Hear ye, hear ye; it is time for the Deli News! Take your pick from a wide variety of fresh toppings and design a pizza to suit your tastes. In the mood for something a bit lighter? Come around noon to take advantage of the lunchtime deals complete with a freshly constructed sandwich, chips and a drink for around $5. Other options, including spaghetti and pasta dishes, are available throughout the day to appease your growling stomach. Finish your meal with a freshly baked cookie, which come in flavors ranging from chocolate and peanut butter to coconut. Remember to bring cash, however, as credit cards aren’t currently accepted.
Ecco’s Pizza provides hordes of beach-roaming mozzarella apostles with a menu full of fresh ingredients, inventive recipes, and wedge-shaped slices of edible Italia. Pies come in four sizes and brave Ionian Sea currents with choices such as Ecco’s greek pizza ($10.25 for 10”/ $18.89 for 16”) with sun-dried tomatoes, imported olives, and feta cheese. Populate your mouth’s hull with The Ark, a pizza weighed down by sausage, ground beef, pepperoni, canadian bacon, bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, black olives, and every other animal Noah trapped on his seaplane. Dinners include spaghetti marinara ($7.95) and the herbivore-friendly eggplant parmigiana ($9.50), as well as deli sandwiches and fresh salads.
From 14-hour days during the beginnings of their first restaurant in Long Beach more than 37 years ago, Super Mex founders Manuel and Socorro Orozco built franchises across Southern California. Inspired by the local cuisine of the village he was born in—Villa Jimenez, Michoacan, Mexico—Manuel brought his passion for traditional Mexican food to California, where the business grew with a dedicated following of college students. Striving to craft dishes that taste homemade, Super Mex offers Mexican classics such as burritos, tostadas, and flautas.
Brazilian churrascarias—a kind of Portuguese barbeque joint—have their roots in traditional celebrations of a successful harvest. At modern churrascarias, waiters walk around with skewers or roasted meat, cutting off all-you-can-eat portions of steak, pork, and chicken directly onto your plate. Diners interested in rounding out a years' worth of protein can find endless accompaniments at the salad bar and buffet of Brazilian hot dishes or try traditional drinks such as caipirinha or guarana, a Brazilian soda.
When he was a kid, Joseph Rooney heard a story from his uncle about a duck that was struck by a waterskier near their family's summer home in Illinois. That duck, however, didn't die or even file a lawsuit?it just waddled away with a crooked neck. As the story spread and more neighbors shared their own crooked duck sightings, the legend grew, following Joseph all the way to Long Beach where he named his restaurant after that resilient bird.
Hailed as an "obsessively friendly restaurant that every neighborhood should have" by the Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Crooked Duck welcomes visitors into a casual, oftentimes quirky atmosphere with timeless dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the mornings, the kitchen turns out flapjacks and omelets. The rest of the day, the restaurant's menu overflows with unique dishes such as meatloaf with caramelized onions, gorgonzola bacon burgers, and decadent sweets such as naked carrot cake.
Outside on the sun-soaked patio, or inside the casual earth-toned dining room, The Marketplace Grill Cafe's staff cooks items from a sprawling menu of American and Mediterranean-influenced dishes and serves them all day. Their sweet breakfast crepes fold around berries, bananas, Nutella, walnuts, and whipped cream, which is the kind of cream most likely to get along with a locker-room towel. The Marketplace's pastry chefs craft a host of their sweet specialties each day, using all natural ingredients to create sheets of flaky baklava, Greek-style walnut cake, and pastaflora—homemade cookie 'pies' made with fruit preserves.