Thursday, May 30, 2024

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Zuzu’s Petals opens; new El Sauz location raises sign; more

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Here’s your latest intel on the local food scene:

  • Zuzu’s Petals, which took over the former Steamed space at 3rd and Lime in DTLB last year, is officially open, announced owner Evan Papadakis. The casual, Californian fare concept will focus on breakfast and lunch (think Ubuntu Cafe for the Downtown area; the header image shows off their chicken and waffle dish) and has a full coffeeshop attached to it.
  • El Sauz’s second location—which will be taking over the space formerly occupied by much-missed Filipino joint Bebot at the northwest corner of 4th Street and Temple Avenue—has officially raised their signage. 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.
  • Cafe Sevilla, the pseudo-Spanish inspired restaurant and club space in DTLB, is working on its permanent parklet following the use of its temporary one (pictured above) during the pandemic.
  • ICYMI: Alhambra food truck fave Grill ‘Em All and an imported-from-Croatia Mediterranean concept, Monty’s Beach will be taking over the Granada and Bayshore concession areas. For the full story, click here.
  • ICYMI: Aburi Sushi, the much-loved spot at Willow Street and Lakewood Boulevard, is seeing its management from two years ago—when it was much respected—return to the location under a re-branding dubbed “Aikan Sushi,” after their Pasadena, Artesia, and Northridge locations. Read the story 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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