TOP 20 Quick and Casual Restaurants in Long Beach
I want to start with this; I love this list! So much so, I had to make it the top 20, instead of the top 15. I may have missed your favorite, I could have overlooked a restaurant that didn’t get on this list. However, I will proudly stand that this list is full of absolute winners and many of mine and many Long Beach local’s absolute favorites are represented here.
A 100% organic & vegetarian restaurant, with a cute little mini grocery mart. No grills, no fryers, no microwaves. Everything is served on recyclable, second-hand, and compostable dish-ware and to-go’s. I am so about it, I love everything about this place, even it’s cute and colorful exterior. Now if you’re thinking that vegetarian food can’t be hearty and full of flavor, guess again; their food is delicious!
801 E. 3rd St.
Olives Gourmet Grocer
Been a fan, since day one. This deli and grocery mart serves some amazing fine, fresh food. I frequent here mostly for their lunches and sandwiches, although they make tons of ridiculously good dinners and other entrees too. Call ahead to pick up, or dine there at their communal table. My favorite part about Olives is their staff and that very friendly feeling you get every time you walk in the door. A true neighborhood favorite.
3501 E. Broadway
Ma n Pa Grocery
I can’t say enough about this place. Been coming here since I was a kid; talk about a secret neighborhood market and deli. The current owners took it over in the late 90’s, and it’s still exactly as I remember it from my childhood. I am addicted to their breakfast burritos, but everything they make here is done with love and quality. After a few visits you’ll swear you are part of the family too.
346 Roycroft Ave.
Phenomenal. This Mediterranean / Greek cafe is one of the best casual lunch / dinner spots in Long Beach, outside of their food being so good and healthy, it’s a great value. Owned by Gus and Pete, they converted their fathers auto shop into the restaurant you see today. The local secret: order the Zeus fries, you can thank me later.
2800 E 4th St.
If you already know about Cafe Gazelle, you might not like to see it on my list, not because the food and service isn’t great, but because you don’t want to share this little secret with anyone else. So cozy and charming and the food is absolutely on point every time. Chances are you’ll even find the owners, Frank and his wife working away, treating everyone so warm and friendly.
191 La Verne Ave.
Bigmista’s BBQ & Sammich Shop
Starting off competing and winning in the California BBQ competition they decided to open a food cart. After they found years of success and a high demand following, they had no choice to open their first brick and mortar. It’s not just their barbecue meats, it’s their sides too! From top to bottom this family does it absolutely right. It’s not hard to see why they have been featured on so many shows and and won so many awards.
3444 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal
Don’t let this location and exterior stop you from experiencing this amazing food. This Korean cuisine definitely has soul. Parking is horrible and avoid it when school gets out. Other than that, this is a perfect place for lunch or dinner. This is a true gem that needs to be experienced, I suggest their tacos and burritos.
4712 E. 7th St.
LB Fish Grill
Fresh, wild caught fish. What else needs to be said? For years I never even tried this place because of its location and exterior. This was love at first bite and quickly became a staple in my life. They source great fish cuts and I always feel like I did my body a favor by coming here. It’s not necessarily cheap, but when is fresh wild fish cheap? If it was, I’d probably be worried.
1201 Redondo Ave.
Another fresh and healthy alternative to the typical options. OK, so here is the entire menu, falafel, hummus, salads, & fries. That’s it, all organic, made from scratch, in house, each day. These owners take their food quality very seriously and you can taste the difference. This is a must if you’re looking for a healthy and quick bite.
2023 E. 4th St.
Rocco’s Deli Italiano
Straight out of the Bronx, this bona fide authentic Italian deli is so good, you might not believe you’re on the West Coast. If you say there is a better one in Long Beach, I can only reply, fuhgettaboutit. Made just like mamma made, with fresh ingredients, you’ll find their sandwiches, pastas, and entrees all made to order and always delicious.
2420E. 28th St.
Working Class Kitchen
Such a score. I found this place on accident one day, visiting a neighboring business. As I walked closer, I could tell there was something special here. By the time I walked in the front door, I was in love. It was so clearly obvious that this place was run by real professionals and people who really care about high quality food and sourcing. It definitely shows in their operation, taste and flavor of their dishes.
1322 Coronado Ave.
Royal Cup Cafe
If I had a coffee & sandwich shop in my living room, this is exactly how it would feel. I love this concept and feeling they have created. So warm and inviting. A perfect place to meet friends at, do some work, a causal meeting, or just relax. Plus their food, coffee, and tea’s are legit. Food quality is important here and you can taste it.
994 Redondo Ave.
Only Pizza joint to make this list. Well, this ain’t just some pizza place, this is gourmet pizza. This is New York Bronx Pizza with a Southern California mindset. No matter what you like on top, they got something for you, including tons of vegan and vegetarian options. I really can’t say enough about how good their pizza is. Plus, the building and floor plan is perfect, and very accommodating… well except for the parking. Welcome to Long Beach.
1837 E 7th St.
Congregation Ale House
Fun, creative dishes and a very extensive beer list. Congregation is another winner. Fun and hip ambiance, service is always pretty fast and friendly. This place definitely hums and gets busy. It is the perfect first stop on your night of exploring downtown / promenade or meeting up with a group of friends. Did I mention their bacon wrapped, duck sausage?! ‘nough said.
201 E. Broadway Ave.
Taqueria La Mexicana
Long Beach staple. If you have lived here for any time at all, I can almost guarantee you’ve been here, if you haven’t, you can’t call yourself a local. This is just solid, great Southern Californian Mexican food. No bells, no whistles, just walk up to the window, order, and leave satisfied and full.
3270 E. 4th St.
With two Long Beach locations, wonderful food and a friendly staff, it’s easy to see how this became such built in part of our city. Did someone say taco Tuesday? Speaking of taco’s, if you know me, you know I love mushrooms, and their mushroom tacos are excellent. Another hidden gem and a great place for traditional Mexican food.
2801 E. 10th St. / 603 Atlantic Ave.
P3 Artisan Pasta
The food is ridiculously good. Chef owned restaurant, with Peruvian roots. They make everything from scratch from high quality sources. You can see their freshly made pasta hanging in the window. The food is amazing, and very craveable, once you go, you’ll certainly return. Their ambiance however…, It seems sometimes that they focus so much on amazing food, they missed some other aspects that could help take them to the next level.
2306 E 4th St.
So good, even Billy Idol would yell, “more, more, more”. Great ambiance, great owner and managers, cute and fun menu, and with a style all of it’s own. Delicious sandwiches, burgers, and pizza. Lots of wonderful vegetarian options and a good beer list that is constantly being updated and rotated. O yea, you can also catch some great live music from some talented local artists. Go.
649 E Broadway
This place has been recommended to me by so many people. I’m not the best source as an authority on wings, so I asked some of my most trusted wing eating connoisseurs to weigh in. This place got tons of saucy, delicious, finger licking thumbs up. A little hole in the wall, with lots of different seasonings to choose from, if you like wings, look no further.
1169 E. 10th St.
Beachwood Brewing & BBQ
They almost didn’t make it. Not because of their food or beer or even service, but because I tried to tell myself this is not a Long Beach brand. I can be foolish sometimes. They are not on huge waits because Long Beach doesn’t see this and part of our community. Beachwood has become so Long Beach. Plus their brewing facility is at the LB location. Great food, friendly service, and seriously good beer. Pro tip: bring a growler (or four) and fill it up on each visit.