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4 Exclusive Dishes During Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0 |

4 Exclusive Dishes During Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0

A breakfast skillet at Sweet Dixie Kitchen. Photo by Sarah Bennett

I still can’t decide whether it’s a blessing or a curse that Long Beach has two distinctive restaurant weeks. After several years of just one seven-day celebration of all things culinary here, a rift among its two founders left the city with two: Dine LBC, returning in August, and Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0, which runs through Mar. 3.

The upside is double the time to celebrate Long Beach’s growing reputation as a regional dining destination. The downside? Keeping the waistline and bank account in check through two different weeks of prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at dozens of popular restaurants across the city. There are worse problems to have, to be sure.  

To help you sift through the massive number of meal deals available this week, we compiled a list of must-try dishes that are only available during Dine Out Long Beach. Happy eating!

Sweet Dixie Kitchen, Little Havana skillet

#Popeyesgate aside, Sweet Dixie Kitchen remains an indelible force on Long Beach’s brunch scene, serving overflowing sandwiches on (truly) home-made biscuits and mini cast-iron skillets bubbling with grits and meat. For this year’s Dine Out Long Beach, the daytime-only spot will be staying open late (until 7 p.m.) and serving a $25 three-course dinner with a new item at its center: the Little Havana skillet, which tops a brick of skillet cornbread with rice, cumin black beans and traditional Cuban picadillo, a beef hash with onions, olives and figs. 401 E. 3rd St., Long Beach; (562) 628-BAKE

A loaded quesadilla at Steamed. Photo courtesy Steamed

Steamed Cuisine, KBQ

The quesadillas at Steamed Cuisine are perpetually knife-and-fork affairs, more like overflowing giant tacos that have fallen on their side. Though the LBQ is a house favorite (rice, beans, spinach, tomato, cucumber, onion), others come filled with pesto, olives, sauerkraut and more. As a seasonal ode to its classic, Steamed’s Dine Out Long Beach exclusive is a KBQ, piled high with red beets and wilted Tuscan kale, available as part of a $20 deal that comes with a beer and a chocolate bar from Anandamide Psychedelicatessen. 801 E 3rd St.,(562) 437-1122;

Gladstone’s Long Beach, Salmon Gravlox Chowder

Gladstone’s might be part of the Shoreline’s corporate casual restaurant overload, but the Long Beach location of the Malibu icon is actually locally owned and operated, making the seafood stalwart worth a trip south of Ocean Boulevard. Dine Out Long Beach is the perfect time to try Gladstone’s occasionally available salmon gravlox chowder, a smokey riff on the famous chowder found at Pike Place in Seattle. Here, the salmon is cured in-house with salt, sugar and dill for two days then diced and tossed in a cream base with asparagus and potatoes. Cups of the goods are available as part of the $19 lunch, $34 dinner and $54 prix fixe menu for two. 330 South Pine Ave., Long Beach; (562) 432-8588;

Taste WBK dining room. Photo courtesy Taste WBK.

Taste WBK, pasta primavera

Chef Brad Neumann is always switching things up at Taste WBK, the four-season small-plates wine bar in Belmont Heights. Dine Out Long Beach will be no different with a $30 three-course dinner that includes two dishes only available through the end of the week. A pasta primavera pulls straight from local farmers markets with peas, asparagus, herbs and a parmesan cream sauce all tossed with handmade noodles. For dessert, Neumann created his own take on strawberry shortcake with berry-and-mint cream puffs that are part New Orleans French Quarter, but entirely SoCal spring. 3506 E. Broadway, Long Beach; (562) 433-1000;

Sarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett is a freelance journalist who has spent nearly a decade covering food, music, craft beer, arts, culture and all sorts of bizarro things that interest her for local, regional and national publications.

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