Looking for a Great Dinner spot in Long Beach
I'm open to any cuisine as long as it has amazing food. A side dish of ambiance would be nice too. No chains, please.
What does the Chowhound Hive Mind suggest?
I'll let you decide on amazing and just list my favorite non-chain places. I'm sure others will debate/add to.
Thai: Okay, technically this is in Lakewood: Thai Corner, at Carson/Paramount between 7-11 and Me n Eds. Recommended dishes: Spicy Chicken Salad, Eggplant with Black Bean Sauce, Papaya Salad, Sticky Rice and Mango. Ask for it spicy and they will make it very very spicy. Your option.
Benley, 8191 East Wardlow Road
Quasi Vietnamese with minalistic decor. Recommended dishes: Shaken beef, buttermilk panna cotta.
Cafe Piccolo, 3222 E Broadway. Nice ambience on the patio. Solid California Med Cuisine and not terribly expensive.
I'll leave Belmont Shore to others.
Avoid: Tantalum. Yuk. Think PF Chang's food and Pier One Decor. But the view is nice.
My new fav in the area is Koi Sushi, assuming you sit with Taka. He'll do you right. Technically in Seal Beach, 5th and PCH.
Belmont Shore has L'Creperie for good dessert crepes and even lunch/dinner. Yen Sushi and Bono's next door are also solid. I like Babette's for croissants, and Open Sesame for very good, inexpensive middle eastern. Bigg's had a very inventive grilled cheese, too bad that place is gone. We'll see if Vint's (the replacement) is any good.
L'Opera and Mums down on Pine St have always been my favorites in LB, but it's been a while since I've been. There's a good cigar place above Mums. There's also good tapas downtown as well...Sevilla, perhaps?
Ambiance? Quiet, the hip scene or romantic?
-Cafe Gazelle-off of 2nd St. Small place with only 8 tables. Italian and appropriate portions
-Ditto on L' Creperie-kinda noisy sometimes, not great acoustics
-Tantalum has a great view, go for drinks in the bar, but I do like the calamari
-Restaurant Koi on PCH in Seal Beach (right next door to LB)-great fresh sushi, sit at the bar
-There are now 3 middle eastern/med restros on 2nd. I prefer Open Sesame and Magic Lamp, not hip on Sunin, but I will give them another try since they keep getting rave reviews.
-Sophy's on Anaheim for Cambodian, but not much ambiance
-Frenchy's on Anaheim, well know for french, not sure since it is on my list of to go to places
-La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana on Broadway-huge menu-Italian
-The Sky Room, views great, not sure on the food.
-Buster's Beach House-breakfast is good, haven't been for any other meals, nice water view as well
That is a good rundown.
Romantic. I agree with Cafe Gazelle and Frenchy's. Both have great food and service. Neither are the best for views or roving soprano's at your table, but they are clean. Frenchy's is my favorite - dont let the bland exterior fool you!
I would add Christy's on Broadway. Great food, wine selection and service. Nice atmosphere.
Lot's of goodies in LBC:
Italian: La Travetta (great food/ambiance), Gazelle (never been but have heard great things!), La Opera (same as gazelle)
Steak/American: Kelly's on 2nd street (looks like dive outisde, but great inside), 555, Lashers
Frenchy's is awesome.
La Creperie is good, but one step away from being a chain, and the worst live musical performances I have ever encountered.
Also on 2nd st: FORA and NICO's
One place that I love is Patty's Place in Seal Beach. Behind Restaurant Koi in the same center on PCH. They specialize in prime steaks and they have a beautiful wine selection, Wine Spectator award of excelence for the last 3 years. Great little bar and small dining room with some outdoor seating.