So last week the Food Dude was on Vacation. And even though the water was cold, the local restaurants were nice and toasty, stylee west coasty! Arrived to the beach just after dusk, to meet some awesome local friends from M&M Surf School at Seal Beach, they suggested Walt’s Wharf, which can be found right on Main Street in Seal Beach, Ca.

When I go to a new place I look for a few different things, atmosphere, wait time, service. And of course… I want to try what the place is popular for with the locals. And Walt’s is said to be known for their Oak Grilled Artichoke with a Lea and Perrins Aioli, yum. These artichokes were the best I’ve had, so tender. And the aioli was the we even got extra to dip our shrimp in with the main coarse. This was a food dude A- the minus is in the price, it is seafood, however if it’s a little ore affordable we could have definitely stayed and munched longer.

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Another Seal Beach favorite, which I mentioned in my last post is El Burrito Jr. They have everything from nachos, to enchiladas, but- what they’re most famous for is “the surfer special.” I’m pretty sure this was created specifically for my friends down at the surf school, but I’ve never asked. The surfer special includes: 2 bean & cheese burritos their homemade chips and a medium drink, which if all the local gromlets are like me they probably order the orange bang whip. These guys have been doing it right for years, their beans are actually the best refried beans I’ve ever tasted, well besides my Ortega fam beans I ate in the good growing up;)
Speaking of Growing I briefly stopped in and chatted with the folks at kraemers koffee bistro in my hometown of Riverside, what a kozy little spot in the Brockton/magnolia area near central. What draws me to talk about this place is the fact that they are hometown kids, my uncles grew up with owner and it seemed as though they new tons of locals I knew, and let’s be honest there’s nothing like that small kozy coffee shop feeling;)


One of my favorite reasons going home is seeing my dear Grama Elaine, I know I spelled Grandma wrong but since I was a kid… That’s what shes been, Grama.


This trip was the best, my mom and I picked up Grama early in the morning and headed out to beach for breakfast. There is only one spot I wanted to try, and that’s where the surfers go…so we headed to The Sugar Shack on main street Huntington Beach. The owners have kept this place in the family since the 1970’s. When you look in, it looks tiny, but head back they have a huge back patio. In order to get there you had to walk by the wall of Jesus and scripture pictures which if you know me, you know that is a huge + for the food dude report card. When people aren’t aren’t afraid to share faith and still run a successful service industry establishment. As far as the food goes it wa basic, they could definitely step up the portion size. But atmosphere and service definitely makes up. They were on top of everything for my gram in the wheel chair and speedy with a smile. Which puts them at an A rating.
There is so many places that are Amazing along that trip and I can’t wait to go back and hit some more, but for now I’m back in the desert and cooking up some sunshine so till next time…