10 Best Restaurants in Long Beach

10 Best Restaurants in Long Beach

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Long Beach, a city only 20 miles south of Los Angeles, is often ignored by L.A.'s food lovers. Here are the restaurants in Long Beach that we think deserve more of your attention.

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    Curried crab and fried shark ("Not street food, beach food," says owner Hamid Latiff) also come out of Callaloo's kitchen on Sundays, when steel drum players serenade adventurous diners over to the Atlantic ocean and right out onto the sand.
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    The continued success of owner Michael Dene's Long Beach empire - which now includes a steakhouse for which he is raising his own Italian cattle - proves there is a growing market in this working-class city for well-sourced, skillfully-cooked food.
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    Trained palates go deep with Sophy's Khmer food, which shares both its savory meat marinades with Thai cooking and its herbal reliance with Vietnamese cuisine.
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    Gordon's fine dining background and molecular gastronomy obsessions make this a house that smoke built, with cold-smoked fish and chips, smoked lamb ribs and smoked accouterments such as smoked feta and smoked Serrano aioli.
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    Eat inside this North Long Beach anomaly and you get traditional table service on classy plates, along with room to spread out all the loma saltado and pollo a la brasa and complimentary chicken soup you can muster.
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    There's something endearing about the idea of a restaurant in a house, like mom or grandma is going to bust out of the kitchen with a heaping plate made with love.
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    Even after Seoulmate opened on 7th Street last year with a focus on Kogi-style food truck fusion Korean food, Sura's drippingly savory bulgogi marinade and endless supply of banchan (side dishes) make the original still the best in town.
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    Other restaurants in Long Beach are advocates of buying from local urban farms and crafting seasonal menus, but James Republic makes the L.A.-worthy haute cuisine of modern California coastal approachable, casual and effortlessly affordable.
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    The whole experience is as quick as it is simple: Pick your size and pick your meat and within seconds, a steaming bowl arrives at the table with a softball-sized clump of noodles hiding beneath tinted broth.
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    More than a dozen side dishes - from macaroni and cheese to stewed collard greens - add additional Missisippi flair to any meal, and rumor has it Snoop Dogg orders a side of Rita's famous peach cobbler for the road whenever he stops by.
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