Friday, July 19, 2024


OC legend Smoke & Fire to take over Portuguese Bend in Long Beach (and yes, they’re going to be distilling)

Shortly after it was announced Lupe's will be taken over by the owners of Padre and Mezcalero, the crew behind OC-based (and Long Beach-connected) Smoke & Fire will take over the Portuguese Bend distillery next door, giving a much-needed dose of energy to DTLB.

Favorite things I’m eating right now in Long Beach: October 2023

Brian Addison's 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.

Padre, Mezcalero owners to take over former Lupe’s space in Downtown Long Beach

Downtown Long Beach officially has a reason to celebrate: The former Lupe's space at 3rd Street and The Promenade, which has been shuttered since January of this year, has officially signed on a new tenant—and it's from folks who have long been a staple in the DTLB scene.

The storied history of the woman behind Long Beach’s best gumbo joint, Sal’s Gumbo Shack

"Sal's Gumbo Shack started because someone got tired of a company thinkin' they knew what they hell they were doing. Sal's Gumbo Shack started...

Your essential guide to the taco stands of Long Beach—especially al pastor

With his first piece for Longbeachize, Derek Kozaites takes us on a journey through Long Beach's endlessly growing taco stand scene.

Essential Long Beach cocktail menus: 2023 Edition

Long Beach's cocktail and mocktail game has never been stronger, with bar managers and tenders creating a new era of hospitality and drinkability. Here are some of the best shining throughout the city.

Best Burgers in Long Beach: 2023 Edition

The humble and mighty burger is not just an American go-to but a worldwide staple, with seemingly endless iterations—and Long Beach is home to some of the best.