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The relatives are coming into town..iso mid price range with terrific food in Seal Beach/2nd Street area

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Pinkwasabi Mar 11, 2009 08:13 AM

The relatives are in town and we are looking for any kind of food that is in the mid range pricing that is delish...even chains are welcomed...I haven't been down there for 28 years ...so what's great?

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  1. Servorg RE: Pinkwasabi Mar 11, 2009 08:20 AM

    You might run through this prior thread for ideas to get you started:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/523772

    If your relatives like Mexican food then personally I would make the short drive (about 6 or 7 miles) to Enrique's in Long Beach: http://www.chow.com/places/4774

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      sel RE: Pinkwasabi Mar 11, 2009 08:25 AM

      The only place that I regularly go to in Seal Beach is Beachwood BBQ for good bar b q sandwiches and full dinners, don't miss the sides either like sweet potato fries and hush puppys, and an excellent, did I mention excellent selection of Belgian and craft beer. If you check out their web site there is a HopCam link that updates the beer on tap every 15 minutes! Is it the best bbq in L.A., maybe not. But it is very good and the others don't have the great craft brews!!!

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      Beachwood BBQ
      131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

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        sbritchky RE: sel Mar 16, 2009 01:22 AM

        Ditto on Beachwood BBQ. Not the best in Southern California but darned good, and the service I had a couple of weeks ago was great for BBQ, excellent for the beach.

      2. DrBruin RE: Pinkwasabi Mar 11, 2009 03:03 PM

        What about Spaghettini's in Seal Beach? It may be on the pricy side though.

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          JamesF RE: DrBruin Mar 12, 2009 03:36 PM

          I would skip Spaghettini's. I've only been there once, but thought the food was not very good especially at the price. I had a butternut squash ravioli that should have been marked as a dessert it was so overly sweet.

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            DrBruin RE: JamesF Mar 17, 2009 08:06 PM

            I've actually never been but I'm always invited to go there on the dime of a business associate. Why drive to Seal Beach when there are so many other places to eat in the south bay.....

        2. Calipoutine RE: Pinkwasabi Mar 12, 2009 04:44 PM

          How about christy's or Bono's? Or Nico's?

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            bernardo RE: Calipoutine Mar 12, 2009 08:09 PM

            Christy's was a favorite but IOHO has become pricier while losing its edge in the chow arena. Bono's is just OK. Or could just be a case of high expectations dashed?

            Ironically when in the area these days we favor the arguably pedestrian but NTL tasty eats at Enrique's (chicken soup with avocado? Oy vey ole) and Walt's (spanking fresh, but in contrast to poster below, definitely favor the simpler preps). And Open Sesame's OK in a pinch too but a tad cramped y'know.

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            I got nothin RE: Pinkwasabi Mar 12, 2009 04:50 PM

            The ones that always get mentioned on this board for Seal Beach (and which I also recommend) are Walt's Wharf for seafood and Koi for sushi. Walt's has some nice, simply prepared fresh fish, and a good wine list. Koi has a little wider variety of fish options than you'll see at most of the other sushi spots in the area.

            http://www.waltswharf.com/
            http://www.koisushi.com/

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            Koi Restaurant
            600 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 100, Seal Beach, CA 90740

            Walt's Wharf Restaurant
            201 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

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              Joani Macaroni RE: I got nothin Mar 12, 2009 06:28 PM

              I'd like to second Walt's Warf, but "simply prepared" doesn't do their fish justice. They used to hand out some of their recipes (like their wonderful carmelized salmon) and when I read all the steps for the sauces and glaze, I said, forget it - I'll eat it at Walt's!
              Most of the dishes we've ordered from Walt's (our family's "Special Occasion" place) are artistically arranged and make a beautiful presentation as well as taste so good!

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                susans RE: Joani Macaroni Mar 16, 2009 12:10 AM

                Walt's is good, but the OP wrote "mid-price range" and Walt's is expensive. Fish entrees are over $25; adding a baked potato costs $2 more.

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                  Joani Macaroni RE: susans Mar 17, 2009 07:19 PM

                  So where do you go in the Long Beach or Seal Beach area for GOOD fish that's under $20 a serving? (And I don't mean a lot of pasta and a little bit of fish! Or "deep-fried beyond recognition").
                  Thanks.

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                    mdlb RE: Joani Macaroni Mar 17, 2009 09:51 PM

                    Nowhere. I guess fish doesn't make the list. Good thing the OP kept option open by not specifying any cuisine, just pricing guidelines. Agree with George's Greek, Enrique's & Beachwood BBQ (not in any particular order.)

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                      bernardo RE: Joani Macaroni Mar 18, 2009 11:12 AM

                      Depends on your definition of "good" but the fish at California Fish Grill (closest ones to LB in Cypress & Gardena) if not fancy is NTL fresh & pretty good quality, platters with sides mostly less than $10, a few items slightly higher. The sides are pedestrian, and the digs utilitarian, only the fish shines. And IOHO the quality is better in the Irvine and Anaheim outlets.

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                        Joani Macaroni RE: bernardo Mar 20, 2009 04:36 PM

                        Based on our one experience there (Cypress), and from other friends who eat there often, yes, they do have good fish, and for a very reasonable price. As you mentioned, the "digs" are utilitarian - cold metal booth seating and the place was chilly to boot. It was definitely an "eating" place, not a "dining" place. I don't mind walking up to the counter to order for lunch, but for dinner, I want something a bit more cozy, and (shameless hussy that I am!) I want to waited on. But Bernardo, you are right - the fish is good and the price is right. (But everytime I think about those cold metal booths, I cringe!)

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                        vickib RE: Joani Macaroni Mar 18, 2009 08:04 PM

                        Enrique's has good fish for under $20. They always have salmon, and usually have sea bass or halibut that they grill and put on a bed of sauteed spinach. It's very simple, and very good.

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                  Sheryl L. RE: Pinkwasabi Mar 17, 2009 09:12 PM

                  We love George's Greek Cafe on 2nd St. Large portions of good food at reasonable prices. They have a Friday night special of kefia (sp?), the most tender lamb roast I've ever tasted for $14.95... it can easily be shared by two.

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                    Ringo Gato RE: Pinkwasabi Mar 18, 2009 06:57 PM

                    If you like northern Italian food in a cozy (tiny) restaurant, try Cafe Gazelle in Belmont Shore. It has very reasonable prices for good quality food. I have been eating there for 25 years. It is just a few doors off 2nd St. on La Verne. It only seats about 15 people and I don't believe they take reservations. After dinner, take a walk on 2nd St and enjoy a great walking street.

                    191 La Verne Ave
                    Long Beach, CA 90803

                    If you like Indian food, Kamal Palace overlooks the the water at Marina Pacifica (albeit through narrow windows). Again, good quality fare, reasonable prices. It too has been in business for over 20 years. It is on Pacific Coast Hwy, just north of 2nd St. It is somewhat hidden, downstairs in the Marina Pacifica shopping center.

                    http://www.kamalpalace.us/

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                      dinestar1 RE: Pinkwasabi Mar 19, 2009 09:21 AM

                      2nd steet...go for crepes.

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