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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Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil
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The Butcher’s Daughter
The New York health conscious-spot arrives in Venice. The food won’t blow you away, but it’s better than most other options in this part of town.
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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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