Eastside neighborhood residents have a long list of options when it comes to restaurants, but locally-inspired cuisine is a clear winner for most. Being so close to both Mexico and the ocean, this neighborhood has a wide variety of Mexican and seafood restaurants.
Rivera's won't disappoint with its Mexican food and incredible staff. The walls are decorated with Spanish art, and as soon as you are seated the wait staff brings out fresh salsa and chips. Locals love the pezole, loaded with plenty of meat and vegetables and combined with the perfect amount of spices. Rivera's also grills their fish dishes instead of frying them, so you get more of a fresh fish flavor.
39 Degrees offers some of the best sushi in the Long Beach area. They host a "Happy Tummy Hour" where fresh sushi is heavily discounted, but be sure to get there early since the wait can get long. The most popular dish on the menu includes the salmon sashimi that has a rich, fresh flavor with seven pieces. To satisfy your roll craving, try the popular Ashley Roll. This roll has spicy tuna, jalapeno, and avocado on the inside all wrapped in soy paper and topped with mango.
If you're in the mood for some pizza and some asian-inspired bites, be sure to stop in Dean's Pizza. The restaurant offers both traditional Italian slices and Thai food for those that like to dabble in dual cuisine delights. Dean's prides itself in unique menu items such as the Thai curry chicken pizza.
Nightlife in the Eastside neighborhood remains active and busy throughout the week, especially with crowd-pleasing downtown Long Beach
so close by. For cheap drinks, stop in Joe Jost's. As one of Long Beach's oldest establishments, residents hail it as the go-to for cheap drinks and a social atmosphere. This bar even brews their own root beer with a variety of sweet, spicy, and fruity flavors.
Along the popular Anaheim Street sits Alex's Bar. This bar has live entertainment, is easy accessible by foot, and offers great live DJs when there aren't live bands. On Monday nights they offer a trivia night where they also serve free pizza. The bar has a photo booth inside for residents to enjoy and take silly Facebook-worthy photos with their friends.