|Best of Huntington Beach Restaurants, Dining and Food takes into account the crowds, popularity, tastes, service, price and all the things you, the connoisseur find important. We take suggestions, send out our taste-testers and weigh the results for best of postings.
Let's get started. Our publisher worked two years at the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau, answering visitor questions such as, "What restaurant has the best view?" and "What restaurant is the best for a group event?" Then there's the seasonal queries such as, "Where do we eat when coming to see the December Cruise of Lights in Huntington Harbour?" or "We're coming into town for the US Open...where can we find some affordable dining near the beach?"
All important questions, dining out is no longer a luxury. Californians spend so much time driving, commuting, working and traveling that restaurants are one of their top concerns on a daily basis as eating out has become a staple. Fortunately, the food selections keep improving in Huntington Beach and the number of restaurants seems to have increased with the opening of a new mall, Bella Terra, which brought to the city chains such as California Pizza Kitchen, Islands, The Cheesecake Factory and many others.
By the numbers, McDonalds probably continues to handle the largest volume of food trips. With the introduction of great menu items under $3, you can put together some fajita rollups, a side salad and dessert for around $6. The food is actually reasonable for those looking for finger foods, drive away meals, and options to suit an entire family (and especially the kids.)
Burgers are as American as the beach is to Huntington Beach. In Huntington Beach, one of the favorite hamburgers comes from the California-based chain, In N Out. Their formula is simple: Make it fresh, don't offer too many items on the menu, and keep the prices affordable. As a result, Huntington Beach longed for an In N Out restaurant (offers drive through) for years and finally opened one back in 2004 on Beach Blvd. near Talbert Ave.