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Sisiutl Apr 10, 2008 12:06 PM

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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    peterboy RE: Sisiutl Apr 10, 2008 03:34 PM

    ferry in long beach or pedro?

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      Sisiutl RE: peterboy Apr 10, 2008 03:57 PM

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

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        ricepad RE: Sisiutl Apr 10, 2008 04:04 PM

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

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      Ogawak RE: Sisiutl Apr 10, 2008 04:18 PM

      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.

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

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        JeetJet RE: Ogawak Apr 10, 2008 10:20 PM

        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.
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/405909

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        teach RE: Sisiutl Apr 10, 2008 04:50 PM

        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.

        http://www.tantalumrestaurant.com/

        1. Professor Salt RE: Sisiutl Apr 10, 2008 11:45 PM

          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.

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

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            Oh Robin RE: Sisiutl Apr 11, 2008 10:24 AM

            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.

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              mlgb RE: Sisiutl Apr 11, 2008 10:46 AM

              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.

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

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                SRosie RE: Sisiutl Apr 11, 2008 11:16 AM

                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
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                Sushi Studio - a little closer to The airport, but can be confusing to find. 4917 E Pacific Coast Hwy

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