Monday, June 17, 2024

Favorite things I’m eating right now in Long Beach: June 2024

Brian Addison's Favorite Things is a monthly list showcasing his five favorite things he is mowing down and gulping through in Long Beach—and it's not always new items but it's definitely never repeated things from previous months.
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Pancho’s Long Beach isn’t under new ownership; it was formally passed to family

Pancho's Long Beach—the Mexican restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway just south of Clark Avenue—recently posted a notice of change in ownership. That prompted some concern that the family had somehow but pushed out of the business. But fear not: Pancho's Long Beach is very much remaining in the hands of the Flores family.

Long Beach Food Scene Week 2024 kicks off with over 50 restaurants participating

It is with great pride that I announce Long Beach Food Scene Week 2024 will kick off come Aug. 9 through Aug. 18—and will feature the city's best restaurants as over 50 spaces have confirmed their participation for the second year of the annual event.

Baby Gee Bar and new summer menu reflect this Long Beach gem beyond the accolades

Baby Gee Bar has had many reasons to celebrate—they've been recognized not just once but twice by the coveted and prestigious Spirited Awards while co-owner and lead bar maestro Gianna Johns scored recognition from the respected Star Chefs earlier this year—but when it comes down to it, they're a Long Beach bar through and through.

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Ficklewood up for sale; District Wine celebrates 14 years; more

Long Beach Food Scene Intel is a series from Brian Addison that will recap food news throughout the city, both news that needs just a quick mention or repeated news where you might have missed the full features.

Queens on the Queen: Jewels Long Beach brings The Queen Mary its first formal drag show

Jewels Long Beach has never been one to shy away from a challenge: Surely, she's hosted gigs aboard The Queen Mary and surely, she has hosted many a drag shows at clubs, dives, and various dark alleys across Long Beach. But one thing she hasn't done is a formal drag show on the biggest queen in town—and that is all about to change when she hosts the aptly named Queens on the Queen drag show come Monday, June 10 at 6PM.

26 Point 2, a homeless-focused residential complex, celebrates grand opening in Central Long Beach

26 Point 2, a five-story, 77-unit affordable residential complex at 3590 Pacific Coast Hwy. has officially opened after welcoming residents since December of 2023. The Central Long Beach, $28M development will...

Inflatable water playgrounds to open in Long Beach waters come June 14

It is officially an annual tradition: The inflatable water playgrounds—known as Wibits—will yet again return to Alamitos Beach and Bayshore Avenue for kids and adults alike to climb, slide, and jump off of come June 14.

Long Beach Lost: The mid-mod masterpiece that was the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool

Long Beach Lost, was launched to examine buildings—like the former Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, spaces, and cultural happenings that have have largely been erased, including the forgotten tales attached to existing places and things.

Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach was to receive fully protected bike lanes; that could change

Caltrans initially had Class IV bike lanes—fully protected bike lanes that separate bicyclists and motorists with hard physical barriers like curbs—planned for its rehabilitation...

Meet the couple with big dreams for historic 440 Elm Ave. building in Downtown Long Beach

It is one of Long Beach's oldest church structures, having survived the 1933 earthquake after its 1913 construction—and the small business owners who are now overseeing the building at 440 Elm Ave. have big plans for this massive, gorgeous ode to the Classical Revival style from famed Los Angeles architect Elmer Grey.

Long Beach comedian Gabriel Iglesias, aka Fluffy, to receive Key to the City (free/low-cost show included)

Comedian and all-around lover of all things Long Beach Gabriel Iglesias—known to his legion of fans as "Fluffy"—is set to receive a prestigious Key to the City from Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson on Tuesday, June 18 at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre.

UPDATED: Annual Long Beach fireworks show Big Bang on the Bay canceled amid accusations of political interference

The annual day-before-July-4 firework extravaganza above Alamitos Bay, Big Bang on the Bay, will not be returning this year according to longtime producer and restaurateur John Morris. According to Morris, a late application to the California Coastal Commission—led by political interference—has prompted the first time the show will not formally happen since its inception in 2011 (minus 2020, which was due to the pandemic).

State’s leading tattoo artists spearheading effort for tattoo museum aboard the Queen Mary—and they want your support

Good Time Charlie. Long Beach's own Kari Barba.  JD Crowe. Jack Rudy. Corey Miller. Chuey Quintanar. These are the six renowned tattoo artists that have formed the board behind the Tattoo Heritage Project, a nonprofit whose singular goal is to build a tattoo museum in Long Beach.

Pride Month at its tiniest but brightest: Catalina Island Pride returns for third iteration

Catalina Island Pride returns for its third year in a row as the event continues to grow, from 4,000 its first year to over 6,000 last year. The single day event will take place on Saturday, June 15.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach canceled for first time in 25 years; hopes to return next year

You read that right: After a quarter of a century fostering the Long Beach community, Moonlight Movies on the Beach is cancelled for the first time in its history. The annual tradition of screening free movies throughout the summer—both on the sand and in more accessible parts of the city—has been adored by residents and visitors alike.

Meet the artists mural-ing our city for Long Beach Walls 2024

Long Beach Walls and the Art Renzei Festival have changed the city’s art scene, turning Long Beach into one of the region’s finest outdoor museums,...

75+ breweries. 150+ beers. LA Beer Week’s Independent Beer Fest in Long Beach is massive

As with last year, where thousands descended upon Shoreline Aquatic Park in Downtown Long Beach, LA Beer Week and its Independent Beer Fest will once again invade Downtown Long Beach with the largest beer festival in SoCal. Come Saturday, June 15, the festival will bring over 75 breweries from the region and over 150 different beers with them.

How Long Beach Beer Lab’s Clean & Crispy Beer Fest is more about community than obscure beers

Outside of the massive Lagerville in Ventura, Long Beach Beer Lab's annual Clean & Crispy Beer Fest is the region's largest festival dedicated to light, refreshing beers—and with its return on Saturday, June 22, brings with it the idea that craft beer can move beyond the niche and into the communal.

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