I grew up in burgers and fries family. I am still a burger and fries girl. Probably, if it wasn't embarrassing or strange or super unhealthy, I'd eat a hamburger every day. My husband is a ham sandwich and pickle person. He likes deli's and all that stuff and when we go to Crown Burgers, he gets chicken kebab's and rice, not a burger and fries.
But, throughout our marriage, food has become just as important part of a vacation as the location and the company. That being said, I cannot tell you the last vacation I went on where I intentionally ate at a big chain restaurant. I like to keep it local and new.
On our way to the ocean, our first stop was "Swig" in St. George for dirty diet cokes and sugar cookies. My first experience with a dirty diet coke didn't win me over...there was too much coconut, perhaps? And not enough lime that I could even taste it? And, the after burn tasted like what sunscreen smells like. I'd be willing to try it again, but with my own ratios. The cookies though? They were pretty great. We each got two, sugar and chocolate chip, and snarfed them down pretty quickly.
Next up was the food highlight of my trip. Raising Cane's in Las Vegas. I know, it's just chicken fingers but until you try them, and go back for seconds and thirds, then don't mock. There are about 6 Raising Cane's in Las Vegas and we hit one on the way to the ocean and one on the way back home. Divine. Melt in your mouth. Tastes like real chicken. And, the Texas toast is heavenly. I would actually be willing to drive to Las Vegas just to gorge myself at a Raising Cane's. I would even eat there twice in the same day!
By the time we got around to being hungry in California on Friday night, pretty much everything was closed. It was late. But, the manager of Johnny Rockets (who was closing up) told me of a small local burger place just a few blocks over on Huntington Main Street called, "Bomb Burger". It was excellent. I got a bacon BBQ burger and the skinniest, cutest, tastiest french fries I've ever had. It was, well, the bomb!
On Saturday morning, thanks to the recommendation of my friend Erin, who used to live in Huntington, we had breakfast at the Sugar Shack. Breakfast really isn't our thing, but this place was awesome. Giant pancakes, great bacon and amazing hash browns. Locally owned and operated since, like, 1967, the kid that was our server looked like he came to work straight from surfing, and was a pretty authentic beach bum. The service was fast and it was tasty.
Our final real food destination of the trip was a pretty regular spot for us. Ruby's Diner on the Huntington Beach Pier. We love Ruby's. The food is yummy. The atmosphere is cool and they bring your milk shakes BEFORE you food! Who doesn't like that. I got a salad, Willie a grilled cheese, and Haley a burger. We each got laughing to hard during dinner that our waitress came to ask us if we were okay. And, we made Willie put dinner on his debit card. It was the first time he had ever done that, and the first time he had to calculate a tip. We were so proud of him!