Picture this SoCal scenario: A sun-kissed day at the beach, a little seaside shopping, perhaps time at the spa to unwind and recharge. Soon enough, it’s time to settle in for dinner with friends. In Huntington Beach, you can keep that beach vibe going strong at Tanner’s with a gorgeous view of the ocean and palm trees, and signature California cuisine prepared over a wood fire grill.
You’ll find Tanner’s on the main level of Paséa Hotel & Spa, on the Pacific Coast Highway and in the heart of HB’s surf town. Surrounded by a luxurious pool and palm trees, and mere steps from Pacific Ocean waves, Tanner’s is an intimate venue that accommodates parties of all sizes. On my recent visit, my spouse and I first sampled Tanner’s for dinner, but immediately knew we’d be repeat guests for breakfast, too.
For our dinner, we were seated at a comfortable booth with great sunset views. Nina, our server, was friendly and made a few suggestions based on our particular cravings. We started off by sharing the Panzenella Salad, which included salami, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, garlic croutons, watermelon, cilantro, and feta cheese. For our main course, I opted for Roasted Salmon with a pistachio and red curry crust, cumin vinaigrette, fennel and citrus slaw, avocado butter, and ‘Coconut Forbidden Black Rice.’ The salmon was cooked beautifully with a hint of wood-fire and the rice was unlike any other I’ve tried and a perfect pairing for the fish. My spouse went for Filet Mignon, a wood-fired and blackened 8 oz filet, with grilled onion, roasted red beets, polenta, and beet purée. Of course I sampled his entrée, and have to say there was a lovely sweet-smoky flavor to the filet that melted in my mouth.
The wood fire grill provided such a lovely twist on the coastal menu, we were determined to give breakfast a try. How could I resist wood-fired brioche French Toast? This was delicately sweet and topped with Nutella, grilled strawberries, honey mustard butter, and bourbon aged maple syrup. My spouse opted for the ‘Classic’ breakfast, featuring two eggs, chicken apple sausage, and taters. Both of our breakfasts were generously sized and full of flavor, and two other menu items caught my eye for next time: The Hangover, with a half pound of house ground beef, potato hash, blueberry jam, pulled pork, avocado, and fried egg; and Surf and Turf Benedict, with crab cake, jalapeno-marinated skirt steak, poached farm eggs, chipotle hollandaise, and taters.
Our first experience at Tanner’s for dinner was enough to convince us to come back for breakfast. Our breakfast at Tanner’s was equally pleasing and we’ve now bookmarked this local venue for a return trip. The service is excellent, and the menu has so many great options to dig into, I look forward to another visit when we can sample additional wood-fired temptations.