Brunch with a View: Waterfront Dining in Long Beach
Brunch culture is thriving in Long Beach, where sunny mornings and ocean views abound, sending many residents on an ongoing quest to find their favorite breakfast burrito. Check out these local restaurants where outdoor dining provides the backdrop for the perfect weekend brunch.
CLAIRE’S AT THE MUSEUM
For a brunch experience with a hint of culture and class, visit the Long Beach Museum of Art’s restaurant Claire’s (2300 E Ocean Blvd), named after artist Claire Falkenstein who created the extraordinary sculpture fountain at the center of the patio. Sip a pomegranate champagne cocktail or a blood orange margarita under the iconic yellow umbrellas, and choose from indulgent dishes like crème brȗlée French toast or smoked salmon benedict. Or, opt for something green, like the kale caesar salad with Parmigiano crisps.
Dig into short rib poutine, chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, or a bowl of gumbo at The Attic (3441 E. Broadway) where gourmet Southern cuisine is served up on the patio of a charming Craftsman house on the edge of a quiet residential area. Round out your meal with traditional New Orleans beignet doughnuts or a meal disguised as a cocktail: The Meaty Man, a bloody mary topped with a pork slider and a slice of bacon.
BOATHOUSE ON THE BAY
Known for their steaks, sushi, and oyster bar, Boathouse on the Bay (190 N. Marina Dr.) offers such brunch delights as the Regatta Colada – made with Myer’s blonde rum, amaretto, lime, and pineapple juice – and a Marina Mimosa, served in a sizable chalice and topped with a suspended champagne split. Breakfast menu selections include the wagyu loco moco, a Hawaiian comfort food classic, or brioche French toast, served with whipped mascarpone and candied pecans.
SCHOONER OR LATER
If you love diners and boats, check out Schooner or Later (241 Marina Dr.), a locally owned marina fixture since 1985. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, every day, so you can always get your fill of fluffy pancakes, huevos rancheros, or their popular crab and avocado melt. Treat your sweet tooth with a chocolate malt or sail into the savory with the legendary Schooner chili or the Old Schooner Special, a Polish sausage on rye with jack cheese, mustard, and a pickle.
Located on Alamitos Bay in a cozy corner of the Marina Pacifica shopping center, Tantalum (6272 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.) transports diners to the tropical Indonesian Islands and offers California cuisine with an Asian influence. Pair the kiwi margarita with the albacore burger and watch boats sail by from the palm-shaded patio.