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

George's 50's Diner

Diners have always shared a special place in my heart and I truly love going to these places that take us back in time. George’s 50’s diner, located on Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls is a cool retro spot to eat at here in Long Beach. This place has literally been around since the 50’s and tries really hard to keep up its old school charm. I was seated in a fast and precise manner with very cheerful service which was an awesome plus.

Being I was there for breakfast, I ordered Huevos Rancheros and was very pleased after taking my first bite. The eggs were properly cooked and the spice level was not too intense but not bland either. The rice and beans were not overcooked and tasted great. Overall, this place is very nostalgic and brings back memories for many of the older citizens of Long Beach and southern California. Cruise over to George’s 50’s Diner for a good meal and a bit of Long Beach history!

Togo's Sandwiches

Togo’s has been a favorite sandwich spot of mine for years due to its great tasting sandwiches and cool atmosphere. I decided to visit the Togo’s in Signal Hill off Willow Street. It is in a strip mall with less than ample parking. It shares a parking lot with Del Taco so it makes maneuvering around the parking lot somewhat of a challenge. Right when I stepped into this Togo’s location I noticed there was a small line but the tables were almost all taken.

I ordered my Turkey and Cheese regular sized sandwich with a side of avocado. My sandwich was prepared very efficiently and properly. I was rung up in record time and was seated eating my sandwich within about five minutes. The parmesan bread I ordered was soft with a little bit of crunch, just the way I like it. The turkey and cheese were perfect and the avocado made the sandwich, extraordinary. Overall the sandwich was $6.94 with tax so it wasn’t extremely cheap but a small size filled me up right. Overall, I highly recommend Togo’s as a go-to lunch spot in Signal Hill.

Food pictured below: Turkey and Cheese Sandwich

Jersey Mike's Subs

Jersey Mike’s is a new sandwich shop that was put in at the Long Beach traffic circle shopping center. The employees were handing out free sandwich coupons the week before so I decided to try it! I stepped in and was greeted by a busy sandwich shop with a solid line. It must be good if the line was almost out the door.

I decided to try the turkey sandwich “Mike’s Way” which means with all the fixings. The sandwich was mighty tasty and loved the red wine vinaigrette they put on it. The bread was soft and the meat was cut thin. If I didn’t have a coupon the prices were somewhat steep for a large sandwich but would be worth it. They also were pretty fast to get through the line quickly which was very awesome and efficient. Check out Long Beach’s newest lunch spot: Jersey Mike’s.

Greenleaf

This was my first time to Greenleaf and I came here with a friend. I have not been in Costa Mesa for awhile so this place was new to me even though I am sure its been open for years. One thing that stuck out was the parking problem. This place is so big and so popular, that it takes over the strip mall that it is located in and the parking in the back of the restaurant is limited as well. There is valet parking but that’s not really my deal. Anyway I went ahead and ordered a glass of Juice which was called The Western Standard and I also ordered a Turkey sandwich. Both were very yummy and I really enjoyed the vibe here at Greenleaf.

Even though this location was packed during lunch time, there was plenty of room to sit both inside and outside. It was amazing how long the building was. There was a place to order from, a store inside that you can by stuff from as well as a wine bar. This place looks awesome and there are two other locations in California and I am sure that they are cranking away as well. My friend told me that another thing that they do here is curbside pick up for your online or phone in orders. I think that is a really cool idea and is even better than a drive through because you get that personal touch.

 

Food pictured below: Turkey Sandwich

 Greenleaf

Phillipe's

Located in Los Angeles’s Chinatown is a small restaurant named Phillipe’s that I have been craving for a long time. Phillipe’s is famous for French dipped sandwiches and have been a local favorite for years. Upon arrival, the place was packed and the smell of fresh roasted beef tickled my nostrils. I got the original beef dip sandwich and waited like a kid before Christmas for my sandwich.

I had seen this place on Man versus food so I figured if Adam Richman visited this place, it must be good. And boy did it not disappoint. The bread was soft and the meat was thin and flavorful. Overall the sandwich was pretty good and decently priced. The place gets really packed and be careful of the mustard, because it is very very spicy! Check out Phillipe’s for a delicious beef dipped sandwich for lunch, but bring cash the place doesn’t take card. Bon Appetit!

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.

Hof's Hut

Hof’s Hut has been a staple restaurant in the Long Beach community since I was a little kid. It used to be located on 2nd street where Lucille’s is now located, and Hof’s Hut was always a breakfast favorite of mine. Since then Hof’s Hut moved to 2nd and PCH where I went with a friend for breakfast.We sat down at one of their plush red booths and noticed it was very busy even on a Tuesday morning at 10:00. I ordered the banana walnut pancakes with a side of bacon and my friend ordered the healthy breakfast.

When I received my pancakes they tasted very good and were fluffy just the way pancakes should be. The only thing that I would want to change was to add more walnuts and bananas to the pancakes other than that it was a very standard breakfast that did the job. Check out Hof’s Hut on 2nd and PCH for great food breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And I will recommend if you go there for lunch or dinner to try the Pot Roast Parmesan melt sandwich, which is pure heaven.

John's Philly Grille

When you say the word Philadelphia, for most people the first thing they think of is a Philly Cheese Steak. It is the cities’ claim to fame and to get a really great quality of Philly Cheese Steak in So cal is somewhat hard to come by, until, I went to John’s Philly Grille. Located in Seal Beach off PCH in the shopping center with the McDonalds and Taco Bell.

My good friend Phil recommends this place and after a hard day of surfing we decided to check it out. Upon arrival the smell of fresh beef and Italian spices filled my nostrils. We took about ten minutes looking at the menu because everything looked so good. I finally decided to go with Johns Special Cheese Steak Hoagie which a regular cheese steak that has sweet and hot peppers, tomato, lettuce, white American and provolone cheese, grilled onions, and salt and pepper. Phil went with the Green Pepper cheese steak and we awaited certain bliss in a sandwich. Our food came very promptly and the sheer sight of the cheese steaks made our mouth water. I bit into my cheese steak and the rush of peppers, steak, and cheese made me immediately sigh a sigh of jubilation. Phil’s cheese steak was equally delicious and coming from a person who has been to Philly and had their cheese steaks, to say this was the best cheese steak he has had was definitely a major statement. All in all, I gave Johns Philly Grille two extreme thumbs up for great service and delicious cheese steak sandwiches. So if you’re ever craving a taste of Philly come to John’s Philly Grille and get ready for an amazing experience. They even had two locations in Huntington Beach as well.