Long Beach Casual and Friendly
Hi all, I'm looking for a place to go tonight with my Husband and a friend (whom I haven't met). Someplace reasonably priced where we can sit and have drinks, some nibbles and decent conversation. Definitely can't be too noisy, since we want to catch-up and I'm not sure how good his English is. I'm from L.A. proper and have no clue about Long Beach. Any recs?
There are actually several places on 2nd street that might fit your bill- there is Open Sesame for Lebanese (one of my favorites), La Creperie for crepes- they also have live music, Belmont Station for Mexican (could be a little loud depending on if it's a game day), or Naples Rib Company for BBQ (I like this better than Lucille's). Otherwise, you can head to the Pine Ave area where you find your standard chains- Gladstones, PF Changs, Yard House. Not overwhelmingly spectacular food, but it's really nice eating by the water. Also- you may want to consider the Seal Beach area- Koi's is great for sushi, and there are some fun Irish Pubs (O'Malley's, Muldoons) you can also grab a drink, some food, and just hang out...
Theres also a pub in Naples that isn't bad - Limericks 2nd. Food is good. Beer and wine only. The two above mentioned pubs are good as well.
Its a bit of a bar (I like bars) but the food is very good and it is out of the way, and very affordable - Curleys on Cherry and Willow (north west side, behind the oil rig).
Burgers, chili. - mixed drinks.
Joe Josts is also tops...beer only. dont fear picked eggs! The definition of casual and friendly. Beer only. A long beach classic, actually our only classic.
There are two good choices on Broadway - LG's on the north side of Broadway past Redondo (accross from The Library) is a good, quiet pub. Across the street is the Reno Room, once a great dive bar till the remodeled, but they have a very small mexican (Coco Reno's) next door/attached that is fairly good mexican.
otherwise list above is very good.