You’ve watched all your favorite Netflix shows, and you’re finally ready to hit the town, but you’re not sure where to go. Well, we’re here to help! No pressure, but maybe it’s time to ditch the pajamas and put on your favorite pair of leggings (we have to transition back into jeans slowly). I gathered some new and classic spots to visit in the Zaferia district of Long Beach. If you’re not familiar with the area, Zaferia sits along the Eastside of Long beach surrounding Anaheim & Redondo. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Zaferia has it.
COMMODITY- 1322 Coronado Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804
So, you decided to go out and explore, but you need a little help from your friend caffeine. Commodity is more than coffee. They are serving everything from your classic
coffee to kombucha and craft beer. If you’re like me and just seeing coffee beans gives you all the energy you need, I recommend their Rose Gold made from turmeric, cayenne, apple, cinnamon, and rose. They have it all here, and if that wasn’t enough, their breakfast is served until 2 pm. If you’re more of a lunch person, you can stop by on most Thursdays to find Hamburgers Nice pop-up. Grab your coffee and head next door to All-Time Plant’s, to sit and share your time with some beautiful greenery.
Joe Jost’s- 2803 E. Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
For those looking for a bit of history and comfort, check out Joe Jost’s. They soon will be turning 100 years, but Joe has never looked better. Still serving the coldest beer in the area and offering the best bang for your buck with the must-have, Joe’s special for $3.45. A polish dog served between two slices of Rye bread, swiss cheese, mustard, and a side of their famous pickled eggs. If you’re looking for a more luxurious plate, I recommend the spicy cut-up, spicy sausage sliced, served with two different mustards, pickles, pretzel bites, and cut-up swiss cheese—the perfect way to start (or finish) any day. Don’t forget to bring cash.
JJ Chinese Food-3249 E. Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
You’re a bit tired from all the social activity, and now you’re ready to grab and go. JJ Chinese is perfect for that. A fast-foodish Chinese restaurant that takes a queue from Jack in the Box by not making it until you order it. I love food that is not sitting under any heated lamps waiting to get ordered. Here the most common Chinese-American dishes like orange chicken (many rave about their orange tofu), Mongolian beef, or roast pork fried rice are a no-brainer. May I recommend ordering their salt & pepper shrimp? The lady at the counter is very similar to Seinfeld’s soup character. She may have some inspirational words if you’re not ready to order, but the free soda included if you order over $40 makes up for that.
The Bamboo Club- 3522 E. Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
That Hawaiian vacation is still on hold, but that’s no reason you can’t start your tiki experience. Happy hour is the perfect time to explore those taste buds. Suppose you’re looking
for classics. They make Mai Tai’s and zombies beautifully. Order shucked oysters to go with those cocktails and the must-have Thai-tea brined chicken sandwich. Check out their Instagram, so you don’t miss out on any events.
Thai Curry Pizza- 929 Redondo Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804
You’re probably thinking, “What?! Thai pizza?” but yes, if you’re a fan of Thai food and pizza, then let me tell you, the best combination is here. This take-out only pizza is serving some of the most unique pizzas in all of Long Beach. The tom yum pizza is a super popular pizza, and once you try it, you’ll know why. If you call to place an order and they don’t answer, keep trying. They are a small operation and they try to get to everyone as quickly as possible.
Roundin 3rd- 4133 E. Anaheim, St, Long Beach, CA 90804
Ok, so you’re ready to hang out with friends, watch sports, and drink some brewskies. There is no better place to yell at your team and grub on nachos and wings. Many restaurants have now expanded their patios and Roundin 3rd is no expection. They expanded their back patio with multiple TVs. If you’re looking to catch a game while enjoying the outdoors check them out.
The Hideaway Steakhouse- 4137 E. Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
Looking to be transported back to the Sinatra days with classic cocktails like old fashions? Look no more, and if you’re looking to come on a weekend, we recommend a reservation. I strongly believe their burger is highly underrated and a perfect dish to pair with any Japanese whiskey cocktail they offer. Happy Hour is served daily (Wed-Sun) and all-day Sunday. We’re also excited to hear they will be serving brunch fairly soon.
Supply & Demand-2500 E. Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
The newest music venue to Zaferia is probably serving the best banana pudding. Yes, wild it is to know a bar can have some great dessert, but they are indeed a gem with beautiful looking cocktails like the Ziggy Stardust. Supply and Demand are all about Sunday- Funday with mulitas to micheladas. Check out their social media to keep up with any events.
Alex’s bar-2913 E. Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
You had a lot of time on your hands and went deep into the HBO catalog and started (more like binged) Trueblood. Now, you’re a fan of all things dark and want to feel some of the vibe. Lucky for you, Alex’s bar was featured in Trueblood and lives up to the punk scene. Alex’s remains as one of the best places to watch live music and enjoy a drink at an affordable price.
Crooked Duck- 5096 PCH, Long Beach, CA 90804
Laidback brunch serving the community since 2011. Joey Rooney and his wife Shelley run Crooked Duck, and if you’re curious about the name, you’ll have to visit to find out about
this fascinating story. Like most, the pandemic hit them hard, and they are currently just operating until 3 pm, but still serving some of the best brunch in the area. If you’re craving mimosas this month, they have a $3 mimosa special until the end of May.
Pho Hong Phat- 3243 E. Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
Pho Hong Phat offers some of the most authentic pho in the area. Flavorful broth and fresh ingredients for garnish. Always remember to bring cash. They recently remodeled but are still serving piping hot soup for those in need of comfort.
It’s ok if you’re still not ready to explore. Most of these options still have takeout and delivery available. As always stay safe and enjoy all Long Beach has to offer. *Yes, we know it’s 11 locations, we weren’t sure you would notice….