Long Beach is a city that prides itself on its diversity — and that certainly extends to food. Look around and you’ll find a little bit of everything. Down-home Midwestern diners, Texas barbecue, Cambodian noodle shops, taquerias, carnicerias and panaderias, wine shops, farmers markets and even what has been judged the best brew pub in the United States: downtown’s Beachwood BBQ and Brewing. Here are a few favorites.
Jongewaard’s Bake ’n’ Broil: In a perfect world, every neighborhood would have a place like Bake ’n’ Broil. It’s the coffee shop you’ve always dreamed of, a friendly place where the person sitting at the counter next to you will want to share tips on what to order — listen to them; they’ve probably been eating there for decades. There are soups and salads, hamburgers and chicken pot pie, all kinds of breakfast dishes. And, above all, you’ll find a dozen types of house-baked pies and cakes every day — meringue pies billowing and browned, cream pies that are just rich enough and not too sweet, homey German chocolate, carrot and coconut cakes. Don’t miss the red velvet cupcakes. Now entering its third generation, Bake ’n’ Broil is what Apple Pan and Pie ’n’ Burger want to be when they grow up. 3697 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, (562) 595-0396,thebakenbroil.com.