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Flavors of Surf City USA at The Taste of HB

2016 Taste of HB

One of my favorite food events of the year, The Taste of HB, happened this past weekend, and it was one of the best years yet. All of the top Huntington Beach restaurants brought delicious dishes to share with guests attending the event in support of Friends of the Children’s Library at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex.

Photo courtesy of Culinary Promotions

Photo courtesy of Culinary Promotions

This year, I was honored to be invited to be one of the judges to award the best entree being served at the event. Along with two other judges, I was given a clipboard, plate, and wine glass to take with me to try all the delicious cuisine. I immediately noticed that there were much more food offerings this year than in years past, and a lot of the restaurants really stepped up their game by offering some of their most exclusive menu items.

Salad

Once the doors opened to the public, the event quickly filled up with guests eating, drinking, and being cheerful. I was immediately impressed by the fresh salmon and salad served by The Market Broiler. They were offering a generous serving of freshly grilled salmon that was paired to perfection with a crisp salad. As judges, we all agreed that they were the best dish of the event.

Salmon

When it came to picking a second place winner, we were all torn. It was a split vote between Ricos Tacos Dona Mari, Ola Mexican Kitchen, and Huntington Terrace Senior Living. We all went back for a second tasting, and the clear second place (and surprising) winner was the Huntington Terrace Senior Living. The flavor, texture and consistency of their dish were too impressive not to award them with second place. When the time comes for me to move into a senior home, this is my number one choice of where to go.

Appetizer

Finally, we were all unanimous with awarding one of our favorite seafood destinations, Slapfish Seafood with the third place award. They were serving our favorite lobster rolls that everyone couldn’t help but go back for seconds or thirds.

Slapfish Lobster Rolls

While I was in charge of judging the main dishes for the competition, there were many other fantastic dishes that I sampled at the event from BLK Earth Sea Spirits, Avila’s El Ranchito, Solita’s Tacos & Margaritas, Melody’s Bakery, and more.

Taste of HB

Avilas El Ranchito

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