Of the many reasons to visit California, the food easily tops the list for a lot of travelers. From the farm-to-table eateries and wineries in Napa to the seafood in San Francisco and the sushi in Los Angeles, you can eat your way from north to south and never eat the same thing twice. The best part is the diversity — you can find any cuisine you fancy with price points you can afford.
Beer Belly in Long Beach
Beer Belly initially opened in Koreatown, where it enjoyed so much success that it came to Long Beach. The spot is well-known for its super-local brews. The menu is jam-packed with calories, but with an average price of $10 a plate and a laid-back, low-key atmosphere, you’ll happily go into a food coma.
The burgers are deliciously oversized, you can eat fries smothered in duck confit, and you can snack on pork belly “chips.” Find a hotel in Long Beach, and you can eat at Beer Belly every day. Your wallet can handle it even if your arteries can’t.
Inko Nito in LA
Classed as a Japanese robatayaki, Inko Nito is just one reason to search for LA hotels in the Arts District because that neighborhood is hot. Inko Nito is grill-centric, unlike Catch or Nobu. Meat dishes include beef cheek with Korean miso and pickled daikon or baby back ribs with a glaze of Japanese whiskey. Grouper, salmon, whole branzino, and tiger prawns are but a few of the fish dishes. The dress code is casual chic, and the menu prices run the gamut. Chicken tsukune is less than $10, while the branzino will set you back a bit.
The Boathouse at the Airport
Have you ever envisioned a fine-dining restaurant in an airport? Not only is it convenient to book accommodations close to the Long Beach Municipal Airport, but it’s also a smart choice for any foodie in the LGB area. The Boathouse on the Bay doesn’t ask for black tie, but you’ll want to dress nicely to nosh on the fare.
Enjoy chilaquiles for a weekend breakfast, or fill up on apps. The Boathouse has a menu for everything — breakfast, lunch, cocktails, dinner, and desserts. The prices are somewhat steep, but once you taste the food, you’ll understand why.
Katsuya on Terminal Island
Katsuya is one of the hottest sushi spots on Terminal Island, with a menu that makes it hard to pick a course. The specialty starters are expensive but scrumptious and include fresh fish such as albacore, yellowtail, and crab. Try the waygu beef selections from the hot kitchen, where you can enjoy a filet with foie gras for just $45.
Sashimi and sushi rolls abound, or you can come for lunch served in a bento box. Stay for after-dinner drinks to enjoy a little romance. Between the restaurants and the view, you should consider Terminal Island hotels for your stay.
California has long been a foodie destination. Many of the hippest restaurants are in LA and Long Beach. Where do you eat when you visit Cali?