Sunday at Sevilla
Sevilla is a small, tasty tapas restaurant on Pine Avenue in Long Beach, California. With great Sunday brunch and musical and flamenco happenings on various nights of the week, it's a nice choice.
Brunch: You'll like sitting on the outdoor patio with a first-rate pomegranate mojito, waiting for bleu cheese-stuffed grilled dates and fluffy egg and onion tortilla espanola. I also recommend the wild mushroom empanadas, and my husband particularly liked the homemade meatballs.
Dessert: For dessert, we had a lovely experience with Andalusian apple tart and caramel gelato, alongside a couple of coffees.
Don't miss: The very best is a pleasantly spicy, memorable gazpacho bloody mary. A healthy dose of vodka mixed into gardeny yumminess of chilled tomato cucumber soup, you'll be glad it's only $4 so you can get two.
This cafe/lounge has three locations in southern California, and is surprisingly good for a semi-chain.
Other good food in the area:
Homemade Italian Dinner for Two at L'Opera
Pine Avenue in Long Beach, California
With a convention center host to Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Women's Conference and other large, well-attended events in the Los Angeles area, Long Beach has only a few foodie restaurants. Luckily, emphasis is on quality over quantity. A walk down Pine Avenue takes you past the best offerings. Best of all, it's only a few blocks from the Westin, Ramada, Hilton, and other major hotels.