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What's the great places to go now for dinner in Long Beach/Seal Beach/Lakewood area...for really delilcious food...anything!

Pinkwasabi Feb 7, 2013 06:12 PM

Used to live in the Lakewood area and need to take family out for dinner...what's the new hip and delicios places to go to? Is Simmzy's any good? All cuisines welcomed!

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    flowergirl Feb 14, 2013 07:06 PM

    Had a really delicious meal at Beach City Grill in San Pedro this week. A truly pleasant experience. Everything was delicious and the owner was great.

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      kevin Feb 15, 2013 07:29 PM

      is that the joint that replaced Papadakis Taverna ???

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        Fig Newton Feb 16, 2013 03:28 PM

        No, Beach City Grill has been there for a while and is up the street from where Limani Tavern is (which replaced Papadakis).

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          flylice2x Feb 17, 2013 12:00 AM

          I miss Papadakis

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        Lee by the Sea Apr 20, 2013 11:39 PM

        Strange experience at BC Grill yesterday at lunchtime. Had to go to nearby courthouse but was a bit early, wanted only a light bite under the circumstances. Iced tea for me, coffee for wife, carrot cake to split. Should be no big deal, right? Well...the iced tea was a cinnamon-mint concoction about like Lavoris mouthwash with no tea flavor noticeable (innocently labeled "iced tea" on menu). My wife returned the coffee when the provided cream floated blobs on top of it. The carrot cake was OK but was decorated with a strawberry that looked like it had been dried on the counter overnight, sitting upside down with its green top still on in a mound of whipped cream. (Wins less-would-have-been more award.) That dessert, from an unpriced menu board, was $7. We were glad we had not ordered lunch.

      3. ozbuc Feb 14, 2013 04:18 PM

        I second The Abbey in SB.

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          FED Feb 14, 2013 02:48 PM

          simmzy's is a good gastropub, which puts it in the top 2% of "upscale" restaurants in long beach. michael's is good, enrique's is good, ms. FED and I most often find ourselves at Lola's, have not loved 320 in SB ... a bit overwrought. do really like the Abbey, though, stay simple: wedge, pizza, good beers.

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            FED Apr 26, 2013 12:56 PM

            just recently had a very nice meal at Michael's pizza downtown, next to beechwood barbq. food was simple, well-prepared and very affordable. IIRC, a couple of apps, two pizzas and two bottles of wine for 4 people was about $120 with good tip.

          2. TonyC Feb 11, 2013 09:13 AM

            Search is your friend:

            Bellflower/Cerritos/Artesia is all right there and the threads apply.

            Little La Lunes is just hip enough, but still pretty dinky.

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              revets2 Feb 14, 2013 01:30 PM

              LITTLE LA LUNE is really great, but unfortunately not open for dinner.

            2. flylice2x Feb 10, 2013 11:48 PM

              Delius Restaurant
              2951 Cherry Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755

              1. Dornfelder Feb 9, 2013 09:03 PM

                Gee, but if my husband and I were chatting with you in person, Pink, we'd talk up the DTLB George's Greek Cafe. When we lived in the heart of the city for four years, we'd take the elevator from our apartment to Pine Avenue and walk -- maybe a thousand feet or so -- and enjoy some pretty darned tasty gyros, pastisto, saganaki or anything else Greek on that inclusive menu. And even though we're now in northern OC, we'll still make the drive to George's, since we feel the fare there definitely surpasses that at Orea in Placentia.

                For upscale dining, we liked Fora on Naples.

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                  Bruce Kerr Feb 9, 2013 03:51 PM

                  Near downtown LB (Orange @ Broadway) is the small, chef owned, "At Last", a locals real favorite - reservations and parking are tough, but well worth it. On Main St, in Seal Beach are two great favorites - Walt's Wharf for seafood, and Cafe Lafayette for American/Continental. Between downtown and S.B., (PCH/Loynes), Enrique's for great, upscale Mexican

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                    revets2 Feb 8, 2013 10:09 AM

                    I'm not the LB specialist, but because no one else has responded, I'll get it started. Would help to know what price point, ambiance, and number in your party:

                    - Michael's
                    - Michael's Pizzeria
                    - Sophy's Cambodian/Thai
                    - Simzy's is good and popular, esp. good for kids
                    - Tavern on Two (they're earnest, but haven't had a great meal there yet)
                    - Enrique's (esp for the pork shank)

                    Seal Beach
                    - Beechwood BBQ

                    That's a start...

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                      baseballfan Feb 8, 2013 10:42 AM

                      We just tried 320 Main in Seal Beach. Food and service were both excellent. We had the pork chop and the salmon and were very pleased. Definitely make a reservation because it is a small place.

                      Also second the rec for Simmzy's.

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