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A July 2006 trip to Long Beach by MilwVon

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Quote: This journal contains restaurant reviews of several restaurants in Long Beach. My association's annual meeting was just completed and during our week in Long Beach, we visited several very nice restaurants!

Parker's Lighthouse

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Restaurant | "Parkers' Lighthouse"

Parker's Lighthouse Photo, Long Beach, California
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This seaside harbor restaurant has a vast and diverse menu that is sure to please even the most finicky diner. From fresh seafood to prime steaks, pasta or salads, Parkers' Lighthouse is a great choice for lunch or dinner!The first day we were here was for a day of meetings in their private dining area. Overlooking the water with the Queen Mary in port was a wonderful way to spend a day working. For lunch our group had the roasted half-chicken with Yukon mashed potatoes. The sauteed veggies were the perfect side dish. The warm sourdough bread served in abundance was also magnificent.Because we enjoyed our lunch so much, a couple of us returned later in the week for dinner. Se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Parker's Lighthouse
435 Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 432-6500

Jax Grill

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Jax Grill is inside Gameworks, the popular game arcade and bowling center located at The Pike at Rainbow Harbor.The food is an outstanding value, served piping hot. We started with a nacho-platter appetizer, along with an order of buffalo style wings. For dinner, several in our group had the ribs or burgers. Slathered with a Kansas City style sauce, the ribs were meaty and moist. I had the chicken strip basket, which was equally good with BBQ sauce for dipping. The carrot cake or a chocolate mountain made for the perfect close on this outstanding dining experience.If you are planning an outing that includes young adults, this is also a great location for a party or other social eve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Jax Grill
Inside Gameworks
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 308-7529

Madison

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Restaurant | "The Madison"

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This early 20th-century bank was converted into The Madison Restaurant in 1995. You have that turn-of-the-century "bank feel" as you enter from Pine Avenue. The vaulted ceilings (at least 30 feet high!) and dark-wood paneling makes this restaurant very elegant. The grand piano sets the stage for the ambiance of the evening.The menu offered all items a la carte, making for a rather expensive dining experience. For our group of 15, the tab (excluding bar) was over $1,000! The steaks were outstanding, fish and seafood dishes superb! Side dishes were large enough to share, so don't make the mistake as some in our group did of ordering too much in the way of accompaniments.While I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Madison
102 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 628-8866

The Auld Dubliner

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Restaurant | "Auld Dubliner Pub"

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This was a jewel of a find, right near the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Located directly across the street, a couple of us dropped in just to catch a brew and a burger. Much to our delight, we were treated to a vast menu of Irish delights!Starting with a potato and goat cheese crostini, we knew we were going to be in for a dining experience. While my dining companion chose the lamb chops, I opted for a more traditional shepherd's pie. The sauce was rich and robust, with just the right blend of seasonings and flavor.What would an Irish pub be without great beer?? The vast selection of draught and bottled beer could satisfy even the most select of drinkers. W...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

The Auld Dubliner
71 Pine Ave
Long Beach, California 90802
562/437-8300

Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks

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Restaurant | "Islands Burgers"

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On our last night in town, the staff went out for a night of celebration. While many were looking forward to a night of burgers and adult beverages, by the time the night arrived, we were simply too tired for any alcoholic beverages. Water seemed much more appropriate given our physical and mental exhaustion!With that being said, I should comment on the vast menu of island type frozen adult beverages. I think you can find just about any rum concoction you wish on their bar menu.We did start with some appetizer snacks that included buffalo and teriyaki style wings and chips & salsa. Islands is known for their burgers, so we all made choices with exotic combinations of toppings a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks

Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 436-6590

Tides Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Tides"

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The Tides Restaurant is inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach. With all of the great dining opportunities in and around the Hyatt, I strongly encourage you to venture out and dine outside of the hotel for lunch and dinner! While the menu looked very good, and I did enjoy a great California club sandwich on my day of arrival, there is just too much other great dining experiences to be had during your visit.The Tides does have a nice breakfast buffet every morning. Fresh fruits, breads, and pastries are available, as well as hot items such as scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon and biscuits & gravy. For the price ($14.95), I was a bit surprised that they didn't offer a "cook-to-order" ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Tides Restaurant
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 491-1234