I am new to the Huntington Beach, CA area and curious as to what Surf City has to offer for Thanksgiving celebrations. While I could not find a local parade, there are numerous restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinners, meal-delivery volunteer programs, California’s own Thanksgiving Day Run – one of the largest events like it in the nation, and of course, an after party.
Thankful for Good Food
Zimzala is a trendy Mediterranean restaurant that recently opened on the second floor of the Shorebreak Hotel in downtown Huntington Beach’s newest shopping area, “The Strand,” near Main Street and the pier. Zimzala will be open November 26, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. serving a 3 course Thanksgiving dinner. Menu items include tantalizing fall dishes such as butternut squash soup, pumpkin risotto, slow roasted turkey and pumpkin cheesecake.
For reservations, call 714-960-5050.
The OCRegister has a fantastic Thanksgiving dining guide that mentions Huntington Beach restaurants like The Californian at the Hyatt Regency serving special menu features like roasted turkey, filet mignon and pumpkin crème brulee. They are also serving from noon until 8pm and reservations are recommended, 714-845-4776. Chimayo at the Beach and Na Ko Oi also have added Turkey Day specialties to their menus for Thursday. If Thanksgiving brunch is what you are looking for, the OCRegister recommends Palm Court at the Hilton Waterfront Resort. A buffet style brunch will be served at 11 am, 1pm and at 4pm; $79 for adults and $29.95 for children. Reservations are required, 714-845-8000.
Thankful for Good Deeds
If you are truly thankful for all you have and really want to give back this Thanksgiving this is the program for you. Join Huntington Beach’s Michael Rodgers Senior Outreach and deliver a delicious Thanksgiving meal to someone who needs it.
Contact Diane Swarts, Volunteer Services Coordinator, 714-374-1544 or DSwarts@surfcity-hb.org, for more information.
Thankful for Good Health
On November 26, 2009 you can be among the 10,000+ participants running in the Dana Point Turkey Trot. This is one of America’s most scenic coastal races and takes part about a half hour south of Huntington Beach. Runners raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and volunteers and donations are always welcome. There is a 5k, a 10k and a Kids Race and athletes at all levels are encouraged to run. For more information on registering or volunteering check out the Turkey Trot’s website, http://www.turkeytrot.com/tellmemore.shtml.
Thankful It’s All Over
Fitzgerald’s Sport’s Pub on Magnolia St. is throwing a post Thanksgiving Holiday Bash featuring Michael Ubaldini with Fast Otto Band. It is a free show, but you must be 21 or older.
There is plenty to gobble about in Huntington Beach, CA on November 26th, but remember, there is nothing wrong with a traditional Thanksgiving celebration. You can always wake up and watch the Macy’s parade on TV, fight with your siblings while your mother, wife, or sister cries over the turkey and then pass out while the football game is on. To each their own, have a happy Thanksgiving!
Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau, “Thanksgiving at Zimzala Restaurant.”
OCRegister, “Thanksgiving dining guide – Entertainment – OCRegister.com”
Orange County, “Volunteer Opportunities – Orange County California”
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, “2008 Dana Point Turkey Trot”
huntingtonbeachevents.com, “Huntington Beach California Events Calendar News Source”