There’s no shortage of epic grub to explore while at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing event in Huntington Beach, which kicks off July 29 and runs through Aug. 6.
Pacific City, a retail hub just south of the contest site, is up and running. Last year, beachgoers were slow to trickle into the just-opened shopping center, but it’s now a Huntington Beach hot-spot with tons of great options for grabbing a bite.
The center – near 1st Street and across the Pacific Coast Highway – boasts surfer favorite Bear Flag Fish Co., where fresh fish is served up alongside rice and veggies. Don’t miss their panko-crusted fish tacos and mouth-watering ahi or salmon poke, served with chips on the side.
If you’ve ever gone on a surf trip Down Under, you know the Australians are on to something with their meat pies – try the Aussie-inspired Pie Not shop in the food hall.
For fresh, signature salad assortments, check out Lemonade, a buffet-style set-up where patrons can pick out several helpings of seasonal salads and other offerings like sandwiches and of course, refreshing lemonades.
Across the street from the contest site and right next door to Jack’s Surfboards on Pacific Coast Highway is Session West Coast Deli, where you can’t go wrong with their tasty breakfast offerings and hefty sandwiches and salads. Most sandwiches pay homage to the action-sports culture, and a favorite (especially on a hot beach day) is the Summer Zephyr – a cool mozzarella, tomato and arugula sandwich.
You’ll most definitely come across a celebrity surfer sighting at Sugar Shack up Main Street, run by the Turner family, who have been a part of the Huntington Beach surf culture for decades. Sons Timmy and Ryan Turner were both honored in recent years at the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and you can find their hand prints in cement at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway.
Sandy’s at the Beach, just south of the Huntington Beach Pier and steps from the U.S. Open of Surfing, was renovated recently and is now Sandy’s Beach Shack. The roof was opened up, giving a better view of the boardwalk and volleyball…