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OC's Best Cobb Salad: Seal Beach, Huntington Beach


The Cobb salad is a great summer time dish with a variety of ingredients packed with flavor. Whether you're looking for a light brunch or starter to share while waiting for the main course, you can't go wrong. The salad originates right here in Southern California. Looking for places where you get a good Cobb salad in Orange County, CA? Look no further!

For a Cobb salad in Seal Beach, the hangout is one of the best Seal Beach Restaurants - The Hangout. With calming oceans views and steps to the waterfront, it's a great start to a relaxing afternoon. We have some of the best cocktails in town. Our Bloody Marys in particular are out of this world. Free parking for two hours is available on Main Street. Park next to the pier for 2 hours at $3.

Our Cobb salad in Huntington Beach is equally satisfying. The restaurant is smaller but the feeling of a cafe and elements of Surf City USA are combined. For outside seating, it's one of the best restaurants in Huntington Beach with free parking. There's no time restrictions and no need to validate.

For wine pairing with a Cobb salad in Orange County, we recommend a fruity white wine that will lift and highlight the flavors of the salad. Wines such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay work nicely.

Origin and History of Cobb Salad

Brown Derby Restaurant, Los Angeles

Brown Derby Restaurant, Los Angeles

The Cobb salad takes its name after restauranteur Robert Howard Cobb and was created at the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, California. According to historical sources, the year was 1937. He had not eaten and found himself hungry shortly before midnight. Mr. Cobb proceeded to search the refrigerator with his hands scurrying to find leftover ingredients that he threw together. Thus, the Cobb salad was born. 

The Hollywood Brown Derby in 1952

The Hollywood Brown Derby in 1952

The Brown Derby was founded by Herbert Somborn with Robert Cobb helping to turn it into a small chain. The original restaurant opened in 1926 on 3427 Whilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles opposite The Ambassador Hotel by Wilson Mizner. Jack Warner who founded Warner Brothers Studios provided financial backing. Of the three restaurants, the Whilshire location became the most known. Its distinguished architecture was borrowed from a derby hat.

The second restaurant called the Hollywood Brown Derby opened in 1929 at 1628 Vine Street. It soon became the "it place" with close proximity to the movie studios. Caricatures of Hollywood's most prominent actors and comedians adjoined its walls drawn by artist Jack Lane.

In 1931, a 3rd restaurant opened on 9537 Whilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills.

A 4th restaurant opened on Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue. Although the building changed hands many times, it was eventually historically preserved.  

Disney acquired the rights and constructed a replica in 1989 for an Orlando park which still operates at present. Many of the caricatures reside there, the only thing left from one of Hollywood's most iconic restaurants. 

Cobb Salad Restaurants Near Me

'Where can I get a good Cobb Salad Near Me?' Visit our restaurants in Seal Beach or Huntington Beach! We have serve great cocktails, Craft Beers, and wine.


Hangout Too Southern Bar & Grill
16446 Bolsa Chica St
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Telephone: (657) 204-9306
Hours: 11:30am - 11:00 pm daily
Dining: Until 9:00 pm
Cuisine: New American
Reservations: No
Dog Friendly: Yes, patio
Cash, Visa, MC, Discover, Amex
Parking: Hassle-free parking, no time restrictions.


The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar
901 Ocean Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Telephone: (562) 431-4888
Sun-Thurs 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri & Sat 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisine: New American
Reservations: No

  • Free on Main Street for 2 hours
  • Seal Beach Pier $3.00/2 hours. $6 daily
  • Free on 8th & Central Ave 5pm to 10pm
  • Free at Marina Community Park (12 minute walk)

Historical Reference:

Wall Street Journal -
Cobb Salad Invention

Brown Derby Photo courtesy of doobybrain
**Second photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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