If you’re looking to impress somebody or finally wear that dress you bought for a wedding and never used, head to Michael’s. This Long Beach staple located on the mostly-residential Naples Island has been around for years, but is still the standard for special occasion dining in the area. Are they doing anything particularly different with their food? No. But sometimes it’s just nice to sit on an open-air rooftop patio, drink martinis, eat a whole branzino, and pretend you own one of those yachts down on the water.
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George’s Greek Cafe
George’s Greek Cafe in Long Beach has all the kitschy trappings - faux columns, flaming saganaki - with food that’s actually good.
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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.
Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil
The Bake N Broil is a Long Beach institution for diner classics and incredible pies and cakes.
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