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At Last Cafe in Long Beach


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At Last Cafe in Long Beach

vickib | Jan 15, 2009 08:45 PM

I've been to this place twice, and am happy to report that finally there's a top-notch American place to eat in Long Beach.
First trip, about a month ago, I had 1/2 brick chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables. The skin of the chicken was golden and crispy, and the meat was tender and quite tasty. The potatoes are pretty rich. I think they're generous with the cream there, but, hey, I wasn't complaining! The veggies were a pretty standard mix of carrots, broccoli, zucchini, green beans, etc., and were cooked perfectly tender-crisp, with a light amount of butter. My spouse had the flatiron steak, which was very flavorful, again with the potatoes and vegetables. They have a soup du jour, which, that day, was butternut squash. It was delicious, with bacon and creme fraiche making it a bit more decadent than I like, but she loved it. The bill for all this? Low $30's. Incredible.

Second trip, Tuesday of this week, she had the French Pot Roast, substituting potatoes for the fettucine it came with. Better than the flatiron, IMHO, but when it comes to beef, I love a good braise. She also had the soup, which, this time was a creamy tomato. I liked this one better than the butternut on the first trip. I had the special, which was Mahi Mahi with a ginger lime cream sauce. It came with potatoes and veggies. In retrospect, I think subbing pasta for the potatoes may have been the way to go, but it was still delicious. For dessert, we had their homemade lemon cheesecake. It was creamy, with a wonderful graham cracker crust. It was (refreshingly) served unadorned, with just a strawberry on the side. The bill? This time, high $30's with the addition of a dessert.

They've been in business since the summer, and appear to be doing fairly well. They don't yet have a liquor license, and charge no corkage. In conversation, they said they might charge nominal corkage, - $5 or so, when they start serving wine.

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