Guide to Eating and Drinking in Long Beach (By Neighborhood)

April 9, 2018

Black Ring Coffee in Where to Eat and Drink in Long Beach (By Neighborhood) | Alyssa Pacaut



So you’re in Long Beach and you’re hungry? I got you covered. Check out one of the bars and restaurants in the list below that is conveniently organized by neighborhood.

Wild Chive in Where to Eat and Drink in Long Beach (By Neighborhood) | Alyssa Pacaut

Downtown Long Beach and East Village

Ammatoli | 285 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Quick and tasty Mediterranean food from the Levantine region served in a stylish and modern setting. It’s perfect for lunch! My order: quarter dark chicken with baba ghannouj and tabbouleh.

Beachwood BBQ and Brewing | 210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Kid-friendly and dog-friendly bbq joint where the appetizers and microbrews are the true winners. My order: tater tot casserole, deviled eggs, or Lena’s famous fried pickles with an IPA.

Berlin Bistro | 420 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Coffee and café food served in a loft-like space with a mid-century modern feel. My order: Americano and rustic bowl for breakfast or garlic pomme frites with house red for happy hour.

Congregation Ale House | 201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Holy-themed pub with stained glass decoration and waitresses in Catholic school uniforms. My order: rib-eye cheddar burger and sweet potato fries with a house-brewed Hefeweiss.

Creme De La Crepe | 400 E First St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Sweet and savory crepes served in French bistro-style setting that’s slightly worn down in a charming way. My order: a savory crepe like the Normandie or Marocaine.

District Wine | 144 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Relaxed den-like wine bar where you can enjoy small production beer and wine with tasty bites. My order: Indaba sauvignon blanc and flatbreads during happy hour.

Padre | 525 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Inventive Latin American cuisine and creative cocktails served in a hip, stylish setting. My order: lomo saltado or fried chicken tacos topped with watermelon salsa with the pepino margarita.

Panvimarn on Broadway | 740 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Thai dishes done right in a unique setting where large-scale statues of Buddha compete with flat screens displaying Thai beach scenes. My order: pineapple fried rice with chicken or pad see ew with beef.

The Potholder Cafe Too | 301 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Breakfast is served all day in this diner for the very hungry and very hungover. My order: huevos rancheros, super spuds, or Fruity Pebbles French toast.

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles | 730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Parking is tough and decor is spare but it doesn’t matter because fried chicken and waffles. My order: Obama special or thigh and waffle.

The Wild Chive (pictured above) | 240 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Satisfying and soulful vegan pop-up serving brunch on Sunday and dinner on Thursday out of MADE by Millworks. My order: croque monsieur or wild chili wafflelito.

Seabirds Kitchen in Where to Eat and Drink in Long Beach (By Neighborhood) | Alyssa Pacaut

Alamitos Beach and Belmont Heights

The Attic | 3441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803
Creative Southern-inspired fare served with a smile in the cutest bungalow. My order: mac ‘n’ cheetos to share and chicken fried steak.

Ellie’s | 204 Orange Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Chef Jason Witzl makes Italian dishes with locally-sourced ingredients and a big dose of love. The atmosphere is fancy but the vibe is homey and hospitality-driven. My order: grilled bread appetizer to start and cavatelli or pappardelle pasta for the main.

Lord Windsor | 1101 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Laidback surfer vibes meet mellowed out coffee made from beans roasted onsite. My order: a latte and a Compartes chocolate bar if I’m feeling fancy.

Olive’s Gourmet Grocer | 3510 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803
High-end deli with gourmet goods and freshly-made sandwiches. My order: grilled steak sandwich on ciabatta, roast beef sandwich, or prosciutto de parma sandwich with dill pickle chips and parmesan dip for home.

Panxa Cocina | 3937 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803
Grab a cocktail and appetizer at this chef-driven southwestern restaurant in a super hip setting. My order: Ol Modo cocktail with charred queso oaxaca with added short ribs.

Seabirds Kitchen (pictured above) | 975 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Charming modern restaurant serving plant-based food. Service is great and the mural out back is the cherry on top! My order: burnt Brussel sprouts, beets me burger, locals bowl, purple taquitos, beer battered avocado taco, grilled cheese, or anything really.

Uncle Fung Borneo Eatery in Where to Eat and Drink in Long Beach (By Neighborhood) | Alyssa Pacaut

Belmont Shore, Naples, and Marina Pacifica

Ballast Point Brewery | 110 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803
Humongous open-air modern brewery with the best ocean view. My order: peanut butter and jelly wings (seasonal item) and a pint of Grapefruit Sculpin.

East Coast Bagels | 5751 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803
Haven for east coasters missing their morning bagel. My order: plain or sourdough bagel with cream cheese and nova lox.

Ma ‘n Pa Grocery | 346 Roycroft Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814
Tucked away into the neighborhood, this hidden gem serves the best burritos in town alongside liquor store-type snacks and drinks. My order: sausage breakfast burrito with avocado.

Michael’s on Naples Ristorante | 5620 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Go fancy with a capital F at this chef-inspired Italian restaurant. My order: any appetizer with burrata and Michael’s paccheri or branzino for the main.

Nick’s on Second | 4901 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Reinvented American classics and truly stellar hospitality in a high-end setting with modern wood-wrapped walls. My order: bistro plate, prime rib dip sandwich, or pan-seared chilean bass.

Open Sesame | 5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Lebanese food with a satisfying home-cooked taste. My order: fried potatoes with lemon, baba ghanouj, or lamb kabob entrée.

Saint and Second | 4828 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Beautifully decorated restaurant with bistro dishes, cocktail program, and any whiskey you could ever want. My order: duck meatballs or marrow bones to start and the Skuna Bay salmon entrée.

Uncle Fung Borneo Eatery (pictured above) | 5716-A East 7th St B-5, Long Beach, CA 90803
Indonesian slash Malaysian slash Singaporean slash Delicious-ian in a clean, modern setting. My order: chicken satay, gado gado, or borneo hokkien mie.

Wide Eyes Open Palms in Where to Eat and Drink in Long Beach (By Neighborhood) | Alyssa Pacaut

Arts District on 4th Street, Rose Park and Recreation Park

Art du Vin | 2027 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Have your choice of high-quality wine served in the smallest, coziest brick-walled location. My order: a California red or a European rosé based on the bartender’s suggestion.

The Pike Restaurant and Bar | 1836 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Surprisingly solid pub food at a place known for strong pours and live music. My order: fish and chips with a Pabst or a whiskey on the rocks to drink while watching a band.

Number Nine | 2118 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Chic minimalist restaurant with Vietnamese dishes that lean on fresh ingredients from local farms. My order: rare steak pho or bun with pan-seared tofu and a Tiger beer.

Pizzanista | 1837 E 7th St, Long Beach, CA 90813
Punk rock pizza served with a smile in a black Craftsman home with an outdoor patio. My order: margherita, or goat cheese pizza and fresh spinach salad with a can of craft beer.

Restauration (pictured above) | 2708 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Chef-driven menu full of seasonal vegetables and locally-sourced ingredients. My order: anything really, but you can’t go wrong with a salad, burger, or a wood-fired pizza.

Rose Park Roasters | 3044 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Artisan coffee roaster doling at caffeinated drinks in a trendy, modern setting. My order: a latte or espresso with a bag of freshly roasted beans to take home or gift to a friend.

Social List | 2105 E 4th Street, Long Beach CA, 90814
Gastro pub with modern European tapas in a loft-style building with themed art on the walls and large windows that open out to the street. My order: croquetas, mama’s meatballs, spicy artichoke hearts, or the butternut squash and onion jam toast.

Wide Eyes Open Palms (pictured above) | 416 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Top notch coffee, fancy toasts, and pastries served with a side of good vibes and queer feminism. My order: iced cold brew coffee, ricotta toast with jam, or simple egg on toast.

4th Street Vine | 2142 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
Laidback bar with wine, beer, and live music. The small patio out back is perfect in the summer! My order: a nice bold red wine or something sparkling.

Eastside Long Beach

El Torazo Mexican Food | 2801 E 10th St, Long Beach, CA 90804
Downhome spot with some of the best tacos and burritos in the city. My order: potato tacos or a shrimp burrito with complimentary chips, salsa, and all the pickled carrots I can get.

Joe’s Jost | 2803 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
A Long Beach institution that’s the reigning king of dive bars. My order: ice cold schooner with a Joe’s Special and a pickled egg with pretzels.

Long Beach Thai | 3109 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
Humongous space great for big groups looking to enjoy unfussy Thai food. My order: tom yum glass noodle soup, duck curry, or pad thai.

Pho Hong Phat | 243 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
It’s worth waiting for the pho at this family-run Cambodian joint with a cult following. My order: medium-sized pho tái gân, fry bread (if it hasn’t sold out), and a Coke.

The Merchant in Where to Eat and Drink in Long Beach (By Neighborhood) | Alyssa Pacaut

Bixby Knolls and California Heights

Blackbird Cafe | 3405 Orange Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
Homey neighborhood brunch spot that simultaneously fills up your belly and satisfies your soul. My order: any of the eggs benedict plates.

HiroNori Craft Ramen | 610 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90807
After getting a taste of their layered broth, perfectly chewy noodles, and fresh ingredients, you’ll understand why this modern ramen joint is always packed. My order: pork buns to start with either the tontoksu ramen, vegan ramen, or cold spicy dipping noodles.

Jongeward’s Bake and Broil | 3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
Friendly restaurant serving simply delicious American food with the best muffins, cakes, and pies in town. My order: Polish sausage with eggs or a blueberry muffin, soup and sandwich combo with a slice of lemon cream cake for the road.

Long Beach Creamery | 4141 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90807
Local pride abounds for this wildly popular ice cream made with local organic ingredients. My order: burnt caramel, midnight oolong, or really any flavor because it’s all so good.

The Merchant (pictured above) | 4121 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90807
Pastries and bread go quick at this charming bakery slash coffee shop. My order: cappuccino and a cheddar bacon scone.

Rasselbock | 4020 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
Traditional German food and beer served in a modern tavern with a great beer-garden slash outdoor patio. My order: mini potato pancakes or wiener schnitzel with mashed potatoes and spicy green beans with a German beer.

Steelcraft | 3768 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90807
Outdoor urban eatery with food truck-style eats served from converted shipping containers. My order: Smog City saison, Nutella waffle from Waffle Love, or Tajima ramen.

Steelhead Coffee | 1208 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA 90807
Hipster coffee shop that’s won over the entire neighborhood. My order: avocado toast or vegan donut with a cortado.

Willmore Wine Bar | 3848 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
Wine puns and ephemera abound in this wine bar where everyone knows your name. My order: whatever the wine-savvy staff suggests that’s within our budget.

Long Beach Beer Lab in Where to Eat and Drink in Long Beach (By Neighborhood) | Alyssa Pacaut

Wrigley and Signal Hill

10 Mile Brewing Company | 1136 E Willow St, Signal Hill, CA 90755
Family-owned brewery with a hip, industrial setting. My order: the Citrallenial American Pale Ale and maybe something from the food truck parked outside.

Fine Feathers Kombucha | 2296 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90806
Perfectly fermented kombucha made in small batches and served with love. My order: jasmine peony kombucha.

Long Beach Beer Lab (pictured above)| 518 W Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90806
Kid-friendly brewery with adventurous craft beers, sourdough bread, and other nibbles. My order: any sour beer, any pizza, or Moroccan donuts with a loaf of bread to take home.

The Wine Country | 2301 Redondo Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755
All the wine, beer, liquor, and picnic goods you could ever want in a huge warehouse space. My order: pâté and whatever the staff recommend.

Sal's Gumbo Shack in Where to Eat and Drink in Long Beach (By Neighborhood) | Alyssa Pacaut

North Long Beach

El Pollo Imperial | 5991 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805
Ridiculously good Peruvian cuisine served in a super casual atmosphere. My order: lomo saltado or aji de gallina with a glass of chicha morada or Inka Kola.

Sal’s Gumbo Shack (pictured above) | 6148 Long Beach Blvd W, Long Beach, CA 90805
Sal (aka the queen of soul food) serves up the best of the bayou in this teeny shop painted purple and decorated with mardi gras beads. My order: medium-sized gumbo with a Shasta cola.

Cheko El Rey Del Sarandeado | 343 E Market St, Long Beach, CA 90805
The space is bare and service is mediocre, but it doesn’t matter because they serve the best grilled fish this side of the border. My order: pescado Sarandeado with a side of rice and a michelada.

Black Ring Coffee (pictured at top of post) | 5373 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805
Drink a cup of expertly pulled espresso or a well-made specialty drink in this minimalist coffee shop and roastery. My order: espresso or honey oat latte.

Gemmae in Where to Eat and Drink in Long Beach (By Neighborhood) | Alyssa Pacaut

Westside Long Beach

Gemmae | 1356 W Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90810
Filipino fast food joint in a bright, clean setting. My order: cheese cupcake, ube cake, or breakfast plate with steamed rice, eggs, and tapsiolog or longanisa sausage.

Santa Fe Importers | 1401 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
Italian deli and market that’s heavy on old school charm. My order: slices of salami and cold cuts with antipasti for a dinner party at home or the meatball sandwich.

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