Playa Amor sits in the middle of a never-ending shopping center in the Marina Pacifica neighborhood and, from the outside, looks like a knockoff On The Border. But Playa Amor is much more than that. This modern spot serves fantastic Mexican/Southwestern food in a low-key party atmosphere that’s great for anything from a low-key date to one-too-many margaritas with your friends. There’s a wrap-around patio facing a not-sad pond, live music on the weekends, and mole tater tots you’re going to want to get involved with.
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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.
The Blind Donkey is what you get cross a college bar and Long Beach with people old enough to remember Y2K. It’s awesome.
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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Chicas Tacos in DTLA is a model taqueria, with friendly service, a casual space, and very solid fish tacos.
On a random corner in Silver Lake, El Caserio is a quiet Latin American restaurant with one of the coolest patios in town.
North End Caffe
North End Caffe in Manhattan Beach is a diner doing some interesting spins on greasy spoon classics.
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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.
Sophy’s is a fantastic Cambodian restaurant in Long Beach and your first stop in the city’s Cambodia Town.
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.
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