4 Little-Known Spots in Huntington Beach

These spots offer fantastic options for food, craft brews, and vintage treasure hunts.
A Long Beach favorite for years, Inretrospect now has an O.C. location. Check for new pieces on Instagram @inretrospect.co. Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Nearly hidden in the back of a complex of warehouses, this vintage shop brims with pristine midcentury modern and boho furniture, from couches and dining room sets to magazine racks and side tables. Lamps, vintage clothing, and shelves filled with 1950s-era plates, mugs, glasses, and bowls fill the rest of the space. The inventory multiplies every second Saturday, when a vintage market with more than 30 vendors pops up in the parking lot. 18411 Gothard St., 949-438-6564

The Green Olive
Generous portions of rice, salad, and hummus accompany skewers of well-seasoned beef, chicken, salmon, and shrimp ($12 to $16) at this new Mediterranean restaurant. Wraps with beef, chicken, falafel, or eggplant, served with spicy potatoes or salad ($9 to $10), round out the menu, along with traditional sides such as grape leaves ($10). Don’t miss the pita, made from scratch and baked to order. 18330 Beach Blvd., 657-329-0439

Heirloom, A Modern Farmhouse
It’s not the kind of place you’d expect to find in a strip mall, but this cozy, upscale restaurant has been a local favorite for more than two years. No wonder: The kitchen serves elevated comfort food such as Mac & Queso with mushrooms and crispy prosciutto ($14) and French onion soup ($11), along with a handful of small plates to share, including lemongrass curry shrimp ($18) and crispy eggplant with burrata and heirloom tomatoes ($15). 18344 Beach Blvd., 714-375-6543

Flashpoint Brewing Co.
Tucked in among auto repair shops, this new brewery offers more than a dozen types of beer on tap, from a traditional German pilsner to a coconut IPA to flavored fermented seltzer. You can grab a pint or a flight of five 6-ounce pours and sample them in the biergarten or take them to go in 16-ounce cans, 32-ounce cans, or 64-ounce growlers. Food trucks and caterers stop by most days. 7302 Autopark Drive, 714-465-2088

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