Sarah Bennett

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    October 31, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: The Village Grind

    The East Village Arts District has seen its fair share of coffeeshops come and go. From the days when the Blue Nile Cafe occupied the two-story storefront on the bottom of the Broadlind Hotel building to the subsequent years, when the location and its connected corner unit became the Broadlind Cafe, ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: La Ceiba

    Despite not having a very large Salvadoran population, Long Beach has been an overall good place to have a pupusa addiction. The city's farmers markets are filled with acceptable $3 versions of the cheese-bean-and-pork-stuffed corn tortillas, and there are even several authentic Salvadoran restauran ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: The Breakfast Bar

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: in Long Beach, breakfast is such a religion, we'll even eat it for lunch. We'd much rather grub down on an omelet smothered in Hollandaise sauce than sit in a church pew or eat another standard sandwich--and the constant lines outside of the city's most wel ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: England Fish & Chips

    Have you ever ordered a meal only to have every hue in it be a crispy golden brown? Have you ever had so much deep fried batter that your gut begged you to stop and eat a salad? Have you ever eaten at a restaurant where the closest thing to salad is the cabbage inside of the deep fried egg roll? I ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Alien Sandwiches

    In all my time living and writing about food in Long Beach, there is one culinary truth that continues to hold fast about the city's otherwise vibrant downtown: a good, cheap sandwich is hard to find. Sure, you can buy two pieces of bread stuffed with meat from a few corporate outposts around down ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Downtown Farmers Market

    Farmers markets in Long Beach are about as diverse as the city itself and the ready-to-eat food they offer is no different. There's the North Long Beach one that serves up hot soul food and cold bionicos. The one at the Marina on Sundays is a little more tony with a veritable food court of street gr ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Babette's Feast

    Belmont Shore in the summertime is about as far from Paris, France as you can get. The oceanfront locale and its onshore breeze, the chaotic flurry of visor-wearing tourists and the sea of college-age day drinkers constantly stumbling down the enclave's main drag, Second Street, is the near cultural ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Belmont Brewing Company

    The list of reasons why Belmont Brewing Company is the ultimate summertime lunch spot is a long one, but it starts with the incomparable waterfront view and ends with the award-winning house-made beer. In between is a thoughtful menu of beyond-brewpub eats, friendly local servers who have been aroun ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    This Week In Food: Banh Mi, Burritos, and Negroni Week

    Another week, another write up. You guys are stuck with me again while LP's away. Let's take a look at the week that was in food:

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    May 28, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Delightful Crepes Cafe

    "Delightful" is one of those adjectives that almost makes you cringe from the doily-fringed feelings of charm it involuntarily conjures. The question "Isn't that delightful?" brings to mind images of crustless tea sandwiches, babies wearing bow ties and senior citizens who do yoga. But quesadillas m ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Cinco de Mayo

    The annual Mexican-themed drinking holiday may have come and gone this year, but Cinco de Mayo is still alive and well in Long Beach--on Pacific Ave. and Fourth St., that is. That's where the Cinco de Mayo Mexican restaurant lives, smushed between the now-boutique Dolly Varden Hotel and the donut-sh ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Louis Burger III

    Sometimes, when I'm speeding down 6th Street after it swoops you off the 710, I'll pass the corner of Atlantic and wonder who the hell was Louie III? At least that's what I questioned for five years when I lived only blocks away from Long Beach's Louis ("lou-eee") Burger, before I discovered that ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: E.J. Malloy's

    The corner of Redondo Ave. and Broadway is a familiar intersection for Long Beach lunches. First, we were here for cheap Mexican grub out of a makeshift Baja shack attached to the Reno Room and, later, we came for the delicious sandwiches made by the sweet Chinese family next to Baddeleys. But it' ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Pho America

    For years after moving to Long Beach, I stayed away from Pho America. It sounds silly now, but no matter how much I was craving delicious beef broth, I just couldn't bring myself to walk inside a place that I was convinced by its very mention of America had to be bastardizing the integrity what it s ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Casa Sanchez #4

    Casa Sanchez is one of those Long Beach institutions that everybody raves about when you first move here, but then you try it on your own and just can't see what the big fuss is about. Bland, poorly cooked meats and burritos overstuffed with beans instead of actual ingredients ensured I only went ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Shillelagh

    If O'Connells on Fourth Street is the drunken surly grandfather of Long Beach's dive bars, then its attached restaurant Shillelagh is the sweet little grandmother of neighborhood cafés. Because as much as locals haunt O'Connells by night for its shuffleboard-and-Jameson vibes, they seem to frequent ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Edna's Filipino Cuisine

    Cambodians might be Long Beach's most visible Southeast Asians, but take any of the city's major streets across the river to the Westside and you'll quickly discover a large Filipino community hiding among the taco shops and wartime houses. Instead of its own designated strip of Anaheim littered w ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Mustard's

    Southern California is the land of the hamburger, an American foodstuff that has seen gourmet and street versions battle it out for decades and left the equally as all-American hot dog to wallow in its bacon-wrapped solitude. Forgetting the L.A.-reclaimed Sonora dog or the recent attempts to overs ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: La Shish

    The plight of 130 Pine Avenue over the last few years is a direct reflection of the changing culinary landscape of downtown Long Beach. When I first moved to the LBC seven years ago, the prime dining drag was a paradoxical mix of high-end restaurants and seedy nightclubs and 130 Pine was a Hooters. ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: KPasta

    Long Beach loves its family-owned restaurants and the perpetual lines at East Long Beach mainstay Enrique's is proof not only of its namesake owner and head chef's mastery of Yucatan cuisine (try the pork shoulder!), but also of he and his wife's connection to the community. Two doors down, however ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Nomad Asian Bistro

    On first visit, Nomad Asian Bistro can be a hard beast to pin down. Just when you think that the two-month-old restaurant's menu is just a bunch of Chinese classics like broccoli and beef and orange chicken, there is a little asterisk on the bottom that says "all meats are certified halal." Then yo ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Pee & Gee Fish Market

    Few strip malls in Long Beach have more cultural significance than the one on the southeast corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. It is here where Snoop Dogg filmed his "What's My Name" music video and where hip hop fans for decades have flocked to take their picture unde ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Lola's Mexican Cuisine

    Lola's is the perfect Mexican restaurant for Long Beach's Retro Row with craft beer and frontside parklet seating adding contemporary flair to a menu full of regional Mexican favorites. Brightly colored decor and the sounds of mariachi evoke what may have been rancho life for Lola's founder, the mat ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Crystal Thai Cambodian Cuisine

    Long Beach might be home to the largest stateside population of Cambodians, but it's still not as easy as one might think to find a home-style hole in the wall that kills it with Khmer classics. Most of the Cambodian restaurants along the culture's main central-city corridor are designed as catering ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Sliced & Diced Eatery

    Occupying an eggplant purple shack in a parking lot surrounded by Mexican restaurants and a vacuum cleaner repair store, Sliced & Diced is a little schizophrenic food shack that could only have happened in Long Beach. Start with two kooky friends--one white, one Latina--who share a mutual love of c ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Wa Wa

    Not to be confused with the East Coast convenience store chain of the same name, Long Beach's Wa Wa is a quick-n-dirty Chinese restaurant with cheap combo plates and made-to-order specialties that has dragged office zombies out of their Downtown cubicles for more than a decade. The red-and-white til ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Number Nine

    Sorry to all the animal-lovers out there, but "vegetarian pho" is definitely an oxymoron, so much so that the very association of it with Long Beach's Number Nine has left many avoiding the place despite its convenient location on Fourth Street's Retro Row. But a recent lunch with a vegetarian broug ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Modica's Deli

    Long Beach's Cooper Arms Building on the corner of Ocean Blvd. and Linden first opened in 1924. It featured some of the first apartment homes in the city and offered unobstructed views of the water and "amusement zones." Early purchasers were promised their money back thanks to revenue-producing ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: The Original Park Pantry

    For more than 50 years, Long Beach's Park Pantry has occupied the southeast corner of Broadway and Junipero, baking sugary breakfast pastries and serving classic diner eats to the local hoards. In that time, however, a lot around it has changed. Many of the city's other hometown American-food havens ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Pasty Bakery

    Pasty Bakery in Downtown Long Beach could use a little help. A liquor license, a spruced-up exterior, a marketing campaign that actually tells people it exists--anything to ensure that the sweet Welsh man who freshly bakes pasties with his Salvadoran wife in the back corner storefront of Pine Avenue ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Panvimarn

    "Lakewood Village" is the type of quaint, planned downtown area that was originally built for the soccer moms and AARP members living in suburban Long Beach, but its orthopedic shoe store and secondhand book shop have become surrounded over the years by amenities for the rest of us. More specificall ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Ma 'n' Pa Grocery

    On the top of a hill in the middle of a modest Belmont Heights neighborhood is a wormhole to another universe. There, on the corner of Colorado and Roycroft, sits Ma n' Pa Grocery, a decades-old country store that makes its own beef jerky and serves up home-style burgers and sandwiches with customer ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Sushi Boy

    The only cool thing about slaving all day at a computer buried inside one of the many faceless Irvine office parks is that one hour of freedom where you get to drive to the nearest retail corner and get a plastic plate full of fast casual ethnic food at lunch-special prices. In my glory days of boun ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Kabob Curry Indian and Pakistani Food

    India and Pakistan might be right next to each other on a map, but it's not often you see them listed together on a sign for a Long Beach restaurant, much less a small, Himilayan-salt obsessed one tucked away in a storefront just off Pine Avenue and Third Street. Originally lured into the Kabob Curr ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

    Most people that live in Long Beach love the fact that there aren't a lot of corporate chain restaurants here. Bustling dining districts like Belmont Shore and Bixby Knolls are full of quality, locally owned eateries, leaving the city's lone Chili's, Outback Steakhouse and Islands locations to serve ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Chicken Dijon

    There are a lot of casual-quickie restaurant chains that have made an entire empire out of serving rotisserie chicken combo plates and assorted comfort-food sides. In Southern California, they seem to be all over the place: Santa Monica's Koo Koo Roo, California Chicken Cafe in the San Fernando Vall ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: La Lune Palace

    Days before jetting off for Cambodia Town Film Festival meetings and to give inspiring human-rights speeches at Ivy League schools, last month's cover man praCh Ly was kind enough to spend an afternoon helping me find a new Cambodian lunch spot.When he arrived to pick me up, praCh gave some culinary ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Maru Maki Sushi

    The restaurants near the corner of Broadway and Alamitos Avenue are an intriguing slice of Long Beach life. LGBT-catering Hamburger Mary's butts up against Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles while the dive-y Irish pub Clancy's stares at Maru Maki Sushi across the street. Unfortunately, the tiny Japane ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: El Taco Loco #3

    A few months ago, I decided to go on a hunt for handmade tortillas in Long Beach, which in a moment of Google-induced stress, I was afraid did not exist. But after asking some hood-dwelling friends and Mexis in-the-knows, I was pleased to find that there are, in fact, two places in town that make th ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: The Small Cafe in Naples

    One of my favorite cafes in Amsterdam is a cozy corner spot on the Prinsengracht called t' Smalle Café that serves up hunks of fresh local goat cheese and grilled Dutch sandwiches called toastis. It is a great example of the 'Dam's "brown cafes"--casual, wood-paneled gathering spots where locals go ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Steamed Organic Vegetarian Cuisine

    At the beginning of last summer when Steamed took over a former weed dispensary in a house tucked around the shaded curve of 3rd Street near Alamitos Avenue, it was to the delight of Long Beach's close-knit community of vegetarians.That's because owner Stephanie Carlough--who kind of looks like a su ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Pho Hong Phat

    Long Beach doesn't have OC's Little Siagon, or even many Vietnamese people for that matter. But we are blessed enough to have Pho Hong Phat--a recently-upgraded hole-in-the-wall on the eastern edge of Cambodia Town that annihilates the dozen or so (mostly Thai) establishments in the city that actual ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Shortnin Bread Bakery, Where Dessert is Lunch and the Savory Tarts Rock

    "Life's short," says the promotional postcards for Long Beach's cutesy neighborhood bakery Shortnin Bread. "Eat dessert first!" So one morning I decided to take that advice and held out on breakfast for what I thought would be a dessert-filled lunch. Except when I arrived at Shortnin Bread's corne ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Taqueria La Mexicana #5

    Long Beach may be lacking in the 24-hour taqueria department (you win this time, Taqueria De Anda!), but it more than makes up for it with a slew of daytime-dwelling taco stands that cook up some of the best quick-n-dirty asada, pollo and pastor around.

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    August 15, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: MVP's Grill & Patio

    With the Olympics finally over and Long Beach athletes earning more medals that most countries, it seems appropriate to start off Long Beach Lunch at MVP's, a sandwich and burger stand built right on Fourth Street with a menu full of sports-themed items such as the "Patty Day Melt" and "The Mean Joe ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    From Fu Manchu to Creepy Fingers: Brad Davis Talks Boutique Pedals and Crappy eBayers

    When the OC stoner rock band Fu Manchu began twenty years ago, the world of effects pedals consisted of a few rusty ones leftover from the 1970s waiting to be stumbled upon at random pawn shops. But today, even that world has become dominated by mass-market brands such as Boss and DigiTech that sell ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    The Bruery Goes Global: Bottles Spotted In Netherlands--Ishn't Dat Vierd?

    We all know the Netherlands is the place in Europe to get great pot and decent-looking legal prostitutes, but bottles from Orange County's own craft beer creators (and subject of last year's cover story) The Bruery? Yup.

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    April 30, 2012

    We Check Up on the Long Beach Addresses in Sublime's Riot Song "April 29, 1992 (Miami)"

    Yesterday marked 20 years since the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King incited several days of violence and looting in South Central Los Angeles. But it's also been 20 years since a similarly motivated uprising erupted in nearby Long Beach, resulting in numerous ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Dengue Fever in Cambodia Town, Then Fingerprints Records, Last Friday

    Sarah Bennett​Dengue FeverSept. 9, 2011Fingerprints Record Store, Long Beach Friday should have been designated Dengue Fever Day by the City of Long Beach because the Cambodian psych-pop band's double dose of public appearances is the most the band has been seen in these parts since their latest a ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    The Odist, Chicano Batman, Bella Novela, Free Moral Agents at Alex's Bar Friday Night

    Sarah BennettFree Moral Agents​The Odist, Chicano Batman, Bella Novela, Free Moral AgentsApril 22, 2011Alex's Bar, Long BeachAlex's Bar was packed full of people who looked like they were there by accident--it was just another Friday night in a cool bar and four awesome bands just happened to be p ... More >>

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