The art of food + wine collide at this hidden gem in Long Beach's East Village neighborhood. Its gallery-like setting, curated wine list, and menu of small bites and flatbreads make this a favorite destination to gather with friends. Red, white and, yes, some brews are thoughtfully selected and ever changing representing vintners both domestically and abroad.
The Pie Bar
Crust or bust is the motto of this sweet and savory eatery in the heart of Downtown Long Beach. After being laid-off from her corporate career, owner Laurie Gray found herself making more dough (no pun intended) in the kitchen than in the board room. What started out as a hobby turned into a new career and a new craving for Long Beach residents. The Pie Bar, a former pop-up now bona fide brick and mortar, features sweet and savory quiches, pot pies and traditional dessert pies. The Pie Bar offers Cutie Pies, individual pies served in glass jars, as well as a flight of Pie Shots for those who just can't decide. Best of all, the pies are baked daily and filled with the freshest ingredients each and every day.
Five O’Clock Wine Bar
The “Five O’Clock” wine bar concept represents that time of day that everyone looks forward to when they can kick back, relax with their favorite drink and enjoy the company of friends and family…also know as “Wine O’ Clock!” Belly up to the bar or grab a spot at an outside fire pit and toast with your friends over small plates and charcuterie. Located in Alamitos Bay Landing, just an anchor-toss from London Boat Rental (the two make a great pairing for a Dine & Duffy adventure), The Five O'clock Wine Bar is under new ownership and will be rebranded as the Marina Wine Bar in the coming weeks. What that means is a more curated menu, wines from small production wineries, lots of live entertainment and local craft beer.
LONG BEACH FISH GRILL
This casual, non-descript family-owned seafood restaurant offers 10 varieties of fresh fish--how fresh, you ask--so fresh, they need to be slapped! Serving Long Beach for more than a dozen years, the Long Beach Fish Grill constantly gets high marks for its savory salads, fish tacos, clam chowder and landlubber offerings. Beer and wine available, too.
LA BODEGA SANGUCHERIA PERUANA
From the culinaires of Aji Peruvian, located next door, comes a new and fabulous concept unique to Long Beach. La Bodega Sangucheria Peruana (just say La Bodega for short) features authentic Peruvian sandwiches, homemade pastas, signature burgers and empanadas that recall the comfort foods that ex-pats crave. It's street food elevated. Dine in, take out - enjoy!