Any suggestions for dinner for 4 in the South Bay/Long Beach somewhere that is NOT a chain, but serving different, interesting food in a fun environment? The people we're entertaining LOVE "the scene," and when in LA like to try places like Dolce (highly overpriced, IMHO), The Ivy, etc. Any places in the southern end of LA that aren't quite as expensive, but still a pretty happening place that you might suggest?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions. All ethnicities of restaurants are welcome, though one does not eat steak, chicken or pork, so a steakhouse is not really a consideration.