Red, pink, white or golden, it’s time to shop and enjoy little orbs of summer happiness.
It’s almost summer. When thoughts turn to outside dining, few places offer a better setting that Fuego at Hotel Maya, with its waterside location and views that include the skyline of Long Beach and the Queen Mary.
Music Tastes Good — the music and food festival that will descend on Long Beach for the third consecutive year Sept. 29-30 — unveiled its culinary lineup with just as much fanfare as its musical acts.
Many Southern Californians experience Korean food in multiple hours spent inside a large restaurant around a tabletop grill, engulfed in barbecue aroma. Sometimes it’s all you can eat, and often it’s accompanied by beer.
Food halls seem to taking over the world and our social media feeds. But long before these made-for-Instagram spaces entered our collective consciousness, another foodie haven existed: the farmers market.
When Matthew Torres founded Long Beach Coffee Club in 2016, he expected to meet one or two new friends who shared his love of coffee. Today, the Meetup.com group has grown to more than 350 members, hosts social and educational gatherings at local venues and even has a sweet line of merchandi…
When Ellie’s opened three months ago on the corner of Orange Avenue and Second Street, owners and husband-and-wife duo Jason and Alexandra Witzl faced an uphill battle. Like a loving stepparent, the new restaurant inherited the space that once hosted one of Long Beach’s most cherished dining…
Tucked into a residential neighborhood on Orange Avenue off Broadway in an unassuming yet charming setting, Ellie’s offers up some of the best food available in Long Beach.
I have always associated the best Vietnamese restaurants with a certain vibe: usually located in a strip mall of some sort (a la Orange County’s Little Saigon) and run by a family who does everything—the cooking, serving and cleaning. Each great Vietnamese meal also leaves my clothes and hai…
When your relatives are in town for the holidays and expect breakfast, skip the cooking and cleaning and give them a taste of Long Beach’s locally famous Schooner or Later.
Long Beach residents and roller derby fans may have gotten to know her as “Molly Misdemeanor” — a Beach Cities Roller Derby athlete who’s been tearing up the track since 2009. But many in the community have also experienced Traci Delatorre’s soft and sweet side.
Kress Market (443 Pine Ave.) is very Long Beach—yet somehow, at the same time, of another place. Reminiscent of cities much larger and denser than ours, this corner establishment comprises a deli and a gourmet grocery store, connected by a bright green walkway-slash-dining area.
There is something so lovable about the new grab-n-go stand on the corner of Anaheim and Obispo, Frank N Fries. Maybe it’s the wacky waving inflatable tube man, or the affordable prices, or the fact that you can get a hot dog flight. It’s probably all of the above.
Savoring every spoonful of creamy clam chowder, I sit and stay awhile to enjoy the sights from Boathouse on the Bay — an upscale waterfront restaurant that capitalizes on its proximity to Alamitos Bay Marina.
More than 800 breweries and 60,000 attendees descended on the Colorado Convention Center in Denver last week (Oct. 5-7) for one of the beer world’s largest events: the Great American Beer Festival.
Having just gotten back from a week-long vacation filled with booze and gastropub fare, I was hoping to cleanse my body of toxins and start living that (somewhat) healthy Southern California lifestyle again.
Although the Mimi’s restaurant chain is owned by a France-based company, it has built its success on American-French comfort food that have made Mimi’s a destination restaurant for decades.
Long Beach has long been a city for beer lovers. Bars like Public Beer and Wine Shop and Congregation Ale House boast enviable rotating beer lists; shops like Stateside Crafts stock rare finds and, of course, Beachwood’s innovative beers and coveted guest taps attract plenty of local and non…
A chef on the rise, AC Boral is known for crafting dishes from and inspired by his Filipino background. It’s an unexpected coincidence, though, that Filipino cuisine is also gaining the attention of the mainstream in recent years.
Cambodia Town’s Khmer cuisine is the stuff foodie headlines are made of. But the neighborhood is now also home to a Vietnamese bakery that deserves its own recognition for Long Beach’s best banh mi, the Vietnamese staple sandwich served on a baguette.
Nearly every time I’ve been to La Santaneca, a Salvadoran restaurant and bakery at 2461 Atlantic Ave., I’ve enlisted the help of a stranger to act as a translator since not everyone on the staff speaks English and my Spanish language skills leave much to be desired.
Tux & Chucks Street Food is right at the heart of the West Side, nestled between two bars on Willow Street, with its façade splitting Regway Avenue. It’s a casual eatery that speaks directly to its neighborhood. Two of the owners grew up in the area, and the menu — of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, rice bowls, hot dogs and specialty fries — brings together Mexican, Filipino and Korean influences reflective of the local demographic.
Pow! Wow! descends on Long Beach July 16-22, bringing a diverse group of artists to paint murals throughout the city in a weeklong celebration of public art. The event brings together some huge names from around the art world, and great news for us: Nearly half of the participating artists i…
Waffles may seem like a non-traditional basic ingredient for almost every dish on the menu, but at Qrious Palate the waffles are light and homemade and provide a perfect foundation for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I used to walk by this tiny building on Long Beach Boulevard (on my way to Long Beach Creamery, of course) and stare at a sign in the window that said The Merchant was coming soon.
In many ways, Rivera’s embodies much of what I love about Long Beach. It sits on the corner of Gladys Avenue and Seventh Street, a yellowish building with a bold sign brandishing its name and black awnings with simple labels —takeout, dine-in and banquet room — to give passersby just enough information to know yes, food is served here. But locals who have pushed passed the restaurant’s red “Come in, we’re open” sign know beauty can be found in the most unassuming places.
There’s been an awakening interest in Long Beach’s coffee scene, and with good reason. Specialty shops are springing up across the city; the newest additions being Wide Eyes Open Palms (also lovingly referred to as WEOP), born from a farmer's market stand and just-opened brick-and-mortar at 416 Cherry Ave.; and Commodity (1322 Coronado Ave.), a tiny shop next to Working Class Kitchen.
It’s a small adventure to get to Cielo (40 S. Locust Ave.), the bar atop the historic Breakers building off of Ocean Avenue. Follow the sloping stretch of Locust down to the red awning emblazoned with The Sky Room’s Art Deco lettering, and step into an almost certainly haunted hallway down to the elevators. Tell the elevator operator you’re headed to Cielo —“sky” or “heaven” in Spanish — and up you go.
While it’s easy to lump Peruvian food into an oversimplified category of South American cuisine, a look at a menu or a few bites of lomo saltado are enough to reveal that the cuisine is unlike any other in the world. Because of the country’s history — of ancient civilizations, colonization, immigration and slave labor — its culture draws influence from neighboring nations as well as Europe, Asia and Africa.
There’s a funky building off of Willow Street that turns over restaurants almost every year—it was a burger spot a few years ago, before transforming into a taqueria and then a teriyaki place. The latest tenant, which opened in February, is Villa’s Comida Mexicana. From the outside, it looks like any of Long Beach’s independent taquerias, but there’s more to it than its (awesome) Taco Tuesday.
Lola’s Mexican Cuisine is a Long Beach institution. With two locations — the original on Retro Row and the newer in Bixby Knolls — the restaurant, owned by chef Luis Navarro, has been serving family recipes, new takes on Mexican cuisine and a whole lot of love for almost 10 years.