Long Beach-area, Good Eats?
Hello all. Looking for recs on good places for latish lunch or very early dinner in Long Beach-area and/or Costa Mesa? Can anyone help? Vietnamese, maybe?
(Used to post here every now and then, but stopped after I had a strange experience with a certain very exp. and well-regarded restaurant where they tracked me down--I don't use my real name--and called me at home after I posted a long review of them that was not entirely positive...)
Crab Pot is very good and its on the water. We bring our kids and order the king crab mixed with Cajun sausage and corn. They bring out the food in a bowl and dump it on butcher paper and everyone just digs in. The kids can run free or color on the paper while they are waiting. Also, down the street on PCH and Lyons is a mexican restaurant called Enrique's.
It is fantastic, they are famous for their pork shank which is on rice in a cilantro cream sauce. The meats falling off the bone and you basicaly make tacos out of it. Their Steak and cheese enchiada is also great. I've told other about it and they said it was of the best steaks they ever had! It's a family style restaurant and the prices reflect that. Both places are good for kids. The view at Crab Pot is better but the food at Enrique's is better.
I'm also looking for "good eats" in Long Beach. Here's the deal. It's a birthday dinner for my sil, but they have two toddlers, so it needs to be someplace kid friendly. I'm hoping for something with a view of the water (I'm a displaced So. Calif. native), but not too expensive! Anyone have a place that will work?
Thai Charcoal Pit
2226 E 7TH St
Long Beach, CA 90804-4511
In the Big Lots Parking Lot
Don't let the facade fool you; the food is excellent, their chicken satay is great.
Great place for luch $14.95 all you can eat buffet.
Long Beach Cafe
Ocean Blvd and Alimitos
Long Beach Cafe
615 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802-5014
Diner style food; tasty burgers (bacon chedder burger is killer served with a pound of steak fries)
i just had a great meal at sophy's thai and cambodian cuisine on anaheim.
we got khmer dishes.
fried catfish with baby mango slices and tamarind and bacon dipping sauce, served with some very better cambodian veggies, mint leaves bean sprouts and other greens.
we had sachkow bahok, which is grilled steak with fermented sardine paste, and a salad with cucumbers and chili.
and a coconut soup with pork spareribs and pineapple called something, ah shit i forgot. but it was good...
had an egg soda too.
Sophy's Fine Thai & Cambodian
3720 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804
If you're looking for Vietnamese, search this board for places in Little Saigon, which is near the LB/Costa Mesa general area. In CM, I like Memphis, on Bristol - southern inspired, good bar, small and casual. In Long Beach, wander down to 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, and there will be plenty of choices. If you want something by the water, try Tantalum in Marina Pacifica (Pacific rim/Asian flavored) or McKenna's in Alamitos Bay (decent seafood).
Just to follow up, we went to Anaheim St. for Cambodian, since we needed to stay relatively close to the Long Beach airport, to Sophie's Cambodian & Thai.
Nice, friendly service, nice atmo.
We shared noodles with crab (which I had one delicious mouthful of before remembering--doh!--that I'm allergic to shellfish...!), whole grilled catfish with both green mango and tamarind sauces (well, green mango was more of a spicy accompaniment, not a sauce, very good), a marinated beef salad, and a somewhat odd, but tasty, vegetable "dip."
Plates heaping with various and beautiful green leafy veggies and herbs and other lovely and uncommon asian veggies came with all of this.
I think the best was the crab noodles, second best was catfish, third was beef salad, and fourth was vegetable "dip," if only because it was hard to categorize and there were fatty things in it that we couldn't identify, esp. since the menu called it vegetarian.
It was my first Cambodian food, so I can't compare, but it was good. My sister's had it many times and liked it, but again, particularly the crab. My husband enjoyed his marinated beef salad, and it was flavorful.
As we were leaving, it was about 4'ish, so the cook was bringing out his own lunch/dinner, a huge bowl of what looked like tofu stew with these large and glorious squares of tofu piled high and also a steaming, wonderful-smelling omelette. Boy, it looked good. Not sure if it was on the menu, alas. If I go again, I will definitely ask.
There were plenty of Cambodian (I assume) diners there; we were the only whites besides one man eating alone who had the air of a regular. This is always a good sign to me.
Thanks again for the help, all.