Hoods: A Stretch Of Beach Boulevard In Huntington Beach

All photos by Melissa Valladares

The times they are a-changin’ on this stretch of Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach, where a historic house stands next to a shopping mall stocked with fresh eats.

Raw Bar by Slapfish
Slapfish chef-owner Andrew Gruel opened this sleek oyster bar in February, and it quickly became the go-to spot for shellfish lovers on a budget. When happy hour begins daily at 3 p.m., oysters, Champagne, and craft beer are just $1 each. Every half-hour until 5 p.m., the price goes up 50 cents. 19696 Beach Blvd., 714-377-1644, slapfishraw.com

Newland House Museum
Built in 1898, this Queen Anne Victorian farmhouse is the city’s oldest building. Restored in 1976 and furnished with period‑appropriate decor, it’s open for guided tours on the first and third weekends of each month ($2 for adults, $1 for kids). 19820 Beach Blvd., 714-962-5777, hbhistory.org/newland-house-museum

Board & Brew
Gourmet sandwiches and wraps made to order ($7 to $9) dominate at this popular lunch spot. Diners can sip one of the several craft beers on tap and dig into favorites like the Turkey Deluxe: stuffed with turkey, cheddar cheese, and sunflower seeds, it’s served with an addictive sweet and sour sauce. 19720 Beach Blvd., 714-377-7100, boardandbrew.com

Capone’s Italian Cucina
Regulars rave about this place, which recently renovated its dining room. At leather booths illuminated by pendant lights, diners enjoy dishes such as fried calamari ($15) and the Farfalle O’Sole Mio with chicken, sun‑dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and Marsala sauce ($18). 19688 Beach Blvd., 714‑593‑2888, caponescucina.com

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