Avocado Café – Huntington Beach’s Healthy Choice
A Surfrider Foundation Sponsor Story
Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
Next time you’re standing on the corner of PCH and Main Street, looking for someplace to eat in Huntington Beach, there’s a great restaurant waiting to be discovered just a few blocks away – Avocado Café (438 Main Street).
SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel first heard about Avocado Café when we talked to the owner, Jon Vidales, at a Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter beach cleanup.
Vidales told us, “I wanted to create something different.” The restaurant, which offers fresh, nutritious meals and an assortment of juices and smoothies, “emphasizes good service, a healthy lifestyle and a sense of community.”
Whether you go for breakfast or lunch, the minute you walk in the door you know that you’re welcome…from the bright, inviting atmosphere and the big smiles that greet you.
As SurfWriter Girls studied the menu board Cash, Alexa and Jacque were eager to explain the different items.
Starting with the Signature Sandwiches, everything is made with the highest quality ingredients with a choice of wheat bread, squaw bread or ciabatta. Or you can order your sandwich made as a wrap or a panini.
SurfWriter Girls couldn’t resist the Kissel’s Club, made with roast beef, turkey, applewood smoked bacon, tomato, white cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, sprouts and cucumber on squaw bread.
The Chuy is another specialty that was too good to pass up – turkey, applewood smoked bacon, goat cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and honey Dijon mustard served on whole grain bread.
There’s also Gaston’s Cuban, an oven-roasted chicken creation that includes Black Forest ham, avocado (of course!), Swiss cheese, pickles, spicy mustard and wasabi mayo spread…all pressed on ciabatta bread and served hot.
The Tower 9 sandwich is as tall as its name and loaded with homemade chicken salad, avocado, pepper jack cheese, sprouts, cucumber, tomato and spring mix, on squaw bread.
The Signature Salads don’t disappoint, either. Whether it’s Tito’s Avocado Classic or the Green House Salad, everything looks like it came straight from the farm.
Tony G’s Albacore Stuffed Avocado – Albacore tuna, tomato, sprouts, shredded jack cheese and spring mix served in an avocado shell – is artistry on a plate!
Can’t decide between a sandwich or a salad? Have both! Bud’s Combo includes your choice of a half sandwich, small soup or salad, and chips.
Check out the Signature Breakfasts, too, and jumpstart your day with the HB Breakfast Sandy or George’s Breaky Burrito.
The smoothies and juices are blended on the spot and made with bananas, apple juice and honey. Some of the drinks to chose from include Pineapple Express, Sunrise Berry, Orange Rush, The Green Room (apple, celery, cucumber, spinach and kale), and Billy’s Avocado (avocado, pineapple, mango, lemon and lime juice, with a touch of vanilla and salt). You can also make any smoothie into an Acai Bowl.
With all the choices it can be hard to make up your mind, but Phoenix and Cash told SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti they’re glad to help.
Cash even has his own sandwich on the Grommets (kids) Menu – Cash’s PBBJ, made with peanut butter, bananas and strawberry jam.
While people often debate whether the avocado is a fruit or a vegetable (The Mayo Clinic calls it a fruit), there’s no debating that Avocado Café delivers on its promise of healthy food that’s good to eat.
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