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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.
Ten Mile Brewing’s burger popup to premiere this weekend
Ten Mile Brewing co-owner Jesse Sundstrom is a man of many talents—he brews great beer and he also makes rather phenomenal pizza (look below)—and he wants to extend those talents beyond, well, beer and pizza. So why not some burgers? Pitching a tent at the brewery’s annual Christmas Sip & Shop event in Ten Mile’s parking lot, Sundstrom will be offering three burgers never sold to the public before: A classic take on the American burger that screams as an ode to Bob’s Big Boy at its peak; an arugula-meets-fig jam’n’muenster cheese burger; and a fresh mozzy and black garlic burger. It all goes down beginning at noon at Ten Mile Brewing in Signal Hill. And if you’re not in the mood for a burger while you sip’n’shop…
Ten Mile’s carbonara pizza is awesome
…go for their pizza. And Jesse Sundstrom’s newest concoction—a carbonara pizza that uses Shady Grove Food’s famed bacon, peas, and mozzy with a shaving of a salt-cured egg yolk—is one of my favorite pies I’ve had in a long time. Savory as all hell, gooey in all the right ways, this ode to one of the four Roman mother sauces is absolutely wondrous.
Grill ‘Em All signage goes up in Belmont Shore
After announcing back in May that they would be opening their first Long Beach location, Grill ‘Em All has taken on step further toward making that announcement a tangible accomplishments: Signage has gone up on the Bayshore concession stand location near the south end of Horny Corner. Owner Matt Chernus gave up on his hopes of an August opening and is positive they will open up early next year if not sooner.
Owners of Cheko rebrand, rename for Mariscos Prendidos concept in North Long Beach
After it was announced that the much-lauded Cheko El Rey del Sarandeado would be closing its Market Street location in North Long Beach, the mariscos scene lamented in Long Beach. Since its opening in 2015, it offered Long Beach its first sense of the wonders of food from Sinaloa, the coastal state of western Mexico—but not all is lost. Mariscos Prendidos, the new concept from Cheko’s owners, is now officially opened, owner Kenia Monrroy said. The new space, which includes their much-loved pescado sarandeado, is located at 2688 E. South St.
Los Reyes del Tacos Sabroso goes swinging into tamal season
Los Reyes del Tacos Sabroso—the tiny-but-mighty restaurant at Anaheim and Junipero dedicated to the food of Mexico City and beyond—is diving head first into tamal season, not only participating at multiple tamal festivals (including Long Beach’s own tamal festival) but churning out hundreds of their massive tamales each day. Highlights? The pork’n’squash in green sauce and their huitlacoche and cheese tamales. And, of course, their famed tamal dulce, which features bits of cheesecake in strawberry and blackberry jams.
Tantalum opens for lunch Monday through Friday
While many things have “returned to normal” (if that is even the right phrasing) post-pandemic, there is one stark effect COVID had on the restaurant industry here in Long Beach: Lunch has become almost entirely nonexistent at most places, along with many closed on Mondays or even multiple days a week. In a breath of fresh air, Tantalum has announced that it will officially be open for lunch Monday through Friday at noon. Go get your drink on at their stellar-view bar.
ICYMI: Sonoratown to open location in DTLB
Oh yes, Long Beach: Chivichangas and caramelos are coming as Sonoratown—the flour-tortilla empire that is a staple in Downtown Los Angeles and often appears on Best Of lists around the country—will be opening its first Long Beach location in the former Under the Sun space across from Ammatolí on 3rd Street in Downtown Long Beach (which closed its doors back in March of this year).
ICYMI: Nonna Mercato’s ’12 Days of Pasta’ is an ode to the carby wonder
Chef Cameron Slaugh of Nonna Mercato is a pasta master, slinging out some of the city’s best versions of the carby wonder. And he will be exemplifying this talent through his ‘12 Days of Pasta’ event beginning on Dec. 8. Each day, a new pasta dish will be revealed and it will only be served that day.