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"Latin coastal" in Long Beach: Fuego restaurant is now open in the new Hotel Maya in Long Beach, with a menu that's "coastal Latin American." The executive chef is Jesse Perez. The indoor-outdoor dining room overlooks the waterfront of Long Beach, with 360-degree views. On the menu: shrimp ceviche with chile roja; duck al pastor tacos; chile relleño with pork carnitas; Yucatan-style pork “two ways"; and ancho chile grilled rib eye. Tequila tastings are delivered on a vintage dumb waiter to guests seated in the lower bar area (where there are leather and mohair tequila chairs). Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, (562) 481-3910, www.fuegolongbeach.com.
Nathan and I made a night of going to Fruego. In order to get the full experience we invited three wonderful friends, who have a history of good taste. In my opinion I order the most flavorful entree, White Corn Sopes, Masa 'Boats' with Black Beans, Summer Squash, Guacamole, Romaine, Lime Vinaigrette, Queso Fresco & Mexican Crema and as a side their Spicy Green Rice. To translate; two small corn-meal pancakes (in the shape of rubber boats) filled with a variety of lightly sautéed veggies and black beans, topped with fresh salsa, avo, and chopped red and white cabbage. I nearly cried, every flavor was perfect and I could taste every ingredient. Everyone was very impressed.
Our table was packed with the, Guacamole Trio and White Corn Chips and their Mexican Shrimp Ceviche w/ Chile Roja and Plantain Chips. Nathan ordered the Mexican Shrimp Brochettes w/ Guajillo and Chile Chorizo-Potato Enchiladas (die for this!), one of our friends chose the, Bone-In Chicken Poblano served with Saffron Arroz & Poblano Mole de Oaxaca.
The service was excellent and the environment- just begs you to sit and enjoy your evening. I was shocked when I walked up the stairs and saw a blazing fire roaring on the patio and the Queen Mary and all her glory starring at the Sea and me. Talk about a vacation! For Long Beach, the decor is nothing less than decadent, so lavish that I laughed out loud. Please go! I need others to see this place and believe that it exists. You will be shocked!
Eric Lechasseur and Sanae Suzuki opened a new restaurant named Seed Kitchen which they describe as Vegan, Organic, Macrobiotic, Japanese, American, Fusion, Take-out.
The varied menu features sandwiches and paninis, hot bowls, salads, pastries, Japanese teas, and more.
1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, California (at Windward)
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