The Attic – Long Beach, CA

A Trip Down To The Attic

P1000058The Attic – Long Beach, CA

Restaurant Type:  American (Southern influenced)

It’s taken awhile to get to this review of a restaurant we ate at in the autumn of 2013, but I had to sneak my kudos in on this relative newcomer in my old stomping ground of Long Beach. Housed in the old Lasher’s Restaurant space, which is really an old craftsman house, The Attic is a dream come true for restaurateur Steve Massis, who has said he had always wanted his own restaurant to run.

P1000081Tracy and I arrived on a warm afternoon/evening to meet our friends Rob and Barbara (Long Beach is a good meeting point for friends from Huntington Beach and Pasadena), and we were seated out on the patio.

P1000080Perusing the menu, the dishes seemed to have a heavy New Orleans, Southern Creole influence, and there were some very tempting items.  Our server was very friendly, and the restaurant appeared to have a nice family-type atmosphere.  Tracy started with the Soup du Jour (a cup – $6), which was a dark, spicy fish soup that we all stuck our spoons in.  It was very good.

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The salads we tried were very tasty, too, with fresh berries, kiwi, pecans and shaved Parmesan cheese ($8 – $10).

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I saw an appetizer on the menu that I just could not pas up, and I’m glad I didn’t. The Attic’s Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños, two Jalapeños stuffed with Crab & Cream Cheese, wrapped with Candied Cayenne Bacon, & topped with Peach-Jalapeño Jam and Fire Roasted Corn & Poblano Relish ($9) were stupendous.  We were just getting started.

P1000063Every meal had was terrific. I ordered the BBQ St. Louis Style Pork Ribs Secret Dry Rub, served with Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Fire Roasted Corn & Poblano Relish, & Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes (Half-order $18, Full order $26). Another winner!

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Rob decided on a delicious Chicken Fried Steak, Lightly breaded Beef Bottom Round topped with our Signature Southern Gravy, served with Braised Greens & Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes ($16).

P1000071Barbara tried the Shrimp Creole, Large White Shrimp poached in a Spicy Creole Sauce, served over White Rice and topped with Green Onions ($18).

P1000068Amazingly (well, not for me), I had room for dessert, a wonderful Lemon Curd ($8).

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The Attic was well worth a 35-minute drive to Long Beach, and I’m sure a return visit will be in order.  They also serve breakfast and lunch.

P1000075MaiTaiTom Rating Food + Ambiance + Value = 4.1 maitais (out of 5)

FACTS:
The Attic
3441 East Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Phone: 562.433.0153
Parking : Street parking (Free)
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. • Friday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. • Sunday: 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m
www.theatticonbroadway.com

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