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Oct 23, 2012 02:53 PM

recommendations in Long Beach, near Carpenter Center?

I'm going to the Carpenter Center this Saturday, and I'd appreciate some recomendations for dinner nearby. Not cheap, but not too high. Italian or American would be great!

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  1. If you drove south toward the Naples/Marina area, there is Enriques for Mexican, Michaels for Italian, Beechwood and Naples Rib Co. for BBQ ribs, probably your best bets in all of Long Beach.

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    1. re: Ogawak

      I'll 2nd Enriques & Michaels and throw out Georges for Greek.

      1. re: JAB

        +1 for George's Greek Cafe. The better half and I lived in DTLB for four years, and made the original George's on Pine our most-frequented dining spot within super-short walking distance. In all, we've probably had 35 dinners there, all of which we've enjoyed quite a bit. Oh, the lamb chops and the gyro ...

        1. re: JAB

          hmmm, are those close to carpenter? that's part of the csulb campus. kind of a culinary black hole over there i'm afraid. those are good suggestions but be aware that you might have a 10 or 20-minute drive over, depending on traffic.

            1. re: JAB

              depends on what you mean ... it's about 10 minutes. reason i know is because i was in a production at carpenter where we had a limited dinner break. wound up getting takeout from bristol most times because it was the only place REALLY close.

      2. This is too late for the OP, but a couple of random thoughts:

        The Carpenter Center is indeed isolated from anything Chow-worthy-- nothing really good within five minutes by car-- but a bit more time driving gets you to, yes, Enrique's (be prepared for a LONG wait if you get there anytime after, say, 6 PM-- they don't take reservations). The owners of this wonderful place also have a little pizza-and-pasta sidebar called K Pasta; the prices are good, and the food itself is quite tasty. I've enjoyed the pizzas there a lot.

        In the same center there's an Italian trattoria called Passaparola (same people run La Parolaccia on Broadway in Belmont Heights). I haven't eaten there and can't comment on whether it's good or not. I do note that it seems to get a bit of a crowd on weekend nights, so it has built a following.

        Michael's on Naples is wonderful, but expensive, and any Naples or Belmont Shore eateries will present a parking challenge. Plan accordingly. George's is always fun and the food is delicious, and best of all, it's priced right.