Where the Locals Eat: Huntington, Newport, Long Beach NEED RECCS
I am going to Longbeach area for the weekend Sat thru Tues.. Would love some reccs lunch/dinner and anything in b/n : ). I am a huge foodie and eat almost anything. I wanna go to secret gem places that tourists would not know about. I currently reside in Phoenix yet orginally from NYC we are in out mid-30's if that helps.
Need a great food truck or 2..
nothing too fancy..
Thx in advance
In Long Beach, the most authentic Mexican place is El Taco Loco #3. Hand made tortillas, great tacos ($1.25) and tortas, meat from parts of the cow you may not be used to eating (as well as pork, chicken and I think some goat too). If you want something other than tacos they have, mariscos, soups including pozole, a red salsa that is usually hot and smokey, even a fresh juice bar just like you'll see in Mexico,
If you order at the counter, meals are brought to you but simple orders (a few tacos, a torta) will be called out by number (listen for the order number in Spanish or you may miss it). A hole in the wall feel. Open late Fri and Sat (I think they stay open 24 hours those two days). It is next to a panaderia, El Sol, if you want some postres like tres leches or flan after your meal.
The neighborhood that El Taco Loco #3 is in is a bit sketchy. Someone may be selling knockoff DVDs and CDs in the parking lot or asking for spare change.
If this unsettles you, go to east Long Beach for a safe, very good but more Americanized meal at Enrique's. It is very popular. Be prepared to wait for a table. If you only want tacos, then this may mot be the place but the pork shank is excellent.
In Newport Beach I'd look at Basilic Restaurant on Balboa Island, Crow Bar & Kitchen in Corona del Mar and the Side Door also in Corona del Mar.,
For sushi I'd go the opposite direction from Orange County. Sushi Zo in Palms (West LA) is only 30 miles from Downtown Long Beach, nothing in Orange County can really compare. The Sawtelle area alone (just off the 405) has a half dozen places better than what OC can offer.
You should explore the Vietnamese cuisine of Orange County though, places to look at would be Pho Quang Trung, Quan Hy Restaurant , Pho Nguyen Hue and Pho Kimmy.
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Quan Hy Restaurant
9727 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683
Crow Bar & Kitchen
2325 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662
Pho Nguyen Hue
10487 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683
Pho Quang Trung
10072 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Tacos- El Chavito Taco truck. 2 tacos for $1. Can't beat that
Mexican- Trejo's Mexican. skip the standard taco and burrito fare and get the barbacoa (roasted goat), carnitas, and many meat stews.
Sushi- Sushi Shibucho. Bare bones sushi decor. No rolls. about $60pp for 12-15pieces of very fresh and very good sushi.
Don't forget to swing by Little Saigon. Do a search and look out for recs from Das Ubergeek
I'd also add the newly opened Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach. A Batali/Bastianich/Silverton reproduction of their highly successful LA original.
590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Trejo's Mexican Food
17436 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Pizzeria Mozza Newport Beach
800 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663
San Shi Go in Newport Beach for sushi. It is my favorite in OC. It is not cheap, and it is not fancy, but sit at the bar and have omakase.
Another place that is very popular with the locals is Shin Shen Gumi in Garden Grove, not too far from HB and close to the 405. Excellent yakatori in a very fun and loud environment. There are two places right next to each other, the yakatori and ramen restaurants, and for some reason only the ramen place pops up here, but the yakatori is right next door.
Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen
18315 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
San Shi Go Sushi and Asian Cuisine
205 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661