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hobbess Jul 26, 2011 01:29 AM

Before I tried a new local mediterranean restaurant near my home, I wanted to see how well it was rated on Yelp. (I already tried chowhound first but there wasn't a lot of comments about the restaurant when I searched for it). But, while skimming through the Yelp reviews, I noticed more than one person say that this particular mediterranean restaurant wasn't as good as the ones in Long Beach.

So, now I'm curious which ones are chowhound favorites for mediterranean in Long Beach area? I never even knew Long Beach seemed to be the place to go if you wanted to eat mediterranean cuisine.

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  1. DrBruin RE: hobbess Jul 26, 2011 05:24 AM

    Open Sesame is my favorite "Mediterranean" (Lebanese) restaurant down in the Belmont Shores area of LB. They have 2 locations about a block apart... My only beef with the smaller location is somehow they picked a place with worse acoustics....

    Open Sesame
    5215 East 2nd Street
    Long Beach CA 90803

    Open Sesame
    5201 East 2nd Street
    Long Beach CA 90803

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    Open Sesame
    5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

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      gator28 RE: hobbess Jul 26, 2011 01:05 PM

      My best friend lives in Long Beach and loves George's on 2nd street...it is Greek. She goes there weekly and raves about it.

      1. Kris P Pata RE: hobbess Jul 26, 2011 02:38 PM

        DrBruin and Gator28 both know of what they speak and Belmont Shore (not plural, btw) has a nice selection of Mediterranean spots but, I prefer Magic Lamp to both Open Sesame and George's. We find it more authentic and, for those who care, it's a halal kitchen.

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        Magic Lamp
        5020 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

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          lbcmama RE: hobbess Oct 22, 2011 06:00 PM

          I like Baba Ganouj on Atlantic, near Carson. I believe it is Lebanese.

          1. flylice2x RE: hobbess Oct 23, 2011 01:22 AM

            Would Cafe Sevilla on Pine Ave be considered Mediterranean?
            www.cafesevilla.com/

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              scottca075 RE: flylice2x Oct 23, 2011 09:26 AM

              Naw, Cafe Sevilla is Spanish Tapas. Even though Spain is on the Mediterranean, so is Italy. I think of Mediterranean as a euphemism for Lebanese and Greek while very similar, isn't quite the same.

              So all that being said, we like Gypsy's Mediterranean Grill better than George's, Open Sesame and Magic Lamp, although if we wanted Greek food specifically, we'd go to George's. You can't tell "opa" when they drop baba ganouj on your table like you can with saganaki.

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              Open Sesame
              5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

              Magic Lamp
              5020 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

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