Thursday, May 30, 2024

Food & Drink

Playa Amor to close, host last week of service; women’s sports bar concept to take over

Playa Amor, the lauded Mexican-American restaurant from Chef Thomas Ortega, will likely be serving its last week of service as the space is readying to be occupied by what will be a women's sports-centric concept. Service is expected to run through May 31.

Long Beach BBQ Festival is stacked with some of the finest—and this is the local couple behind it

As the second annual Long Beach BBQ Festival approaches its day of taking over Shoreline Aquatic Park this Saturday, May 25, Longbeachize and Brian Addison have partnered with the festival to highlight some the local talent being featured at the festival. Today, we focus on the incredible couple behind the whole festival, Qiana and Ian Mafnas.

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Holey Grail to open June 1; Los Compadres to score patio; more

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.

Michael’s on Naples has one of the city’s strongest cocktail programs—so why do so few know about it?

Michael's on Naples has been known for many things, be it their long-held steel grip on regional Italian cuisine or their dive into creating a sustainable market or... But their cocktail program, headed by master mixologist Jocelyn Jolly, is certainly an underrated gem of a space that deserves constant praise (and yet receives so little).

Favorite things I’m eating right now in Long Beach: May 2024

Brian Addison's Favorite Things is a 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.

Broken Spirits Distillery will open its doors in Downtown Long Beach on May 31

After announcing their plans back in October of 2023, the group behind Orange County's wildly popular Smoke & Fire and Villains Brewing concepts are ready to unveil their distilling space, Broken Spirits Distillery. Taking over the former Portuguese Bend space in Downtown Long Beach, Broken Spirits has announced they will open May 31.

Long Beach BBQ Festival: Full Send BBQ is a veteran’s salute to his Filipino family and heritage

As the second annual Long Beach BBQ Festival approaches its day of taking over Shoreline Aquatic Park on May 25, Longbeachize and Brian Addison have partnered with the festival to highlight some the local talent being featured at the festival. Today, we feature Full Send BBQ, a veteran-owned barbecue popup that is flush with love, uplifting our country in a time when few do, and honoring Filipino heritage.

Queen Mary in Long Beach to host Edgar Allan Poe speakeasy

Fans of Victorian Gothic literature and poetry—or just anything that resembles the aesthetic of everything from "Sleepy Hallow" and "Crimson Peak" to "Frankenstein" and "Dracula"—shall rejoice in dark harmony: The Edgar Allan Poe Speakeasy, a traveling immersive cocktail experience, will be invading The Queen's Salon aboard The Queen Mary come May 30 through June 1.

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Little Coyote under new owner; multiple new spaces open; more

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.

Sura Korean BBQ’s table top grills are the tangible expression of a long held dream

Sura Korean BBQ has long been the steward of Korean cuisine in Long Beach, largely responsible for not only introducing residents and visitors alike...