It’s that time of the year again. The time to celebrate Long Beach Restaurants with your appetite during Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant 2.0. This year, over 50 participating restaurants will dish out $10, $15, and $20 two-course lunch deals as well as three-course dinners at $20, $30, $40, and $50 price points. A week of spectacular dining deals all among Long Beach neighborhoods. So clear out your calendar from Feb 24th-March 2nd for these meal deals. Below are a list of a few participating restaurants not to be missed during this week.
The 4th Horseman
One of the Newcomer for this year during restaurant week, is The 4th Horseman. The newly opened Pizza joint is adorned with horror themed-posters and memorabilia along the dark stricken walls. If it sounds familiar and sounds a lot like Phantom Carriage Brewery, that’s because it is and it isn’t. Previous Phantom Carriage owners Ryan Hughes and Martin Svab are at the helms of this space previously held by Public Beer and Wine. This has been a tough spot for previous tenants, but we think The 4th Horseman will fit here just fine.
As Long Beach residents, Svab and Hughes wanted to do something fun and different. As you enter the space, classic upright video games sits via the entrance. Continuing down to the bar, you’ll find decorative taxidermy from Jeremy Schott of Dark Art Emporium. You can also peruse the small cooler hosing local brews in cans, a variety of sodas and wines as beer alternatives.
Speaking of beer, solid local tap list and a few other surprises including Clown Shoes Mocha Somebrero and Beachwood’s Kit & Canoodle Strawberry Stout. However according to Svab, their most popular handle is The Miller High Life. They’re one of the few in the OC with that tap. Svab added, “There are many quality brewers who shows up here and gets the Miller High life as either a starter beer or one to reset their palate.”
For Dine Out Long Beach, The 4th Horseman is offering 2 slices of pizza (Choose from Cheese, Pepperoni, Veggie, or Slice of the Day) a choice of salad (Choose from their Basic AF, Caesar, Pesto Pasta, or Caprese Sasad) and a house made S’mores Brule (a play on creme brulee). The pizza crust here is thin, but hold the topping well and has a slight chew. Each slice is a quarter of a whole pizza so you’ll make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proud when dining here.
The 4th Horseman is located at 121 W 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Crazy Creole Cafe
For those craving an authentic New Awlings menu, look no further than Crazy Creole Cafe on the corner of 9th and Long Beach. In it’s nondescript exterior, this place can be easily missed without their signage and a lack of a parking lot. Also, don’t be mistaken when you see the female Cambodian Chef behind the counter. She’s the real deal and dubs herself as the Asian Cajun.
Chef Aliza along with husband/owner Guy Deplantier, cooks up some southern favorites. Did I say some? Actually, their VAST menu includes many that Southerners grew up with. From Red Beans and Rice, Crawfish Etouffee, Jambalaya, Po-Boys, to dishes like Fried Alligator that you can’t find anywhere. Many of their food is shipped fresh directly from New Orleans. According to Guy, recipes to many of their dishes are “from the the local Grandmas.” Guy added, “work was traded just to get the recipes but it was well worth it.”
Personally we loved the Etouffee here. That “smothered” goodness along with a side of bread. That and Chef Aliza’s version of the seafood boil tastes cleaner than that of those other seafood boil joints.
Put your order in as soon as you can because there will be a wait. Just like New Orleans. *Note* The menu hasn’t been posted for Dine Out Long Beach but keep your eyes out from the participants page.
The Crazy Creole Cafe is located at 900 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90813.
Great Society Cider & Mead
Back in 2016, when cider was barely known but mead wasn’t, Great Society Cider & Mead opened their store front to filled the void. As part of my “beach beer crawl” post, this place was a favorite among everyone in our party. Sadly, as of two weeks ago, the Owners Brenda and Otto Radtke’s announced on their website they’re selling the place and focusing more on family time.
But on the plus side, they’re participating in Dine Out Long Beach and it would be the perfect time to check the place out if you haven’t done so already. For veteran customers, it’s a great time to have one last hurrah and an old world mead in So Cal’s first all cider and mead bar. Don’t worry beer drinkers, they’ll have something on tap for you as well as they have beers on tap.
*No menu has been posted or Dine Out Long Beach, but keep checking back.
Great Society and Mead is located at 601 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
These are just a few of the places in addition to 50 other restaurants participating for Dine Out Long Beach. Make your reservations today, because these great deals come only once a year.