My Five Favorite Eats in Long Beach. What Are Yours? (and why?)

Avenue Café closing down had me thinking; what food spots in Long Beach do I frequent the most? So, I made a list of my top five. Please keep in mind: I am not saying these are the five best restaurants in Long Beach, they’re just my favorites. I have to be honest, out of all the many restaurants in town, I’ve probably only been to maybe half of them. Perhaps I am missing out on something, so please tell me! What are your top five?

1. Sugo Café (62 W. Park Avenue). I love Sugo. I really do. I probably go here more than any other restaurant in Long Beach. Some folks seem to think their menu is “weird”, but that’s the whole point. Sugo offers quality, variety and great daily specials; plus they change their menu up a lot, so it’s always a new experience eating there. Baby Back Ribs, Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps.. oh my stomach is growling. I love this place.

2. Swingbellys (909 West Beech Street). I am a total carnivore, so for me, Swingbellys is pure heaven. I usually stick with their pork and brisket platters with grilled veggies & corn bread. Yum! Yum! Yum!!! I think most of you agree that Swingbellys is one of the best places to eat in Long Beach. Am I right?

3. Paninis and Bikinis (896 West Beech Street) What’s not to love about this place? When I want to eat healthy, I go to P&B for a salad. Their paninis are the best in town (sorry La Bottega). Being an East Ender, I recently discovered that they serve breakfast! That’s nothing new to you West End folks, but it is for me. Amazing omelets! I just wish they opened a location in the East End too!

4. Duke Falcons (36 West Park Avenue). I am obsessed with one dish at Duke Falcons. It’s sooo good that It bumps this restaurant up to my top five list. It’s funny, because my favorite dish is so simple, but Duke does it soooooo well:

Marinated Skirt Steak
A 14oz. skirt steak, marinated in our own special BBQ sauce, and grilled medium-rare. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, crispy onion whips, and grilled vegetables.

5. Pita Grill (10 W Park Avenue). Yes, what the hell is this place doing on my top five list? I know there are better food places in town, but I go to Pita Grill a lot because I sometimes try to eat healthy. I really like their Sesame Ginger Rice Bowl. Other items like hummus, falafel and babaganoush, what’s not to love?

Restaurant Week Continues… (and ends Sunday, April 29th)

I just wanted to remind everybody that the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsored Restaurant Week is still going on. Head over to their website where you will find the complete list of participating restaurants, including: All Good Electric, All Star Real Estate Brokers, Broward Limousine, E. H. Haines Electric, Fire Command Co. Inc., KoKo Fit Club, MacDonald Plumbing & Heating, Mark Tannenbaum,, Prudential Douglas Elliman RE/Lorraine Egloff, Raymond Givargis, Servpro of Long Beach/Oceanside, The CYBERNET Place & Z-Best Maintenance Company.


Oh wait.. what? Is that the right list? Anyway, The last day is next Sunday, April 29th.

I went to Duke Falcon’s (36 West Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561) this past weekend and had a wonderful prix fixe meal: BBQ Chicken, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, fried onions, beans, salad and key lime pie. DE LI CIOUS! I definitely recommend!



Quiksilver Pro Long Beach announcement coming soon? (Or is it still hype?)

Nothing, I repeat, nothing has been confirmed yet. This is still all speculation, but writing for a blog allows me to speculate.

I just exchanged a few emails with Charle over at Duke Falcons. He told me that a Newsday reporter called for some quotes on Quiksilver Pro coming back to Long Beach. This is for an article they’ll be running shortly.

So after talking it over with fellow SBC writer Shaun, we concluded that it still could be nothing, but speculation. Perhaps Newsday is playing catchup to the New York Post article that ran yesterday. I emailed Charlie this theory and this is what he wrote back:

I thought the same thing too. … So I specifically asked the reporter (who is the same one who I dealt with on all the other Quiksilver articles over the Summer) If she could 100% confirm that LB was a go. She assured me that she confirmed it with her QS contacts. Since she was assigned to the “QS beat” from the start, I trust that she’s in the know. 

So there you go. Again, this is all still pure speculation. We are waiting for Quiksilver themselves to confirm. Right now Quiksilver Pro New York is still listed on the schedule with no mention of where in New York.

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