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May 15, 2008 01:12 PM

Long Beach, CA area

My son will be going to Long Beach as a summer intern for Boeing. He will be living and working in the Long Beach area. He will have a car available. Can anyone recommend any places to shop for groceries and/or places to eat? He is young, won't have lots of money to throw away....thanks for your help.

...a concerned Mom

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  1. You don't need to be concerned. Long Beach has a full range of restaurants including all of the fast food chains and some decent mom and pop places. There is a big student population thanks to Cal State Long Beach. There are two Trader Joes and three Fresh & Easy Markets that are good for takeout food for lunches and basic groceries. There are four supermarkets at the corner of Spring and Palo Verde. I'm sure he will be fine.

    This was a recent thread on ethnic restaurants that was pretty good

    1. I'm sure we'll be seeing your boy at the Bake 'n Broil -- good, cheap American food served in a neighborly cafe.

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

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      1. re: Mel Gee

        The burger special at Bake 'n Broil just might be one of the best berger meals in town and it is a very reasonable price. A very good burger on special bun, a great slice of pie from maybe the best pie selection in town and a drink all for around $7. IMO, it is well worth the little extra to op for a slice of the lemon lush pie. The boy must take home a few Red Velvet and chocolate cupcakes for Mom.

      2. You don't need to worry about a thing. Trader Joe's is a good place to shop with great prices and if he is an ethnic food fan we have a great variety of places, if he likes Mexican he will be more than happy with Super Mex, Hole Mole, or La Taqueria on 4th, also some great pizza places Z Pizza, New York Upper Crust both on 2nd st in Belmont Shore. This is a college town so we know how to take care of the not much money type. I hope he enjoy's it here.

        1. I'm not in College, Im old and have money - but I still do lots of shopping down Anaheim Bl. to one of the many asian markets that stretch from Redondo to the 710.

          The food has some of the best prices in Los Angeles. If you can eat,and cook asian foods it is a regular staple that will save you LOTs of money. I will not make any reccomendations. Some are big markets that have everything, some specialize in Thai, Cambodian or Chinese and tailor their products to suit - you choose.