Dine LBC offers culinary delights this week throughout Long Beach

Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Long Beach. Held annually, Dine LBC is a nine day event featuring value-oriented three course menus from dozens of Long Beach’s best restaurants in twelve unique neighborhoods throughout the city.

Each participating restaurant offers a three course menu priced at $20, $30, $40, or $50, either per guest with wine pairing options at fine dining locations OR dinner for two priced at $20, $30, $40 or $50 where diners share an appetizer, each enjoy their own entree, then share a dessert at more casual establishments.

The only meal planning you’ll need to worry about is during Dine LBC week is which restaurant to try every night of the week. Dine LBC. Your Fork Awaits.
What makes Dine LBC so delicious?

* There are dozens of restaurants for you to choose from, including Zagat and Gayot-rated restaurants to local mom & pop eateries and casual joints. In Long Beach we love them all!!

* Something for every taste and budget. Three Course dinner menus range from a fine
dining experience to more casual settings.

* Get to know your local restaurant owners, chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, cicerones and servers.

The Press Telegram’s Richard Guzman wrote about the interesting women participating in this year’s event.

“In a year that saw millions participate in the Women’s March and the debut of empowering films like “Wonder Woman,” an event that showcases Long Beach restaurants is putting women in the spotlight.

The emphasis makes sense, as women lead several of the restaurants participating in this year’s Dine LBC, which kicks off Saturday and ends Aug. 13, offering food deals at more than 50 Long Beach eateries. Diners will be able to get prixe fix dinner deals ranging from $15-$65 that cover the culinary gamut, from Latin, to Thai, American, Italian, to Asian and all sorts of fusion cuisines.

“It’s an industry that is so male-dominated, so it’s nice to have more and more women owners and chefs. And that’s exciting,” said Terri Henry, the co-founder of Dine LBC.

What’s also exciting is the variety of food coming out of these restaurants, Henry noted.

“There’s a little bit of everything,” she said.

While there are many choices for diners during Dine LBC (for a complete list visit www.dinelbc.com), here are some of the restaurants run by women that are offering a variety of cuisines ranging from modern American to Peruvian and Argentinian inspired Italian.

Restauration

The 75-seat restaurant was opened in July 2014 by Dana Tanner and it’s co-owned by Le Cordon Bleu graduate Philip Pretty.

It has a charming home-like rustic feel, an airy dog-friendly patio and serves new American comfort dishes that are sourced locally.

This is the kind of place were you feel like you’re at your way cooler friend’s house, and this friend also happens to cook way better than you do.

For Dine LBC, the business is offering a $55 dinner for two with shared started choices like grilled asparagus with smoked almonds and a soft boiled egg. You can also get more adventurous with the chili-spiced octopus served with peaches, avocado and mint yogurt.

The entree choices include the grilled pork loin and belly with squash and pickled cherries. Or go with a classic burger made with grilled red onion and a cheddar Russian dressing.

The restaurant is located at 2708 E 4th St. 562.439.8822, www.restaurationlb.com

Aji Peruvian, P3 Pasta

Located right next to each other on 4th Street, these two spots, owned by Rosita Wang and her chef husband Mitto Barriga, bring a little bit of South America, via Italy, to this trendy Retro Row block.

At Aji it’s all about the tastes of Peruvian food. Here the food is modernized but with a respectable nod to classic Peruvian dishes (think modern beer braised beef and classic lomo saltado served with fries).

Since a large portion of the Argentinian population is descended from Italian immigrants, it’s not much of a surprise that these two worlds collide deliciously at P3 Pasta with a menu that offers everything from empanadas to fugazetta, an Argentine-style pizza, and pasta made on the spot.

For Dine LBC P3 Pasta is serving a three-course $45 dinner for two with options like the lasagna di carne or the spaghetti al pomodoro.

Aji Peruvian is located at 2308 E. 4th St. 562-439-8545. www.ajiperuviancuisine.com and P3 Pasta, 2306 E. 4th St., 562-439-8565, www.prpasta.com.

Cesar’s Bistro

Located in shopping mall on Pacific Coast Highway, this restaurant owned by Luz Angelica Torres and her chef husband Cesar Villarreal is dubbed a “New Latin American Cuisine,” spot.

And it covers a lot of Latin America with dishes that range from the Cuban ropa vieja to Peruvian lomo saltado (sautéed beef mixed with rustic potatoes) to a Colombian dish called calentao made with rice, pulled pork or shredded chicken, corn and plantains.

The Dine LBC options here include a $25 dinner for one that includes entree choices like pork “Cuban Style,” with caramelized onions or a delicious sounding grilled salmon over a pineapple sauce with a white wine reduction.

Then there’s the $55 chef’s special for two. But you better be a meat lover for this one since the entree is the Parrillada Gaucha for two made with Gaucho Chicken, a 10-ounce New York Steak and a spicy house-made sausage. Yes, all three meats are included.

The restaurant is located at 6240 E. Pacific Coast Highway. 562-494-1000, www.cesarsbistro.com.

Delius Restaurant

Unless you’re looking for a gas station hot dog (and why would anyone really look for that), you probably wouldn’t go looking for food in the middle of Signal Hill’s Auto Row.

Unless you know what you’re doing, that is, and you head straight to Delius Restaurant, which is owned by Chef Louise Solzman and her husband David Solzman.

The restaurant specializes in prix-fixe and a la carte menu of New American and Continental food.

The Dine LBC dinner here will cost $45 per person. It includes appetizer choices like shredded pork belly and grilled vegetable-stuffed wontons and entrees like Cherry Wood Braised Short Ribs and Gorgonzola Roasted Pear Filled Ravioli.

2951 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill. 562-426-0694, www.deliusrestaurant.com

Sip Bar & Lounge

If Janine Falvo, the executive chef at this downtown spot inside the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, looks familiar, that’s because she was a contestant on season nine of “Top Chef.”

So with those credentials this should be a popular Dine LBC spot.

Although the restaurant prides itself for its “ocean to fork” philosophy, they’re staying on land for Dine LBC, with a $65 dinner for two that includes entree choices like a char-crusted skirt steak; lemon roasted chicken or summer eggplant Parmesan.

The restaurant is located at 111 East Ocean Blvd. 562-437-5900, www.marriott.com.

 

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