Five Reasons to Make the Drive to Long Beach (Even Though It Ain't OC)

And this is just the start
And this is just the start
Photo by Dustin Ames

I know you guys get a little riled up when we spend too much time talking about Long Beach, but come on, it's closer to most of Orange County than most of Orange County is. And really, it's a very nice city with a lot of great food (as now LA Weekly Food Editor Sarah Bennett reviewed in her wonderful column of old, Long Beach Lunch).

So, to make it easier on all of you, I've shoved five of the best things about LBC consumables into one little list. Hopefully, you'll see it's worth making the drive.

5. Seoulmate

Also try their stew!
Also try their stew!
Photo by Christina Bryson

Edwin-approved, Seoulmate is some of the best Korean-Mexican fusion in Southern California, in my opinion trumping Kogi easily. The secret's in the flour tortilla that hugs each burrito. It's one of the best I've eaten, pliable and durable while still soft and crispy in all of the right places. And that's very important because the burritos can get obscene, especially after adding extras like avocado and fried eggs.

We're talking burritos that top Chipotle's gargantuan offerings, but also burritos that won't leave any leftovers, because they're just so damn good.

4. The Big Catch

Smells like the ocean
Smells like the ocean
Photo by Dustin Ames

Orange County's got the whole Vietnamese-Cajun thing on lock, but if there's one thing that Long Beach's Big Catch has going for it, it's the happy hour specials. Yes, the shell fish is fine, and the pasta and fried rice are wonderful, but just take a look at the happy hour menu.

There's only two things on it: the requisite "Draft Beer & Wine 4", of course, but more importantly, "Oyster 1.25". And they're the best dollar-twenty-five oyster you'll ever eat. They're not the giant ocean boogers you get on "power hour" at Morton's. They're petite, with a mellow sweetness that's delightful to slurp. Edwin calls them Paradise and Fanny Bay. I call them delicious.



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