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May 15, 2007 08:15 PM

LBC-Good Eats

We're visiting a friend next week & would love to know if there are any can't miss spots.
Any type of cuisine or price. I might have to do Roscoe's...

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  1. Benley is awesome! Very small place with very clean, fresh French inspired Vietnamese food. One of my favorite all time spots.

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    1. re: bubbles4me

      Hi Bubbles!

      LBC suggestions: YardHouse is fun if you like beer on tap and a fun atmosphere by the water.

      Nearby Seal Beach has an Irish pub we like called O'Malleys, located on Main Street Seal Beach which is near the Pier.

      And I second Benley!

      1. re: littlefrenchgirl

        IHey, my favorite little French girl! I've never been to O'Malleys...have to check it out

        1. re: bubbles4me

          O'Malley's is hardly notable for the food. It's a pub, and if you go with that kind of expectation, you'll be pleased. If you're in Seal Beach, across the street from O'Malley's is Beachwood BBQ, really excellent ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. My favorite sides are the collard greens, fried pickles, and the sweet potato fries are outstanding. Good microbrews, too, to complement the 'Q.

          1. re: CynD

            OK, since Pubs are being discussed. I have never been to the Auld Dubliner but my son has many times and keeps telling me to go. He likes the bangers and mash. They also serve dessert in the Iresh tradition. How about that place for food and drink in the center of the main drag of Long Beach?

            Auld Dubliner Irish Pub (Bangers and Mash, dessert)
            71 S Pine Ave
            Long Beach, CA 90802
            (562) 437-8300

            1. re: JeetJet

              Well, I have been to the Auld Dubliner for some private events as well and they have some great food there. It's been awhile, but I remember a pasta dish and something with scallops also a wonderful salad. Very popular with the college crowd on the weekends/nights, so if you want to eat, go earlier.

            2. re: CynD

              O'Malley's seems to have better pub food than most other joints around here, including Auld Dubliner, but that could be just my persective. For example, I like their fish tacos and their shepherd's pie. And I like their beer - very fresh kegs. The atmosphere is also decent for a pub, not too sleazy but casual enough.

              I haven't tried Beachwood BBQ but I'll give it a shot!

        2. "can't miss spots" -- OK, here are two can't miss spots. In fact, these are truly must trys. Of the two do Jongewaard's first and early in your trip because you will want to return before the end of your week for dessert at least one more time if not every day. Nice cottage ambiance. Egg Heaven Cafe has a cool 60's feel and down-home food. Both places are small and will have lines on the weekend but worth a wait.

          Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil (Breakfast, lunch, dinner -- try the Chicken Fried Steak, Pot pie, Burgers, Red Velvet and other cupcakes, sticky buns, Cakes and Pies made in house and so good! Try anything. Do a Chowhound search on this place)
          3697 Atlantic Ave (North of 405 – corner of 37th st.)
          Long Beach, CA 90807
          (562) 595-0396

          Egg Heaven Cafe. (Cash Only, breakfast and early lunch only– Very good breakfast and burgers. Blue stack, sausage, omelets are all very good. I like everything BUT the hash and biscuits and gravy)
          4358 East 4th St. (Corner of East 4th and Ximeno St.)
          Long Beach, CA
          (562) 433-9277

          1. Thanks for all of the replies.
            Sounds like we'll have to go to Benley, it sounds great.
            The Yardhouse as well as Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil.
            I'm getting hungry just thinking about all of it.
            I will abstain from O'Malley's as I work at better than average Irish Pub here in LV.

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            1. re: dbug31

              Awesome I think you will be quite pleased with the food! One note, they do not have a wine license so if you want wine you will have to bring it. (They have nice stemware)
              Enjoy and report back....I love it when people find this little gem.

            2. The beach-oriented area called Belmont Shore has several good cafe's and is worth a visit if you have time.
              La Creperie/ Yen/ Open Sesame,Supermex,Taco Surf and Aroma di Roma -AdiR has xlnt breakfast dishes,great Gelatto and very flavorful coffee .

              The Shore ( as it is known to locals ) has always been LBC"'s top stop for locals and visitors alike.

              be prepared to wait but people watching is superb

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              1. re: belmontvoicewebmaster

                Cafe Gazelle is right off 2nd St. and has incredible Italian food.

                1. re: belmontvoicewebmaster

                  I grew up in Long Beach and my Grandparents lived in The Shore but the thing that has been bumming me out is the growing number of chains down there, Lucielle's, Banana Republic etc...miss the good old days of Rainbow's ice cream.

                  1. re: bubbles4me

                    Wasn't there a place called Grandma's for sweets? miss that place too.

                    1. re: justagthing

                      I almost forgot about Grandmas. Giant chocolate covered goodies...aww now I miss that place too, they made awesome coffee drinks.

                      1. re: justagthing

                        Grandma's didn't close because of chains (ie Coldstone) they closed because people stopped going. A shame because those chocolate covered marshmallows were awesome.

                        1. re: Oh Robin

                          Wasn't saying that they closed b/c of chains, just noting that it's an old fav that is missed, sorry, bubbles post just had me reminiscing. Also there was that restro where Biggs is now and they kept the one in Los Al, but closed the one there....eeks! what was their name.

                          1. re: justagthing

                            Shenendoah? Is that the one you are thinking of? OK I will say that I'm the only person I know that does not like Lucilles, I don't dislike because it is a chain I just think there is way better BBQ to be had. Dude I eat at Islands so I am not anti-chain...just miss some of the old spots thats all.

                            1. re: bubbles4me

                              That would be the one. I remember going there when I was in college and feeling like it was so shi-shi. LOL!

                              1. re: justagthing

                                LOL. I remember ordering Gewurztraminer, (Deloach I think) to pair with my hickory smoked prime rib that is how fancy I was...sheesh.

                              2. re: bubbles4me

                                Not a big fan of Lucille's either but this is coming from someone whose fave bbq is Chris & Pitts. I do like Lucille's sides though (potato salad & cole slaw). Plus I like to get a bottle of their sweet bbq sauce to use at home. Otherwise I only go when forced through family events and I usually leave feeling sick and broke. Oh I almost forgot their lemonade is amazing but I don't need that sugar.

                                1. re: bubbles4me

                                  No, youre not the only one that dislikes Lucilles. I dont like it either, but then again Im not the biggest fan of Islands either-a bit overpriced for an average burger, and any place where you have to order fries separately turns me off.

                                  1. re: bubbles4me

                                    I'm right there with you on Lucille's. There's way better bbq out there. And iirc, Grandma's closed because rents in the Shore skyrockted.

                                2. re: Oh Robin

                                  Oh Grandma Sugarplums had the best cheesecake. I miss that place.

                                3. re: justagthing

                                  Grandma Sugarplums was the best. We used to go there as a treat for being good when we were young. They had an amazing circling refrigerator full of cakes, I used to stand there and just stare at my choices. They had the original motherload chocolate cake.

                                4. re: bubbles4me

                                  I happen to like Lucilles. Just because it is a "chain" (and it's a local chain btw) doesn't mean it's bad.

                                  Thank god there is now somewhere decent to eat in Belmont Shore. Used to be the only place open after 10 was the awful Hamburger Henry's.

                                  The Yardhouse is a chain, too. I like their appetizers more than the mains.

                                  And yes, definitely Benley's.

                                  1. re: mlgb

                                    I didn't realize The Yardhouse was a chain. Looks like we're getting one here in LV next year. I have to go sample all of their beers...yummy! I'm thinking The Creperie for breakfast. It looks as if we'll head to The Crab Cooker in Newport Beach too. Or is the Crab Pot better?

                              3. I was very impressed with this rec. from the board when I was in Long Beach recently:

                                Enrique's Mexican Restaurant
                                (562) 498-3622
                                6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy # 12
                                Long Beach, CA 90803

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                                1. re: JAB

                                  I also went to Enrique's because of hounds. Not so much for me... however the hot chips and creamy/chunky guac was amazing. I'd hang out there for a beer but probably not dinner.