Just back from a weekend in LA and Long Beach and went to some places with my daughter and a couple with my granddaughter as well. Here goes
PIZZERIA MOZZA-Went last year, really enjoyed fora dinner so went for lunch this time. Ate like pigs, 2 pizzettes, 3 pizzas, caponata, budino. No liquor, it was lunch after all. Crust here works for me very well, the clam pizzette, anchovy pizza, and the budino were great, just great, but the caponata as last year stole the show.It should not be missed. Ate tonight at Osteria, a Marc Vetri restaurant in Philadelphia that always gets rave reviews for it's pizza, had one to compare, and IMHO there was no comparison, Mozza was great, this l left half uneaten. $135/2
BEACHWOOD BBQ ( SEAL BEACH )-Beer list was interesting and a locqal award winner, names great, small companies, but not one of the four drafts tried did we like.BBQ fared not better, brisket was dry as stone, pulled pork cold, and short ribs too leathery. Tried about 8 sides and only one that we felt was passable was the bleu cheese grits. Vinegar sauce/mop was wonderful. Place was a zoo in a good way and the help were wonderful. $ 58/3
MORI-After reading this board stating that for sushi and not cooked stuff, this would be a better experience than Urasawa, decided to try this. Just returned from 2 months in Tokyo, and was at fish market three times a week and learned a lot about how sushi should be, and what l have not been getting in US in the past. Mori was excellent, fish, sushi master, waitresses, physical place. Had a great time, my daughter tried a few things for the first time, baby barracuda and needle fish, felt the quality of the chutoro and magura as well as wild hamachi were as good as it could be, will return here whenever back to LA. $ 245/2
BAKE 'N BROIL (LONG BEACH)-very crowded on a Sunday, food was brutal, help great and very inexpensive but while hot and freshly brought, food was not good 'diner' fare. $ 34/3
MICHEL ON NAPLES(LONG BEACH)Read on this board was an excellent Italian, so tried it.
Walked in with a bottle of old Amarone and offered to buy a bottle of their wine if they would wave the corkage fee, they did, we did. Food, service, wine service, noise level all were very, very good. One ordered a la carte, one ordered the pork weekly special. Every dish was good, a few standout, the pork belly was the best presentation l have had to date. Only downside was portions were so large as to be almost silly. Would return here again as well, who would have guessed. $185/2