ALA Annual: Where to Eat, Part 2

This week’ is your last chance to’ take advantage of’ Early Bird Registration for ALA Annual– just $215 for YALSA members until midnight on Sunday, May 13th. And once you’ve registered, plan out your conference activities with the ALA Conference Scheduler. Take a look at YALSA’s events at ALA Annual for ideas on how to fill your schedule!

Of course, with all the excitement of the conference, you’ll need to take a break from the convention center once in a while– why not go to the beach for some fabulous BBQ?’ ‘ Only 20 miles away from Anaheim is Seal Beach, home to the second largest wooden pier in California. ‘ Take a walk on the beach to work up a good appetite, and then stop into Beachwood BBQ: Where the Fork . . . ‘ Meets the Pork. ‘ Beachwood is BBQ with a twist, and can be a hot spot to eat, so try going at off hours or plan on having time to look at the shops on Main Street.

Beachwood BBQ - great Q and microbrews in Seal Beach
Photo by asmythie

The food is’ so good, you’ may find it difficult to pick just one thing off the menu. ‘ Try the BBQ favorites like brisket and pulled pork. ‘ Be more adventurous and order the Mini Lamb Corn Dogs with Habanero-berry “katsup” or’ the amazing Tater Tot Casserole. ‘ By its name alone, the Tater Tot Casserole may not catch your eye, but wait till you hear about it.

The dish has tater tots dusted with porcini mushrooms, which are then cooked in duck fat. ‘ But that’s not all. ‘ Then the tater tots are covered with melted smoked cheese curd and a duck gravy. ‘ Is your mouth watering yet?

Tater Tot Casserole
Photo by punctuated

Vegetarians have lots of choices too at the Beachwood BBQ, including a fabulous fried green tomato sandwich with smoked mozzarella and Tabasco vinaigrette or the baked macaroni and cheese with bacon and a Gruyere beer sauce. ‘ 

Speaking of beer,’ ‘ Beachwood has a huge selection of microbrews on tap. ‘ Chalkboards on the wall of the restaurant list the many choices. ‘ Feel like trying the local flavor? Beachwood also makes their own craft beers.

If you aren’t full after all of’ that, walk a couple store fronts down towards the water and stop at Sweet Jill’s Bakery for a giant cinnamon roll or a chocolate chip cookie dough brownie!

Find Beachwood BBQ just a block away from the beach at 131 ‘½ Main Street, Seal Beach, CA. 90740 and plan your meal by checking out their Web site at

Find Sweet Jill’s Bakery at 123 ‘½ Main Street, Seal Beach, CA. 90740 or look at their tasty treats at

See you in Anaheim!

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  1. Don’t forget the Korean Business District – it’s very close to where ALA is held. My favorite Korean BBQ restaurants are Mo Ran Gak and Shik Do Rak – . Happy eating! :o)

  2. Local Arrangements Committee

    Sarah, thanks for commenting with this info! Korean BBQ is awesome.

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