Taste is the perfect neighborhood wine bar (that also serves a full food menu). It’s dimly lit, so nice enough for a date, but also pretty casual, so you could walk in with a friend and get a table most nights. The menu changes depending on what they can pick up at the farmer’s market, and the wine list has a bunch of interesting glasses. Order a bunch of snacks to share (the pate is great), and also the Japanese fried chicken.
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Thai District is a very good Thai restaurant in downtown Long Beach with affordable prices and an upscale atmosphere ideal for a casual date night.
Enrique’s is an old-school Mexican restaurant in Long Beach, and home to a pork shank that will temporarily solve all of your life’s problems.
James Republic is one the more reliable brunch spots in downtown Long Beach and a great place to catch the game too.
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Friends & Family
Friends & Family is an East Hollywood all-day cafe that’s about to become part of your everyday routine.
With Little Prince, Main St. in Santa Monica finally has a cool, neighborhood-y spot for brunch and dinner.
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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.
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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