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The Navajo Taco At This Long Beach Restaurant Is A Delicious Homage

For Chef Arthur Gonzalez of Panxa Cocina in Long Beach, California, opening up a restaurant that paid homage to Southwestern flavors was a genuine need, as his time in New Mexico along with pride in his Mexican roots were the major driving factors behind it.

One of the more unique dishes that resonated with Chef Gonzalez was the Navajo taco, a staple of indigenous and Southwestern cuisine. “I remember just walking through a local farmer’s market and having it for the first time. There was so much simplicity, yet flavor, to this Navajo taco that I’ll never forget.” Compelled by the spellbinding allure of Hatch green chiles and other bold flavors that he experienced while in New Mexico, Chef Gonzalez set his heart on a restaurant that would extoll the savory virtues of the Southwest to the people of Long Beach.

Check out my delicious dive into learning about the history of how frybread plays a crucial role in the Navajo taco as well as appreciating the layers of flavors that come together so simply.

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For One Day, Arby’s Is Paying For Fans To Get FREE Actual Sandwich Tattoos

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Every brand has its hardcore fans who will go above and beyond to profess their love for the company. This could be in the form of collecting memorabilia, getting the company to help them get married, or even tattooing the logo on them somewhere.

Arby’s is giving those who want it the chance to do the latter of those three on their dime, as for one day only, they’ll cover the charges on your themed tattoo.

The sandwich chain has partnered up with tattoo artist Miguel “Uzi” Montgomery to give Arby’s fans a free tattoo of popular Arby’s menu items — all designed by Montgomery himself.

Below is a flash sheet of tattoo designs guests can choose from.

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The one-day promotion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Port City Tattoo in Long Beach, CA. From 11am to 8pm, the artists at Port City will be working to ensure that everyone who comes in will get their free Arby’s tattoo, though it will be limited to one tattoo per customer.

Arby’s and Montgomery created the sandwich-inspired designs as a way to give fans a way to express their love of sandwiches. They actually look pretty sweet, too.

Not too long ago, Domino’s Russia had a similar promotion (albeit reversed) where they asked fans to get a tattoo of their logo for the promise of free pizza for life. Unfortunately, they had to cut that campaign short due to the overabundance of folks willing to ink themselves for free pizza.

Still, it seems Arby’s is taking a more straightforward approach to getting their branding on fans. No promise of 100 sandwiches a year for 100 years, just a free (well-designed) tattoo. If you’re in the Long Beach area next Saturday, and want some free ink, pop your head in to Port City Tattoo. Arby’s will also be serving free sandwiches during the event.

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Restaurant Caught Selling Popeyes Chicken As Their Own, Offers Bizarre Explanation

UPDATE: Sweet Dixie Kitchen responded to the accusations of them using Popeyes chicken. Still no denial of their dishes containing Popeyes, but they did strongly defend the several foods that are made from scratch. They said, “We have never claimed we make each and every item,” which wasn’t exactly the case before they changed their Facebook bio this morning. Check out the Facebook response below:

Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, California has some pretty favorable Yelp reviews and seems to be pretty popular, but one reviewer was not impressed, called them out for selling Popeyes fried chicken, and prompted a strange response from the restaurant.

Tyler H. of Los Angeles, CA accused the restaurant of passing off Popeyes chicken as their own. In the review, Tyler said:

“Before my friends and I got seated we saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen. I ordered the Chicken and Waffles to see whether or not they were serving Popeyes to their customers. I thought the chicken tasted suspiciously like Popeyes and was also rather stale. I kindly asked our waiter how they cooked their fried chicken. After checking he admitted that they do in fact use Popeyes.”

Instead of denying it, Sweet Dixie owner Kimberly Sanchez appeared to reply to the review, saying they “Proudly serve Popeyes spicy tenders.”

After naming other places they borrow food from, Sanchez appeared to try and pass it off as part of a collaboration with local businesses. If true, it is one thing to support mom & pop restaurants, it is another to just buy some chicken from an inexpensive fast food chain and pass it off as your own tasty menu item. She even threw in some snark, something that seemed to be consistent with several of Sanchez’s previous Yelp responses, saying, “Whatever to you and your little review like it was some great exposure – and whatever to you dude.”

Get ’em!


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It is even more comical reading previous Yelp reviews as people love how it has “just the right amount of spice,” and is “perfect!” They probably think they’re getting a special Dixie recipe (Especially since Dixie’s claimed “Everything is made here, right down to our bacon jam and Sriracha sour cream sauce…”), when there’s a chance it was just some good ol’ Popeyes.

It’s nice that people are at least enjoying the chicken, but the biggest gripe a customer could have with this is that you’re paying $12+ for chicken we know costs significantly less. On top of that, on their Facebook page they seem to pride themselves on “big flavor with conscious healthier cooking methods…” No disrespect to Popeyes, we love them, but they’re not exactly the model of healthy cuisine, with their 3-piece tenders having 1,350 milligrams of sodium, and even 1 milligram of trans fat.

Dixie Kitchen’s chicken slider costs around $12.50, and it appears it might just be Popeyes chicken tenders inside their hand-made biscuit.

Not sure if it’s good or bad, but they are suddenly being super transparent about their Popeyes tenders, to the point where they recently posted on Instagram, almost condescendingly (Although it’s always possible they could have been hacked), “Did you know we don’t get anything here? So how do we get this awesome crispy strip? We go to Popeyes every morning to buy enough for you to eat for the day! Come early – we run out!” Hack, or not, this tone now seems consistent through multiple social media avenues.

Screen grab Sweet Dixie Kitchen’s Instagram, before being deleted.

We’ll see how this all works out. Maybe people don’t mind paying high-end prices for fast food. Hopefully Sweet Dixie did get hacked, and this was all an elaborate scheme, because it’s not exactly a good look for this popular restaurant.

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Getting Dessert Wasted With Pie Shots At This ‘Bar’ Are Our Idea Of A Good Time

Alright nerds! Its 3.14, and that means National Pi Day is here once again! Since it seems that we missed the actual ‘National Pie Day’ (which was on January 23rd), today will have to do!

If you’re anything like us, and getting pie wasted sounds like a fantastic way to spend an evening, then The Pie Bar, located in the heart of downtown Long Beach, CA, might be your next favorite dessert dive. It’s always a good idea to make friends with the ‘bartender’ and get a shot of your favorite pie flavors. They also offer flights, if your craving won’t be satisfied with just one kind of pie.

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All handmade and baked fresh daily, The Pie Bar has pies in all sizes. Every month, they cycle through different flavors like Irish Cream Pie, Chocolate Stout Pie, Apple Pie, American… Pie (kidding). But in all seriousness, these pie shots are a great substitution for for those who are in a non-committal relationship with their dessert. Because that’s us.

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Worst Shots Ever: This ‘Shoot The Dog’ Is DEFINITELY The Worst So Far

I recently attended my cousin’s 21st birthday, and this little asshole casserole was being fed froofy ass shots like a Buttery Nipple and a Redheaded Slut, and he was loving it. I stepped in to rock that little slut’s face off with some manly man shots, and that’s when I realized that the only two shitty shots I knew were the Gorilla Fart and the Four Horsemen. Right in that moment is when I decided to travel from bar to bar, trying to learn what exactly were…

The Worst Shots Ever

On our trek to discover the worst shots ever, Hayley and I made the horrible mistake of walking into Dogz Bar and Grill. While our bartender Jamie was nothing short of a sweetheart, the drink she made for us was whispering the devil’s prayer and peeling the paint off the walls. Ok, none of that actually happened, but it was damn close.

Although the shot itself doesn’t ring in a cavalcade of ingredients, the few it does have were enough to make Hayley jump out of her skin, bless her heart. I considered what it would be like to actually shoot a dog, and I came to the conclusion that the shot was an only slighter better option. Out of all the shots I’ve taken already, I urge you tough guys out there to head to Long Beach and try this one. You WILL regret it.

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The Halal Guys Coming To Long Beach, CA On January 2nd

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Earlier this year, we broke news that the famous NYC Halal Guys cart was not only coming to California, but we knew exactly where it would land (Costa Mesa, CA).

Their next location? Long Beach, CA. Here’s the address:

The Halal Guys Long Beach
1804 Ximeno Street
Long Beach, CA

Other locations are planned, and we have word that we should be seeing them early into the year. There’s also expansion happening in the Vegas and Bay areas. Grand opening is January 2, 2016. If you’re following @Foodbeast on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll see the Long Beach location is doing some media tastings to get all kinks ironed out by the new year.

Los Angeles residents just got a few miles closer to getting their white sauce fix on the daily. 2016 is the year of the creeeeaaam:

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EXCLUSIVE: Halal Guys Just Confirmed Its Second Southern California Location

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The popular New York-based food cart, The Halal Guys, just confirmed to Foodbeast its second Orange County location as it continues to work its way west.

The Southern California city of Long Beach can start planning to get its middle eastern food fix as The Halal Guys got approved to open shop in the Long Beach “Traffic Circle.”

The location is no coincidence as it is near California State University, Long Beach, the alma mater of two Halal Guys franchise partners, Paul Tran and Phil Hoang.

Sure, their first location in Costa Mesa hasn’t even opened yet, but at least Southern Cali residents know where they’ll soon be able to find Those signature gyros, and chicken and rice platters drenched in “White Sauce.”

As we previously reported on Foodbeast, the restaurant signed a franchise deal that will bring 50 restaurants to Southern California, along with expansion planned for San Francisco, California and the East Bay.

Outside of California, Halal Guys plans to open in Las Vegas, The Philippines, Washington, DC. and Houston, Texas.

Looks like the little food cart might someday be a household name.

Future location address: 1804 Ximeno Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815

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Street view of where it will be:

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9 Beautiful Breakfast Burritos You Can Only Get In Long Beach, CA

After a long night out on the town or an early morning run, few things can cure a breakfast craving like a burrito. It’s everything you could possibly want to kick off your day wrapped up in a warm tortilla, making it portable, quick and easy. Whether you prefer eggs, bacon, soyrizo, Carne Asade or any other fixins’, these Long Beach Spots have got you covered. Cruise on in and try their spins on the classic dishes and start your morning off right.

 

MVP’s Grill and Patio

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MVP’s is a Long Beach staple, hands down. They are known for their burgers, cajun fries and fun menu item names (each item is named after a famous athlete). There are multiple locations in Long Beach but the one off Rodondo serves breakfast burritos, lucky us. These wrapped up breakfast presents that they serve are definitely plentiful for any athlete headed to their next game. They also work for people who perhaps ran hard the night before and need something with a little grease to get their day going. Many of the breakfast burritos pack double meat, making them the heartiest breakfast burrito you may come across.

937 Redondo Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804

Seoul-mate

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When the idea of a Mexican burrito combines with Korean BBQ the results can be pretty amazing. This heavenly match is exactly what Seoulmate in Long Beach is all about. If you’re looking for a different spin on the burrito, look no further. Their spicy pork burrito or spicy tofu burrito (veggie friendly) is beyond delicious and packed with a lot of flavor. Their signature spicy sauce makes their huge burritos the success that they are and once you have one we know you’ll be back for more.

4712 E 7th Street || Long Beach, CA 90804 || 562.433.1158 | www.seoulmatelbc.com

 

The Attic

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The Attic in Long Beach is popular with the locals and even people who live a couple cities over. This place has a comfortable, homey feel to it inside and an outdoor patio for all of those sunny days. The patio is also dog-friendly, and they even provide a menu for your furry friend to grab some grub. It’s the perfect place to kick off the day with one of their amazing Machaca Breakfast Burritos. This burrito comes with braised short rib, scrambled eggs, red onion, bell peppers and Monterey Jack cheese. It’s all wrapped up in a fresh, flour tortilla and smothered with poblano-lime salsa and sour cream. If the atmosphere doesn’t keep you coming back, then this burrito certainly will.

3441 E Broadway || Long Beach, CA 90803 || 562.433.0153 | www.theatticonbroadway.com

 

Nick’s on 2nd

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Nick’s on 2nd is all about a commitment to excellence whether it’s with the quality ingredients that they use in their food, their warm, inviting atmosphere in the restaurant or their service. That’s why this is the perfect place to grab some friends and head on over when you have a craving for a breakfast burrito with some ambiance. The burrito includes all the classics including bacon, hash browns, pico de gallo, avocado, jack cheese, scrambled eggs and cilantro. Between the food and the hospitality, we know you’ll make making this your favorite new brunch spot.

4901 E 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803 || 562.856.9000 | www.nicksrestaurants.com/nicks-on-2nd

 

The Breakfast Bar

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The Breakfast Bar is an adorable little breakfast and lunch spot in Long Beach that is run by husband and wife, Josh and Pamela Beadel. This pair has a long history in the food service industry with years of experience and a dream of owning their own restaurant, which is now a reality. Their breakfast burrito is one of the best around and like most in California, has a Mexican flair to it. It comes with two eggs scrambled, black beans, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, avocado and a drizzle of spiced sour cream wrapped in a tortilla, with a choice of bacon or sausage. The sour cream gives it a special touch so make sure to ask for a little extra on the side!

70 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 || 562.726.1700 | www.the-breakfast-bar.com

 

Schooner or Later

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Schooner or Later is a family restaurant that is owned and operated by some true Long Beach locals. This is one of the many reasons to stop in and support all of their amazing food and excellent service. Their breakfast burrito is a classic served up with potatoes, eggs, cheese, onions, bell peppers and your choice of ham, bacon, sausage or chorizo. While you’re there don’t forget to check out their amazing mural of Long Beach and the Pike that resides there.

241 Marina Drive, Long Beach, CA 90803 || 562.430.3495 | www.schoonerorlater.com

El Burrito Grill

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El Burrito Grill, which has multiple locations, is a Mexican restaurant that is serving up some delicious food and amazing breakfast burritos. Although they have a few different burritos that come with eggs and would be considered a more traditional breakfast meal, don’t stop there. They have over 25 different types of burritos to choose from, including super deluxe selections that are sure to set you up with plenty of energy for a successful rest of your day.

Multiple Locations || www.elburritogrill.net

Jerry’s Place

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Jerry’s Place is a real mom and pop establishment with fresh food and ingredients that are cooked up to order right before your very eyes. This spot has some of the best breakfast burritos in the entire county because of the love that goes into them and the attention to detail and flavors. Not only are the breakfast burritos and other items amazing, but the portions are huge and the prices are low. If you live in the area and haven’t been here yet, make sure to keep this place in mind for your next meal.

1537 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802 || 562.436.3323 | www.facebook.com/jerrysplaceLB

Written by Nicole Fera of Locale Magazine