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Long Beach airport or along 405 North


I'm picking up my bf from Long Beach airport at 8:45pm tonight and was wondering if there are any good eats around the Long Beach airport or on the drive back on the 405 North (I live in West LA by the 10 and 405 fwys)

I usually stop by Kings Hawaiian but I thought I might see what else I could be missing around that area in the south bay or on the drive back...I dont mind if it's near the beach too...nothing fancy but just yummy-home cooking style would be awesome :)



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  1. Right up the street from King's Hawaiian is Shinsengumi Yakitori. It's open late too.

    1. I was all set to recommend my favorite Mexican fast-food joint, Baja Sonora (Clark at Spring), then I saw what time your BF is arriving. By the time you leave LGB, Baja Sonora will be either closed or close to closing.

      The reco for Shinsengumi Takitori sounds great, to be honest. This part of Long Beach doesn't have a wide assortment of late-night hangouts.

      1. do you have a particular type of food in mind? In the Belmont shore area, there are a couple of restaurants that you can try including Open Sesame for Mediterranian and Le Creperie for dessert. You can try Sophy's on Anahiem for Cambodian/Thai. Oh so much in Long Beach.

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        1. re: justagthing

          Where is Sophy's located? Is it in Anaheim or on a street named Anaheim? (sorry I dont know the area very well in Long Beach, so I figured you meant Anaheim as a street name but I wanted to confirm)

          Also, any dishes you'd recommend they specialize in? I've had lots of Thai but would be interested in the Cambodian side of it...Thanks!!

          1. re: coweepooh

            I love the Beef Salad and the soups. I don't know what all the dishes are called, the ones that I have tried. I usually ask the boys, as I call them, (the owner) to suggest something for me. I am never disappointed. The restaurant is located on Anaheim, just east of Redondo on the south side.
            The address is:
            3720 E. Anaheim St
            Here is a link for you: http://www.yelp.com/biz/lm86X5zQstKxd...

        2. Try Greenfield Brazilian BBQ on PCH just east of the traffic circle. $29.00 pp and a great salad bar, tremendous grilled meats and chicken hearts to boot.

          1. Davinci's is very good, great ambiance and food. It's right at the airport. www.stefanosdavinci.com

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            1. re: capitts

              reviews have been so-so for this place. I want to go for the view, but haven't heard great things about the food.

            2. wow so many quick replies...thanks so much :)

              yahh--Davinci's looks nice but I was thinking some place more casual though I'll keep it in mind for next time!

              I guess something asian would be fine, and yah--it would have to be someplace that opens till atleast 10-10:30pm.

              1. Two "drive by's" to suggest. You may need multiple targets to see what looks good and what is open.

                Go down 2nd street from PCH to Ximeno... take lakewood to pch, then right on 2nd (or 405 to Palo verde). First is Naples..on the left side. .Nico's is a Christy Bono restaurant and very good cal/italian...Limricks Irish is good, fish and chips are very good, FORA and Bacchus are excellent mid priced sit town. Kelly's is a very good old school steak and martini kind of place. Skip Sushi of Naples at all costs.

                Over the bridge is covered above ..on second but I dont think anybody mentioned Cafe Gazelle on La Verne is a favorite. Tiny place, great service, great Italian.

                If you (for some reason) fail.. go north a few streets to Broadway. Christy's is another Bono place and my favorite of her 3..quiet cal/ital style place. really good.. Pub food at LG's is very good, its 3 blocks past Christy's on the right. Skip Lashers.

                Keep going down Broadway almost to cherry is a great chinese place - Chens - on the right 1/2 block before Cherry...still nothing to to "Mecca" in Long Beach - North on Cherry to anahem and on to Joe Josts...Schoner and a pickled egg, now that home made.

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                1. re: wilp

                  From what I heard, the only restaurant that is still a Bono's is Bono's. Thought she sold the other two years ago.

                  Also, love Cafe Gazelle, but I don't think they are open that late.

                2. Another Thai place easier to find than Sophies, head north on Lakewood out of the LB Airport, turn left, i.e. west on Carson, until you hit Paramount which has a 7/11 on the corner. Go just thru the light and turn right into the 7/11 lot, continue into the adjacent lot for Thai Corner. My favorite dishes there are the green papaya salad, stirfry eggplant with black bean sauce, spicy chicken salad (nice grilled flavor), and pad see ew. Medium spicy is plenty spicy for most people.

                  I'm giving the detailed directions to their parking lot because of the annoying median dividers around that intersection. To get back to the freeway, you go back to Carson str, turn right, and then turn left on Cherry Ave.