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SeaLegs Wine Bar. Huntington Beach Thanks You.

Posted on 07 January 2014 by Danny

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SeaLegs Wine Bar is the best thing to happen to Beach Blvd in a long time.  It’s been opened for about a year now and I don’t know how I’ve been oblivious to its existence for so long.  I’m going to have to blame being a new father on that!  Speaking of which, we took the little bugaboo with us, but more on that later.

SeaLegs is located on the cross streets of Beach and Atlanta and a mile or so from the ocean.  I was truly impressed with everything this place had to offer.  The wine, food, atmosphere and the friendly and attentive staff.

SeaLegs Wine Bar

SeaLegs Wine Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re saddled up next to the bar, this is what you’ll be looking at.  I mean, come on.  That’s a sight.  Behind that glass lies their impressive selection of wines.  If space permits, you can even rent out your very own space and fill it with your favorite wines for all the lushes to ogle over.  Name plaque and all.

SeaLegs Wine Bar

SeaLegs Wine Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their menu is categorized according to what pairs best with white or red wines.   We had a 4 course meal for the evening starting with their Word Vineyards Ollelo Chardonnay.  It’s lighter and not overly oakey or buttery than most Chardonnays.

Word Vineyards Ollelo Chardonnay, Paso Robles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was paired with 2 dishes.  The first was their Heirloom Caprese Salad made of spinach, pickled onions, radish salad with balsamic vinaigrette on top of heirloom tomato and grilled Ricotta Solana finished with herb oil and balsamic reduction.

Heirloom Caprese

Heirloom Caprese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second was their Lump Crab Cakes served lemon tarragon aioli and micro celery.  For you crab cake lovers out there, you’ll be very pleased with the crab to breading ratio which is highly favored towards crab!

Lump Crab Cakes

Lump Crab Cakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving on to Round 2 with their Molnar Family Poseidon’s Vineyard Pinot Noir.  This was another surprise as I’m not the biggest fan of Pinot Noir.  This however was quite different with hints of cocoa coming through.

Molnar Family Poseidon's Vineyard, Pinot Noir Carneros

Molnar Family Poseidon’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir Carneros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first pairing was with their Char Grilled Bruschetta topped with marinated tomato, melted mozzarella, prosciutto, basil oil and paprika oil.   Very tasty.

Bruschetta

Bruschetta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second pairing was with their Pig and Fig Flatbread.  Two of my most favorite things coming together!  Along with the pig (apple smoked bacon & prosciutto) and the fig, the grilled flatbread is topped with papaya gastrique, caramelized onion, bleu cheese, mozzarella and arugula.  This was one of my favorite dishes of the night because it encompassed so many different flavor and texture spectrums:  Sweet, salty, sour, bitter, crunchy, and gooey.  I like it when chefs do that.

Pig & Fig Flatbread

Pig & Fig Flatbread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I mentioned earlier, we brought our little munchkin with us which has become more challenging as he’s getting older.  At 9 months, his ever increasing squirminess sometimes turns a nice dinner into an endurance event for mommy and daddy.  Tonight, we’ve had to take turns eating and take little walking adventures around the place.  Luckily, there’s plenty of cool things to check out.  Let’s gaze at that bar again.

SeaLegs Wine Bar

SeaLegs Wine Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08 Boete Cabernet Franc starts off round three as well as a nice buzz for daddy!

Boete Carbenet Franc, Carmel Valley

Boete Carbenet Franc, Carmel Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gooey garlicky deliciousness that is their Stinky Fries.  Tossed with parmesan and garlic and then topped with three cheese fondue with truffle oil.

Stinky Fries

Stinky Fries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their Monte Cristo is very unique with their housemade brioche that’s almost cake like in it’s consistency.  It’s filled with north country ham, melted brie, mustard aoli.  It’s then deep fried and topped with powdered sugar with berry coulis.

Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their Charred Filet Medallions are served with pickled onions and a red wine demi glace.  So full… but can’t…resist…steak…must eat more….

Charred Filet Medallions

Charred Filet Medallions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really like the vision the owners had for how this place would be layed out.  As you’ve seen, there’s the bar in it’s awesomeness.  Then there’s the dining area which has a unique mix of regular sit down tables as well as taller tables for larger and more casual groupings.  Lastly, they’ve got this cool lounge area (see below) that opens up to the outside so you can get that breeze that comes off the ocean which is about a mile away.

SeaLegs Wine Bar

SeaLegs Wine Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve made it to Round 4, Dessert!  Awaiting us is Salt of the Earth Moscato and their Sealegs Tiramisu.  We’re talking whipped mascarpone layered in a wine glass with rum soaked lady finger and topped with a chocolate anchor medallion.  If you like a creamy delicious decadence in your dessert, this is it.

SeaLegs Tiramasu with Salt of the Earth Muscato

SeaLegs Tiramasu with Salt of the Earth Muscato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many other things on their wine and food menu that I want to try, that a trip back is pretty much guaranteed.  Oh and I almost forgot, they’ve got beer!  10 beers on draft and pretty good selection of bottled beer.

Yeah, I like this place.

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One Response to “SeaLegs Wine Bar. Huntington Beach Thanks You.”

  1. Hope Ramirez says:

    Nice article. I love Sea legs for many of the same reasons. The one thing I would recommend is a carpet to absorb some of the sound/noise. Something like a Persian rug, thin enough for a wheel chair to navigate and easy to keep clean and picked up with a”quiet sweeper”.


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