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kevin Oct 18, 2006 04:58 AM

I'll be at the Convention center today, tomorrow and thursday for the Realtors expo.

Anyways, what's good to eat in the area? anywhere in Long Beach is ok, does not necessarily have to be walking distance.

So far i've had Angelo's italian deli for the subs, which is pretty good, sort of like the bay cities of long beach but more authentic and tinier, looks like a nook that would fit right in somewhere in Greenwich Village.

Is Open Sesame worthwhile? What about 555 East (steakhouse?), and are they open for lunch too? is Springbrook bar and grill any good?

Anything worthwhile in the Belmont Shore/2nd St/Naples area?

Oh, and lastly has anyone tried a joint called Fringale ( or new name Bacchus) in Naples on 2nd were they serve only traditional prixe-fixe French country meals? any good?

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    Njbaemg RE: kevin Oct 18, 2006 05:20 AM

    555 is a great steakhouse but can get pricey - everything is a la carte. In the shore, there is a great little Italian restaurant on LaVerne just off 2nd Street called Cafe Gazelle. If you like tapas or a wine bar, try Biggs on 2nd Street.

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      kevin RE: kevin Oct 18, 2006 05:36 AM

      thanks, the deli is directly right across from cafe gazelle, but cafe gazelle looked like it was shuttered or maybe just open in the evenings.

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        Ernie RE: kevin Oct 18, 2006 06:02 AM

        I agree with 555 for steak and Gazelle is a great cozy little place for Italian. Especially like their calamari dishes and only open for dinner

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        Njbaemg RE: kevin Oct 18, 2006 05:40 AM

        it might just be open in the evenings. I've only ever been there for dinner. You can also try The House of Madame Jo Jo or Christy's on Broadway.

        1. blackbookali RE: kevin Oct 18, 2006 03:40 PM

          Open Sesame is great.

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            FED RE: kevin Oct 18, 2006 04:50 PM

            personally, i prefer sunnin to open sesame, though both are good. if you're downtown, as opposed to belmont shore, you should also check out george's greek restaurant on pine, roscoe's chicken and waffles, and one of my personal favorite's, uncle al's on first street in the east village

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              Dommy RE: FED Oct 18, 2006 05:04 PM

              George's is now on 2nd street too!! I also really enjoy sunnin and open sesame. Belmont shore It's a great spot for mediterean now... :)


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                CynD RE: FED Oct 18, 2006 05:11 PM

                We had an absolutely forgettable meal at Uncle Al's. I couldn't recommend it. Open Sesame (north African/Moroccan) or Sunnin (Lebanese/Armenian) are both excellent. Sunnin serves a Lebanese beer which is very light and non-filling. George's, on Pine or on 2nd, is quite good. Christy's is a higher priced, fancier place which is consistently good. If you want a higher-end great meal, try Frenchy's on Anaheim near Redondo.

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                kevin RE: kevin Oct 18, 2006 04:55 PM

                is uncle al's walking distance from the convention center (like about a mile or so away, )

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                  FED RE: kevin Oct 18, 2006 05:35 PM

                  i should have pointed out that uncle al's is good for one thing--their poboy sandwiches. i've never ordered anything else, but those are terrific. other than 555, i think it's the closest restaurant to the convention center of any mentioned--certainly closer than those in belmont shore.

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                    CynD RE: FED Oct 18, 2006 06:50 PM

                    Thanks for the info. We had fried catfish and some other fish (snapper?), which were served with canned string beans and inedible corn bread, and it was gawdawful. Will have to give the poboy a try.

                  2. Carrie 218 RE: kevin Oct 18, 2006 07:06 PM

                    Sorry to hear about Uncle Al's -- it was one of the few SoCal restaurants I miss when I moved to NoCal; his shrimp rolls were great as was all his fried fish and peach cobbler dessert.

                    I also miss Open Sesame, Z Pizza, and Babette's Feast (incomparable Opera Cake!)

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                      wilp RE: kevin Oct 19, 2006 04:35 AM

                      Beer - Joe Josts on Anaheim and Orange. A classic beer bar. PBR on tap and picked eggs may sound bad now, but - you'll see!

                      Fine - Frenchy's - Great French on Anaheim between Ximeno and Termino. A birthday favorite, great food and serivce and wine.

                      Fine - Christy's on Broadway at Mira Mar - Always a quality, low key fine dining place. Ital/Cal with good wines in a nice, out of the way location.

                      Fine - Cafe Gazelle mentioned above (La Verne off 2nd)- What? 5 tables, 1 Chef and darned good food. A nice place if you want to stroll 2nd street and catch the sights.

                      Chinese - Chens on Broadway at Cherry (1/2 block to east) Good to great chinese (really good hot and sour soup) in a family style atmosphere. A favorite.

                      Sushi - Aki has a new place on Redondo and 7th behind Starbucks. Only good sushi in town.

                      Thai - Long beach Thai - Redondo at Anahiem in strip mall behind McD's drive-through - Yet see another gringo, except me, yet in a viet and cambodian neighborhood. Great food, cheap.

                      Springbok at Shoreline village. Only place worth a shit in Shoreline (sorry Yardhouse lovers) Great bar, good quality beer and good food.

                      Oyster bar at Kings fishouse on pine. - always a good selection, hope your on an expense account, if so, go for it.

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