Nightlife in Eastside

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Many of the dishes served at Rick and Brian's Cafe have been taking up menu real estate since the diner opened 30 years ago. This comfort food puts customers at ease, as does some of their veteran staff who have been around since the diner's opening, offering a comforting continuity for guests stopping in for their daily coffee, chicken-fried steak, and slow-cooked pot roast. Like any good diner or restaurant without a clock, the cafe serves breakfast all day long alongside BLTs, burgers, meatloaf, and cobb salads. Staff members also bake up retro desserts such as pineapple upside down cake, orange liqueur cheesecake made with Grand Marnier, and bundt cakes with vodka and Kahlua baked inside.

632 Redondo Ave
Long Beach,
CA
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Half a world separates Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, from Long Beach. But there is one thing that connects them: the expertly prepared food at each city's Sophy's Fine Thai & Cambodian Cuisine. The restaurant's owners?Cambodia natives themselves?have kept ties with their home country in very real ways by serving Cambodian and Thai cuisine in both locations over the last 14 years. They stir-fry noodles with tender bites of meat, craft spicy curries that awaken every taste bud, and serve slightly sweet desserts such as sticky rice with mango. One of their signature dishes is panang salmon, which they bathe in a red curry sauce studded with kaffir lime leaves, creating a dish that's more complex than string theory explained entirely in pig Latin.

3240 Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach,
CA
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Joe Jost’s first opened during Prohibition as a law-abiding establishment where patrons could simply purchase sundries or get a shave and a haircut. But once Prohibition was repealed, Joe immediately started serving beers. Then the Barbering Commission showed up, telling Joe he’d have to choose between cutting hair and pouring pints—Joe chose beers. Before long, booths replaced the barber chairs, and since then, Joe Jost’s has evolved into a beloved neighborhood tavern. The menu hasn’t changed much: over the past 90-ish years, servers have dished out more than 7 million pickled eggs and 1.8 million pounds of fresh-roasted Marmion’s peanuts. Oversized schooners of beer more than ably wash down the salty snacks, and also pair well with the selection of liverwurst sandwiches or the Joe’s special, a family-recipe Polish sausage sliced down the middle and piled with Swiss cheese, mustard, and a pickle between two slices of rye bread. In the back room, pool tables sit surrounded by vintage ads, decades of old photographs, and the heads of bucks who got stuck trying to get in without ID.

2803 E Anaheim St
Long Beach,
CA
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MMSD has been training dancers in the LA and Orange County areas for over 50 years. Based in Long Beach, we pride ourselves in providing an excellent well rounded curriculum including, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Conditioning, and pilates.

324 Redondo Ave
Long Beach,
CA
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The Long Beach Playhouse is an upbeat and cheerful community theater in the city that is its namesake. Some of their more recent theatrical renditions include Alfred Hitchcock’s 39 Steps, Fiddler on the Roof, and a Midsummer Night’s Dream. The atmosphere of the Long Beach Playhouse is rather laid-back when compared to a conventional theater, with patrons being allowed to snack and drink both during the intermissions, and while the shows are on. The Saturday night performances here are often the most attended and acclaimed, with the theater being packed to full on these days. A fun, comfortable venue with decent quality food and drink at accommodating prices is what the Long Beach Playhouse has to offer visitors.

5021 E Anaheim St.
Long Beach,
CA
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The Red Barrel serves wines from around the world, but takes special care in the presentation: red and white sangria are poured into frosted carafes, and flights of bright white and dusky red wines are served on wooden paddles. Glasses glint off of the low, romantic lighting from candelabra-like wall sconces, and the dark wood tables clustered together invite whispered conversation. On most nights, live music ranging from a Latin jazz trio to a spunky young black-metal band completes the scene.

Knowing that every wine needs a pairing, The Red Barrel's chefs prepare seafood-centric fare in the style of a classic French bistro. The daily menu often changes, but wine-marinated clams, rosemary-crusted lamb chops, and filet mignon with buttered lobster often fill the intimate space with their inviting aromas. At brunch, French classics such as croque madame?french bread with prosciutto and a sunny-side-up egg?pair with refreshing mimosas.

1940 Ximeno Ave.
Long Beach,
CA
US