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Feb 22, 2014 11:39 AM

Long Beach next week

I will be in Long Beach most of next week for a trade show. Appreciate any recs for eating and drinking, particularly near the convention center, but have a car, so can drive if necessary.

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  1. 2 of my favorites in LB are Schooner or Later for pancakes and Enrique's for Mexican.

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    1. re: JAB

      I am so glad to learn that Schooner or Later is still doing well and favorite with CH.

      On a nice morning, there is nothing better than sitting out on the patio that looks over the harbor.

      1. re: Gypsy Jan

        As much as I do love the pancakes, the lines and the favoritism for seating is a huge turn off for me.

        1. re: JAB

          Well, Geezo, I am sorry to hear that it's a hipster spot, now.

          I lived in Long Beach twenty years ago when i was trying to climb up the executive ranks at the LA Times, but those days are long ago and far away,

          These days, I take care of Great Danes and Rottweilers in Baja.

          1. re: JAB

            I actually like the food, if you can believe that so what I usually do is just grab a seat at the counter and lose the view of course.

      2. Coffee Cup Cafe for breakfast or lunch, 3734 E. 4th St at Grand. Don't park in the lot across the street. There is a counter and tables.

        Enriques for dinner. The roast chicken is not on the menu, you have to ask for it. Comes with broccoli and his yummy rice, but you can ask for beans instead. There are a couple of combos with shrimp, but you can ask for the shrimp as an entree. I know Enrique's mother-in-law; she says he is fierce about cleanliness in the kitchen at home and in the restaurant.

        It's A Grind coffee on Ocean is popular. I don't go there because it is owned by Praise International and I don't like their politics, but YMMV.

        Modica's Italian deli has some good sandwiches and it is a very short drive from the convention center.

        The Crooked Duck is probably too far for breakfast or lunch, but not for dinner. You can eat at the bar or a table. Very good burger and my BIL likes the meatloaf.

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        1. re: susans

          Love Enrique's, Modica's, and Crooked Duck. It was said above so I just wanted to reinforce :)

        2. Number Nine for the Chicken Bun.

          1. Fuego at Hotel Maya -- solid Mexican food. Be sure to sit on the patio over-looking the Harbor.

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            1. re: Silverlaker

              Hi -

              I have eaten at Fuego and while I enjoyed it very much (although it's hard to find) I found it PRICEY. I was pleased to be the guest of a vendor on a cushy expense account. It's a pretty place and very modern, but I'd check the prices before I go... unless money doesn't matter! (Note - It's prob. cheaper at lunch. I was there at dinnertime.)

            2. Michael's on Naples is always a very solid choice for Italian food in Long Beach. It's an excellent spot.

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              1. re: josephnl

                The better restaurants are, unfortunately, not in the convention center area.

                By the same owner, would add Michael's Pizzeria - legit.

                And their newly opened steak house, Chianina.

                For something louder, casual and boisterous, Simzy's.

                Beachwood BBQ too.

                Regarding the Enrique's recc above, they are also known for their pork shank. Don't remember if that's an off menu item too.

                Haven't been in a while but am hearing Benly is still really good.

                Louisiana's Best (you buy/we free) fried seafood is some of the best in SoCal, but the neighborhood may be off putting and not the safest for an out of towner.

                Also some good spots in Little Cambodia like Little La Lune for lunch only or Sophy's.

                1. re: revets2

                  Aren't James Republic and L'Opera by the convention center? They're pretty good eats I believe.

                  1. re: BacoMan

                    Haven't made it to James Republic yet. Have you? Would like to hear your thoughts.

                    Much prefer Michael's over L'Opera though.

                    1. re: revets2

                      I really see no reason to dine in Long Beach. So no...but people have raved about it.

                      The only place I really like in LB, when there rarely, is Number Nine for the Americanized Bun, and Sochu Lemonade.

                      I used to think L'Opera was amazing before I ever ate in, I don't know why you'd bother going there. I'd rather drive however much longer to just go to Bucato, Bestia, Chip Spacca, Angelini, etc...

                      1. re: BacoMan

                        I used to think L'Opera was amazing before I ever ate in, I don't know why you'd bother going there. I'd rather drive however much longer to just go to Bucato, Bestia, Chip Spacca, Angelini, etc...
                        Yup. It was great in the 90's. Still not bad, just dated and touristy.

                        1. re: revets2

                          Chip Spacca... wow

                          I hate the auto-correct on here sometimes hah

                          But yeah. In younger days, the butternut squash ravioli with sage was at least pretty good.

                          I once accidentally went to a gay single's dinner there with my best friend...

                          Neither of us realized that until we were already at the event, and sadly neither of us happen to be gay.

                          It was an interesting night...

                          1. re: BacoMan

                            That butternut squash ravioli with fried sage was incredibly great.

                            Here is the description now. Doesn't sound appetizing:

                            CAPPELLACCI DI ZUCCA
                            Homemade Pasta Filled with Butternut Squash & Ricotta, Served Over Spicy Marinara Sauce, Finished with Shaved Parmigiano Cheese & a Brown Butter Sage Sauce (this dish contains small traces of pine nuts & walnuts)

                            You have to add marinara to that?

                            Had the greatest version in years at Republique couple of weeks ago.

                            1. re: revets2

                              I think the marinara is very thin, and only lightly adorns the dish.

                              But ah well...

                              I don't trust Manzke's food. I'm sure it's fine... just not sure when I will ever really want to go to Republique...

                              1. re: BacoMan

                                Manzke is a genius though. After all, he did head the kitchen at Bastide.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  Which is closed seem to be rather a sign of failure than genius.

                                  Anyone who started the travesty that is Petty Cash Taqueria can't be trusted either.

                                  1. re: BacoMan

                                    I don't think it was about the chef in this case.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      When you have a hands on owner with an ego bigger than the known Universe the chef isn't going to matter - one way or the other...

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        What else can you go by?

                                        Still, citing a closed restaurant as an achievement does nothing to bolster a chef's name. People like the guy ok, fine, but he doesn't do anything special in my book, and is on my "to avoid" list.

                                        Pretense appears to be the name of his game to me. But other's may find he actually does some good oysters.

                            2. re: revets2

                              sorry, i think maybe it is a case of your taste maturing, rather than the other way around. i've lived in long beach 20 years and have eaten at l'opera several times over that period. i've always said it was louise's food at valentino prices.

                              1. re: FED

                                My only memory is one of pretension.

                                1. re: JAB

                                  And Italian lessons in the bathroom.

                                  1. re: revets2

                                    leave the waiters out of this! :)

                      2. re: revets2

                        The pork shank is still off menu for some strange reason along with the sea bass both of which seem to always be available.