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Local’s Guide to Long Beach Eating

Written by Cindy Marie Jenkins on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 3:49pm.

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You can probably guess that a place like Long Beach has some of the best seafood in SoCal, but that’s not all, not by a long shot. Whether you need a classy happy hour to take a client or a brunch for the whole family, you can find it here.

  • Royal Cup Cafe. 994 Redondo Ave.  Regulars have their favorite gourmet sandwiches and smoothies, but we suggest you try something new at every visit. Royal Cup pairs your neighborhood cafe vibe with live acoustic music, art shows and even a vintage shop. Perfect place to try if you’re searching for your ideal Long Beach nook.

  • The Stave. 170 The Promenade North.  I don’t know about you, but when I drink whiskey, I want it to be part of the overall experience. I want the bartender to take some clues about me and make a suggestion. I want my friends who are just interested in some good wine or beer to also have a great selection. I want the atmosphere to match the quality of drink.

And I don’t want to have to wear high heels to do it. Enter The Stave. Dress up or stay casual; they welcome you either way.

  • Sir Winston's Restaurant and Lounge on board The Queen Mary. If fancy dress and Beef Wellington does tickle your fancy, then head on over to this iconic ship and enjoy their award-winning dining with beautiful views. We hear the seared scallops are especially tasty. And of course, it wouldn’t be The Queen Mary without an option to dine, then go on a haunted tour.

  • La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana. 2945 East Broadway. The literal translation of “la parolaccia” is “bad language.” Why would anyone use that name for their family restaurant? To the management, it is a welcoming phrase, a “come as you are and bring the whole family” phrase. La Parolaccia has a number of delicious, genuine Italian items, as well as an “In House” Party Menu.

  • The Potholder Cafe. 3700 E Broadway, 301 W Broadway & 2246 N. Lakewood Blvd.  The Potholder is simply a staple of local Long Beach casual dining; so much so that they now have three locations! It’s a great spot for families or a good quick bite on your way into work. If you want an old timey diner feel with fresh ingredients, you need to try this place.

  • Rance’s Pizza. 5258 E 2nd St, Belmont Shore. “The best deep dish pizza I’ve had” is a mighty phrase, and not one to throw around a dinner party lightly. Executive Chef and Founder Rance Ruiz fell in love with deep dish pizza while visiting his sister in Chicago, and worked to bring that very specific taste to his home in Orange County. Pair it with one of their eighteen taps (I personally suggest Golden Road’s Wolf Among Weeds) and you really can’t go wrong.

  • Roe Seafood. 5374 E 2nd St. I started this list to give you options above and beyond seafood, but Roe’s can’t be missed for an excellent happy hour or dining experience. You get a free ceviche if you check in on Yelp, which encourages people to leave reviews (for better or for worse). If you’re into cocktails, might I suggest the Lavender Detox or Tobacco Roe’d? Pair that with their delectable oysters to add a happy tummy to your night out.

  • The Crooked Duck. 5096 E. Pacific Coast Highway. For excellent casual brunch, any local would direct you to The Crooked Duck. They almost lost me with the story of how they got their name, but won me right back with a quote at the bottom of their site: “Our parking sucks, but our food is worth it.” The menu has all the great American offerings plus wine or beer pairings. Make reservations for parties of six or more.

  • Belmont Brewing Company. 25 39th Place. Sometimes you don’t have the patience to take your child to a high end restaurant, and just need to know that it’s a family-friendly restaurant and your food will taste great. This is when Belmont Brewing Company becomes your best friend. Get a table on the patio and enjoy all the fine brews and food literally on the beach

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