Downtown Long Beach’s Portuguese Bend Distillery is a full-blown restaurant, but the best reason to come here is for the house-made gin and vodka. They make good cocktails with them - our favorite is the Moonlighter, with their vodka, falernum, and ancho chili - but if you really want something that showcases their gin, order Smoke Bay in a martini. It’s a classic London-style dry gin, and it’s great. No matter what, drink them out on the patio that looks onto 3rd St. And if you do get hungry, get the pastrami chili cheese fries to snack on.
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Sal’s Gumbo Shack
Like the name implies, Sal’s Gumbo Shack is a Long Beach go-to for gumbo. But there’s a whole menu of great Southern food, too.
Tasty Food To Go
Tasty Food To Go is a tiny Thai/Laotian restaurant in a bungalow house in Long Beach with food worth driving across town for.
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The Tam O’Shanter
The Tam O’Shanter is an LA classic and great place to go if you want to eat prime rib and feel like you’re on “Game of Thrones.”
Barbrix in Silver Lake is an all-day spot, but your best move is to come here for a great, affordable brunch.
Dear John’s in Culver City will transport you back to the glamorous Old Hollywood era you wish you lived in.
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Beachwood Brewing & BBQ
Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach is home to some of the best craft beer in the Southern California, and serviceable BBQ, too.
Wide Eyes Open Palms
For great coffee and excellent daytime food in Long Beach, head to Wide Eyes Open Palms.
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