Hey, Long Beach foodies! The most delicious week of the year in the LBC is rapidly approaching – do you know where you’re eating yet? Dine LBC is August 5-13, and here are my top 10 Restaurant Week picks:
The Attic – This charming cottage on Broadway serves up some of the best home-cooked food you’ll find in Long Beach. They’re famous for their Mac N’ Cheetos, but this place is certainly not a one-hit wonder. Every dish I’ve had here has blown me away, and the cute house makes for such a fun dining atmosphere.
Restauration – This is another favorite spot in terms of ambiance – I could sit forever in Restauration’s spacious garden patio. And let’s be honest, if I’m gonna spend a long time somewhere, the food must be good too. Restauration is serving up some of the most creative dishes in town! I love the brunch here – make sure to order the Duck Confit + Waffle, the Freedom Toast (French toast topped with ice cream!), and the Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich.
Roe Seafood – Roe, roe, roe your boat over to one of Belmont Shore’s best restaurants and try some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat in the most beautiful open-air setting. Everything we ordered was incredible, especially the fresh Sashimi Platter, the Poke Nachos, and the Kabayaki Glazed Seasonal Fish. And don’t skip out on the cocktails! My favorite was the Lavender Detox, made with lavender limeade and crème de violet.
Beer Belly – Arguably the best restaurant downtown, Beer Belly puts a gourmet twist on classic American dishes. They specialize in fancy bar food (duck fat fries, brussel sprouts, insanely delicious wings), but don’t sleep on their killer grilled cheese. Made with a five-cheese blend, stuffed with bacon, and doused with maple syrup, this sandwich is the thing I keep coming back for. (Oh, and you can add an egg to it if you’re brunching!)
Rance’s – This cheesy new addition to Second Street is well worth the 45-minute wait for a Chicago-style deep-dish. Pro tip: call ahead (before you’re hungry!) to place your order and saunter in to have your pie waiting for you. My favorite? The CSP (Chicken Spinach Pesto). Say cheese!
Berlin Bistro – Berlin Bistro first blew me away with their drinks (Mexican Mocha, Lavender Arnold Palmer, Peanut Butter Blended Mocha), and then I quickly fell in love with their other offerings. You can’t go wrong with anything, but I especially loved the Burrata BLT on rosemary focaccia (I know!!!), the Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese combo, and their various flatbreads with delicious toppings. And of course they have avocado toast!
Open Sesame – Let me tell ya… this hummus is yummus! Second Street’s Mediterranean hotspot almost always has a line, and with good reason. Bring some friends and share some meat platters and Lebanese sides such as grape leaves, falafel, and baba ghanoush.
Padre – No better time to try this upscale Mexican restaurant than during Dine LBC restaurant week! Padre is another one of my favorite restaurants downtown, serving up specialty dishes like Guacamole topped with crickets, Ceviche, and Lomo Saltado. Of course, they also are serving fantastic margaritas, cactus mojitos, and watermelon sangrias to help you wash all that food down.
Federal Bar – Step back in time at this Pine Street historic landmark-turned-restaurant. As hinted by the name, The Federal Bar was formerly a bank – you can even see the old bank vault downstairs where the vault door serves as the entrance to a hidden speakeasy! My favorite dishes included the Maple-glazed Tater Tots, the Short Rib Poutine, and the Monte Cristo Burger, one of the many creative burgers on their menu.
Aji-Peruvian – It’s about time you tried this underrated spot on Retro Row. Aji is serving up delicious and authentic Peruvian cuisine in a beautiful space on 4th street. Popular dishes include their ceviches, fried rice, as well as their beans and rice plates. What better time to try someplace new?