From Crispy Tempura Rolls to Gelato Shakes, Get a Taste of What Pacific City Has to Offer
Written By: Ameihia Turingan
Photos Provided By: Pacific City, Ed Visions, Randi SlusherTaste of Pacific City
Bring your appetite and prepare your tastebuds for the 3rd annual Taste of Pacific City! This foodie event showcases tasty food and drinks from eateries at the Huntington Beach shopping center. On May 16 from 7-9 p.m., experience the best that Pacific City has to offer while listening to the sounds of live music and ocean waves. With $75 VIP and $35 General Admission tickets, you get to sample Pacific City and support the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame. From cupcakes to ceviche, here is your guide to the food offered at this year’s Taste of Pacific City.
1 | Backhouse Taste of Pacific City
Must-Order: Shrimp Tempura Roll
Grounded in traditional Japanese culinary practices, Backhouse uses the robata grill and sushi techniques to create fresh and tasty Japanese food. They offer an array of sushi, poke bowls, ramen and carpaccio to satisfy guests. Start the evening at Backhouse by tasting the Chicken Gyoza, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Cali Roll and Summer Smash Cocktail.
2 | Bear Flag Fish Co. Taste of Pacific City
Must-Order: Peruvian Ceviche
Fresh, inviting and full of good-for-you gifts from the sea, Bear Flag Fish Co. has everything a pescetarian could ever hope for. From their intimate and informal sushi bar to their glass display case where you can view all the catches of the day, Bear Flag Fish Co. is healthy, filling and all-around delicious.
Bear Flag Fish Co.
Taste of Pacific City
Must-Order: Beer-battered cod bites
Described as “slightly French and all the way fun,” Beau Soleil brings French inspiration to classic American cuisine. Beau Soleil serves up plates like fish and chips, wings, burgers and pizzas. Try Beau Soleil’s beer-battered cod bites, seasoned fries and craft cocktail sampling.
Come Early, Stay Late
Buy a VIP ticket for early entry into Taste of the Pacific City. VIPs get to start at 6 p.m., giving them an extra hour to savor all the food and drinks.
Beau Soleil Kitchen & Bar
4 | Bluegold/LSXO
As a celebration of California, Bluegold conveys the Golden State’s essence and food culture through farm-to-table meals made from seasonal and local ingredients. This coastal California eatery also has another restaurant inside it, LSXO, that serves dishes inspired by Chef Tin Vuong’s heritage through South Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine.
5 | Saint Marc
Must-Order: Bacon wrapped dates
Saint Marc – American Cuisine & Pub bases itself on West Coast style with simple bites and savory dishes. This unique restaurant shares California cuisine through its imaginative menu and handcrafted cocktails. Saint Marc sells starters, bacon bites, chef’s plates, boards, salads, sandwiches and more. From brunch to late night meals to happy hour and kids menus, Saint Marc hopes to provide a tasty dining experience for all.
Must-Order: Mini cupcakes
Delighting cupcake enthusiasts in Long Beach for over a decade, Frosted Cupcakery brings their second location to Pacific City. Specialized in the art of baking and frosting, this bakery uses high quality ingredients for rich, delicious flavor. Frosted Cupcakery sells seasonal, gluten-free and vegan cupcakes along with cookies, ice cream cupcakes, mini cupcakes and jumbo cupcakes. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a mini cupcake at Taste of Pacific City.
Must-Order: Smoked bacon and truffle ragu
il Barone is run by Jon Baron, son of talented Orange County chef and restaurateur Franco Barone. This casual concept brings delicious Italian food to Lot 579. il Barone sells an array of pizzas, salads, pastas, desserts and gelato.
This cafeteria-style restaurant represents the sunny California lifestyle through its offerings of delicious salads, bowls, meats and lemonades made from local and seasonal ingredients. From savory meats to sweet desserts, Lemonade brings flavor in every bite. Try an 8-ounce drink of their namesake lemonade at the event.
Must-Order: Thick Cut DBL Smoked bacon
Since 1922, Mahogany Smoked Meats has served delicious, mahogany smoked hams and bacon. Mahogany Smoked Meats credits fallen, mahogany logs for the unique, rich and quality taste of its meat compared to other eateries that use hickory. Originally from Bishop, California, this High-Sierra favorite has touched down in Pacific City to offer jerky, smoked meats, bacon and sausages. Don’t miss a chance to try Mahogany Smoked Meats’ thick-cut, double-smoked bacon.
Mahogany Smoked Meats
10 | Ola Mexican Kitchen
Must-Order: Langostino ceviche
Meaning “wave” in Spanish and “life” in Hawaiian, Ola embraces its namesake to bring life and flavor to its dishes. Inspired by South of the Border food, Ola creates delicious and authentic Mexican comfort food. Ola will be serving langostino ceviche and casa margarita at Taste of Pacific City.
The event benefits the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame, a walk of fame on Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway that has celebrated legendary surfers since 1994.
Ola Mexican Kitchen
11 | Old Crow Smokehouse
Old Crow Smokehouse brings southern barbecue to Southern California. Using the barbecue styles from the Carolinas, Memphis, Kansas City and Texas, the restaurant offers juicy and rich flavors in the form of ribs, sirloin, chicken and salmon. Listen to live country music as you enjoy the Smokehouse’s appetizers, sandwiches, sides and desserts. Head over to Old Crow Smokehouse for brisket and Tennessee margaritas.
Old Crow Smokehouse
12 | Popbar
Must-Order: Mini pops with your choice of dippings and toppings
It’s popping at Popbar! This popular dessert spot is well-known and well-Instagrammed for its handcrafted, customized gelato stick. With over 40 flavors and more than 15 different dippings and toppings, Popbar has so many combinations of delicious gelato. You can also order popwiches, GelatoShakes and hot chocolate on a stick. Popbar will be offering mini pops with your choice of dippings and toppings at Taste of Pacific City, so save room for dessert.
13 | Portola Coffee Lab
Must-Order: Hangover Cure
Portola Coffee Lab specializes in crafting the perfect cup of coffee. From visiting farms around the world to using precise roasting technology, Portola is deeply involved with the process in every step to ensure a standard of high-quality drinks. Stop by Portola to try their Cascara Punch and Hangover Cure at the event.
Immersive Experience: There will be live music and photo opportunities throughout the event to enjoy with your food.
Portola Coffee Lab
14 | Burnt Crumbs
Must-Order: Mini fried chicken sandwich
Originally a food truck concept, Burnt Crumbs has expanded operations to brick-and-mortar locations in Huntington Beach and Irvine. This modern and casual eatery specializes in gourmet sandwiches, handcrafting and making them from scratch daily. Enjoy a mini fried chicken sandwich, strawberry or peach sweet tea and 12-ounce beer on tap.
15 | Simmzy’s
Must-Order: Simmzy’s Sliders
Simmzy’s is the place for quality burgers and brews. Inspired by founder Mike Simms’ sommelier and restaurant background, you can go to Simmzy’s for craft beers, wines and cocktails that taste great with a juicy burger and flavorful sandwich. Enjoy Simmzy’s sliders at Taste of Pacific City.
Must-Order: Happy Hour Beers
Since 2013, this Los Angeles-based microbrewery has focused on creating classic and limited release beers that appeal to craft brewer enthusiasts and the occasional beer drinker. The Dudes Brewing Co. show their passion for ales and lagers by bringing an innovative twist to beer. Use your drink ticket on one of The Dude’s happy hour beers.
Perks of general admission tickets include two drink tickets (21 and over), and Pacific City shopping specials.
The Dudes Brewing Company
17 | vomFASS
Must-Try: Oil and Vinegar pairings
This new German shop in Lot 579 offering lets you sample and taste artisanal oils, liqueurs, spirits and vinegar. For over 20 years, vomFASS has been proud of its dedication to quality and cultivating great relationships with growers and suppliers to bring the finest oils and vinegar. vomFASS will be offering oil and vinegar pairings as well as a specialty cocktail.
A Lot of Good Things: LOT 579 is Pacific City’s modern food hall which brings together 15 eateries and shops in a unique space.
Must-Order: Polenta Balls
Ways & Means Oyster House is a full-service seafood restaurant carrying delicious seafood for guests. Focused on sustainability, this ocean-to-table dining experience showcases local food through its tapas-style menu. This oyster house serves freshly shucked oysters and dressed oysters with cocktails, wines and beers. Delicious non-oyster offerings include clam chowder, crispy fish tacos, shrimp po’boy sliders and lobster tomato burrata. Sample Ways & Means’ Ahi Poke, Polenta Balls and happy hour cocktail at Taste of Pacific City.
Ways & Means Oyster House
21010 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648