I have already been at least five times since Beach Nation opened three weeks ago. It is possibly the best thing to have ever happened to West Hollywood. Adirondack chairs, sand, coffee and an affordable and tasty menu, what more could you ask for?? Oh yes, and it's very dog friendly.
The large outdoor patio is a lovely escape from the concrete. The minute you step onto the wooden deck paneling, you feel like you're on vacation. You're at the beach, you're at a resort, where ever you are, it's not the city. There are chairs nestled in the sand as well as cushy lounges surrounding the sandy center. There are community tables and petite tables for two. Groups big and small will happily be accommodated.
The menu, created by Chef Wayne Podell, is simple, fresh, and relaxed. It will take care of you from 8am to 10pm. Slider sized sandwiches, salads, paninis and pastries from Rockenwagner bakery go perfectly with the calm setting.
The freshly brewed coffee is provided by Barefoot Coffee of Santa Clara. Teas, juices and sodas can also be enjoyed.
- Mini Sandwich, Grilled Chicken – chicken breast, roasted grapes, almonds, golden raisins, mizuna, dijon mustard, greek yogurt, chives, dill on pretzel roll
- Side Order, Rice - black rice, sweet potatoes, dried apricots, green onions, apricot & white balsamic vinaigrette
- Panini, Salami & Ham - genoa salami, capicola ham, provolone, olive tapenade, hot/sweet cherry peppers, honey mustard
From what I've tasted so far, the ingredients are incredibly fresh and prepared daily. The flavors are interesting and have a modern taste. Chef Podell is not afraid to take chances with flavors and textures.
Beach Nation is gladly welcomed by me and hopefully by my neighbors too! Also, Sugar, my dog, is a huge fan! If you've been thinking about taking a trip to the beach but don't want to get on the freeway, this is the spot! Happy beaching!