The Shore House Café, 5271 E. Second St., 433-2266.
• Hours: Open 24-7.
• Location: The Shore House is at the corner of La Verne Avenue and Second Street in Belmont Shore. You know what parking is like in Belmont Shore: you can usually find it but not always where you like.
• Staff/Service: The staff is friendly, and depending on the crowd, service is generally quick. There are very busy times when things slow, but at other times service is fast and friendly.
• Food/Drinks: The Shore House menu is long. You can choose from more than 20 sandwiches, a half dozen burgers, just about any kind of pizza you might want, salads, entrées including prime rib, enchiladas and such, a page of appetizers as well as breakfast 24 hours a day.
Sample menu items include the half-pound Shore House burger, spaghetti and meatballs, prime rib sandwich, calamari and a great cheese pizza.
• Atmosphere: The Shore House is a beachside diner with a vibe that drifts back to the early days of The Beach Boys. The seating has been redone and the kitchen rebuilt, but you probably won’t notice or care if you did. There is a small patio at the front for dining out of doors, as Kitty Carlisle might have said.
• The Taste: I’ve eaten at the Shore House Café many times over the years. I’ve sampled sandwiches, pasta dishes, burgers, pizza, salads, appetizers and breakfast dishes. The cheese pizza is the best in town. The seafood pasta was always better than I expected. The Cobb is massive.
One thing is for sure, no matter what you order, you will not leave hungry; the Shore House is known for huge portions.
Jennifer and I stopped for an early dinner early in the week. We both decided to try something new. Jennifer opted for Pastrami and fries and I decided on a grilled shrimp Cobb.
Jennifer’s pastrami sandwich arrived on a crispy French roll. The sandwich is similar to what you might find at The Hat as opposed to Cantor’s. It is generous and tasty, topped with pickles and mustard. Jennifer thought the sandwich was excellent. Once again, The Shore House sandwich offering far exceeded expectations.
My salad was huge. Crisp lettuce was topped with sections of avocado, bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, chopped tomato and Bay shrimp. Sitting atop was a skewer of grilled shrimp. A large bowl of dressing, blue cheese in this case, accompanied the salad. This is the perfect Cobb. Shrimp and bacon, oh my! Some avocado and tomato as a nod to health, sure why not? In the end, it is amazing.
No one will accuse the Shore House of cutting edge cuisine, but that won’t stop you from going back again and again. The prices are reasonable and the quality and taste are good.
The Shore House Café is an institution in Long Beach. If you’ve lived or visited Belmont Shore, you’ve probably stopped at The Shore House. Stop by and have a burger or a cheese pizza or one of the dozens of sandwiches or entrées and enjoy.
• Price: Breakfast, lunch, or dinner for two ranges from $10 to $40 with soft drinks. Most meals will be less than $25 for two (cash only).