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The 7 Best Spots to Eat in Long Beach Right Now

From Fresh Mexican Flavors to Cozy Comfort Food, Long Beach’s Dining Scene Is Anything But Ordinary

From the state-of-the-art 2ND & PCH lifestyle center to the beloved Broadway St, Long Beach has one of the biggest up-and-coming foodie scenes in all of Los Angeles. Whether you’re seeking marina views to complement a refreshing cocktail or Mediterranean-inspired dishes that embody the flavors of Spain, the options for culinary splendor are endless! Here are our seven favorite restaurants in Long Beach that you need to try right now! Best Long Beach Restaurants

 

Tocaya Modern Mexican

Tocaya Modern Mexican has certainly taken LA by storm. Thankfully, their long-awaited Long Beach location at 2ND & PCH has finally landed, and it’s the perfect place for a filling yet refreshing lunch. Their Fajita Del Rey Bowl features sizzling sauteed peppers and onion that pair perfectly with their famous vegan chipotle crema. For your protein, stick with the chef’s recommendation of the chicken tinga. While the inside of Tocaya has some very inviting and plush seating, we recommend you snag a seat on one of their “Tocaya turquoise” booths outside on the patio. Do not miss out on their guacamole topped with pomegranate seeds and served with plantain chips! 

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palapa

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Whether you’ve had a long day of shopping or you’re looking to catch up with a friend, this outdoor bar at 2ND & PCH is an ideal spot to relax with a drink in hand. Created by the same owners as Ola Mexican Kitchen, you know it’s bound to be good. Serving top-shelf cocktails and tapas, offering gorgeous sunset views and epitomizing the coastal-cool California vibe, palapa will be your new go-to spot. Their seafood is incredibly fresh, meaning you can’t go wrong with their oysters or hamachi crudo. Look out over the marina as you enjoy your meal, or sit at the bar and sip on a frozen mango margarita! 

 

Hungry Angelina

Matthew Kenney truly is the master of vegan and plant-based dining. Hungry Angelina is just one of his many successful plant-friendly concepts that has truly taken the town by storm. Located on the Marina Drive side of 2ND & PCH, Hungry Angelina provides a laid-back, contemporary vibe where you can relax and indulge in food you can feel good about. For drinks, you definitely do not want to miss out on their tequila-based Chia Pet cocktail. Made with real chia seeds along with fresh-juiced cucumber and honeydew, this is the kind of cocktail that manages to prioritize both health and happiness and is best enjoyed on the patio overlooking the harbor. In addition, their new Impossible patty melt is a savory dish that will make you forget you’re eating 100% plant-based! Their secret Hungry Sauce will take your taste buds for a spin with every bite, and the spices from their fresh rye bread complement all of the flavors perfectly. If you have room for dessert, don’t miss out on their lemon curd, which features meringue that’s made in-house along with the curd and blueberries on top of a crumbly shortbread cookie.

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Plunge

This beach-themed restaurant is located right on the sand—think brunch, burgers and spectacular views! The food and drinks are creative and fun, such as the must-order Loco Moco, a Hawaiian breakfast dish with a juicy Angus patty, fluffy rice and flavorful herbed mushroom gravy, topped with the perfect runny egg, furikake and microgreens. Plunge also offers some great vegan-friendly options like the falafel burger and vegan s’mores. 

 

Panxa Cocina

With its hip yet inviting New Mexican flair, Panxa Cocina delivers rich, mouthwatering dishes filled with special ingredients (we’re talking 12 varieties of chilis). In order to quench your thirst from the spice of those piping peppers, order a smokey mango margarita crafted with Sombra mezcal, mango, lime, agave and hibiscus-chipotle salt for a crazy flavor combo. Also, don’t miss out on the duck carnitas or the chipotle-agave shrimp if you’re looking for something lighter! Sit on the patio for a casual afternoon outing.  

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Cafe Sevilla

Are we in Spain yet? Given Cafe Sevilla’s authentic Spanish ambiance, it sure feels like it! Lisa Coglietti, assistant manager of Cafe Sevilla, says, “Our flavors are unique and authentic because a lot of our ingredients are shipped from Spain.” That is why the paella Valenciana is a must! This flavorful, creamy dish comes packed with mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, chicken and grilled sausages, making it a meat- and seafood-lover’s dream. And if you find yourself here on a weekend, be sure to catch Cafe Sevilla’s live Latin guitar performances, which take place every Saturday!

 

The Attic

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This quaint and cozy “house” has no shortage of comfort food, serving up an assortment of Southern-style dishes with a twist. Manager Nikki Mark says, “Let it be known that we were the first with the Flamin’ Hot Mac n’ Cheetos!” Translation: you need to try this—yesterday! Though the patio is very inviting, the inside of The Attic is meticulously designed with modernized Southern charm. The checkered marble floors paired with the funky yet elegant wallpaper will have you inspired to do some redecorating of your own!

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About the author

Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.

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