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Jul 20, 2010 11:21 PM

Flying in to Long Beach for a long weekend and looking for some advice....

We are coming for a Sat wedding in Rancho Place Verdes, but would like to explore options for the rest of the weekend. What we are hoping to find is value oriented food ranging from $ to $$ (or even $$$ if it is an exceptionally good value) that would be tough to beat in San Francisco, such as Mexican Seafood or Korean Fried Chicken. I know we are not in the primary location for those things, but we will have a car.

Friday evening: will be arriving around 7:00. We figure to hit up Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles in Long Beach before heading to our hotel in San Pedro.

Saturday: Maybe breakfast at Gaffey Street Diner before heading to a noon wedding. The reception will be apps in the early afternoon, so we could use a rec for a late dinner somewhere in the vicinity.

Sunday & Monday: Wide open. Where are the closest spots for great...
Mexican seafood?
Korean Fried Chicken?
Pastrami on rye?
Cheap Chinese lobster?

Gaffey Street Diner
247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

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  1. Have you ever eaten at Enrique's in Long Beach before? Not seafood, but still a top spot in all of LA for Mexcian food. No reservations and very popular so go early if you can. I think the pork shank is amazing but they have a lot of great things to eat.

    ADD: As to Ramen in the South Bay. You need to look over this recent review by X-ile-Kiss and then get yourselves over to this place:

    6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

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    1. re: Servorg

      Enrique's Sea Bass and Salmon are both off menu (along with the previously mentioned pork shank) but they always have them and they are fantastic. Also, try their eggplant appetizer.

      1. re: JAB

        His garlic shrimp is also off the menu. Very good.

        1. re: susans

          Thanks, I'll definately give that a try next time.

          1. re: JAB

            what the eggplant appetizer? never heard of that in mexican cuisine, interesting.

            1. re: kevin

              My thoughts exactly. However, it's so good that I remarked that I could be turned vegetarian by this dish.

      2. re: Servorg

        Thanks, it sounds like I must give this place a try!

      3. Pastrami on rye? Only one place to go Langer's. The best pastrami you'll find anywhere. Not far from downtown LA and worth the trip. They do close at 4pm and are closed on Sundays. Enjoy LA.

        Langer's Delicatessen
        704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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        1. You'll be very close to all the great Japanese places in the South Bay.

          Some interesting places that come to mind are Ichimian for great handmade soba/udon and Gaja for tabletop okonomiyaki which I don't think is very easy to find here in the US.

          I consider exilekiss the ultimate authority on Japanese food in LA so just read his blog to get some idea of the best eats in the area:

          For Chinese food, you'd be better off heading to another neighborhood as the Chinese food scene in the South Bay is not particularly impressive.

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          1. re: huaqiao

            I second the Japanese food choice. If I'm in the US, I don't eat Japanese outside of the South Bay Los Angeles Area--ever. I've simply never found anything better than the stuff I get here. Although I'm probably also biased, being a Torrance resident and all. =)

            1. re: mstinawu

              what about Urasawa in Beverly Hills, or Mori in West LA, or Shibucho on Beverly?

              I think there's at least a lot of great sushi that's not in the south bay.

              Urasawa Restaurant
              218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

              1. re: kevin

                OK, there's more in greater quantity in South Bay. Semantics. =P But yes, Urasawa >>>>>>>>>>>> *. :o Not sure if OP feels like spending $400 on a meal though.

                Urasawa Restaurant
                218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              2. re: mstinawu

                I find that Gardena/Torrance is great when it comes to places for tempura, udon, ramen and everyday Japanese food, but not much when it comes to sushi bars. I like Kanpachi, though. Do you have any favorite sushi bars?

                Sawtelle is much smaller but has a nice selection of Japanese restaurants, including sushi bars.

                1425 W Artesia Blvd Ste 27, Gardena, CA 90248

                1. re: Ogawak

                  I rarely if ever go to sushi bars since I've been to Urasawa--it's sad really. I'd rather eat there once a year then eat at several different mediocre sushi bars throughout the year, but I DID used to go to this sushi joint on Hawthorne next to the World Market (forgot the name) every now years back. But you're right about the sushi bars, I think that one I mentioned is the only one I really really liked. But I will always go to Sakae Sushi in Gardena for good home style take out sushi. Kanpachi is good too, but the last time I was there was probably > 2 years ago.

                  Sakae Sushi
                  1601 W Redondo Beach Blvd Ste 112, Gardena, CA 90247

                  1425 W Artesia Blvd Ste 27, Gardena, CA 90248

                  1. re: mstinawu

                    Oh, looked it up. I was talking about Sushi Ken in the World Market plaza. =)

                    Sushi Ken
                    22831 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

              3. re: huaqiao

                Third that Southbay Japanese is excellent, and exilekiss is our resident expert. My personal favorite places are Musha for izakaya fare, Torihei for yakitori and oden, Patisserie Chantilly for sesame cream puffs and other pastries, and Ramen California for a modern take on Ramen involving lots of fresh ingredients (not traditional). Musha and Torihei are in the same shopping center, and both are really great. And none of these suggestions are expensive.

                Patisserie Chantilly
                2383 Lomita Blvd., #104, Lomita, CA 90717

                424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

                Ramen California
                24231 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

              4. For Mexican Seafood, try the Mariscos Chente in Inglewood near LAX.
                In San Pedro, I can't say enough about Pavich Brick Oven Pizza. A tiny hole in the wall that serves amazing Croatian style pizza and sandwiches. No place to sit, takeout only. Not on your list, but a unique place nonetheless.

                Mariscos Chente
                10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

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                1. re: Ogawak

                  I don't get the hype about Mariscos Chente. It's decent, but it's not something I'd drive > 15minutes for.

                  1. re: mstinawu

                    Just curious what you didn't care for about MC. I love the place, but not its signature dish, the Pescado Zarandeado. I like Japanese style broiled fish better.

                    I really liked the langostino, the marlin tacos and the shrimp dishes.

                    1. re: Ogawak

                      There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but it's just something I wouldn't drive out of my way for. The food is not amazing or particularly unique. It's not like every ingredient is super fresh and wonderful though I do love the hot salsa (the one apparently you have to ask for now since they default to the non-spicy one)!

                      1. re: mstinawu

                        Wow, "not unique"? I can't think of another restaurant like MC. Civil Bear, I heartily recommend MC.

                        A good Mexican restaurant in the South Bay is Teresa Mosaic in Manhattan Beach/El Segundo. Not much seafood, though. but some good oahuacan (sic) dishes to go with the normal gringo offerings.

                    2. re: mstinawu

                      Is there a better place you can recommend that is close to the same distance from San Pedro?

                    3. re: Ogawak

                      Pavich's new Pizzafe has seating.

                      29701 So. Western Avenue, Suite 103, Rancho Palos Verdes; (310) 832-1200.

                      1. re: Ogawak

                        They also have a new sit down location in Rancho Palos Verdes.

                        1. re: JAB

                          The post just above yours from annapurna7 covered that (Pavich's new location in RPV, with seating).

                      2. The only place that comes to mind when I think of San Pedro is the Whale & Ale for great fish n chips and several imported on tap beers and ciders.

                        The Whale & Ale
                        327 W 7th St, San Pedro, CA 90731