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Friday, April 29, 2016

Build your food at STACKED in Huntington Beach, California

On January 18, 2016, Huntington Beach welcomed the newest STACKED location across the street from Bella Terra. STACKED’s tagline is “Food Well Built” and they mean it. You are allowed to customize any dish to your liking from burgers, sandwiches, salads, mac ‘n cheese, shakes, desserts, and now breakfast. All of your food is ordered through an interactive menu on the tables. You can customize your dish with a swipe, adding and deleting to your heart’s content. Don’t worry, you still have a server who will take your drink orders and help you in case you have questions. In March 2016, STACKED introduced a calorie counter so you can track your calories too.

The restaurant exterior and interior has a rustic, outdoorsy feel with wood tiled walls and lots of windows for ample lighting during the day. The furnishings are diner-like with high booth vinyl seats. The service is attentive, courteous, friendly, and down to earth.

Here are some breakfast options to try (Huntington Beach STACKED only):

Blueberry Fritters (special) are served with blueberry yogurt for dipping. The texture is almost donut-like and packed with blueberries. The blueberry yogurt is a creamy, refreshing dip. It is not overly sweet, but just right. Rating: 5/5

Honey Smoked Salmon Scramble is scrambled eggs, honey smoked salmon, and cream cheese. It was customized by removing the cream cheese and adding Canadian bacon, Swiss cheese, green onions, and olives. The portion is a little small, but enough if you’re going to split something sweet along with it. The salmon should really be chunked versus shredded as it gets a little dry. The olives and Canadian bacon added just the right amount of salt to push the flavor forward. Avocado would be a great addition to add a creamier texture. Rating: 3.5/5

Sweet Hawaiian Berry French Toast is sweet Hawaiian bread with caramel, strawberry jam, and fresh berries. It was customized by removing the strawberry jam and fresh berries and adding bananas, chocolate chips, and whipped cream. The French toast has a good texture, not dry and not mushy, and has a slightly sweet flavor. Bananas and chocolate chips make a great combination with the creamy sweetness of the bananas to balance the bittersweet chocolate chips. The whipped cream and caramel add a luxurious decadence. The presentation is simply stunning! Rating: 4.8/5

Here are some lunch, dinner, and dessert options to try:

Chili Cheese Fries ($7.90) are topped with cheddar and jack cheeses, hearty, homemade beef and pork chili, sour cream, and green onions. The fries are crispy with just enough width to scoop the chili and toppings. It is a great appetizer for two people to share while you decide on what to eat as your main dishes. Rating: 4/5

Stack Your Own Burger ($15.88 after customization) starts very simply with a third pound angus beef patty and bun. It was customized with a pretzel bun and stacked with sharp cheddar cheese, smoked gouda, pastrami, jalapeno bacon, sautéed mushrooms, tomato, pickles, onion strings, green leaf lettuce, and roasted red pepper aioli. This has to be one of best burger creations ever! The pretzel bun is outrageous with is beautiful shiny exterior and chewy texture. Smoky flavor comes from the gouda and bacon. Pastrami adds a cured peppery flavor to the mix. The onion strings add a nice textural crunch. Calories count: 1598 Rating: 5/5

Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese ($27.02 after customization) starts with lobster, roma tomato, fresh garlic, bread crumbs, and basil. It was customized by removing the tomato, fresh garlic, and crumbs and replacing them with flat iron steak, fried egg, more lobster, and roasted garlic. This order was prompted by a fabulous review from Wendyful World. The mac n’ cheese base is very creamy and holds up well to any flavors added to it. The surf and turf route is a great choice for the sweet, succulent lobster meat balanced with the grilled meaty flat iron steak. The fried egg added a decadent richness, but a sunny side egg might be better next time. Calorie count: 1330 Rating: 4.5/5

STACKED Bread Pudding ($7.10 after customization) starts with a bread pudding base. It was customized with toasted coconut, caramel, chocolate chips, bananas, marshmallows, and whipped cream. The bread pudding is thick and custardy. The toasted coconut adds a sweet nutty flavor. The chocolate chips and caramel add a decadent flavor. The bananas add refreshing sweetness. The marshmallows and whipped cream add creaminess and fun to the party. Rating: 4.5/5

No matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, STACKED in Huntington Beach has what you are craving. Your customized meal is just a tap and swipe away!

Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
7490 Edinger Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Hours: Sunday through Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Parking: Free in shopping center lot

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