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Frenchy's Long Beach

JonW | Jun 19, 2006 07:05 PM

On father's day Sunday my wife and a friend tried Frenchy's in Long Beach for an early dinner. The highly Zagat-rated restaurant is celebrating their tenth anniversary this year. I was forewarned about the neighborhood on Anaheim Ave. It certainly wasn't upscale, but didn't appear threatening. Parking was conveniently on site. The outside was unpreposessing as was the first impression of the interior. At 6:15PM the small upfront dining room was empty, but the larger back room was nearly filled with a casually-dressed, slightly older, neighborhood crowd. Some nice modern art lined the walls, but the was an worn and slightly shabby looked to the place We were greeted by our friendly hostess (who might have been the chef's wife, judging solely by her manner and French accent)and ushered to our table in a dimly-lit corner. Behind us, old Venetian blinds attempted to keep out the remaining late-afternoon light. Wife chose a glass of white and I ordered a French beer. Our friend preferred ice tea. For appetizer, wife and friend shared a crab cake, that was generous in size. I'm allergic so can't vouch for taste, but they seemed to like it. I ordered pate, and it was rustic and very tasty with the accompanying French bread. I also ordered the Frenchy's salad that was nothing special. Unfortunately for a full report, my wife and our friend both had their eyes on the sand dabs. I chose the rack of lamb. I thought my lamb was tender, perfectly cooked and quite tasty, as were the accompanying vegetables The portions of sand dabs were large, but wife and friend weren't singing unsolicited praises, although I think they were satisfied. For desert, again the ladies shared -- a peach melba. I had a combination of banana ice cream and banana nut bread. The portion was small, but adequate. The ice cream, however, was home made and delicious. Although we were assured that "everything is fresh," the peaches in the melba was canned, but the portion was generous and quickly devoured. By the time we finished around 8:45, there was only one other couple in the large room, but a small group filled a table in the front. Total bill was $160 incl. tip, a little steep, maybe, for the total experience, although I enjoyed my meal. Overall, the place seemed a bit tired, and the food a tad overpriced. We drove from Hollywood,(were visiting the Museum of Latin American Art) so probably won't be back, but it would be nice if an equally unpretentious French bistro (with more affordable prices) was closer to home. If so, I'd be there often.

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