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Long Beach Restaurant Week Adds High-End Chef's Tasting Menu

The week of eating kicks off in March.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Cool news out of Long Beach, which may or may be on the verge of becoming the county’s next hip dining enclave. First, there’s the upcoming Eat LBC (aka Long Beach Restaurant Week, aka Dine LA: Long Beach Edition aka NCIS: Long Beach But For Food), which features value-minded menu options at restaurants both high and low. Cool enough, sure. But even cooler: they’re adding a fine dining chef’s tasting menu option.

Running from March 22 to 28, Eat LBC will feature restaurants from Belmont Shore to Seal Beach and downtown Long Beach, with higher end white tablecloth spots getting in on the restaurant week mix with three course meals that run $50 apiece. There’s even a wine pairing option for a certain upcharge. So far, popular restaurants like Michael’s on Naples, L’Opera and Queensview Steakhouse are in the mix.

Of course, this $50 three course top out doesn’t preclude the more bargain basement $30 or $40 three course option already available as part of the regular Eat LBC run. That level is open to spots as diverse as Simmzy’s, The Federal Bar, The Cooked Duck and Panxa Cocina, ensuring there’s no shortage of options available to Long Beachers. Or, increasingly, Angelenos who are heading south to check out the scene.