Of all the breakfast places in downtown Huntington Beach, Sugar Shack is probably the
It has been family-owned since 1967, and Michelle Turner has kept the little café thriving
with her deep association with the surfers. One publication once wrote, “There is a tradition
in Huntington Beach that says that no one is a true surfer unless they have been to the
The restaurant is next to two other places that serve breakfast, but on any day, even though
the other places might have tables outside, people will wait until one becomes available at
the Sugar Shack.
It is worth the wait.The food is simple yet flavorful, and there are a few surprises on the
menu that shouldn’t be missed.
One of those is the surf, which is half coffee and half hot chocolate. It is a great way to
spruce up a regular cup of coffee, and the whipped cream on top tasted like it was
Another is the cinnamon roll. The roll is not too sweet, which I like. It comes out warm and is
not slathered in icing, so the amount of guilt is lessened when ordering it.
Though my guest was partial to the omelets, I usually look at the specials. The Michelle’s
Special with grilled chicken breast, three egg whites scrambled with bell peppers, tomatoes
and fruit is a fairly healthy way to start the morning, but I usually lean toward the breakfast
special or the Keppler’s.
The breakfast special has two pancakes and an egg — though I swear, when scrambled, it
looks like two — bacon or sausage. I like the bacon over the sausage. The sausage seems
a little too cooked for my liking.
The Keppler’s is a delight, though. The three eggs scrambled on an English muffin with
sliced avocado, tomato, bacon and hollandaise sauce is quite good. I like the hollandaise
sauce, which is a little smoother than others I have tried.
My recent favorite special is the HSS. This is a grilled ham sandwich on sourdough bread
with melted cheddar cheese and scrambled eggs.
One of the features of the restaurant that I really enjoy is that they don’t care if you alter your
order. So I had American cheese instead of cheddar and asked for grilled onions. It made an already good sandwich even better. I am still trying to figure out how the scrambled eggs
stay in the bread while you are eating it. I also liked the home-style spuds that are served
with it. They are thin slices of potatoes deep fried and come out like chips. They were much
more enjoyable than the hash browns.
The are 11 omelets, including the Main Street, which has avocado, mushrooms, onions,
sprouts and cheese. The Popeye and cheese is a solid spinach omelet, and one I find
interesting is the chili and cheese omelet.
The breakfast burritos are a meal in themselves but a bit pricey, with most of them nearly $8.
Plus, if you want to add anything, from sour cream to mushrooms to avocado, it costs more.
I have had the pancakes and the French toast here and like both, though I am partial to the
It is lightly battered, and there are ample amounts of powered sugar on top and butter on the
side. It was so good, I didn’t even need the syrup.
The patio fills up quickly, so a more relaxing option might be inside or in the back. Whenever
I sit out front, I feel like I am being leered at by the people who are waiting for my table. I
don’t blame them. With food this good, I would want to get to it as quickly as possible as
Sugar Shack Address: 213 ½ Main St., Huntington Beach Phone: (714) 536-0355
Specialty Dish: Omelets
Alcohol Served: None
Family Friendly: Yes
Credit Cards Accepted: American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa
Rating: *** 1/2 out of four stars
JOHN REGER reviews local restaurants and may be contacted at
Nolimepublishing@aol.com or P.O. Box 2984, Seal Beach, CA 90740.