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Oct 22, 2010 11:03 AM

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.

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  1. I highly recommend the tiny Cafe Gazelle in Belmont Shore. Great Italian food and good for couples. The place is very small and cozy

    Cafe Gazelle
    191 La Verne Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803

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    1. Panvimarn Thai.

      Panvimarn Thai Cuisine
      4101 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90808

      1. La Parolaccia Osteria

        Cafe Gazelle
        191 La Verne Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803

        1. 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).

          Parker's Lighthouse
          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