The Perfect Time to Dine Out Long Beach During Restaurant Week Feb. 19-25 + Beer Belly Preview

Beer Belly Chicken and Waffles from Fried & Fancy Menu-Photo Peter Hsieh

Beer Belly Long Beach Chicken and Waffles (Appetizer from the Fried & Fancy Menu during Dine Out Restaurant Week)

If you love to try out new restaurants and reside or play near the city of Long Beach, take note of the upcoming Dine Out Long Beach 2.0 Restaurant Week from February 19 to the 25th.  This year, some 40 restaurants are participating and prices start from $10 for two-course lunch options and $20 for 3-course dinner options.

New restaurants participating this year includes: Beer Belly, Roe’s Seafood, and Great Society Cider & Mead. In addition, Long Beach dining establishments such as L’Opera, Michael’s On Naples, Papalucci’s and The Crooked Duck are participating as well.

For you craft beer fans, definitely make your way and visit the newly opened Beer Belly with 20 taps.  The K-town originated gastropub  now located within walking distance to Beachwood BBQ and The Blendery on 3rd and Long Beach Blvd. has always been a favorite upon the craft beer community. Sure, Beer Belly like most has tap take-overs , beer pairings, and specialty theme nights. But what sets them apart is their love for the community, like their notable event from 2015 called #CraftforCrap  where customers were able to trade in a macro-batch beer for a crafty pint for a mere penny.

As for the food, owner Jimmy Han and Chef Wes Lieberher’s channels their creativity with a twist on modern comfort food.  Some of the famous eats are the Beer Belly Grilled Cheese Sandwich with cheddar, swiss, asiago, goat cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and maple served with duck fat fries. Or for something a little out of the ordinary, try the deep fried pop tart served with Ice Cream, Nutella, and Strawberry Sauce.

I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of Chef Wes Lieberher’s play on Fried Chicken and Pancakes (from the Fried & Fancy Menu below) where his creativity meets the unexpected with a Sweet Maple Fried Chicken on Hot Pepper Pancakes with a a brown sugar hot sauce.  Certainly unexpected and definitely delicious! But if the menu doesn’t tickle your “fancy”, you can always choose from their regular menu.

bartender Sherwood Souzankar

Bartender Sherwood Souzankar making an El Presidente signature drink with Flor De Cana 7 yr. Rum at this full-bar

The Full list of participating restaurants include for Dine Out Long Beach 2017:

Fried & Tasty Menu Beer Belly

Fried & Tasty Menu Beer Belly

  • James Republic
  • Ocean Market Grill
  • Playa Amor
  • Sweet Dixie Kitchen
  • Brix at The Shore
  • Michael’s On Naples
  • Papalucci’s
  • Russo’s Ristorante
  • The Crooked Duck
  • E.J. Malloy’s Bixby Knolls
  • Roe Seafood
  • Café Sevilla
  • Panxa Cocina
  • Tantalum
  • Fuego at Hotel Maya
  • Kihon Japanese Tapas + Sushi
  • Michael’s Pizzeria Naples Island
  • Chianina Steakhouse
  • Open Sesame
  • Michael’s Pizzeria Downtown Long Beach
  • Utopia
  • Sip Bar + Lounge at The Renaissance
  • Louisiana Charlies
  • Buono’s Pizzeria
  • Honduras Kitchen
  • Urban Table
  • Naples Rib Company
  • Rance’s Chicago Pizza
  • Beer Belly
  • Padre
  • Great Society Cider & Mead
  • Pike Bar & Restaurant
  • Restauration
  • VUE Bar + Restaurant (at the Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport)
  • Taste Wine-Beer-Kitchen
  • L’Opera
  • Gladstone’s Long Beach
  • King’s Fish House
  • Spicy Sugar
  • At Last Cafe

To take advantage of this deal, peruse the special prix-fix menu at Dineoutlongbeach.com and then make your reservation on the page from Opentable.  What better time to try out the restaurant you’ve always wanted to go to in the Long Beach.

DineOut Long Beach

DineOut Long Beach

Finally, to kick off this week of dining celebration, a FREE Chef’s cooking and tasting event will be held on February 18th from 11am-4pm at Friedman’s Appliances. Four chefs from participating Dine Out Long Beach restaurants and a mixologist will be present to conduct 30-60 minute cooking demonstrations every hour on the hour starting at 11am and end at 3pm.  Stella Artois will be pouring its classic Belgium beer and Sommelier Garrett Brandt from Taste WBK will host wine tasting starting at noon.

So what are you waiting for? Start making those reservations today!

Dine Out Long Beach

Restauant Week 2.0-Greater Long Beach Area

Feb. 19-25th.

Craft beer lover, BBQ enthusiast, Wine taster, Tequila aficionado, All 'Kine Hawaiian and occasional marathoner to burn all this off.

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