Hubby and I traveled to Long Beach on Saturday to attend a bike show. It took over two hours to get there from the west Valley, including a side trip off the freeway to get away from the traffic.
As soon as we arrived downtown, at 2 pm, we went directly to the Rock Bottom Brewing Company to have a snack and a cocktail. We were seated immediately in a booth in the bar.
Hubby had a hand crafted ale. Sorry I don't remember which one, but he really liked it. I had Bombay saphire Gin and Tonic. Perfectly refreshing, however I should have requested it served in a taller glass. Seems like cocktails are being served in smaller, old fashioned sized glasses.
We ordered the appetizer sampler, knowing that we were having a big dinner. It took a few minutes too long for the food to come, surprising since they didn't seem all that busy. The sampler consisted of 2 Potato skins, 6 Rib nibblets, 6 Chicken wings, and 2 onion rings for $12.95. Hardly worth the price. There was a tomato based sauce on the plate that I used to liven up the skins. Most of the items were lukewarm, but we didn't mention it as we just wanted to have the snack and head to the show. I would return when I have more time and perhaps try something else on the menu. As a side note, the server called us "guys". I hate that!!
We had dinner at Lucille's BBQ on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. Thanks to the chowhound that recommended it! We arrived at 8pm and were told there was a 20 minute wait. We went into the bar to wait, have a drink and look at the menu. They serve beer and wine, but no alcohol, so hubby had a Sierra Nevada on tap, and I had a coca-cola served in a 1 qt. mason jar. Both beverages were splendid, and cold!
At exactly 8:20pm - our buzzer rang and we were promptly seated. We ordered 1 full rack of baby back ribs and 1 half rack of baby backs. The ribs were cooked perfectly, chewy and tender, and they did not fall off the bone. The best ribs I've had. Hubby said they were in his top three list of all time. That's an endorsement! The sides were excellent as well - shoestring fries served hot and crispy, baked beans in a crock with chunks of ham, sweet but not too sweet, Creamy Sweet potatoes, and mac and cheese. Biscuits with apple butter also included. they were hot and delicious, and tasted as if they were freshly baked. No room for dessert, maybe next time. Dinner with two beers, and tip: $70
Yesterday morning we went back to the bike show. We could not find the food tent (maybe luck us?), so we boarded the Bus and went back to Belmont Shore for lunch. Back to Lucille's! Hubby hardly ever likes to go to the same place twice, but the same weekend??
This time he ordered the BBQ Tri tip sandwich, and I had the pulled pork sandwich. The tri tip was so tender and juicy I found it almost hard to believe. The pulled pork sandwich was plentiful, tender, and very flavorful. Delicious. I tried the potato salad and the beans- hubby had double fries. The potato salad was divine- it tasted like my mom's! The beans were delicious too. Lunch with tip, two lemonades and a coca-cola (both with free refills) : $40.
I have only one negative comment: the booths are cleaned thoroughly after each guest leaves. The seat was very wet when we were seated, but I didn't notice it until it was too late. So if that kind of thing bothers you, let the hostess know.
Our standard BBQ joint is Hogly Wogly, but now we can't wait to go back to Lucille's!