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Long Beach Is Betting Big On the Its Waterfront Revitalization

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Plus a new Fairfax Chinese food restaurant, and a burger giveaway

A possible future for the Queen Mary
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Long Beach’s big plan

Big things are happening in Long Beach lately. The sister city to the south is getting more and more exciting on the dining front every day as locals like Philip Pretty leave LA for projects down that way, but the real exciting stuff is being shepherded in by the city itself.

Case in point: This new proposal put forth by the Queen Mary folks, with backing from City Hall, to potentially remake not only the aging boat attraction but the waterfront that surrounds it. With lots of glitz and glam and investment capital, it’s entirely possible that stretch could become an ocean-side draw for tourists and locals alike. It’s much the same thing Long Beach is planning on doing for their concessions stands anyway, and similar to proposals coming together for other adjacent Southland cities like San Pedro.

Fat Dragon’s takeout game

Silver Lake option Fat Dragon is expanding to Fairfax with a temporary delivery only pop-up from now until the end of April. The idea is to get customers in on their upscale casual Chinese-American menu, and add in rich new favorites like black truffle and foie gras dumplings. Lunch is noon to 3 p.m., dinner is 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., closed Tuesdays.

Drink for the cause

Eagle Rock is boppin’ this weekend thanks to Craft Beer Cellar and Found Coffee, with a two-sided drinks promotion to benefit Recycled Resources for the Homeless. It all starts with coffee at 8 a.m. and transitions to craft beer at 6 p.m. in the same plaza.

The two year mark

Redondo Beach’s Bettolino Kitchen celebrates two years in business with a throwback dinner menu running until March 26. The dishes are available this week only as a three-course menu for $39, and comprise some of the fan favorites from the place so far.

Free burgers for all

On March 27, Burger City Grill in Torrance will be giving away free burgers for a year. That goodness is only available to the first 50 folks who stand in line or the grand opening of their third location at 3605 Artesia Boulevard in Torrance though, so you might want to get there early. Doors open at 11 a.m.

The Mar Vista does brunch

It’s brunch time at The Mar Vista, with the popular newcomer launching into a new Sunday service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that includes sangria, mimosas, goat cheese chilaquiles, and more.

Shake Shack on the move

There’s another way you can eat Shake Shack now: from home. The East Coast burger chain has partnered with Caviar to do delivery of their signature items from any of their locations — and this inaugural weekend, they’re even waiving the delivery fee.

Tinfoil’s tables

There is finally some seating at Tinfoil Liquor & Grocery in Highland Park, nestled right up against the windows along the sidewalk out front. It’s not much, but helpful for the secretive corner space that still requires guests to use the password “Do you sell birthday candles?” to gain access to the back deli.

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