Is An Ocean Friendly Restaurant
A Surfrider Sponsor Story
Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
Longtime provider of all things for the beach – from beach chair, bicycle and surfboard rentals, suntan lotion, hot dogs, burgers, snacks, and more – Zack's is on board as the Surfrider Foundation's newest Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) member.
Surfrider's Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Advisory Board Director Tony Soriano and Zack’s founder Mike Ali announced that Zack's, which has been operating by the Huntington Beach Pier for 47-years, is a certified OFR participant now and will be utilizing methods that reduce the amount of pollution in the ocean and protect sea life.
OFRs pledge to follow environmental guidelines that emphasize reducing and recycling. That means avoiding polystyrene containers, plastic bottles and plastic take-out bags. Straws and plastic utensils for take-out orders are only provided on request. OFRs follow water conservation and energy efficient practices that preserve our natural resources.
Popular with surfers, locals and tourists alike, Zack's describes itself as "Your one stop shop for beach, food and fun!" Regulars keep coming back for its breakfast burritos, hamburgers and jumbo hot dogs, corn dogs and fish and chips. And, if you've always wanted to hit the waves, you can even sign up for a surfing lesson.
Ali, who runs the family-owned business, got involved in food service from his days in the Army when he used to feed the troops. Since then his focus has been on making sure that beach-goers in the OC have everything they need to enjoy a day of sand and surf.
And on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2), when the world focuses on Pennsylvania to see if local weather guru groundhog Punxutawney Phil sees see his shadow (predicting six more weeks of winter) surfers in Huntington Beach celebrate a different way – gathering at Zack’s for Wavehog Day.
Zack's also has a Zack's Too at Pacific Coast Hwy and Beach Blvd. and a Zack's Salt Creek on the Beach Burger in Dana Point, CA. So, when you're cruising along PCH there's always a place to go.
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