562 Eats: Discovering Long Beach's Hidden Culinary Gems

Capturing the hearts (and taste buds) of locals and visitors alike.

Long Beach, a melting pot of cultures and flavors, offers a vibrant and diverse dining scene that's as unique as the city itself. From innovative fusion cuisine to time-honored family recipes, the culinary landscape here is a testament to the city's rich cultural tapestry. Let's dive into some of the hidden culinary gems in Long Beach that are capturing the hearts (and taste buds) of locals and visitors alike.

Chiang Rai

Tucked behind a modest exterior lies a world of authentic Thai flavors at Chiang Rai. This Michelin-recommended spot serves up a variety of Thai dishes, including Northern specialties and a local food section catering to an American palate. Their Khao soi, a northern Thai curry with a twist, features thin slices of raw ribeye over thin egg noodles​.

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The Attic

Housed in a charming 1920s-era craftsman home, The Attic is known for its sophisticated takes on comfort food. Its most famous dish, the Mac & Cheetos, is a creative spin on traditional mac and cheese, made with flaming hot Cheetos. The restaurant's relaxed, neighborhood vibe makes it a must-visit in Long Beach​.


Discreetly located in a small, white stucco building, Heritage offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere. This Michelin-recommended restaurant features small plates made with local produce, seafood, and cheese, and even has its own on-site garden​.

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Appu's Cafe

A hidden gem within a medical office building, Appu's Cafe offers some of the most exciting takes on Indian food. Known for its Indian-Mexican fusion, the Maharaja Burrito is a vegetarian delight that has been named the best burrito in the state​.

Sushi Nikkei

Offering a creative twist on sushi, Sushi Nikkei combines Peruvian and Japanese cuisines. This Michelin-recommended restaurant in Bixby Knolls serves dishes like Peruvian ceviche and a variety of creative sushi rolls in a casual atmosphere​.

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