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.

Besides the view, there’s above-average food and cocktails and live music, including Mariachi bands coming this summer. It's a little tricky getting there, but it's worth it. Directions are below.

“We want people to walk away with an unforgettable experience,” Sheila Malekzadeh, director of sales and marketing, said. “There’s live entertainment, fire pits, sailboats and the beach. It’s a local favorite.”

You can come by car, your own boat or even the water taxi.

It’s About The Food

Executive Chef Victor Juarez combines the coast cuisines of Mexico, Latin America and South America. Portions are generous.

Baja Lobster is served with Tajin Garlic Butter, Rancho Gordo Bean Stew, Cabacita (kind of squash) and lime. It's a terrific mixture of textures and tastes, highlighted by a generously sized lobster tail.

Fresh Serrano Scallops come in a silky smooth creamy tomato sauce, set off perfectly by another unique dish: crispy ramen noodles. It’s crunchy, smooth and sweet with a perfect touch of heat from the Serrano.

Steak dishes start with generous cuts of meat. Fuego steak is rubbed with Aztec Chili; the filet with blue cheese is accompanied by Brussels sprouts in a whiskey peppercorn sauce.

The Adobo duck is slow roasted, then fried and served with orange sauce and steamed jasmine rice.

According to Malekzadeh, customers favor the traditional fish dishes, fresh guacamole and chips, ceviche and the scallops.

Beverages

Among their craft cocktails is the Spicy Paloma with tequila, muddled jalapenos and fresh lime.

Fuego also has one of the largest collections of Tequila in the city, with more than 100 choices.

Dessert

Doubletree Hotels are famous for their fresh baked cookies. Chef Victor serves the skillet baked chocolate cookie. The warm cookies are served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

Special Events

Fuego is legendary for its special holiday brunches. Father’s Day Brunch will feature a beer tasting, giant Jenga, chess and more, along with a lavish spread.

The regular weekly brunch serves up entrée choices including Achiote Mojo Salmon, Cubano Citrus Braised Port and more along with salads, tacos and ceviches.

More than Food

There are cabanas outside that look out onto the water. Guests can download an app and order food and beverages delivered. Other activities include kayaking, paddling boards and more.

Getting There

Coming from downtown, get on the Queensway Bridge and stay to the right. Below the 710 sign is hotel sign. Stay to the right and follow the signs again, making a U-turn and travel along the water, under the bridge until you get to a stop sign.

Important To Know

Fuego has several three-course Prix Fix dinners, starting at $50.

Happy Hour is 3-6 p.m. weekdays and offers specials like house margaritas for $6 and deals on the fresh guacamole and the tasty crab cakes. There is a corkage fee.

They’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner with special Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call (562) 481-3910 or go to https://hotelmayalongbeach.com.

Kurt comes to the Gazettes with 30 years experience in broadcasting and journalism. He has produced and/or directed hundreds of television programs, including news, sports, entertainment, election coverage, town meetings and telethons.

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