What's the great places to go now for dinner in Long Beach/Seal Beach/Lakewood area...for really delilcious food...anything!
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!
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 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)
- Beechwood BBQ
That's a start...
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
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.
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.
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.