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Local eateries housed in refurbished shipping containers that share shaded outdoor communal dining spaces. Anchoring vendors are Smog City Brewing (out of Torrance) and Steelhead Coffee (see another location below) while others serve pizza, waffles, ramen, BBQ, chocolate, and shave ice. Check the website as the eateries have different operating hours.
Obsessively consistent coffee and espresso drinks made from specialty coffee bean brands. Kombucha on tap (rotating flavors include ginger, mango, and carrot). Various toasts, vegan donuts, and other treats from local vendors. B/L.
Wide Eyes Open Palms
Local coffee pop-up at Long Beach farmers’ markets (Tuesday evenings in Bixby Park and Sunday mornings in Alamitos Bay). Storefront opening in early 2017 near Retro Row on 4th Street. Pour-overs and cold-brew lattes (sometimes flavored with herbs) plus teas and tisanes as well as seasonal entrees, egg toasts, pastries, and cookies (some vegan). B/L.
Full menu of espresso, coffee, tea, and ice-blended drinks along with daily chef-made breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials. Communal and small tables inside or outside at the dog-friendly sidewalk parklet. Connects to Fingerprints music store. B/L/D.
The Breakfast Bar
Breakfast classics with a twist (potato pancakes instead of hash browns); burgers, sandwiches, and salads for lunch. Indoor or dog-friendly patio seating available at this Travelodge-adjacent space. B/L.
The Crooked Duck
Homemade burgers, salads, entrees, and desserts (recommend the carrot cake) in a tiny converted house with covered patio seating and parking in front. B/L/HH/D.
Family-run Mexican restaurant with a varied menu of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, soups, salads, and more unusual entrees (potato taquitos, grilled quail, milanesa) and daily specials. Agua frescas, beer, margaritas, and wine. Usually a wait for tables at dinnertime; L/D.
Danish ice cream and unusual seasonal fruit and other sorbets on the main shopping street in beach-adjacent Belmont Shore.
LONG BEACH CREAMERY
In-house-made ice cream shop that specializes in unique and rich flavors including lemon lavender, cashew fennel chip, black ring coffee, and midnight oolong. Also partners up with other neighborhood shops to create new, one-of-a-kind flavors.
The Tallyrand Restaurant
A Burbank fixture, family owned and operated, and serving American classics. Try their corned beef hash for breakfast, eggs benedict on Sundays, or turkey dinner (fresh roasted daily) any day of the week. B/L/D.
Tony’s Darts Away
Modern pub serves a large selection of locally sourced (i.e., California) craft beers and food. Vegan and organic options available. Hang out with friends and play some board games or shoot some pool. L/D.
Neighborhood stop serves coffee, espresso, cold brew (try the nitro cold brew), and organic teas. Organic pastries, salads, and sandwiches are also available. Dog-friendly and patio seating available at this local java joint. B/L.
A family-run restaurant that serves different kinds of traditional chaat — savory snacks — found throughout India. Weekday lunch specials as well as an onsite market that carries various Indian snacks. L/D.
A popular coffee chain in the Bay Area known for crafting each cup to each customer’s taste whether it’s lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, or pre-brews. A perfect hot-day drink: mint mojito iced coffee.
Cheese Board Pizza
A pizzeria next door to and part of The Cheese Board Collective, so popular that lines form daily and their meatless pizzas of the day made with fresh organic and local ingredients sell out at lunch. Next door, an espresso bar and a selection of cheeses, pastries, bread, and grocery items. L/D.
Tara’s Organic Ice Cream
Rare and unique ice cream and sorbet flavors such as black sesame, chocolate sorbet, and sweet corn (try a scoop with the homemade black sesame waffle cone).
A hole-in-the-wall space (on the corner of 7th Street) serving breakfast lunch favorites like buttermilk waffles, fried chicken sandwiches, and panini. Hobbit menu with some items named after popular characters (Gollum sandwich, anyone?). B/L
Asian tea drinks served in wide-mouthed cups: milk tea, fruit tea, tea crema. Also coffee, fruit slush, and snacks.
Asian fusion menu offering rice bowls, tacos, salads, and burgers (fried garlic rice buns instead of regular hamburger buns). Known for Kamikaze fries: cross-cut waffle fries, minced korean BBQ beef, kimchi, japanese mayo, red sauce, and green onions. L/D.
ZachAry’s Chicago Pizza
Another popular pizzeria known for their stuffed Chicago-style and thin-style pizza; a mainstay in the East Bay since 1983. Try the chicken special (free-range chicken breast, mushrooms, mozzarella with fresh basil, garlic, tomato sauce). L/D.
Korean fusion food like mochi bacon appetizers and Busan torta (grilled pork belly sandwich) in an industrialized area of Oakland. Weekday bap (rice) sets served with banchan sides (kimchi, pickles, etc.). L/D.
Nostalgic and classic American baked and frozen desserts made from high-quality ingredients including clever, non-trademark-infringing named treats like vanilla bean twinkles, mini ore-ohs, and tart pops.