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Open & Shut: Surf-n-skate sandwich shop is coming to HB |

Open & Shut: Surf-n-skate sandwich shop is coming to HB

Sessions West Coast Deli is opening a sandwich shop in Huntington Beach, where it will take over a prime coastal location on Pacific Coast Highway.

Since opening last spring on Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach, Sessions has earned rave reviews for its hefty, full-flavored sandwiches. Chef-owner Max Schlutz said he is excited about the surf-and-skate-themed shop’s next location inside the former Papa Joe’s Pizza space.

The PCH pizza shop, less than a block away from Main Street, closed last fall. Schlutz, who helped launch 25 Degrees in Huntington Beach when he worked for Domaine Restaurants, said Sessions should open by early June.

The 1,600-square-foot restaurant has a larger kitchen than Newport Beach’s, allowing Schlutz to expand the menu with more sandwiches and salads. Sessions makes all its sauces and dressings from scratch. It is known for its big, bright flavors and generous portions. For example, the restaurant’s Cuban sandwich contains a few unconventional ingredients such as spicy cherry peppers and chowchow, a pickled relish. The sandwich is layered with hefty amounts of smoked ham and pulled pork.

“We don’t skimp on proteins,” said Schlutz, who has two business partners.

The restaurant’s No. 1 seller happens to be meatless, he said.

The Summer Zephyr is a vegetarian sandwich inspired by classic caprese salads with thick round lumps of fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes marinated in vinegar and sugar, pickled onions, arugula, olive oil, garlic aioli and a balsamic reduction. It’s served on a toasted French roll.

Sessions’ breads arrive daily from Dean Kim’s artisan wholesale bakery, OC Baking Co., in Orange.

Schlutz said people including surfers and Anaheim Ducks players love the Zephyr sandwich.

“For our one-year anniversary, we sold the Summer Zephyr for $1. We sold 500 of them that day and closed the doors due to exhaustion,” said Schlutz, who helped Taco Bell develop its fast-casual U.S. Taco Co. menu.

The Huntington Beach location, like Newport Beach’s, also will sell breakfast sandwiches.

“We’ll see if we can compete with Sugar Shack,” he said.

Schlutz said Newport Beach recently received its alcohol permit. He expects to serve beer (maybe six taps) and wine by the end of the summer. He hopes to get approval to sell beer and wine in Huntington Beach at the new location: 414 PCH.


The Irvine Spectrum will host a fashion and food truck event today through Sunday. The festivities will feature fashion trucks such as Le Fashion Truck, which has bohemian clothing and accessories, and beach-themed truck Michael Stars.

Food trucks will include The Lime Truck from Orange County chef Daniel Shemtob and hot dog truck Dogzilla.


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