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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Duke's at the HB Pier

Duke's
317 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 374-6446

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I've been meeting up recently with friends at Duke's on early Monday evenings to take advantage of their "Barefoot Bar®" during happy hour. Duke's took the place of Maxwell's which had stood at the beginning of the Huntington Beach Pier for years, and is named for surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku whose statue stands across the street from Duke's in front of Huntington Surf and Sport.

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Of course I wanted to try all the Mexican items on their menu and while there's not a lot there are a couple. You can get fish tacos grilled or beer-battered served on "flour tortillas [with] tomatillo white sauce, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo." The health-conscious among us (which is me every other day) will want to go for the grilled tacos which are very light and flaky:

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Those who are just looking to fill up could try the beer-battered ones variety which sport huge fried fish fillets that are very heavy and may require some paring down before you can pick up your taco and lift it to your mouth. This fish is the same that they use in their fish and chips dish. I've had both kinds of their fish tacos and am not sure which one I like better so I'll probably just keep alternating on future visits. Both are $8.95.

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The other Mexican-related item they have is their Barefoot Bar Nachos for $12.95. "Black beans, salsa fresca, jalapenos, cheese, guacamole and sour cream" served over a huge mound of tortilla chips. This mound of nachos was so big we had the group making jokes about the treasures Indiana Jones might be able to unearth in such a heap. The picture below doesn't do it justice. Needless to say, I couldn't eat the whole thing and even after others at the table had some there was still about half of it left when we were done.

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Now that I've had all of their Mexican selections the next time I go I'll be trying their famous Mango BBQ Burger.

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2 comments:

Diamond Dog said...

flour tortillas are more fattening than corn. hey should remember that for their health concsious theme. Also I can't stand when places use flour tortillas instead of corn for tacos, especially on a fish taco.

ChristianZ said...

I know a lot of places assume that gringos only want flour tortillas. I've been to some restaurants and specifically asked for corn but they would still bring me flour because that is what they are used to white people asking for. So it could be at Duke's that nobody has requested corn, or not enough for them to keep it around.