Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que just opened up on the corner of PCH and 2nd street a few weeks ago so I grabbed Abigail and took her down there for date night. The parking lot was full be we were able to score a spot up front. When we walked in, there were a few people in line but we were greated and seated very quickly. My guess is that Lucille’s has been going full throttle since the day they opened and good for them!

After I sat Abigail down, I busted out my Dji Phantom and made the following video below. I have been flying this thing around for a few months now and it just occured to me that this was the first time I took it over PCH. I got some decent footage outside and now I really had an appetite so it was time for me to go inside.

We started things off with a couple of cocktails. I went with the Cucumber Lemonade which is a vodka based drink that has lemonade, mint and cucumber slices. It is one of those perfect for a hot day kind of drinks. Abigail went with the Spiced Berry Rita which is one of their tasty Margaritas. Lucille’s has a full bar and a cocktail menu so I am sure you will find something you like if you are in the mood for a cocktail.

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For starters we ordered the Southern Fried Dill Pickles and the Southern Fried Okra. We went with a half order on both of them because we had full meals right behind the starters. The pickles came in a creole mustard dipping sauce and ranch dressing. I was partial to the mustard dipping sauce my self. The appetizer that I really liked was the Fried Okra. This is not a dish I have very often and it was the bomb. They are little round fried morsels and they cooled down quicker than the pickles did. (I am all about efficiency:) They also came with a Creole mustard sauce and ranch dressing and again the mustard sauce was my sauce of preference for these little guys. They were very tasty and we finished all of them. I am going to need to find more place that serve okra cause it is not a normal California thing or if it is, I always seem to miss it.

For the main course, I had the Lucille’s Marinated Sirloin Steak. I ordered it medium rare and it melted in my mouth. Abigail took a break from the ribs on her plate and came over and grabbed a bit of mine. Boy do they know how to cook a good steak! It also came with vegetables and mashed potatoes but I hit the appetizers a little hard and I had some left over.

Abigail went with the Baby Back Ribs. She also went with the garlic mashed potatoes as her selection for a side dish and I did not hear a whole lot out of her except the sounds of good eating. I grabbed a few of the ribs and they were delicious. I have to admit that I am not much of a rib kind of a guy which is why I ordered the steak. I don’t know a whole lot about the ribs so all I can tell you is that the sauce was the bomb and they tasted great.

Justin was our server and he kept things moving for us. There was never a gap in time where I was sitting there thinking about the whereabouts of my server. The manager Doug Dickson came over and checked on us as well. Customer service is clearly a priority here especially when it is busy. Justin told me that the servers work as a team and different people will be coming out and bringing food and checking on drink refills and that is exactly what happened. What a great experience!

Written by Louie Baur

Slater's 50/50

Slater’s 50/50 has been serving superb burgers to the residents of Huntington Beach since 2011, and I decided it was time to try them out. My good friend who I went with today, gave rave reviews and highly recommended Slater’s 50/50 to people with an appetite for tasty burgers. Slater’s 50/50 has been on the travel channel and has won multiple awards so it definitely has great reviews from the public as well. The parking situation was a little unique because of the small lot, but if you want they have valet as well. Once inside the layout was quite unique and went right to choosing my burger.

Their burger’s claim to fame is that their burgers are made from ground beef and ground bacon. I decided to go with the classic 50/50 burger which had a sunny-side up egg, avocado mash, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle adobo mayo on white brioche. When I received my burger and took my first bite, it was like biting into heaven. The mixture of egg, bacon, and cheese made my mouth water and the chipotle mayo was unreal. This was definitely one of the best burgers I have had and to wash it down with an El Segundo Blue House IPA was a great experience. They have over 80 beers on tap as well and highly recommend Slater’s 50/50 to all of you!

Written by Louie Baur

Dave's Burgers

My stomach was growling around lunchtime and decided to stop at Dave’s Burgers off of Orange and Carson. Dave’s Burgers has been around since 1967 so I figured they knew what they were doing. The had a crowded parking lot that it shares with a few other local businesses but Dave’s was actually not that packed. The place only takes cash so leave your cards at home or hit the ATM.

The workers took my order correctly which was a three taco combo with French fries and a drink. I received my order quickly and dug into the unique combo of tacos and fries. The tacos were really good and simple but they were not spicy and would love to have a little more heat or kick to them. The French fries were crispy and tasted very good as well. There were some benches to eat your food at and was a cool spot to take a quick relaxing lunch. Dave’s Burgers is cool in my book and recommend stopping by and having a taco or burger next time you are in the area!

Food pictured below: Three beef tacos and french fries

Blanc Burgers + Bottles

Blanc Burgers and bottles is a great name for a unique and delicious restaurant I visited while traveling to Kansas City. This trendy little restaurant has very awesome décor and the restaurant was very clean. Our server greeted us and took our order promptly. A unique think they had was the large selection on unique bottled sodas they had. Everything from root beer to ginger ale they had it.

I ordered the chicken caprese sandwich which came with all natural hormone –free grilled chicken, a delicious and tangy goat cheese, tomato, basil mayo spread, watercress, balsamic glaze, all engulfed in a ciabatta bun. The sandwich was amazing and filled me up right. Burgers and bottles is the place to go for a great meal and even a unique bottled soda. The name says it all, Burgers and bottles our definitely their specialty and they do it right.

Rosy Snack

Rosy Snack is a very unique food truck that serves great food at the Golden west swap meet. I recently was at the swap meet trying to buy some socks when I ran into the smell of bacon and fresh pancakes. The smell was coming from Rosy Snack. The set up was classic. An old trailer with a few coffee tables set up with a few chairs. The place had a few people sitting down so I figured it would be okay to try.

I ordered the breakfast special with sausage and a Horchata. I took a few minutes for me to receive my food and was pleasantly surprised with the dish. It was a classic breakfast special with hash browns, eggs, and sausage. The food reminded me of classic diner food with an outdoor swap meet kind of feel. If you are ever shopping at the golden west swap meet and your stomach starts a growling, stop off at Rosy Snack for some tasty food at a reasonable price. The Rosy snack is the swap meet diner and is a great place to feed all you hungry shoppers!

Pelayo's Burgers

Long Beach has no shortage of good sandwich and burger joints scattered throughout our great city. I decided to visit Pelayos Burgers located on PCH. Upon arrival I was immediately approached by not one but four panhandlers! This was not the greatest welcoming to Pelayos and might recommend for Pelayos to tell them not to harass potential customers.

With that aside, started my great meal at Pelayos. I ordered the egg sandwich and waited patiently for my meal to come. Upon receiving the sandwich I noticed the simple yet tasty design of the sandwich. The egg sandwich was on very soft delicious wheat bread and overall was very good. Pelayos is a good place to grab a sandwich and recommend the food but was a little turned off by the excessive panhandlers.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

I have heard a lot of good things about Five guys burgers and fries and the opportunity presented itself for me to show up there yesterday for lunch. I have never been before so even thought the menu is very simple, I had a hard time ordering. The guy taking the order was repeating back my order so fast to me that I was kind of struggling with it which was strange. So once that was out of way my friend and I grabbed a seat in the super duper roomy dining area because I was all about the air conditioning yesterday and didn’t really feel like dining outside.

When my number was called I have a few cheeseburgers and an order of cajun fries in there just waiting for me to eat them. I am glad I ordered the small cup of fries because it was totally overflowing inside the bag and it was easier to just rip the bag that it was served in open to attack the fries. I ordered a double cheeseburger and it was divine. It literally melted in my mouth and instantly became one of the best burgers that I have ever had. It was a totally different style and taste than In-N-Out burger so comparing the two wouldn’t even be fair. I was filled up with a double burger and some fries and I left feeling very satisfied.

Golden Eagle Restaurant

When your stomach is growling and you are ever in Signal Hill give Golden Eagle restaurant located on Willow Street, a quick stop in. I had to have a quick meeting with a client in Signal Hill and while driving down Willow Street I came across the Golden Eagle. This place really caught my eye with its big golden eagle logo on the sign outside. The building itself reminded me of an old pizza hut and the outside décor wasn’t that great, but hey sometimes looks can be deceiving. The parking lot was pretty clean and had ample parking.

Upon arrival inside, I noticed the plush red booths and clean interior. I walked up to the register where you order and noticed a multitude of options everything from steak and eggs to gyros it was there. I decided to go with the gyro sandwich. It came out promptly and bit into the delicious looking Greek sandwich. The taste was delicious perfectly cooked and the pita was very soft. Overall I give this place a good rating. The décor maybe outdated but the food was delicious. Give the Golden Eagle a try for some fast and very tasty eats located right in the heart of Signal Hill.

MVP's Grill & Patio

MVPS has always been a powerhouse in the burger and sandwich game of the greater long beach area. With names like Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Sandy Koufax as their sandwiches and burgers you know they are a homerun. MVPS is located on 4th street just past Grand. Parking can be absolutely horrendous but believe me once you take a bite of these burgers, its worth it. I came here with two buddies and we both unamiously ordered the same thing The Duke burger with spicy Cajun fries. This place doesn’t take cards so remember to bring cash!

After about ten minutes we ordered our food and just about cried it looked so delicious. The burger was piled high with pineapple, bacon, avocado, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and dressing. The first bite was pure heaven. The pineapple and burger were very juicy and bacon was crisp and not overcooked.