Thursday, May 30, 2024

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: El Sauz to open new location; Cuizina Filipina to close and sell, more

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Here’s your latest in the local food scene:

  • Late night taco lovers rejoice: El Sauz will be opening a second location at the northwest corner of 4th Street and Temple Avenue in the former Bebot space. The original space on Anaheim—what used to be known as Brite Spot—skyrocketed in popularity over the past decade thanks to the restaurant’s taco window, which allows patrons to order tacos from outside and happily eat them in the chairs provided in the parking lot. So the only real question is: Will the 4th and Temple location also have a taco window? Only the Taco Gods know for now.
  • Per Long Beach Food Scene member JoAnn Delude-Hattan, Louisiana Charlie’s—the popular, NOLA-inspired restaurant whose flagship space sits in Shoreline Village—has taken over the long-defunct cafe space at Mother’s Beach near Naples.
  • Partake Collective, Long Beach’s sole independent and locally-owned ghost kitchen, is now open for dine-in orders. You simply walk in on its 5th Street entrance, turn the corner into its market, and order at the iPads. Your food will be delivered to a nearby locker where you can take it to go or eat in their mess hall. Either way, it’s a pretty rad experience and I highly suggest you try it out.
  • Cuizina Filipina’s owner, JennZane Llanes, has informed me that she is selling her much-loved Westside concept for $120,000 (or an offer that can be further discussed) due to an unforeseen problem in the family. One of the area’s place for Filipino grub—from stellar lechon sisig to simply being a great tambayan—if it is doesn’t find a new owner to keep the concept, it will be very much missed.
  • The Long Beach Bacolod Association has announced their Filipino-centric party, the Masskara Festival, will take place on June 11 at Recreation Park—specifically the bandshell off of Federation Street—from noon to 6PM. This marks the first in-person formation of the event since the pandemic.
  • Long Beach’s first Breakfast Republic location—the insanely popular SoCal chain with locations stretching from San Diego to West Hollywood—is inching closer to formally opening at the former Boubouffe location at 5313 E. 2nd St. Signage and awning has gone up while the exterior shows their signature chicken caricatures. The, as you guessed it, breakfast-centric space will join the locally-owned, westerly Let’s Yolk About It in a bid to create competition at the other end of Belmont Shore’s business stretch.
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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