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Sep 30, 2007 06:37 AM

New and exciting in Long Beach? Also, any cochinita pibil close by?

I'll be spending a few week days in Long Beach and I'm looking for new places to try, mainly for lunch and breakfast.
So far I think I'm interested in trying Cafe Picollo, Benley, Egg Heaven Cafe. Benley sounds particularly intriguing since the reason I'm probably a Chowhound is because of a French-Vietnamese fusion restaurant in Arlington, Va., called Queen Bee.
Anything new in Long Beach I should check out or worth exploring that hasn't been described yet? I like just about anything.
Also, a local Chowhound asked about cochinita pibil and piqued my interest. I searched the Los Angeles board. This thread is particularly helpful.
The one place that gets the most praise for cochinita pibil is only open on weekends. That doesn't work for me.
Logistically, the best place is Loteria!, since I'll be in the Farmer's Market area one day. Another option is Chichen Itza, which sounds like it's a better version. Maybe I can swing by there. Is there any place closer to Long Beach with a good cochinita pibil?

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  1. Hi Steve, welcome to the area. One place you haven't mentioned is Enrique's, which is a Long Beach stalwart. They are not Yucatecan, so no pibil there. Nonetheless, they do some excellent homestyle Mexican cuisine. Not as casual as a taqueria, but not very formal, either.

    The things to get include: Roasted pasilla peppers stuffed w/ blue & jack cheeses. "Carne en Su Jugo," or beef braised in its own juices dish, the carnitas-ish braised pork shank dish (which is pretty huge). If I were eating alone, I'd pick the first two things for sure.

    Enrique's Mexican Restaurant
    6210 E. Pacific Coast Hwy
    Long Beach, CA

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      Love Enrique's! Whenever I plan to pick up someone from Jet Blue at LB Airport, I plan my trip to include lunch at Enriques!

    2. For breakfast, I'd try the Starling Diner on 4th street in the Belmont Heights area. It's off of Redondo in a residential neighborhood. You can check out their menu online,

      I also enjoy Enriques, and every time I go there I also get the Carne en Su Jugo. It just appealed to me the first time, and I really enjoyed it.

        1. Tracht's is fairly new in the downtown LB area near the convention center. It's very good and I believe open for lunch now.

          1. Thanks for the other recommendations.
            I had to eat off a taco truck for a couple of years so unless it's something really different I'm burned out on Mexican food.
            I've eaten at the Bake and Broil a half dozen times. In fact, the daughter of one of the people I'm visiting worked there for a while. I like it. I just want to try some place new.
            The Starling Diner looks interesting. Are the scones pretty good?
            What kind of food does Tracht's have?
            A person I'm visiting isn't too thrilled about going to the MacArthur Park area to go to Chichen Itza. How safe is that in the day time?

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            1. re: SteveTimko

              I feel weird calling Tracht's a steakhouse, but I guess that's kind of what it is. It's a restaurant by Jar's Suzanne Tracht. It is somewhat expensive but top notch IMHO. They don't have a website yet, but if you google it you should be able to come up with a menu somewhere.

              MacArthur Park isn't so bad during the day(but I am used to that area so take that into consideration). There are just too many people around. You could make an argument that any place in any city would be dangerous.

              1. re: baloney

                I ate at Tracht's for the first time last was delicious. I had the pot roast with the japanese purple yams on the side-they were the best potatoes I've ever had. and the chocolate pudding is to die for. It's basically a really good european hot chocolate in pudding form. It's really nice for dinner b/c of the outdoor fireplace and the view.