There are a couple of George’s around Long Beach, but we like the Belmont Shore location best for its painted murals, fake columns, and general Greek kitschiness. It’s busy all day, with a mix of tourists, local moms having lunch together, and regulars sitting at the bar. Most everyone is here for the saganaki, which comes out in a skillet and is quickly lit on fire. We’re not sure the flames actually do anything, but the saganaki is great, and so are the lamb chops you should be ordering too.
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The Blind Donkey is what you get cross a college bar and Long Beach with people old enough to remember Y2K. It’s awesome.
Domenico’s is an old-school Italian restaurant in Long Beach with all the red sauce pizza and pasta you need after a tough week.
Haewah Dal is an upscale Korean restaurant in Long Beach with food that doesn't warrant the high price point.
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Elena’s is a no-frills, family-run Greek/Armenian restaurant in Glendale and your move for lentil soup on a cold day.
Aliki’s Greek Taverna
Aliki’s in Westchester serves excellent Greek food at extremely affordable prices.
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The Attic is one of the most popular brunch spots in Long Beach, and home to the Mac N’ Cheetos, a dish that tastes much better than it sounds.
Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
Phnom Penh Noodle Shack is a Cambodian breakfast spot in Long Beach with incredible noodle dishes and a rice porridge that will cure all ailments.
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