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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Tasty Food To Go
Tasty Food To Go is a tiny Thai/Laotian restaurant in a bungalow house in Long Beach with food worth driving across town for.
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Big, bustling, and once a gamechanger for DTLA. Unfortunately, unlike most of LA’s residents, Bottega Louie is not aging well.
Rockwell Table and Stage
Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz is part restaurant, part theater, and always rowdy.
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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.
Wide Eyes Open Palms
For great coffee and excellent daytime food in Long Beach, head to Wide Eyes Open Palms.
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