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
The Bake N Broil is a Long Beach institution for diner classics and incredible pies and cakes.
Sophy’s is a fantastic Cambodian restaurant in Long Beach and your first stop in the city’s Cambodia Town.
Playa Amor is a corporate-looking Mexican restaurant in a Long Beach shopping center that has actually great food.
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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.
Upper West might be in the Westside no man’s land, but this casual spot is definitely worth your time.
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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.
James Republic is one the more reliable brunch spots in downtown Long Beach and a great place to catch the game 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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