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Oct 17, 2007 12:24 PM

Night out in Long Beach?

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

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  1. 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

      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).

      1. re: FED

        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.

        1. re: FED

          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.

      2. 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

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

        2. 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; and soon at

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          1. re: Babette

            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.

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

            1. 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 $$$.