ISO - Dinner in Long Beach Saturday - Any recs?
We're going to the theater in Long Beach Saturday night - on E. Ocean Blvd. Looking for something wonderful and reasonably priced. What we don't like are formal steakhouse type places - prefer ethnic including Italian, or maybe seafood - as long as it's not McCormick and Scmick-style sterility. Thanks.
The recs so far are really good (I love them all), but none of them is actually in the downtown LB area (I assume you're going to the ICT in the Performing Arts Center). Each of them is at least a ten-minute drive away. I should also note that good dining in LB and environs tends to be a "before 10 PM proposition", so I'd count on planning an early dinner.
The usual Pine Avenue recs-- George's Greek (Cypriot/Greek), L'Opera (expensive Italian), Alegria (pan-Latin) or Café Sevilla (Spanish)-- are close to that theatre, as is the original outpost of King's Fish House (family-atrmosphere fish joint-- a bit inconsistent lately) and Parker's Lighthouse (in Shorelive Village, seafood specialist and MADDENINGLY INCONSISTENT).
If you don't mind driving, within fifteen minutes of downtown you can hit Enrique's (PCH at Loynes) and its seriously wonderful Guadalajara cuisine, or the consistently good (IMHO) Los Alamitos Original Fish Company (Katella at Los Alamitos, just across the Orange Curtain), or the amazingly special Benley, A Vietnamese Kitchen (last I checked, it was still open and still good-- if I'm wrong, someone correct me!)-- tucked inside a mini-mall at Wardlow and Los Alamitos (the hinterlands of east LB).
435 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802
101 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
King's Fish House
1521 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867
George's Greek Cafe
5316 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803