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Going to the court house in the morning. Any one out there who can suggest a cheap place to eat either breakfast or lunch sammys nearby. Thanks :)KQ

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  1. This place has been my fav for several months. The Blue stack, the sausage, vegi om...

    Egg Heaven Cafe. (Cash Only – Very good breakfast and burgers)
    4358 East 4th St. (Corner of East 4th and Ximeno St.)
    Long Beach, CA
    (562) 433-9277

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    1. re: JeetJet

      Unfortunately not very close to the courthouse.

      Pine Ave. isn't too far away, but it sounds like you'd like a cafe more, and most of those are a bit further east in the arts district. If you can make the walk past LB Blvd., there are a few good places there--sorry I don't know any names, though!

      1. re: Evan G

        For lunch there is that Greek place on Pine Ave. Also, Roscoe's on Broadway if fried chicken sounds good.

        1. re: JeetJet

          ah, but don't forget the waffles and the grits are great.

    2. Breakfast stop by the Pantry at Cherry and Broadway - good breakfast.

      Go across Ocean and down to the water for lunch. The Pike is nice take your pick for food, but nothing outstanding. Go to Shoreline Village on the other side of Shoreline Dr. again, nothing spectacular but nothing to avoid.

      There is a Daily Grill a short walk at the World Trade Center Building. For cheap here is a good Carnitas Michoacan restaurant behind the Court on Broadway - walk back there and you cant miss the sign. Sorry only 1 visit, good carnitas tacos, but cant vouch.

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      1. re: wilp

        Thanks for the suggestions. But what about driving to either Jongewaard's on Atlantic or Coffee Cup Cafe @ E. 4th and Redondo?? Prefer cafe/coffee house type-a place. Egg Heaven is ok too is good since we'll have a car. Going to file papers no need to be there all day.


        1. re: Kitchen Queen

          If you have the time to tool around you should check out Benley on Wardlow. Vietnamese food with an edge. Super fresh and ultra hip tiny place. Prices are silly for the quality of food you get.

          1. re: Kitchen Queen

            Since you will drive if need be, try Long Beach Museum of Art, beautiful bluff-top location overlooking the water, and really tasty food. Beautiful exhibits in the galleries as well. They are at: 2300 E. Ocean, Long Beach.


            1. re: Kitchen Queen

              This is my breakfast / burger list for LB. I did not like Coffee Cup for their burger and my wife said she felt her sausage, ham, bacon breakfast had no flavor and would rather have stayed with Egg Heaven. I will try to talk her into Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil cuz we have not tried it yet. If you do please post about what you had

              Chuck's Coffee Shop (good breakfast and burgers)
              4120 E Ocean Blvd
              Long Beach, CA
              (562) 433-9317

              Egg Heaven Cafe. (Cash Only – Very good breakfast and burgers)
              4358 East 4th St. (Corner of East 4th and Ximeno St.)
              Long Beach, CA
              (562) 433-9277

              The Potholder Café (good breakfast)
              3700 E. Broadway,
              Long Beach, CA
              (562) 433-9305
              Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

              Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil (my next stop – all reviews are good)
              3697 Atlantic Ave
              Long Beach, CA 90807
              (562) 595-0396

              Coffee Cup Café (Breakfast maybe and the salads look good but the dressing in nothing special, seem more like the hip place to eat than a hound place)
              3734 E 4th St (at Grand Ave.)
              Long Beach, CA 90814-1658
              (562) 433-3292
              My post on Coffee Cup http://www.chowhound.com/topics/39878...

              Eggs Etc (good breakfast
              )550 Redondo Ave
              Long Beach, CA 90814
              (562) 433-9588

              1. re: JeetJet

                Thanx JeetJet -

                We don't have much time to "toole" around but, grabing a bite before heading back on that dreaded highway towards the SFV (home) would make the necessary trip more worthwhile. Chuck's cafe is closer I presume but, what is better this or Egg Heaven?

                1. re: Kitchen Queen

                  Sorry, I went to bed and... Anyway, I like Egg Heaven more.

                2. re: JeetJet

                  I go to Bake & Broil just about every week--I like it that much. When I'm not there for breakfast, I usually get either the burger with grilled onions or the roast beef sandwich. They also have very good chili, and they have a nice meal called the chili size--salad, bowl of chili, and half a grilled cheese. It's a lot of food!

                  They also have daily specials--I'm a fan of the baked spaghetti. I recommend the French onion soup also.

                  But for driving from the courthouse, Bake & Broil would probably be too far if your lunch break is 1 hour. It can take a while to drive up Atlantic, and while I doubt the restaurant would be busy in the middle of the day, it's a really popular place--I've had to wait at 10:30 on a Friday morning.

                  1. re: Evan G

                    What's good for breakfast at BB?

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      Just about everything. I usually go with a standard bacon & eggs, they have very good omelettes (spinach & feta being my favorite). I saw someone get a banana caramel pancake thing that looked absolutely decadent.

                      The best thing about breakfast is the fruit preserves that they have out, so be sure to order toast. Fresh and homemade--there's one that has strawberries, but there's something else in there that I can't put my finger on, and there is a peach one.

                    2. re: Evan G

                      I'm a big fan of Bake & Broil too, love their hamburgers (grilled onions too!), pies, and French onion soup. Everything tastes homemade. Breakfast is also wonderful, the specials are good, especially their decadent pancakes

                      1. re: Ernie

                        Oh yes, the pies! How could I have forgotten...

                        Thanksgiving and Christmas means one thing for me: the Holiday Lush pie from Bake & Broil. It's the best pie I've ever had. The Summer Lush (with peaches and raspberries) is also really good.

                  2. re: Kitchen Queen

                    Jongewaard's is worth the drive, if you've nowhere else to be. Straight up Atlantic, Northward's from downtown. Very cute, locally-loved place. Diner-type comfort food a notch or two higher than usual. Try the baked goods. There also may be a small wait...but maybe not on a weekday mid-morning.

                3. Hi -

                  The closest, and probably most comfortable - popular with locals, is Omelette Inn http://www.omeletteinn.com/248806.html. You can acatually walk to it from the courthouse (have done it myself). 3rd Street runs behind the courthouse, which is between Pacific and Magnolia. The Omelette Inn is on the corner of Pacific and 3rd. I think they are open until lunch then it shuts down. Business is brisk in the morning. I've never been there for lunch but, if you want something close and maybe a panini (I've only had pasta dishes there, actually don't know if they make panini but you can check out their website http://www.latraviata301.com/lunch.htm), or a nice sit down lunch, if you walk behind the courthouse and straight up Cedar, you can have a nice lunch at La Traviatta -- I'd recommend that. It's a nice restaurant.
                  Hope these help. The other suggestions given are not that close to the courthouse (I'm very familiar with that area and the courthouse; all the ones given are driving distance (if you have to get back to the courthouse for second call or something like that).

                  And I would not recommend the Park Pantry - no, no, no.

                  oh, across the street from the courthouse on Ocean and Magnolia is a coffee house that serves lunch - you definitely can walk there.

                  buen provecho

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                  1. re: tiamarty

                    Yes the little coffee shop across the street from the courthouse is pretty good.

                    There's a Super Mex somewhere down there, and I think you can get to Pine Avenue and King's Pine Ave Fish House pretty easily walking.

                    1. re: mlgb

                      The only good thing about Super Mex is the salsa - probably one of the best salsa's around town (and anywhere, really) and the huevos ranchero's - not the absolute best huevos rancheros, but pretty damned good. They use a home-made fresh sauce (guisado) over the eggs (actually, it's the sauce that's used in their chile verde dishes (not a canned tomato deal). But Supermex isn't walking distance -- it's over on 1st and Alamitos. Sadly, Long Beach is pretty barren when it comes to 'good' mexican food. It's surprising, but it's true. For a short cut way to good Chile con Carne - buy some SuperMex salsa and mix at home with your choice cut meat - it comes the closest to my father's recipe which I have not been able to duplicate completely.

                      1. re: tiamarty

                        So you don't rate Brite Spot or Enrique's?

                        1. re: Evan G

                          Enrique's is too bland. The tacos de papa are always too wet and tasteless. I've tried them several times to make sure I wasn't being unfair but it's the same everytime - Enrique's is one of those Mexican restaurants that tries to appeal to every palette and misses the mark.

                          Haven't tried Brite Spot - it scares me to go in - it doesn't look clean. But have been thinking of going in anyway.

                          1. re: tiamarty

                            Which Brite Spot are you thinking of? I've only been to the one on Anaheim near Redondo, and the one on San Antonio. The SA one is nicer inside--they just opened--but the Anaheim one is perfectly fine. There is one further west on Anaheim that I would say looks dingier.

                            I have to disagree on Enrique's. I don't think it's anything out of this world, but I think it's really good for a non-threatening, middle-of-the-road Mexican place. I only go to the one on Artesia and Downey though--I'd never wait as long as you have to for the PCH location.

                            1. re: Evan G

                              i disagree on enrique's, too. it' s certainly not the brain-stopping brilliance it has been written up to be, but i have been perfectly happy eating there. the pork shank, in particular, is quite wonderful and is the kind of dish that isn't offered at most mexican places. granted, it doesn't have the low charm of Taco Loco No. 3 (or the tripe tacos!), but there's room for more than one type of mexican restaurant, right?

                              1. re: FED

                                I agree with both you and Evan G - it's not brain-stopping or out of this world. I will have guacamole there. I won't wait for a meal there though. I'd just as soon go to an Acapulco or Torito, neither of those are show stoppers but they serve clean, descent food. You just have to be in the mood for it and be okay with middle of the road food. Haven't tried the pork shank, and it might be outstanding, I don't know. But the 'sason', the seasoning, the simplicity of mexican food, just isn't there - even though their food is simple; it just misses the mark, It's not horrible, it's a different type of mexican dining - just not what I'm willing to wait in a line for. I'm more likely to go to Los Compadres (killer home-made corn tortillas) for some dishes - still not willing to wait in a line for that either. The problem with mexican food in Long Beach is that there isn't a single restaurant that is strong overall. Every restaurant has one or two good things.

                                I'll have to check out Taco Loco thought; have never even heard of it. Where's it located?

                                There's a little place in Bell, Mi Casita, which is run by Chefs Jaime and Ramiro which I might be willing to wait in a line for - maybe - I hate lines though.

                                1. re: tiamarty

                                  I'd like to hear what other places you like...any near LB?

                                  1. re: tiamarty

                                    taco loco is probably the single best Southern California-style taco stand I've been to, meaning it has all the standards--carnitas, asada, buche, lengua, tripas, etc. but they are all done exceptionally well (the tripas are stewed and then crisped on the griddle before going into the taco). It's on Magnolia between Anaheim and PCH. Be sure to ask for the homemade tortillas.

                                    1. re: FED

                                      Is that the place on the west side of the street, next to a pool alley? I know there's a really good taco place on Magnolia in that neighborhood, but I might be thinking of a different place.

                                      1. re: Evan G

                                        i'm not sure what you meant about a pool alley, but it's on the west side of the street. it's in a strip mall. started out being one corner of it but has gradually taken over just about the whole thing.

                                        1. re: FED

                                          I haven't been in a couple of years, but that sounds like what I was thinking of. I meant a pool hall...but then again, maybe it was just a bar. Googling it for the map, I'm pretty sure that's the place I was thinking of.

                                          Here's what Bandini said about a different El Taco Loco location: http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/2006/04/...

                                    2. re: tiamarty

                                      Agree. Went to Enrique's based on Chowhound.. eh. But the guac and hot chips... yum.

                                      1. re: tiamarty

                                        I got the name wrong (don't want to send you to the Montebello when I meant Bell) to the restaurant in Bell it's called La Casita Mexicana on Gage, in Bell, CA.

                              2. re: tiamarty

                                If you are doing jury duty at the court house I think you can take the Passport to Supermex.

                            2. re: tiamarty

                              absolutely omelet inn. or absolutely georgie's. both are walking distance and good. if you feel like fish, so is ocean avenue. i ate dinner at la traviata at la traviata recently and i have to stay it was pretty dismal. food was simple but sloppy and the prices were out of all proportion to the quality ($22 for indifferent pasta with chopped tomatoes?). it is a pretty room, however, and the host is quite amiable.

                              1. re: FED

                                That's too bad. I'll have to try them again to see if the quality has gone south.

                            3. Thank you all for this information. S.O. and I will take another journey to L.B.courthouse on Friday. We'll have the day on our side (NOT jury duty) and may just spend time along the shoreline. Thank you Kevin -May just have to go to Bake and Broil for a lunch thing. S.O. loves burgers. Cheers all! :)KQ

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                              1. re: Kitchen Queen

                                I went this AM -- early. Great Chicken Fried Steak. If S.O. gets that burger then you must tell here....

                                See my post at

                                1. re: JeetJet

                                  Thank you all for this thread however, we were unable to take advantage of some of your great options. We arrived to court at 10:30A and did not leave until 4:30P! We were exhausted and had no energy to travel far. We took the car around the corner, parked and walked over to Kings. We were the only one sitting outside and were able to finally relax a little. It was quiet and our server was really terrific. I absolutely love the danish walnut salad. So, that and a cup of soup with toasty sourdough and a cup of coffee. I was a happy camper. Maybe next time we can take advantage of a new yummy shop as we'll have to go down again in June.
                                  Again, appreciate all your suggestions. :)KQ

                                  1. re: JeetJet

                                    Glad to hear you liked Bake & Broil! I went for dinner there last night. Unfortunately, they had run out of the strawberry lush pies by the time our waiter had come back to ask what we wanted--if B&B has a downside, it's that sometimes the service can be a bit off, depending on who you have.

                                    1. re: Evan G

                                      Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil (good -- Nuff Said!)
                                      3697 Atlantic Ave (At 37th st.)
                                      Long Beach, CA 90807
                                      (562) 595-0396

                                      The Cinnamon Roll was large, fluffy and sweet without over doing it and likewise for the Red Velvet and Chocolate cupcakes – both so moist! The Sticky Bun was also perfect. So sweet yet no sugar rush like moist good ones leave you. Next time I will take closer note of the prices. It just seem to me that the prices are better than any of those places we hear so much about here. I will be going back this week for either the burger or a pot pie. Maybe both because I like to try a burger cold to see if it taste good because to me that is the best indicator of a good burger. I will also take home one of those Lush pies you mention – sounds so good. The Chicken Fried Steak I had was simply the best I have had in the L.A. area. IMO the Swing Inn in Old Town Temecula is a little better because of the crisp batter resulting from the traditional cooking in a pan of deep hot oil. But hey, Bake 'n Broil is much closer and the Swing Inn does not have the “Bake” part in their name. I will be spending some time at Bake 'n Broil and trying a number of things. Again, thanks to you and all who have posted about ths place. One of the best finds on LA Chowhound.

                                      1. re: JeetJet

                                        Try Bake & Broil's fresh apricot pie when in season, it is unbelievably good