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Lunch before heading to Catalina

We're arriving at Long Beach airport on a Friday around 10:30am and catching the ferry to Catalina at 4:00pm, so we'd like to have a nice lunch somewhere along the way. Daughter has a car but doesn't know the area at all. The wife and I enjoy almost anything but the daughter is a new age neurotic eater and won't go for anything too funky (taco trucks or 'cue joints are out.) What can you recommend for a nice, sit-down weekday lunch, preferably not chain (e.g., Applebee's)

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    1. re: peterboy

      "Long Beach Downtown"
      320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA

      1. re: Sisiutl

        That's Restaurant Chain Central...by all means, eat somewhere (anywhere) before you get to the terminal area.

    2. Jongwaard's Bake and Broil would be my choice. Basic downhome cooking for breakfasts, hamburgers, soups, pies and cakes. I recommend taking some red velvet cupcakes for the trip across. Just a bit north and west of the airport. It does get crowded, but worth the wait. There are many posts here extolling the virtues of Jongwaard's.

      Bake 'n Broil
      3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

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      1. re: Ogawak

        I Second Jongwaard's Bake and Broil.
        After the lunch I would have a slice of Lemon Lush or banana cream pie. Catalina? Ah, I would add some chocolate cupcakes to the bag as well.

        Check out this Chowhound discussion and look for the list of things to try at Jongwaard's.

      2. If I had guests coming from out of town, I would take them to Tantalum on Pacific Coast Highway. It is beautiful and the food is great. You'd never know it based on the fact that it's in a shopping center near a Ralph's, but the restaurant has a great view of the water. It is only 5-10 minutes from the airport and downtown.


        1. Not too funky... I wonder if daughter would be ok with fried chicken and waffles? There is a branch of Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles in downtown Long Beach.

          I sincerely hope you're not talking about next weekend, when the Grand Prix is in town.

          Roscoe's House of Chicken
          730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

          1. I say Yard House. A chain yes, but the one in Shoreline Village is the original. Enjoy some great lettuce wraps, chicken nachos or an ahi poke stack, then walk on over to your boat.

            1. I'm not sure what "new age neurotic" is, but I'd guess that Bake N Broil's heavy diner food wouldn't be what she'd like.

              Tantalum is not good at all. Awful service, mediocre overpriced food, but it is a nice room.

              I think Yardhouse is a better suggestion.

              Benley might work, it's a neighborhood place with a Vietnamese flavor, that has an upscale new agey vibe. It is open for lunch on Fridays. It's in a mini mall center that is easy to find from the airport, just go east on Wardlow. It had been a Long Beach secret although I guess it's now in Zagat.

              You could also go to Belmont Shore and try one of the middle eastern or Greek places.

              Benley, a vietnamese kitchen
              8191 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA 90808

              1. I've living in Long Beach for 3 years and I always take out-of-town guests to one of two places:
                2nd street/Belmont Shore: La Creperie Cafe, 4911 E 2nd St - then you can take Ocean Ave straight down to the ferry landing
                Sushi Studio - a little closer to The airport, but can be confusing to find. 4917 E Pacific Coast Hwy