Best New Restaurants 2016

No. 8 BLK Earth Sea Spirits

A stunningIMG_1826 beach view high above the meandering tourists is an automatic draw for this corner Surf City rookie. But the restaurant crowd is mixed with locals year-round, a reliable indicator that chef Jesus Munoz’s surf-and-turf cooking delivers the crave-ability that builds a fan base for entrees such as Prime Akaushi steaks, huge Australian lobster tails, and hickory wood-grilled bone-in pork chops. Prices lean to the high side, and presentations can favor Instagram over flavor balance, but conscientious service tempers slight annoyances. Sunday brunch on the sunny terrace with its postcard backdrop of palm trees and ocean waves possibly sets a record for Yelp photos.

FIELD NOTES Underground parking and reservations are welcome perks, especially when summer crowds pack this zone.

300 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach