December 2015 American Way Magazine - page 42

FOOD
&
DRINK
42
DECEMBER2015
AMERICANWAY
SET INACINDER-BLOCKBUILDING
at the lifeguardstationon theedgeof
CoronadelMarStateBeach,
TackleBox
(
Tackleboxoc.com
) looks like thesortof
place thatmightserveworkadayburgers
anddogs to thesunburnedmasses.That is,
untilyousee themenu.
ChefBrianHuskeyhasreinvented the
classicbeach-shacksnack: lobsterand
shrimprollsonsquid-inkbread,piquant
buffalocauliflowerwithranchandcelery,
andaspicypork-bellybanhmi sandwich,
already famouseven thoughHuskeyonly
raisedhisshutters thispastJuly.
TackleBox isn’t theonly localeatery
testing the limitsofbeachfront fare.
Launched in2014, theannualNewport
BeachWine&FoodFestival showshow
thisSouthernCaliforniaseasidecityhas
becomeadestination for inspiredand
inventivechefs.
Itall startsat the
DoryFleetFish
Market
(
Doryfleet.com
),where localsand
chefsalike lineupatdawn tobuy fresh
seafood.Among thescoresofvendors
here isStephanie, “theseaurchingirl,”
who, ifyouask,willhappilyprovideyou
withasamplescoopof thesweet, salty
uni.
OnLagunaBeach,
DriftwoodKitchen
(
Driftwoodkitchen.com
)specializes insim-
ple,flavorful seafooddishessuchas the
miso-marinatedHamachicollar topped
withmore freshly forageduni.
TheCannery
(
Cannerynewport.com
),
located ina formerfish-canningplant,
usesonly line-caughtseafood tocreate
dishes likeabuttery,flakypreparationof
blackcod, aPacificOceanstaple.
EnjoyNewportBeach’s
RustyPelican
(
Rustypelican.com
), founded in1967by lo-
cal lifeguardLouis“Pete”Siracusaaftera
dayat thebeach.Youcanfinda tablewith
aviewat thecasualupstairsbar, goCajun
with theshrimp-strewnfirepotsword-
fish,nurseabeerandwatch theboats
driftby.Becausesome thingsshouldn’t
change.
JOEMURRAY
Forget the jacketand tie.NewportBeach,California, serves thecity’sbest
gourmet fare incasualeateriesby thesea.
BeachShackRevolution
CLOCKWISE
FROM
TOP
:DriftwoodKitchen
specializes in classics such asMaine lobster
served in a seaside setting. TackleBox’s elote
beach corn is oneof its inspiredofferings.
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