Summer = BBQ and We Found Killer "DownHome" 'Cue Here in So. Cal!!
New kids to the locale, Beachwood BBQ isn’t exactly a well-known location and it is a hunt to find this hole in the smokehouse BBQ restaurant as much as it is to find parking in Seal Beach, CA (a small cubby hole of a beach town with a real main street that manages to maintain it’s unique style and laid-back charm)..
This restaurant is essentially “two storefronts” wide and decorated in a pale seafoam green walls with aluminum siding wainscoting painted white, and lots of old wooden tables and chairs. The entry features a long counter that does double duty as the bar and also a restaurant counter. Heard tales that this place hops til 2 AM, long after the food stops being served because the “bar” is just great.
The micro-brewery beer list is killer and one of the most extensive I have ever seen. Typically there are at least 25 different micro-brewery beers to test drive. Some beers don’t last more than one night, but you will find something there worthy of drinking! . Ditto with the wines — the assortment is terrific. There was a bit of a wait and in true Southern style, the food takes its’ time in getting to you but it’s worth waiting for.
Had we been smarter, we would have ordered an appetizer or a side dish of hush puppies since they were so “stinking good”. With both regular and sweet potato fries, bleu cheese grits ( which are genius in their texture), fried pickles and deviled eggs — and lots more– that serve as possible appetizers or side dishes along with great salads, smoked ribs, meat (pulled pork, short ribs, brisket, chicken and spicy sausage) along with two kinds of fish. Sandwiches are glorious and the meat is just as fantastic.
Vegans aren’t forgotten as they have a superb Fried Green Tomato Sandwich with fresh smoked mozzarella as well as salads and other entrees.
The dinner menu features about 50% more entrees and appetizers than the lunch menu including a *to die for* baked mac & cheese. It even has a section on the menu called meat and game (and that means venison and some other stuff — depending on availability).
Dessert menu is always offered, but we haven’t gotten to a point where we could even eat an entire meal (have to stop ordering those hush puppies as appetizers– or bring more people). So plan on skipping lunch, make sure you leave plenty of time because it’s got that old-time diner sort of feel and it’s definitely got that Southern edge.
Get there early, prepare to “set a spell” and don’t expect a lot of chatter once the food shows up!
Do check out the website for a pdf menu, directions, more information on the wine and beer lists and some interesting photos.
This is a top notch BBQ place with a real Southern home style to it. It’s now my new favorite place to go eat! They also do catering and take-out as well!
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