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Aug 3, 2010 06:15 PM

Lunch near Acquariem of the Pacific

Traveling from L.A. to visit the Acquarium this Sunday. Any nice lunch spots in the area? American fare or Italian.

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  1. On the way to the Aquarium of the Pacific at the north end of Long Beach.... Jongewaard's Bake 'n' Broil is a great comfort food kind of place for lunch with great house made desserts.

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    1. re: monku

      I agree. The BnB is not that far from the 405 and is well worth the swing-over, especially right now when they have truly excellent fresh-peach pie that is overflowing with ripe, fragrant fruit. Hint: If you have your heart set on a particular BnB cake or pie, ask about its availability when you sit down, and have them reserve you a piece, preferably, two -- one to eat there and one to take home (otherwise, you'll be kicking yourself later).

    2. Claire's at the Long Beach Museum; little resturant attached to the museum, on Ocean Blvd, King's fish House on Pine (a chain, but good food), if you want to dirvie just a bit, head to 2nd street (Belmont SHore) eat at Open Sesame (best lebanese food in, or Taste of Thai...mmmm.

      Open Sesame
      5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

      1. I went to the Aquarium on a Sunday a few months ago. The first three places I was hoping to hit were all closed! Ended up settling on something not so interesting. Beware Sunday hours.

        I think 2nd street as mentioned is your best bet if you have the time to head over there.

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        1. re: QualityMart

          Could you let us know which places were closed on Sunday, for our benefit?

          1. re: Ogawak

            I think the three were Alegria Cocina Latina (at least for lunch, they open at 5 on Sunday), At Last Cafe, and Long Beach Fish Grill. Ended up going to one of the chains near the aquarium. At least they're walking distance.

            Alegria Cocina Latina Restaurant
            115 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

            Long Beach Fish Grill
            1201 Redondo Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804

            1. re: QualityMart


              Alegria is one place I hope to try, so no go for Sunday lunch.

        2. Very little chow worthy places nearby. A few blocks away, Pine Street has good higher end dining, notably L'Opera (Northern Italian), Madison (American) and Alegria Cocina Latina. Here is a link with some great reviews of the best of Long Beach.

          There are a lot of chains within walking distance of the Aquarium.
          Famous Dave's BBQ
          PF Chang
          among others. All with nice ocean/marina views.

          Alegria Cocina Latina Restaurant
          115 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

          101 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

          1. I recommend Modica's Italian deli at 455 E. Ocean Blvd. Sunday hours are 11-2. Very casual. See the menu here