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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.
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

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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 so.cal), or Taste of Thai...mmmm.

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      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.

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            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

              Thanks

              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.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6924...

          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.

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

          L'Opera
          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 http://www.modicas.com/