Where to Eat & Drink at The Grand Prix of Long Beach
If you find yourself at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach–the weekend of April 14-16–consider yourself not only in a wonderful situation but wonderfully situated to enjoy food and drinks of all types and stripes. From funnel cakes to food trucks, Cadillac margaritas to Wisconsin Cheese curds, these trackside locations offer plenty to enjoy without having to miss any of the action.
Food Truck Experience
The popular Food Truck Experience is located behind Grandstand 31, south of the front straightaway near Shoreline Village. It features an impressive coming together of food vehicles selling an impressive array of food and drink. This year's assortment of vendors includes...
For nearly 30 years, King Taco trucks have been a familiar, and delicious feature at the Grand Prix. Serving a great variety of traditional Mexican cuisine–tacos, burritos, sopes, nachos–King Taco also serves up such authentic drinks as horchata, jamaica and tamarindo.
A one-stop destination that not only features all manner of Mexican cuisine, but several iterations of juicing–they feature 17 natural juices–including the smoothie-like Licuados (papaya, mango, etc.), the Blizzard-like Raspados (tamarindo, sandia, etc.), and the titular Aguas Frescas (horchata, pina, etc.).
This plant-based food outfit specializes in creating irresistible, sustainable meals catering to all palates–meat-eaters and vegans alike–with dishes like BBQ Sausage Rolls with Street Cart Onions and Jalapeno Hush Puppies with Cajun Remoulade. Chef crafted and full of flavors and textures, Wicked Kitchen for people who love to eat well and eat betters
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN
The restaurant that pretty much re-invented the pizza with a Southern California edge, will be offering its iconic creations including the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza which pretty much started it all. As usual CPK, which continues to reimagine California creativity and push culinary boundaries, will offer other innovative, delicious options.
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Auld Dubliner (71 S. Pine Ave)
No restaurant is as close to the action, with cars roaring by just feet from its entrance as the Auld Dubliner (71 S. Pine Ave.) . Enjoy a Guinness or toast the winner with a Black Velvet – Guinness mixed with champagne. Auld Dubliner's menu features Irish favorites including, fittingly the day of the race, Bangers and Champ (Irish sausage, mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies.)
The Funnel House (425 Shoreline Dr.)
If you want to take your refreshment with you around the track, The Funnel House (425 Shoreline Dr.) has a wide variety of sweets, desserts and beverages to make the race even sweeter. Yes, they make funnel cakes, preparing the fluffy, light cakes with various fillings daily. But they also make cookies, churros, ice cream sandwiches while offering lots of lemonades, horchata and coffees.
Gladstone's (330 S. Pine Ave)
Few restaurants are better suited for big occasions – whether birthdays, corporate events or Grand Prix–than Gladstone’s (330 S. Pine Ave.). Go as big or intimate as you want, while enjoying their full bar and exceptional seafood. You can watch the cars zoom by, or simply turn around and gaze out at some of the city’s best views of the harbor.
Parker's Lighthouse (435 Shoreline Village Dr.)
For nearly 40 years, Parker’s (435 Shoreline Village Dr.) has been a destination for steaks, fresh grilled seafood as well as some eye-popping views of Rainbow Harbor. You’ll be close enough to the course to hear the cars whiz by, while being close enough to Parker’s two-story wine cellar to toast the victor.
Yard House (401 Shoreline Village Dr.)
Yard House's (401 Shoreline Village Dr.) full menu features more than 25 appetizers, everything from an Onion Ring Tower to Firecracker Shrimp to Wisconsin Cheese Curds. Their beer selection is, of course, expansive; pretty much any style of brew you can think of, they’ve got.
Tequila Jack's (407 Shoreline Village Dr.)
Savor authentic Baja-style Mexican dishes — with sauces crafted from house-roasted tomatoes and chiles—and sip specialty margaritas made from one of 70 different styles of tequila at the aptly named Tequila Jack's (407 Shoreline Village Dr.). Dine indoors or soak up the sun on the spacious outdoor patio that overlooks Rainbow Harbor.
Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt on the Boardwalk (429 Shoreline Village Dr.)
A day at the races will be made even better by visiting Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt on the Boardwalk (429 Shoreline Village Dr.) in Shoreline Village. Enjoy one of their gourmet ice creams or frozen yogurts in a bowl or waffle cone–perhaps a sundae–or relax and sip a smoothie, made with nonfat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit, while the world goes by at 200 miles per hour.