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Mar 31, 2007 01:15 PM

Chow recs in Long Beach

Looking for Chow Recs in Long Beach near Loynes and PCH. My wife and I have a couple of hours free and we'll be in the area. Casual Dress and/or maybe a fun place to eat. Look forward to hearing from some of you esteemed chowhounds. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Enrique's is right at that corner. Lots of people love it but I only love a few dishes, I feel the rest are typical Mexican fare. Their appetizers/starters are unique--I really like the stuffed peppers. They also have a slow-cooked shank that is really, really good. Only beer & wine served.

    My new favorite place is only about a mile from there in Seal Beach (just a bit south on PCH) on Main Street....Beachwood BBQ. They have dry-rub style and the baby-back ribs are awesome.

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    1. re: bohemiana

      I took home baby backs from Beachwood last night, and once again, they were perfect. I have to agree that Beachwood is excellent.

    2. Go South on PCH, take a right on 2nd street. Stay on 2nd Street until you cross Bayshore. Once you cross Bayshore, look for the following restaurants...
      1. Taco Surf on the left
      2. Domenico's on the right - Pizza, Pasta, good salad and dressing

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      1. re: FDawson

        Taco Surf is o.k. and Domenico's is o.k. (the pizza is o.k. but the pasta is sub-par) but neither are places I would direct someone to go if they are only in the area for one meal. They could go into any restaurant on 2nd Street and get an o.k. meal.

      2. In the WOW shopping center there is Tantalum, although there are mixed reviews on the food, go for a drink in the bar and I like their calamari appetizers. On the other end of the center is a Indian restaurant and also a Persian restaurant, both are good and all three of these are next to the water.

        For wonderful sushi, go south on PCH to Seal Beach and try Restaurant KOI. You must sit at the sushi bar and best is to sit w/Tako.

        Have fun.

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        1. re: justagthing

          The room at Tantalum is nice, the food is eh (and overpriced for the quality). My experience of extremely slow service is apparently not unique on the restaurant side. I agree to go for drinks and appetizers and possibly try one of the other two restaurants there. Enrique's can get waiting-room only crowded for dinner, so might not be the best choice for dinner. There are also a few chain restaurants (Ruby's, CPK) and a pretty good fish restaurant (Jimmy's) in the shopping center diagonally opposite Marina Pacifica, that has the Trader Joe's.

          1. re: mlgb

            Oh yes, we have water in Long Beach...that reminds me to recommend The Belmont Brewing Company at the pier with a nice water view and outdoor dining. They have burgers, sandwiches, salads and some nice entrees. Just go down 2nd street all the way to where it flows on to Ocean Blvd. The BBC is right behind Vons at the pier.

            1. re: bohemiana

              I can't imagine going to Belmont Brewing Company for anything other than the view. Food is mediocre at best. I'd recomment McKenna's Creek, in the marina center off of Marina Drive & 2nd (on the far side, near Seal Beach) for better food with a view. Tantalum is better as well.

              1. re: CynD

                I took some clients to the BBC last week and I had an pablano cream soup that was fantastic. True, I had an average grilled artichoke. My husband ordered duck breast, which he was quite happy with. And you can't say anything bad about the peach/berry cobbler. I've never heard anything bad about BBC before, especially compared to mixed opinions of Tantalum and Biggs. I'll have to try La Palapa as an alternative for waterside dining.

                1. re: bohemiana

                  I've usually ordered fish or chicken at BBC, and can honestly say that I've been disappointed each time. I really wanted to like the place. After about four tries, I gave up going there. I'm glad you had a good experience.

                  1. re: CynD

                    I like beer and the view so I'm tolerant, but meals have always been standard at the BBC.. except... my wife dreams about the tomato soup with the baked crust (Tuscan Tomato?) we make a good verison at home now, no reason to go to BBC anymore.

              2. re: bohemiana

                I had some SEVERELY undercooked halibut there once. Ick. I can't get over it.

            2. re: justagthing

              The Indian restaurant you're referring to is called Kamal Palace and it is excellent. We usually do a small lunch of the Keema Samosas and some Mullagatawny soup, but their Nan is delicious as well and I have thoroughly enjoyed every other dish I've tried there. Definitely recommend it.

              Kamal Palace Cuisine of India
              6374 E Pacific Coast Hwy Ste A, Long Beach, CA 90803

            3. BIGGS on 2nd st.

              STARLING DINER

              or grab some wine and cheese at WILD OATS and rent a duffy at BAY BOAT RENTALS if it's a beautiful day and tool around the bay.

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              1. re: revets2

                Biggs has changed ownership and I haven't heard one good thing about it since. I was there a couple of years ago when it first opened and recommended it to everyone. Now that it's changed hands I've had at least four people tell me to steer clear.

                So, if you want second hand cautionary advice, there you have it.

                Good casual food: La Palapa!! So good, and a SUPER fun place. It's right by the pier off of 2nd and Livingston. Their nachos are amazing, and they have some really fun music. Ooh, be sure to get a mojito. Jason makes the best ones on the west coast.

                1. re: Melissavina

                  Wow! Did La Palapa change owners? I had not heard any good reviews about this place.

                  1. re: justagthing

                    I don't think they did. I love it there, but I've only been going for a couple of years or so. I went to a wedding there a few months ago and got to see the reception area upstairs... really cool!

                    I recommend it to lots of people. Where did you hear the bad reviews?

                    1. re: Melissavina

                      Bad reviews from friends, but those were a few years ago, so maybe they changes owners or the chef since then. What dishes do you recommend? Am willing to give it a go.

                      1. re: justagthing

                        Well, the nachos truly are to die for. And they make a killer special salad that's not on the menu called the "Bella Diablo" if you ask for that, you won't be disappointed.

                        And wash it down with a mojito, man, that's some good stuff.
                        I imagine that angels will pour that down my gullet in heaven.

                  2. re: Melissavina

                    The food at Biggs is still good, but the menu is not longer small plates, which makes me sad. They have horrible wine, and while their soju cocktails are tasty one can only drink so many. I also find it strangely loud there no matter how many or how few people are in the place.

                    1. re: teach

                      I walked in about a month ago to peek at the menu, they did have tapas on the menu, So I'm not sure why you thought they didn't.
                      but we realized we'd been there before with a bad experience... we didn't stay to eat.

                2. Just north on PCH is Green Field, a Brasilian Churrascaria. A very Brasilian feel. Don't let the "all you can eat" part scare you away from a unique, fun, and tasty dining experience. They have a huge salad bar, and great cuts of grilled meat are brought to your table and served from the skewer.

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                  1. re: bbirch

                    Green Field is great, but you have to really like meat.

                    We love Natraj on 2nd Street, and Pappaluci's has great calzones.

                    Another great option for Italian is Pasta al Dente - it's just off of 2nd street on Naples Island.