December 15, 2016

Best of Long Beach: Top Spots for An Amazing Lunch


Oftentimes, when people think of the best things to do in Orange County, meals like family friendly brunches and romantic dinners come up, but we hardly ever hear about the best lunches! When you're on vacation though, lunch can be one of the most important meals of the day. This is especially true if you're visiting an area with lots of activities available during the day. If you're planning to visit California points of interest like the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific, not to mention the Long Beach Waterfront,you may very well find yourself in Long Beach in the middle of the day, and you'll need to eat!

So we've compiled a list of our favorite lunch stops in Long Beach! With last minute travel plans and holiday family vacations in California coming up, the last thing you need is to worry about food! We’ve got you covered!

Best Sandwiches

Angelo’s Italian Deli
190 La Verne Ave
Long Beach, CA 90803

Located off of 2nd street, Angelo’s offers the best sandwiches in Long Beach. Known for their torpedo sandwich, they are a family local favorite. If you are looking for an affordable easy lunch on your next Long Beach vacation or Southern California beach town outing, look no further than Angelo’s. With a simple menu and fast service, Angelo’s is a must-visit for lunch!

P.S. 2nd Street Belmont Shore is full of great local shopping, so plan for some extra time to browse the shops and boutiques!

Best Sushi

Sushi Kinoya
5521 E Stearns St
Long Beach, CA 90815

If you are looking for a quick hotspot to fill your sushi cravings, Sushi Kinoya is the place for you. Sushi Kinoya offers fresh fish, a wide selection of rolls, and a casual environment. Try the popcorn lobster roll, the crunchy albacore, or rock n roll. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for their lunch specials as well, and many customers claim Kinoya as their favorite sushi restaurant in town!

Best Burgers

MVP’s Grill and Patio
2742 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814

We can’t talk about lunch in the Belmont Shore and Long Beach area and forget burgers! A great burger can help you power through an action-packed day visiting the waterfront, aquarium, and Naples Island. Since MVP's is located between the waterfront and the quaint Belmont Shore area, it's a great place to stop when traveling from one end of Long Beach to the other.

Customers rave about the large portion sizes at MVP's and the cozy hole-in-the-wall feel. Make sure to order some fresh French fries with your burger—frequent customers will tell you that they are perfectly battered and delicious in ranch!

Best Vegan Lunch

I Love Vegan
2264 Pacific Ave
Long Beach, CA 90806


I Love Vegan is a vegan and Thai fusion restaurant. If you are looking for a local restaurant that caters to your dietary needs but does not compromise flavor, this one is for you. Try their Thai Tea with whipped cream, Pad See Ew, or veggie tempura. Take advantage of their take out options if you want to enjoy a meal in the comfort of your home, or try out their in-restaurant ambiance. I Love Vegan is a unique restaurant without too much traffic or parking issues and a must-try for any vegan Thai food lover!

Best Breakfast for Lunch


If you missed breakfast - that's okay! The Potholder Cafe believes that breakfast is awesome at any time of day, and they serve breakfast all day long. With their large selection of egg dishes, pancakes, and sandwiches to choose from, everyone in your group will find something they like at the Potholder. The Potholder also offers a vegan menu and an affordably priced kids' menu. So don't skip breakfast... even if it's for lunch.
Best Seafood

95 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Looking for great seafood but NOT a fan of sushi? You'll find lots of seafood options in Long Beach, and honestly, most of them are great! If a place strikes your fancy, look up some reviews and try it!

Pier 76 is one of our favorites. Pier 76 gets consistently high reviews from visitors who rave about everything from the tacos to the mahi-mahi to the fish and chips and clam chowder. You might want to come back a few times to sample more items on the menu, or bring a large group and try everything!

Have another favorite local place?
Let us know! We would love to hear about your favorite dining spots in Long Beach!

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