Foodies Take Flight
Story and photos by Brigid McLaughlin
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Bite Mi serves Vietnamese cuisine with an American twist. The specialty fries are loaded with marinated pork, chives and housemade sriracha sauce.