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Beachwood BBQ

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102 Reviews
Reviews: 102
Visits: 128
Avg: 4.61
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

131½ Main St
Seal Beach, California, 90740-6316
United States
phone: (562) 493-4500

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Place added by: instrumentality on 02-06-2007

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4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stop one of a meet-up with several BAs for a "Long Beach" pub crawl (they did a lot more stops, my wife and I met them for the Seal Beach portion). Located on the main drag of downtown Seal Beach, a couple of blocks from the beach and pier. A long, narrow room with two rows of tables reaching back to the "bar" and kitchen. Decor was rather plain and inoffensive. This place is new and had a clean and fresh sensibility to it. Was rather busy on a mid-Saturday afternoon, but we had no problem joining up with our friends.

As the previous reviewer mentioned, there were 8 taps, all craft brews from the West Coast (and from California, if memory serves correctly). Not a large selection by any means, but all good to very good ones. The only problem was that they didn't carry anything my wife liked- she only likes a few beer styles, and she was left on the outside looking in.

The food- I had a pork sandwich and my wife had the brisket. Obviously fresh and homemade, good style. Interesting choices for sides, all creative recipes used (for beans, cole slaw, etc.). I have to admit that it didn't really grab me as BBQ goes, but I think that was just me, because everyone else in the party (10 of us?) just loved it. So I'm going to defer to their opinion and think that maybe I just had an off day.

Overall, a great little stop if you are down at the beach, a nice addition to the beer scene, and the BBQ scene. Give it a try!

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Photo of instrumentality
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My first experience at this place was last Saturday during the inaptly named "Long Beach" crawl several BA's and others experienced. (I still like to think of Seal Beach as an extension of Long Beach though just so I don't have to acknowledge that it's actually behind the Orange Curtain - aka Orange County for those of you who don't know what the hell I'm jabbering about.)

Located in one of my favorite little local stretches, Main Street in Seal Beach, this is a spot I expect to get a lot of foot traffic in the near future.

Nothing particularly exciting to look at, the restaurant is relatively small with not nearly enough tables. Still, the simple, white decor and gentle lighting makes it a great afternoon hangout (and probably a bit of a pain in the ass in the evening).

The beer menu was, of course, my first order of business. There were about 8 taps, all craft beer, including Bear Republic Red Rocket and Mortality Stout from the recently demised ReaperAle. I had never had either on tap and they were both fresh and tasty. The other taps escape my memory, as I'm not sure I had heard of any of them, but that's a problem soon remedied.

The head chef/owner (?) stopped by our table multiple times to see how we were doing and also inform us that he is a BA himself and is always on the lookout for good brews.

Moving on to the food...I ordered the brisket and hush puppies. The brisket was so tender I accidentally cut it with my fork before realizing I didn't need a knife, and very tasty. The hush puppies, something I haven't had great experiences with so far, were also quite good - more corn bread than breading, and not at all greasy.

I'm not a barbecue connoisseur - my main hangout before this was Lucille's, a chain restaurant located in several parts of SoCal - but to me, this was some damn fine food.

Various types of BBQ sauce were available in large squeeze bottles placed in a tray on the edge of each table. I tried the spicy sauce, which was ok but nothing special. The meat was good enough on its own.

Some of the BA's passed around a basket of deep fried pickles, which were not too shabby either.

The other guys at my table enjoyed their food as well.

It's a little out of the way, especially when I'm trying to avoid driving, but when the opportunity strikes, I'll definitely pay this establishment another visit, sample some more brews, and then perhaps stroll the quarter mile to the beach and enjoy the scenery while my buzz wears off. And if I have room, there's always the Cold Stone down the street (corner by the beach) to cap it off.

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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.