Take A Tour Through LOT 579, Huntington Beach's New Food Hall
LOT 579 at Pacific City opened its collection of kitchens in July, serving Huntington Beach with its very own new wave food hall. Inside the curated grub haven are several new eateries and boutiques—some expansions of tried-and-true Orange County favorites, and others premier concepts. Described as "a modern take on the food hall" and appropriately named after the lifeguard towers sitting across Pacific Coast Highway, LOT 579 joins the trend of other local nods to historic public markets, like 4th Street Market in Santa Ana, The Packing House in Anaheim, Union Market in Tustin, and The OC Mix in Costa Mesa. Let's take a tour.
Bear Flag Fish Company
What: Freshly caught seafood featuring famous surfer-sanctioned fish tacos, burritos, poke, and sushi. "The best cut of the best fish...expertly prepared."
Who: O.C. born-and-bred since 2007. Started as a fishing hobby between two brothers and their father aboard his boat, Bear Flag.
Best Bites: Bear Flag Fish Tacos, Ahi Poke, Smoked Fish Plate, New England Clam Chowder, anything from the Fish Market.
Bonus Bites: Killer ocean view and full bar; serves The Bungalow Huntington Beach upstairs.
What: Gourmet artisanal sandwich shop featuring an all house-made menu of slow-roasted and braised meats, brined and pickled vegetables, and warm artisanal bread.
Who: By the culinary visionaries behind Burnt Truck and BurntZilla.
Best Bites: Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, Crispy Pork Sandwich, Spaghetti Grilled Cheese.
Bonus Bites: Opening a second location in Irvine in fall 2016.
Hans' Homemade Ice Cream
What: Old-school creamery churning house-made small-batch cones, shakes, sundaes, and other cool munchies like chocolate-dipped bananas, drumsticks, and ice cream sandwiches.
Who: First opened in Santa Ana in 1972 by German-born Hans Biermann.
Best Licks: Salted Caramel, Orange Mocha Chip, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle—feel free to sample all 60-70 signature and classic flavors.
Bonus Licks: Made with the richest cream from local dairies and the best ingredients sourced from around the country.
What: Custom handcrafted gelato on a stick.
Who: Founded in NYC in 2010 by Milan-born Reuben BenJehuda and Hamburg-born Daniel Yaghoubi.
Best Licks: Spoon Unwanted (peanut butter popGelato, dark chocolate); Crunchy Treat (pistachio popGelato, chopped pistachios, dark chocolate); Let's Go Bananas (banana popGelato, dark chocolate); Pineapple Strawberry popSorbetto Split.
Bonus Licks: 40 rotating flavors, all dipped and topped to your little tongue's desire.
Portola Coffee Lab
What: Unique artistry-in-a-cup coffee experience, brewed in partnership with the most dedicated farmers and growers on earth.
Who: Brainchild of Southern California-raised owner, roastmaster, and trained chemist Jeff Duggan, and his wife Christa.
Best Sips: Off-menu Gaspar, made with steamed milk and a double shot of espresso, and Macchio, made with espresso, skimmed crema, and a splash of hot water.
Bonus Sips: Named after Graspar de Portola, an explorer who traveled the coast of California; named Roast Magazine's 2015 Micro Roaster of the Year.
What: Australia's answer to the post-surf burrito. Authentic Aussie-style bakery plating savory meat and vegetable pies, salads, and sweet treats.
Who: Australia native Jai Snowdon and O.C. native Ryan Lopiccolo.
Best Bites: Vege Patch, Hippie Roll, Drunken Cow, The Pinota Salad, Slice of Heaven.
Bonus Bites: Per Snowdon, Australians consume 30 million pies annually; veggie, vegan, and gluten-free options; imported Aussie wine and beer.
Petals and Pop
What: Flower boutique meets champagne bar.
Who: Theresa Anderson, who as a young girl fell in love with flowers.
Best Bubbles: Bells and Whistles Bouquet accompanied by their HB tote—with a coupe of rosé bubbly, of course.
Bonus Blooms: Longtime Seal Beach favorite; her husband John Anderson co-owns Tankfarm & Co.—also at Pacific City.
Coming This Fall
- The American Dream // burgers + craft beers
- Frosted Cupcakery // mother-daughter cupcakery
- Il Barone Italian Street Food // pizza by the slice, mozzarella bar
- Mahogany Smoked Meats // premium jerky