Long Beach has been the dark horse of the food scene. The battle between food in Southern California is often between Los Angeles and Orange County, but many do not realize that Long Beach is definitely a contender to reckoned with! Their food scene has been evolving the past few years and Long Beach is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
Michael’s Downtown gives you an Italian hug the moment you set foot in their restaurant. Their house made pasta dishes such as the Summer Spaghetti and Squid Ink Linguine & Clams will take you to Italy and back. Do not overlook their freshly made pizza because with their massive pizza oven, you know you are in for a treat! Whether you sit indoors to watch the kitchen action or sit outside in the patio to enjoy Long Beach’s beautiful weather, the ambiance and atmosphere will not let you down.
Dine LBC Participant. 210 E 3rd St, Ste C, Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 491-2100; https://www.michaelsdt.com.
Thai District’s Tom Yum cocktail is definitely one of the most unique drinks you can find. Based on the popular Tom Yum soup, this cocktail serves to give you delicious flair with a refreshing twist. Their Osso Buco with masaman curry sauce and flat rice noodles is a combination that brings together amazing flavors into one bite. Do not overlook their Grilled Eggplant Salad because this dish gives a great kick of flavor. This place is great if you want a cozy dinner or a night out with a group of friends.
149 Linden Ave, Ste E, Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 951-7181; https://thaidistrictrestaurant.com.
L’Opera Ristorante brings Italian fine dining to another level. Their delicious Cappellacci Di Zucca is visually stunning and absolutely delicious. This is homemade ravioli stuffed with butternut squash and ricotta served on spicy marinara, brown butter sage sauce and parmigiano. When you see brown butter sage, you better order it! The Lobster Spaghetti is a simple dish yet perfect and exquisite with every bite. They are in the heart of downtown and definitely should be on everyone’s radar for some great Italian fine dining.
Dine LBC Participant. 101 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 491-0066; https://lopera.com
The Ordinarie – An American Tavern
The Ordinarie serves traditional American comfort food in a laid back setting. From their Tavern Burger to New England Style Lobster Roll, you will have many scrumptious choices. Their Macaroni and Cheese with bacon and Ordinarie Fries topped with short rib are definitely two of the best ways to indulge. There were no regrets with those choices! Don’t forget to get a drink from their wide array of beer, wine and cocktail options.
Dine LBC Participant. 210 The Promenade N Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 676-4261; http://theordinarie.com.
Chianina Steakhouse has a modern décor, cool atmosphere and delicious dishes. As their name suggest, they are known for their steak. Their Porterhouse Steak is definitely a star. It is not only presented beautifully, but is cooked to perfection and melts in your mouth. The Alaskan King Crab Legs were fresh and light. Their bar includes Smoked Cocktails which are a must not only for the taste, but also for the visual (the process looks pretty cool). The flavors and aromas infused into the drink are definitely something to be experienced. Whether you want a fancy night out for two or want to celebrate a special occasion with your friends, Chianina will ensure you taste the pride, respect and quality they have with every dish.
Dine LBC Participant. 5716 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803; (562) 434-2333; https://www.chianina.com.
The Federal Bar
The Federal Bar has made its mark in Long Beach with its amazing setting in an old bank and ability to host private events in a unique atmosphere. They offer American classics such their Federal Burger, Nashville Shrimp & Grits, and Red Velvet Chicken & Waffles. With shareable eats like the Short Rib Poutine and Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower, there is something for everyone. Their bar has many options including a new drink, Breakfast for Dinner, that has Cinnamon Toast Crunch! This will definitely bring you back to your childhood. For a relaxed and cool spot, The Federal Bar definitely serves it up.
Dine LBC Participant. 102 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 435-2000; http://www.thefederallb.com.
Hugh Henry Harper III
A guest contributor for Long Beach Home + Living, Hugh has showcased his love for food on his Instagram page where he posts food not only from the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County areas, but also from his travels around the world especially Japan. Find him on Instagram: @HungryHugh and Facebook: HungryHugh or visit his website: https://www.hungryhugh.com.