No. 72: Fried Brussels Sprouts at 320 Main

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Edwin Goei

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320 Main in Seal Beach is beloved for its drinks, and rightly so. But I submit that it should also be appreciated for its food, which is often solid, confident and bold. Some dishes, like their fried Brussels sprouts, can become habitual as anything alcoholic.

Whole kernels of grain mustard inhabit the pile, and for sure there is bacon. Before that the bane of many childhood diets is deep fried, the vegetable's inherent sweetness brought out, concentrated and intensified, the flavors compacted in the once-bitter leaves.

A few months ago, it was listed as an appetizer. These days, checking the website, it's now on the side dish side and they're calling it "Sauteed Brussels Sprouts". Let's hope it's the same dish, because it is more flavorful, more sharp than any side dish should be. Pair it with a main course at your discretion: these Brussels sprouts will upstage a steak.

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No. 73: G-Style Fries at G Burger
No. 74: Fried Cuttlefish at Benley
No. 75: Roti at Bangok Taste
No. 76: Wet Burrito at 301 Cafe
No. 77: Pork Curry at Miyabi-Tei
No. 78: Bánh Tieu at Bánh Mì So 1
No. 79: Any Sandwich at the Crosby
No. 80: Fish Pho at Pho Vinh Ky II
No. 81: Quesadilla Chilanga at Alebrije's Grill
No. 82: Lobster Roll at Lobsta Truck
No. 83: Nem Nuong Cuon at Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
No. 84: Wild Boar Balinese Sausage at Valhalla Table
No. 85: Comida Corrida at Taquería La Raza
No. 86: Breakfast Burrito at Troy's Drive-In
No. 87: Mandoo at L&M Liquor and Deli
No. 88: Chicago Dog at Chicago Harv's
No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous
No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl

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320 Main

320 Main St., Seal Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

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