Monday, April 22, 2024

Two Long Beach spaces make Yelp!’s Top 25 restaurants in the country; LA’s Broken Mouth takes top spot


The (rightfully) much-lauded, inside-a-medical-building gem that is Appu’s Cafe continues to dominate Yelp! rankings as the love-to-hate-it rating aggregator unveiled its Top 100 Restaurants in the nation—a list, among other Yelp! lists, Appu’s has appeared on multiple times—while the much lesser known BMore Protein Pub in DTLB was given a surprisingly warm nod as well.

The list—which was disproportionately friendly toward Orange County, giving it nine spots in its Top 100 while L.A. County only garnered 4, including the aforementioned two—put Appu’s Cafe at #12 and BMore at #23, while Los Angeles’s Broken Mouth garnered the #1 spot and Pasadena’s Fiore Market scored #89.

The Maharaja Burrito from Appu’s Cafe. Photo by Brian Addison/CVB.

Appu’s Cafe, headed by Chef Vinod Venkataraman, grasps its patrons with vegetarian food that is some of the best in the city. Even more, Vinod’s wife works as a doctor in the building so they can both promote health through food and direct care: a win-win no matter how you dice it. Vinod’s much-loved Maharaja Burrito, a carb-on-carb wonder that is filled with turmeric rice and paneer, was named Yelp!’s best burrito in the nation back in 2019.

The most surprising result—outside of L.A. County’s maligned presence—is that of BMore Protein Pub, the tiny-but-mighty space at the bottom of The Current residential tower in DTLB at the northwest corner of Ocean Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue.

Bmore Pastrami
The pastrami bagel sandwich from BMore. Photo by Brian Addison/CVB.

Owner Rodrigo Ignacio—the affable, always-good-vibes owner who manages to remember nearly every customer’s name and previous orders—has noted that it was the energy he gave the universe and was “reflected back onto my business.”

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he creates sandwiches and pizzas which draw consistent crowds but it is unquestionably Ignacio’s persistent positivity and love for his space and customers that draw the crowds. Look for my full feature on Rodrigo and BMore in the coming days.

For the full list, click here.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.


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