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1) Ways & Means Oyster House

Fresh seafood, a casual seaside ambiance, and daily "Sunset Social" specials make this family-friendly and date-friendly restaurant at Pacific City a must-try. Don your bib for $9.99 Maine Lobster every Monday, as well as $10 champagne and half-dozen oysters every Friday. Dress up yourself and your oysters, and don't forget to browse their gourmet Home shop next door.

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2) SeaSalt Woodfire Grill

Inspired by 19th century Santa Maria-style live-fire barbecue, SeaSalt is the sister restaurant to award-winning SeaLegs Wine Bar near Beach Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue. The menu features smoky, hearty cuts of meat, linguiça sausages, seafood, and vegetables—all cooked over red oak coals on an open woodfire grill and sprinkled with housemade sea salts. Their sweet and savory weekend breakfast plates, like the Rum Salted Caramel Cinnamon Roll and Santa Maria Breakfast Burrito, are not for the faint of heart.

3) Bluegold

Bringing the farm-to-table concept to Pacific City, Bluegold serves up Old World Spanish and California influences from the earth and sea. The palette-provoking menu includes breakfast dishes like Shakshuka with soft eggs, stewed tomatoes and peppers, kale, lebne, flatbread, and dukkah, and for lunch and dinner, Pork Jowls & Black Rice with sweet soy, Tokyo turnips, and charred leak soubise, as well as Wild Santa Barbara Sea Urchin Risotto with hijiki, coddled egg, grana padano, and truffle vin. Look for its "hidden" restaurant-within-a-restaurant, LSXO.

4) Stacked

A truly customizable dining experience, this Huntington Beach newcomer welcomes culinary creativity by allowing diners to create their own burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, mac 'n' cheese, breakfast bites, shakes, desserts, cocktails, and more—- via iPad. Located across Edinger Avenue from Bella Terra.

5) Backhouse Yakitori + Sushi

Sushi lovers need dine at this Pacific City Japanese restaurant for the fresh sushi and sashimi - especially the famous Uni sushi - lavish menu, and house specialty: authentic robata-style Yakitori (grilled skewers).


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