In addition to the old favorites we visited in Long Beach, as we talked about in our last post, we tried quite a few new places.
Prior to leaving for our trip, we made a short list of places to try. However, the first new place we tried was not something on our list but a place a friend of our pointed out: The Attic on Broadway. We ended up there twice, Once for an afternoon drink and snack, and once for breakfast. It was only a few blocks away from Beachrunner’s Inn where we were staying.
In addition to having a great bar and wonderful menu, they have a magnificent outdoor space. The first time we stopped by, we sat at the outdoor bar. We enjoyed a couple of beers and a delicious snack of short rib poutine (the reason we weren’t all that hungry for our visit to Old Vine Café).
The weather all week was pleasant, especially coming from an early heat wave here in Philadelphia, so we took whatever opportunity we could to be outside. What was nice about the bar at The Attic was that it is covered, so you’re outside but out of the heat of the sun.
We went back a couple of days later for breakfast and sat out on the patio. Holly had the Fried Green Tomato Benedict, and I had the Shrimp and Grits. We both enjoyed our meals. My only complaint was the French 75 I ordered was overly sweet and served on the rocks.
Several of our mornings started with walks along the beach. One morning, we headed in the direction of downtown Long Beach with no real plans for breakfast. As we got closer to downtown, we decided to try somewhere there. We had a few places on our list but settled on The Breakfast Bar. We again took the opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the great California weather.
Holly had the Eggs Noni, and I had the Eggs Papi, which were both variations on Eggs Benedict. The Noni had grilled house rosemary sourdough bread, grilled tomato, sautéed spinach, poached egg and topped with house Gindo’s spiced hollandaise. The Papi was the same except it had a sausage patty instead of the grilled tomato. Both were served with a potato pancake.
One of our favorite finds was Saint & Second. We stopped in one afternoon for drinks and a snack We had the duck meatballs and the spiced shrimp salad. They have extensive beer, wine, and cocktail selections. We both had a local beer. We both had the White Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company. I also had a Blazing World from Modern Times Beer and Holly had Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company. Holly followed-up with a glass of Rosé.
I was intrigued by their unique gin selection and since it was warm out, decided on a Negroni. The bartender was very knowledgeable and we negotiated what turned out to be a rather stellar drink made with Opihr Gin, Campari, Cocchi Vermouth with Absinthe rinse served on a rock.
We liked Saint & Second so much we made a point of going back one night later in our trip. When we went back, we had the Southern Fried Quail and the Pozolé Clams. We enjoyed wine with dinner and then had cocktails to finish the night. Holly had Designer Smokes which had clove smoke, Koval rye, Dolin blanc, John Taylor’s velvet falernum, bitters. I had the IPA-ish which had Malty Rutte Genever, Greenbar Hop Liqueur, Suze, grapefruit bitters, IPA wash.
We made a side trip to Redondo Beach to visit some of Holly’s family.
Possibly the most surprising place we found was while we were at the Redondo Beach Pier and came across A Basq Kitchen.
They were celebrating their first anniversary and had a special tasting menu which included croquetas de bacalao, jamon wrapped dates, lengua pintxo, tortilla vasca pintxo, fresh sardine pintxo, braised beef cheek stew. The tasting menu came with a choice of desserts and, not surprisingly for us, we chose the cheese plate.
We spent the night in Redondo Beach. The next morning, we went back to the pier for breakfast at Polly’s on the Pier. I had a crab omelet and Holly had Huevos Rancheros which she really enjoyed.
The main reason for our trip to Redondo Beach was for a Paella dinner at the place where Holly’s dad was staying. After our breakfast at Polly’s, we shopped at the pier for fresh seafood for the Paella. Holly’s brother did the bulk of the work on the Paella and other guests contributed side dishes, desserts, and drinks.
After our trip to Redondo Beach, we still had a couple of days left in Long Beach and certainly made the best of it. Another favorite new place was Restauration. We were looking for a place to spend a leisurely afternoon, and Restauration hit the spot. Holly and I went for lunch and sat on their back patio. That was the morning we went to Holé Molé, so we weren’t all that hungry.
We shared the Farmlot 59 salad and a carafe of wine. The salad is named for a local farm from which many of the ingredients are sources, which we appreciated. The salad was comprised of smoked cashew, candied kumquat, grapes, fennel, watermelon radish, humboldt fog cheese, green goddess, and honey sherry vin.
While we were finishing lunch, Holly’s two brothers joined us. We ordered more wine and an order of the unbelievably delicious parmesan churros.
The next morning, we were meeting one of Holly’s old friends for breakfast in Downtown Long Beach and decided to try The Brass Lamp, which was an interesting combination of café, bar, bookstore, and music venue.
Holly had an omelet with kale and gouda, and I had the Breakfast Scram-bowl, which was just a big bowl of potatoes, sweet potatoes, grilled chicken, and onions, and probably some other things I’ve forgotten.
Our trip ended on a very high note with an excellent dinner at Panxa Cocina, which specialized in New Mexican cuisine. We fell in love with the cuisine when Carlito’s Burritos opened in Las Vegas when I lived there.
We went to Panxa Cocina with one of Holly’s brothers. We started by sharing a couple of appetizers: calabacitas, which had seasonal squash, dehydrated corn, hatch green chile, queso Oaxaca, and a Purple Peruvian Potato Fondue, which featured herb roasted baby potatoes, aji amarillo-asiago fondu.
For our entrees, Holly’s brother had Chile-Honey Lamb Shank. She had Burrata & Pork Adovada with black beans, pickled vegetables, salsa. And I had Seafood Enchiladas.
It was a fantastic way to finish our trip. We made the best of the time we had, hitting some old favorites and getting to most of the places on the short list of new places we wanted to try. We’ll have a full itinerary whenever the next time is we get to Long Beach!