Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries - Huntington Beach

I’m feeling a nice stroll along the boardwalk… even if it’s a SoCal chilly 50 degrees outside.  However, instead of a teeth-chattering walk, Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries restaurant was able to bring the warm wind and sandy beach vibes to me in the best way possible: WITH A BURGER.

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When I stepped into Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries, I was greeted by the savory aroma of meat on the grill. Before being completely hypnotized, a friendly staff member asked if I was ready to order. As if they knew I was new to this burger haven, they listed off some of their most popular burgers and shakes. So, ordering was pretty simple for me.

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I really appreciated the casual, clean, and welcoming feel the restaurant had. You get in line to order, and then take a number and sit wherever you want. Despite the simple appearance, their menu gives you quality above regular burger joints. You can dress your burger with whatever type of cheese you desire (maybe you want bleu instead of American cheese today) as well as order customizable burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches. They had interesting decorative yet functioning items everywhere, including a “Test Your Romance” machine and hula hoops outside that set the tone for a fun environment.

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Besides having a lot of old school surfer memorabilia, they also had one of those futuristic soda machines—awesome!

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I started off with a cookies and cream milkshake as I took my seat in one the wooden booths. I’ve been craving a milkshake for the past few weeks and this was DEFINITELY the best shake to satisfy my urge. The hand-scooped shake had the perfect consistency of thickness and creaminess when I slurped it up. The slight crunchiness of the Oreos in my mouth really added a boost of chocolaty flavor.

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Once the server came with the burgers and fries, I could tell I was in for a treat. Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries cook their fries in three different kinds of deep fryers, keeping the fries tender yet crispy on the outside. The fries were so meaty, I should have added them to my meat challenge!

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Avocado Bacon Burger: fresh lettuce, tomato, American cheese, bacon, and avocado

I was able to try both the Avocado Bacon Burger and the Mushroom Swiss Burger. Both burgers are hand-made to order and have fresh ground beef. In both burgers, the flavors really blended together well, and brought each other out in the best way possible. The ingredients were straightforward - no secret sauce or anything - and culminated in an impressive taste. YUM!

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Mushroom Swiss Burger: lettuce, tomatoes, swiss cheese, grilled onions, mushrooms, and gravy

Though my stomach was full after the hefty burgers, I still made room for their fresh, hand cut funnel fries. You know, this restaurant really knows their fries. They were fluffy and light, a perfect dessert after you think you filled yourself up to full capacity. Doughy and addictive, I felt as if I could inhale all of them in 5 seconds. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the funnel fries.

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Why it’s good: My favorite aspect of the restaurant was the simplicity of the entire experience. Simple burgers paired with a simple environment. It’s a very accommodating restaurant in which you can feel comfortable bringing your date, your kids, or even your grandparents. It’s worth the extra few dollars for a quality burger that you don’t feel guilty eating afterwards.