The first thing visitors notice as they approach Mom's Burgers is the peeling retro sign, which looms over the cheerful little stand and features a colorful burger dripping with mayonnaise. The next thing they notice is the aroma floating out from the kitchen—sizzling beef, pastrami, and bacon. Guests can peer into the counter window for a glimpse at the chefs as they whip up their specialty Chronic burger, the delightfully messy tower of beef, American cheese, fried egg, and bacon lauded by reporters from LA Weekly. But if you’re hoping to save room for heaping plates of seasoned or chili cheese fries, or just want your hands to appear bigger, you can always opt for a "junior" version of their specialty burgers. Brown-paper bags of burgers, sandwiches, and tacos in hand, guests find seats at the picnic tables or on one of the stools that surround the stand.
Residents of Long Beach in search of down-home barbecue can head to Buffalo Spot Wings & Rib Co. for some wings, ribs, and homestyle sides. Patrons order up 5, 10, 15, or even 100 wings in a sauce that runs the gamut from mild to Atomic hot and pair them with mouth-cooling aids, including creamy blue cheese or ranch dressing, carrots, and smooth hip-hop rhymes. Ribs arrive tableside with sides such as mac and cheese and baked beans. One of the eatery's most popular offerings, buffalo fries, piles chopped chicken tenders and crispy fries onto a plate and douses them in any of the 10 sauces, plus the special sauce.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.
Just behind a batch of tall hedges and palm bushes sits Joe K's Deli—a white building with pink accents and art-deco architecture that smacks of Americana. The feeling carries over into a menu of deli classics, including homemade soups, charbroiled burgers, and specialty sandwich melts, as well as vegetarian dishes such as vegetable skewers and falafel plates. Joe K's Deli serves breakfast and lunch, and its menu is available for party or office catering so that employees don't misfire staplers because of an empty stomach.