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At Last Cafe

204 Orange Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 | Long Beach | 562-437-4837

Location Description:

At Last Café's first-time customers turn into instant devotees. Every one of the 18 or so seats is filled nightly. Those who didn't think to snag a reservation either wait it out on the street or order to-go. Either way, budget about 30 minutes to find parking, which is frustratingly scarce and the inevitable topic of conversation for the first few minutes of your meal. The rest of the time, you'll talk about the food, about how chef John McLaughlin manages to charge a fraction of what other establishments of this caliber would. For example, his Brick Chicken: a deboned half-bird cooked flat under the weight of a brick, its crispy, mahogany skin reminiscent of the best Armenian rotisserie hen and meat so juicy it bursts. The cost for this soon-to-be-famous poultry is a mere $9.50.

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  • Cuisine(s): American, New American
  • Hours: Tue-Sat 11:30am-8pm
  • Price: $, $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Accepted, Not Necessary
  • Parking: Street
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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