Long Beach eating
My absolute favorite in L.B. is a place in the Belmont Shore area (on Second Street) called Cafe La Strada. As name implies, it's Italian. Or for Chinese, try L.V. Seafood near Long Beach City College. For Thai, try Thai Basil on Del Amo at Bellflower. It's in a little strip mall. Great Red Curry. Very friendly, family run spot. For the best burger in town, try Russell's on Atlantic.
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Mr. Gordon,When in Long Beach please check out Viva, our museum restaurant which serves Latin American cuisine. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11:30 am - 5:00 pm and on Sunday for brunch from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Please let me know if you would like me to fax you a menu. Viva is adjacent to the Museum of Latin American Art at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach (562)437-1689.
Frenchy's Bistro on Anaheim is a small, cozy, and wonderful place. The owners are from Provence, and the menu reflects that heritage. I remember a particularly savory lamb, and a salmon that melted in my mouth. Make reservations; when I said small and cozy, I meant small and cozy (maybe 12 tables).
There are a number of places on Pine Avenue, near the convention center. L'Opera (Italian) and Alegria (Spanish/tapas) share common ownership, and are okay. I like Alegria better, because it's different than anything else here in Long Beach. And, I've never been disappointed there.