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Maggietwin Oct 17, 2007 12:24 PM

looking for a fun, not $$$$ dinner -- but chowhound quality food -- for a meal in Long Beach with a good friend.

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    RocStar Nov 10, 2007 02:51 PM

    Try Tantalum on PCH www.tantalumrestaurant.com. Good food, nice atmosphere. Open Sesame on 2nd St. is also a good choice.

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    1. re: RocStar
      mlgb Nov 10, 2007 04:45 PM

      Tantalum is okay for drinks and apps, nice atmosphere, but the food is not chow-worthy and the service can be inept, IMO. Anyhow, I think OP has probably already had her dinner.

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      wilp Oct 19, 2007 09:34 AM

      Cafe Gazelle just off 2nd street, small place - great food and right in the middle of all the 2nd street craziness when your done $$. Tracts is a good recc. - nice outdoor setup if its nice. But a $$$.

      Bono's on 2nd st. is also good $$$.

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        littlefrenchgirl Oct 18, 2007 08:19 PM

        Next door to the Creperie is Yen, a yummy sushi restaurant. Runs about $80 to $90 for 2 people.

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          Babette Oct 18, 2007 03:33 PM

          I haven't been, so don't know about price but I would be interested to try:
          Tracht's, Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 E. Ocean Blvd. (at Pine Avenue), Long Beach; (562) 499-2533; www.renaissancehotels.com/lgbrn and soon at www.trachts.com.

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          1. re: Babette
            FED Oct 18, 2007 06:06 PM

            it's good. kind of jar's greatest hits. price just slightly below Jar, though, so i think it's at a slightly different price point than the poster was looking for.

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            kimlbc Oct 18, 2007 03:30 PM

            Vint's! Great menu, great vibe and beer, wine and sake martinis. The atmosphere is fun and they've just re-done the place. It's the old Bigg's. It's also on Second. The only other thing I'd suggest which is a bit more dinero is Tracht's downtown. Go for drinks and app's maybe? GREAT food. Susan Tracht's (JAR owner) restaurant.

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            1. re: kimlbc
              RocStar Nov 10, 2007 02:49 PM

              Tracht's is just *ok* in my opinion. A tad overrated - especially for the price.

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              Oh Robin Oct 18, 2007 02:59 PM

              Le Creperie

              Save room for the cinnamon and butter crepe... like the inside of the best cinnamon roll you ever ate.

              La Creperie Cafe
              4911 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

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              1. re: Oh Robin
                FED Oct 18, 2007 03:05 PM

                oh robin! really? boy i have never had anything good there. i know that it's extremely popular, but i thought the food was really below average. if you want to stay on second street (not a bad idea ... it's fun for walking), I think Sunnin is a much better bet for food. And even Georgie's (and the one downtown, too).

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                  CynD Oct 18, 2007 03:13 PM

                  I'll second George's and Sunnin, and throw in Magic Lamp and Open Sesame. FWIW, I've enjoyed lunches and dinners at La Creperie. It's kinda fun for a little taste of Paris in LB.

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                    Oh Robin Oct 18, 2007 03:19 PM

                    I don't go often but I like it. Very rich and tasty to me. Magic Lamp for chicken schwarma also delish. The beef is awful though, chewy and cheap tasting.

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