Imagination is this Huntington Beach Restaurant’s Secret Ingredient.
Tucked up on the second floor of the contemporary-surf styled Shorebreak Hotel in downtown Huntington Beach is Zimzala, a restaurant that takes its name from the Riptionary: Surf Lingo Lexicon. According to Riptionary, Zimzala is a, “Free spirited person who finds peace with the sand between their toes,” and Chef Roy Hendrickson has created a menu that epitomizes the free spirit mindset of the restaurant’s namesake. Begin with a flavorful (and strong!) cocktail like the PCH sunset or a Huntington Beach Manhattan in the living room-inspired lounge or on the outdoor patio before dinner. In the main dining room, enjoy a crisp apple salad with goat cheese and earthy micro celery or a “do-it-yourself” bowl of clams with salty bacon and creamy potatoes before moving onto a cider-brined pork chop or any other of Zimzala’s delicious entrées. Save room for dessert! Chef Hendrickson’s creations, which change as inspiration hits him, range from a trio of breakfast cereal ice creams—Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp—to the more exotic hatch chili ice cream. Watch everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure The Bachelorette on Bachelorette Mondays, take in live entertainment Wednesdays and Sundays or stop by for Happy Hour seven days a week 3-7:00 pm. 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.960.5050. www.restaurantzimzala.com