Alamitos Bay Marina Eats and Drinks
I have a specific need to fill for this weekend. Going with a large group, with an array of palates, dietary restrictions, and wallet size, to do a one-hour hydro-bike tour of Naples at 5:00. We take off and leave from Los Alamitos Bay Landing.
We have an array wallets and drinking habits, so will have to be Full Bar and <$40 pp.
I'm looking for two contingency options. One is that people come back tired and hungry and low blood sugar and want food and drink NOW! If that's the case, what's the best option a short walk from the landing, between, say, River's End Cafe and Joe's Crab Pot? (There are various "Bilgey Barnacle" type places; any recs? Is The Crab Pot, right there, edible?)
Second contingency is people arent' starving and want to drive over near the 2nd St. bridge, eat, and then maybe stroll to get a closer look at Xmas light displays after, without re-parking. For that, I'm thinking Naples Rib Co. or maybe Russo's?
Michael's Pizza -- the fancier-than-your-average neighborhood pie joint but, far less stuffy offshoot of its parent neighbor Michael's -- might just be the tasty, pragmatic and reasonable option you seek. We love the spot: It's runner up only to Slice of NY in Seal Beach for our favorite pizza in the area. The menu -- antipasti, insalate, pizze, a few "cast iron" dishes (the roasted squash with ricotta and honey is a must) and desserts is small but, superior quality.
On the topic of Seal Beach, if your crew is willing to huff it from Alamitos Landing across the river to downtown Seal Beach (if you guys take the beach route to the pier, the scenery makes for a better walk) Beachwood BBQ on Main is always great fun with a group and, depending on what you drink, is well within your crew's price range.
I think the River's End has a pretty limited menu and I would not even bother with Joe's (a mediocre chain). In Seal Beach you might want to try 320 Main, however it's kind of small so if your group is really big that probably won't work. They specialize in cocktails and the food is also tasty. I think you could get by for $40 pp.
In Long Beach, the best Christmas lights are in Naples on the canals. Personally, I can't recommend any of the restaurants on 2nd street in Naples. I've only been to Naples Rib Co but I found it very average. However, there's tons of stuff on 2nd street in Belmont Shore. I went to Boubouffe a month ago and was pretty impressed and I think it has a full-bar. Depending on what day you are going, there are coupons on Restaurant.com for the restaurant.