Rouge, Lola Rouge Kids, and Fringe shops in Orange County. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
155 5th Street, #189, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648 // 949-873-5151 // website
19 // Wavesliders Surf Art Gallery
Local artist and HB International Surfing Museum Exhibits Director Dave C. Reynolds built his own art gallery into his studio space, showing personal works and pieces by other notable local creatives, including Sam Bernal, Janessa Bookout, Joey Bellafiore, Ricky Blake, and Glenn Martin. Serving as a co-op of both local and non-local surf-inspired artists, the space is owned by both Reynolds and HB ambassador Peter "PT" Townend, the world's first surfing champion. Visits are by appointment only, and can be made by calling 714-799-9918 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
5152 Bolsa Avenue, Unit 105, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // Facebook (new website coming soon)