Las Barcas, at the corner of Atlanta Avenue and Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach, serves up some of the finest, biggest and tastiest servings of food, not to mention ice-cold beers, the local folk could ever ask for. And this is definitely a place for local folks.
On any given evening, the small dining room is packed with a variety of customers patiently standing in line to order: from dutiful parents picking up dinner on their way home from work to surfers chowing down after a day shredding the waves. Las Barcas' hodgepodge of red-and-green thrown-together-over-the-years Mexican decor lends an air of relaxed festivity.
Autographed Polaroids of restaurant patrons adorn one wall. These photos surely must commemorate the people who have actually won a spot to dine inside the tiny eatery.
Las Barcas seats a maximum of 15 to 20 people inside, with more table seating outside on the sidewalk. With the crowds this place attracts, that's not very accommodating. But given the overstuffed portions--making for lots of gooey ingredients dripping down the hands--this food is best eaten in the privacy of your own home anyway.