Long Beach Convention Center. Good Places to EAT?
To the unbelievable delight of the deprived denizens of the LBC dining scene (using the phrase loosely), Tracht's just opened a couple of weeks ago in the refurbed Renaissance Hotel on Ocean. Owned by Suzanne Tracht of Jar fame. Dinner only so far. I've only been for appetizers and cocktails but food, service, atmosphere were excellent all around, especially considering it's brand new.
Jar and now Tracht's are known for steaks, but Tracht's will need to knock 555 off the throne -- it's reigned that domain for years. Very traditional steak and seafood menu; wood, white tablecloths, booths, piano. Get the chocolate souffle for dessert.
Even though it's located in the cutesy touristy Shoreline Village, the last time I had dinner at Parker's Lighthouse the food was actually pretty good. Menu wasn't particurly inventive, but the quality was solid and service fine, plus nice views of the Queen Mary and bay. And it's not a chain.
A few blocks further, but plenty walkable (well, depending on how much time you have, what kind of shoes you're wearing, etc.), Utopia on 1st Street is lovely.
Further up Pine St. George's for Greek food is inexpensive and reliable. Casual; large portions; friendly folk.
111 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
Utopia Good Food & Fine Art
445 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA 90802
435 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802
George's Greek Deli
318 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
555 East American Steakhouse
555 E Ocean Blvd Ste 208, Long Beach, CA 90802
Great suggestions all. I'm excited to be having dinner at TRACHT'S this evening as JAR is one of my favorites. If I may, a few more very casual suggestions, all within walking distance. Ironically enough, all are chains but, small, family-owned enterprises. The bonus is that all serve late -- an increasing and very positive trend within the Long Beach dining scene.
The BUONO'S on West Ocean Blvd., is the newest, and by far, most modern of the San Pedro-based family-owned mini-chain known for its pizza. The pies are quality, hand-tossed and, with the exception of SLICE OF NY a few miles south in Seal Beach, likely the area's best. The menu is classic Italian American red sauce house and as is custom, offers huge portions.
What can be more quintessentially Southern California than ROSCOE'S HOUSE OF CHICKEN AND WAFFLES? Several blocks south of the Convention Center is the popular chain's roomiest and cleanest branch which, even in busiest times, minimizes the wait for a table unlike at the pre-expansion Gower and Pico branches.
There is the added bonus of a jazz and blues speak easy housed in the same building.
Ever had a hankering for savory biltong; a craving for hearty boerewors?
Are you in over your head finding either? For lovers of, or the culinary adventurous, THE SPRINGBOK BAR, offers one of only two outlets for genuine South African cuisine. The other being its sister branch in Van Nuys. In essence a bar for rugby fans and spectators, the menu presents a surprisingly nice survey of that country's multi-cultural cuisine including the aforementioned biltong (South African-style beef jerky), boerwors (Afrikaaner sausage) and a sampling of South Asian and Malay curries as well as Cape-style prawns. The atmosphere is lively -- especially when an important match is on satellite -- but, never overbearing and there are plenty of outside tables to take advantage of the sea-airiness that Shoreline Village has to offer.
Buono's Authentic Pizzaria
250 W Ocean Blvd Ste A, Long Beach, CA 90802
Roscoe's House of Chicken
730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Springbok Bar & Grill
423 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802
There are a lot of chain-type places down in Shoreline Village, which is down towards the ocean from you. PF Chang's, Chili's, etc. However, I would go north, to King's Fish House on Pine at Broadway. There are several places on Pine, most of which I haven't tried, but if I were downtown in LB without a car for a couple of days, I'd have fun trying them out!