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Nov 5, 2010 12:11 PM

Need breakfast or lunch near Long Beach Outdoor Antique Market

Foodie family from Chicago going to the Antique show at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach Sunday Nov 21. Need a recommendation for a great, casual, uniquely SoCal breakfast and/or lunch spot nearby. We'll be driving from and returning to Anaheim so anywhere on the way would work too. Thank you

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  1. If the weather cooperates, I'd try Schooner or Later for brunch. It's not next door to Veterans Stadium, but it's no more than a ten-minute drive to the Marina, and what's not to love about brunch by the water?

    Down Clark from the stadium is a mom-'n'-pop style Mexican joint called Baja Sonora. There's no pretense here: Big piles of hot, tasty Mexican grub, served fast and fresh and messy. Their salsas are fresh and accompany all-you-can-eat fresh chips (fried whole tortillas). The downmarket digs might appall "foodies", but Chowhounds will appreciate the cheap goodness you get here.

    If you head up Clark to Carson and take a left, not too far west you'll find the Heritage coffee shop. Huge portions of actually good diner food are found here. NOTE: A bit east of here is another diner with a more self-consciously 50s vibe: Dale's Diner, at the corner of Carson and Norse Way. The food is fine here, but the Heritage is better.

    Of course, there's always Jongewaard's Bake 'n' Broil (Atlantic just south of 37th, Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach). This place has a strong fanbase here-- and with Russ Parsons of the LA Times. The food is solid and homey and yummy-- but their red velvet cake is sublime. To die for. Drool drool d-ROOL.

    Dale's Diner
    4339 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808

    Baja Sonora
    2940 Clark Ave, Long Beach, CA 90815