Beachwood Brewing & BBQ: The Real Thing — Long Beach
Beachwood Brewing & BBQ 210 E 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90802 [map] 562-436-4020 Tuesday - Sunday Kitchen open 11:30 to 9:30 Bar open 11:30 to Midnightish
If you’re planning to eat at Beachwood BBQ and brewing in Long Beach, you can’t go wrong with either baby back ribs or pulled pork. Beachwood’s brisket can be excellent, but brisket is a finicky cut and therefore hit or miss. If it’s your first visit, skip the brisket and save it for next time. But don’t worry about buyers remorse—all of the meats at Beachwood (Baby Back Ribs, Lamb Ribs, Beef Short Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken, Sausage of the Day, Spicy Andouille Sausage, Smoked Ham) are tasty. They’re slow-and-low smoked with a hardwood fire. This BBQ is the real thing.
Knowing that you can’t really go wrong with Beachwood’s meat, here are my favorite side dishes. It’s obvious that the chef has fun with the sides, so I say bring it.
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries - Huntington Beach
I’m feeling a nice stroll along the boardwalk… even if it’s a SoCal chilly 50 degrees outside. However, instead of a teeth-chattering walk, Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries restaurant was able to bring the warm wind and sandy beach vibes to me in the best way possible: WITH A BURGER.
Do you ever have those nights when you just want a good burger? Man, I do. Rounds Premium Burgers in West Hollywood have those burgers and they invited us to come check them out. Their burgers are easily customizable and are just the right amount of everything you’d want in a good burger. It’s a balanced burger… pending your choice of additional toppings.
When you walk up, there’s a great patio outside with bar-height tables and chairs. They have a similar bar inside and tables as well, giving a casual vibe to the place. When you walk in you’re greeted by an organized ordering system. Other establishments are a little tougher to figure out so this was very intuitive.
I appreciate a place that actually wants me to understand what I’m ordering. The ordering sheets are a step by step guide to the burger ordering process itself. Also, there are just the right amount of options so I don’t have to ask, “So what’s actually in this sauce?”
We recently had the opportunity to go to Humble Potato in Westchester. Eric, the owner, loves to use basic ingredients to whip up wholesome, palatable creations that are heavily influenced by his childhood in Japan and Indonesia.
If you’re a Pasadena-bound vegetarian, this is the place for you. This once again does fall into the cagegory of cool neighborhood joints, so you’re not going to go too far out of your way to eat here.
There must be a high concentration of vegans and vegetarians that can support a place like this. Everything that we had was pretty good. The fries were good and the mata burrito was good! The nuggets and the peanut butter shake were also worth mentioning. Overall, pretty good!
The pastrami burger was really good; it is definitely the best thing on the menu. The chili cheese fries: also tasty. They used shredded cheese and there weren’t pools of grease like some of the other places we’ve tried.
It’s another neighborhood-type joint; the building doesn’t really have anything unique about it. However, this one merits a bit further of a drive as it’s really pretty tasty here! It’s pretty sloppy, though, so you may not want to eat it until you get home.