Foodies Take Flight

Story and photos by Brigid McLaughlin

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If you’re looking to drink beer, sip coffee, or take a gourmet snack break, look no further than The Hangar. Opened in the Long Beach Exchange on Lakewood Boulevard in February, the 17,000-square-foot structure is home to a community-style, upscale food court.  

Complete with World War II-era photographs inside, the building’s architecture pays homage to the city’s aviation history while introducing a dining experience Long Beach hasn’t seen before.

The Hangar is sure to be a hit this summer with its Instagram-friendly foods, cold beers and family-friendly environment. And more shops will be opening throughout the summer. You can get updates on Instagram at @longbeachexchange.

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The space includes 14 artisanal retailers and specialty food shops. Come in the back way and you’ll be greeted with a selection of craft beers from Bottlecraft, a San Diego-born beer shop and tasting room.

Ryan Rowland, manager and beer buyer for Bottlecraft in Long Beach, has curated a tap list unique to this location with beers, hard kombucha, and wine from all around the country. Bottlecraft Long Beach’s most popular beer, Juice Press, is a hazy IPA from Burgeon Beer Company in Carlsbad. “There’s nothing like this in Long Beach, and I think everyone’s really excited,” Rowland says.

Luis Sanchez, a Long Beach local, recently came to The Hangar for the first time, and he says he’ll be coming back. “This spot is a great area to ride a bike to, and come with kids and family,” he says. “I’m excited to bring my son here after I enjoy it on my own a couple times first.”

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In addition to ordering specialty beers, visitors can feast on street-style tacos at Amorcito, a branch of Amor Y Tacos, a hotspot for Mexican cuisine in Cerritos.

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Craving something sweet? Portola coffee, an Orange County institution known for its meticulously made espresso drinks, offers macarons that pair nicely with any kind of coffee.

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Bite Mi serves Vietnamese cuisine with an American twist. The specialty fries are loaded with marinated pork, chives and housemade sriracha sauce.

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