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Long Beach: Good food, ethnic food

I just moved to Belmont Shore area of Long Beach and I'd love to hear any recommendations people have about the best restaurants in the area. I'm especially interested in good ethnic restaurants (Indian, Chinese, Thai) as well as good places for breakfast. What about the surrounding areas downtown and in the OC?

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  1. If it's ethnic you're looking for, Long Beach is the center of the Cambodian community and as such there are many restaurants along Atlantic Blvd. Having spent nearly a month in Cambodia last year, and having been forced to give their cuisine a healthy shot, I came away from Cambodia not very enamored with the food.

    The most famous dish, called amok fish, always tasted limp and overly sweet to my taste. The best food we ate were the little barbecued sticks of chicken and pork, and the fresh tropical blended fruit shakes which were magnificent.

    Also, the only meal that ever really filled me up there was the beef loc lac... I certainly wouldn't mind hearing of a local place which serves a good rendition.

    Perhaps this Cambodian Association might be a good place to start exploration of this largely overlook neighborhood
    2201 E Anaheim St # 200
    Long Beach, CA 90804
    (562) 433-2490

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    1. re: Mr Taster

      I think Siem Reap is one of the best Cambodian restaurants on Anaheim. It's smaller and easy to miss, but having been to all of the big places for weddings, etc. I definitely prefer them. Plus, if you like live singing there is always lots of entertainment :)

      1. re: cookee

        Siem Reap is pretty good. Also another Cambodian restaurant on Anaheim, a little before Siem Reap, on the left side (coming from Belmont Shore) is Monorom. I love their chicken with lemongrass. and also their fish rice soup with rice noodle is good also. It's in a little plaza with a bakery and market.

        For sushi and thai food in one restaurant... there's Aki Sushi and Bai Plu Thai.. (www.akibaiplu.com) on 7th st... and i believe Walnut?

        1. re: vibrant

          yeah-7th and walnut. That place is great. We went for my mom's birthday-ate thai. I think we ordered at least 9 entrees and shared them, plus we had drinks and it was only $70!! the food was so good too.

          1. re: cookee

            You can order from both menus!!! japanese and thai... great for indecisive people like me. the sushi is fairly good and everything i've tried from the thai menu was always very good.

    2. Try Open Sesame
      5215 E 2nd St

      A small Mediterranean restaurant in your new neighborhood. Yummy!

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      1. re: rickiek

        Benley is awesome! Super fresh clean food at wicked silly prices, a gem for sure.
        It is tiny so reservations are a good idea. The do not have a wine list so it is BYOB.
        Benley
        8191 E Wardlow
        East Long Beach

        1. re: bubbles4me

          You have to try Benley-it's a Long Beach hidden treasure.

      2. In Belmont Shore: Open Sesame, Sunnin, Magic Lamp for Moroccan, Lebanese, middle-eastern. La Creperie for (what else?) crepes and a French atmosphere. Taco Surf for Mexican. George's for Greek. Babette's Feast for boulangerie. Famima for Japanese fast food. Aroma di Roma for pannini, espresso, and gelato. I know there are more, but these are my regulars. Shore House for breakfast. Head up to Artesia (just north of Long Beach) to little India for your pick of Indian cuisines.

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        1. re: CynD

          There is also a good Indian place in Marina Pacifica below Pier 1 Imports. They have a restaurant in Artesia, but this is closer. There is also some good Chinese (Macau St, Caanan and more) and Filipino food in Cerritos/Artesia area, oh and pho of course (Pho Saigon)

        2. Sophies is not far. Its a (common to LB) Cambodia/Thai mixed menu. Both are good, there are some posts here on Sophies. Going Left on Anaheim from Redondo on the right is a very good Pho house - can remember the name - but is across from McD's. The very small mini mall next to McD's is Long Beach Thai - my favorite Thai in the area. Low key and unknown.

          Keep going down Anaheim west and find your favorites - I agree with above - pure cambodian not worth chasing. Hak Heng is on the right - its as close to good Cambodian you will find - soups are good. There are some other-than-pho Vietnamese places on Anaheim, but I dont go too much and I forget the names. I love the markets on Anaheim - good asian products for asian cooking or not, for dirt cheap prices. You will see a place called Joe Josts on the right side at Anahim and Temple, GO IN.

          For Breakfast I like Potholder in the heights and Schooner or Later in the Marina. This new place on 3rd near Termino is promising. For Indian - drive to Artesia - search for one of many threads here on Indian in Artesia I like Udipi Palace and Woodlands. For Mexican - Enriques is the best around - it is at Loynes and PCH in the strip mall. Chinese I like Chens on Broadway and Cherry.

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          1. re: wilp

            I love Sophy's, I know there are others on this site that don't so much, but I enjoy the Beef Salad and tom yoong soups as well.

            As for breakfast, Bake & Broil is great, on Atlantic a couple miles north of the 405. They also do a great burger med. rare if you ask. But I didn't like their onion rings, way toooo greasy.

            If you want a nice Italian, Cafe Gazelle is off 2nd St. and only has 9 tables. Small, quiet and quaint.

            1. re: justagthing

              Cafe Gazelle just opened a Huntington Beach outpost at Edinger and Bolsa Chica. Haven't tried it yet but I'm told it's a bit larger than the original.

            2. re: wilp

              I second the Thai place in the strip mall close to the McDonalds on Anahiem. I think the sign just says thai food. Their food is really good and you get a total hole-in-the-wall vibe.

              Cambodian: Go with the noodles! Cambodians eat noodle soup and rice porridge for breakfast so I suggest going in the morning for it. I'd recommend getting the ga thew phonm Penh (rice noodles with duck, chicken, pork). Add a little soy sauce and sugar to show that you are dow with the cambodians. Most places only serve it until the afternoon.

              1. re: kek is khmer

                It really is called "Long Beach Thai", just an fyi.

                1. re: justagthing

                  We tried "Long Beach Thai" for lunch on New Years Day when our first two choices were closed. It is a bit hard to find, it in the strip mall on the southwest corner of Anaheim and Redondo, between the McD's and Redondo.

                  It's quite divey and a bit grubby, not that there's anything wrong with that. We had the Tom Yum Kai soup and a shrimp salad. Both were fine. We gave them props for not overcooking the shrimp, and not having made the soup too salty. A lot of people were having a noodle soup with what looked like tripe in it. The service was friendly if a bit slow (I guess we were not ordering the standard lunch fare). We would return.

                  We still prefer Thai Corner (inside not divey, more generous portions and use of herbs, and they'll actually go spicy for gringos). We always get the spicy chicken salad (they must charcoal grill the chicken), tom yum kai, and basil eggplant stirfry.

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                  Thai Corner Restaurant
                  2615 Carson St, Lakewood, CA 90712

              2. re: wilp

                The pho place you're talking about is the best! My husband and I have been going there for years. It gets pretty crowded on the weekend. Oh-and on the weekends you have to get the fried bread (I forgot what it's called) with your pho.

              3. Jongeward's Bake 'n Broil (Maybe the best place to eat in town. Breakfast, Chicken Fried Steak, Pot pie, Burgers, Red Velvet and other cupcakes, sticky buns, Cakes - Red Velvet, and Pies– Banana Cream and more are so good! )
                3697 Atlantic Ave (North of 405 – corner of 37th st.)
                Long Beach, CA 90807
                (562) 595-0396

                Egg Heaven Cafe. (I eat here 2 or 3 X a month. Cash Only – Very good breakfast and burgers. Blue stack, sausage, and 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

                Sweet Jill's ( Just for Cinnamon Rolls and coffee -- no breakfast)
                5224 E 2ND St
                Long Beach, CA
                90803-5329
                (562) 438-4945

                Roscoes Chicken & Waffles
                730 E. Broadway
                Long Beach, CA, 90802-5134
                (562) 437-8355

                Chuck's Coffee Shop (good breakfast and burgers, I also like the ambiance – true coffee shop)
                4120 E Ocean Blvd
                Long Beach, CA
                (562) 433-9317

                Golden Eagle (breakfast burrito served all day)
                2101 E Willow St. (Just South of 405, off at Cherry)
                Long Beach, CA, Long Beach, CA 90806
                (562) 492-1336

                Frisco’s (Indoor carhops? Yep! Pancakes, burgers are pretty good also. Skip the tuna sandwich)
                4750 Los Coyotes Diagonal (Cross Street - PCH)
                Long Beach, California
                562.498. FOOD
                http://www.friscos.com/

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                1. re: JeetJet

                  JeetJet, my brother from another mother. I love these places but I've never been to Egg Heaven. Frisco's just okay, but I do like that you can get chili cheese fries or zucchini for your side dish. Just had Potholder this weekend. For pics...

                  www.thatgirlcaneat.blogspot.com

                  1. re: JeetJet

                    Absolutely love the chicken burrito at Golden Eagle - get it with extra salsa!

                    1. re: So Ho La

                      Oh yeah... that baby is a cheese bomb!