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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There are few foods that elicit such an emotional response as pizza. The Italian import has become so engrained in American culture that cities and regions claim their own styles. Relationships have been ruined by competing preferences for Papa John’s and Domino’s. A 2014 report from the Department of Agriculture stated that 13% of the U.S. population eats pizza on any given day.

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More and more bars and restaurants based elsewhere are washing up on Long Beach shores. We’re no stranger to hosting outsiders: Beachwood BBQ and Brewing rode the coast up from Seal Beach in 2011. The Blind Donkey made its way down from Pasadena in 2014 and became one of our favorite speakeasies. LA’s Dog Haus restaurant opened an outpost on the Promenade last year and Torrance’s Smog City Brewing Co. just opened a tasting room in Bixby Knolls.

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Good news: There is still time to get those New Year’s resolutions locked in. And living by the beach in Southern California means fitness and health-related resolutions are a foregone conclusion. Juice cafes seem to be proliferating in Long Beach, heralding the benefits of fruit-and-vegetable concoctions that aren’t loaded with artificial sweeteners.

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Long Beach’s brunch game has never been stronger than it is right now. Staples like The Attic, Coffee Cup Cafe and Starling Diner are still killing it with some of the best breakfast dishes around, and it seems there are new eggs, pancakes and mimosas to be consumed every weekend. Here are four of the city’s newest brunch hot spots and what to try when you get there.

What's Good, Long Beach? stopped into Fourth Street's Restauration to get the scoop on one of the restaurant's holiday desserts: pumpkin semifreddo. Pastry chef Yesenia Martinez shares how she was able to transform this traditionally dairy-centric dish into a vegan-friendly treat.

What's Good, Long Beach? continues its dessert crawl with a visit to Buono's Authentic Pizzeria to try the sweet brainchild of Buono's CEO Frank Buono: the Nutella calzone. Manager of the downtown location, Joey Chavez, joins us to talk about the house-made treat.

What's Good, Long Beach? heads to Gladstone's for more traditional holiday treats: old-fashioned bread pudding and rice pudding. Chef Pete Lehmar joins us to talk about this tradition.

What's Good, Long Beach? went in search of the city's exclusive holiday treats. In this video, we try Lola's Mexican Cuisine's famous tamales and speak to Chef Luis Navarro about the festive dish's significance during the winter season.