Morsels: Upscale beach eats
Sunny Side of the Sandwich
Last year the masterminds behind Rancho Santa Margarita’s The Blind Pig speakeasy opened an offshoot focusing on what lies in between the bread. The Trough Sandwich Kitchen concentrates on what makes a great sub. The menu includes breakfast offerings all day, cold seasonal vegetable sandwiches and a wide variety of hot subs, such as cornmeal rolls stuffed with chashu pork or line-caught tuna on grilled sourdough. This summer the Newport Beach location will deliver to hungry beachgoers from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Make sure to ride the wave while it lasts since the service will end right after Labor Day.
The Trough Sandwich Kitchen, 705 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.673.1029
Fresh From the Sea
Fly-N-Fish Oyster Bar and Grill’s prime location on the Newport Beach boardwalk gives it the vibe of eating at the beach, without the pesky sand. Chef Julio Hawkins spent years perfecting dishes such as his signature cioppino. The base takes more than three hours to concoct, and blends tomatoes, fennel, carrots and celery finished with red wine, creating a smooth soup for an amalgam of seafood. While the restaurant offers food to go, why not enjoy the dishes seated at the long wooden bar sipping on a frosty fresh-squeezed mai tai?
Fly-N-Fish Oyster Bar and Grill, 2304 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.8400
On the Sand
Tired of boring hot dogs and stale food stands? For those visiting Bolsa Chica State Beach this summer, there’s a more refined option. SeaLegs at the Beach offers apple and Brie grilled cheese sandwiches, kale chicken Caesar salads and Maine lobster rolls. The cabana-style eatery also serves a variety of alcoholic beverages right on the sand. Toast to a sunny day at the shore with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Or sit by a firepit as you snack on a charcuterie and cheese plate washed down with a Left Coast Trestles IPA.
SeaLegs at the Beach, Huntington Beach Bike Trail, 714.536.5700 :: sealegswinebar.com