Food Finds Off Campus
BY MAC WALBY
Looking for good food and drink that's not too far from campus? Look no further -- here are our six great spots just walking distance from the university.
This juice and food joint is a good place to grab something on the go, or hang out and study. Wood walls and metal tables give it a sleek feel with plenty of space, and there are board games for groups to enjoy on a break from class.
Along with juice and boba drinks, the mojitos and drinks are all made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. A personal favorite is the strawberry limeade.
1787 Palo Verde Ave, Long Beach, CA 90815; (562) 343-5080
On the corner of East Atherton and Palo Verde Avenue, this hole-in-the-wall pizza joint is a long-time staple for Cal State Long Beach students. Off color tiles and tall laminate tables give it a very “after a peewee baseball game” feel, with a few arcade games filling out the nostalgia trip.
With a classic cheese, a “special” pizza with cheese, pepperoni, ham, mushroom, onion and green peppers as well as a vegetarian pizza, there aren’t a lot of complex pies. But the simple menu doesn’t hold it back, and you can build your own with a wide variety of ingredients on-hand.
1785 Palo Verde Ave # J, Long Beach, CA 90815; (562) 594-4889
A dive bar in every sense of the word, the bar that shares a mascot with the school has been a locals’ and students’ drinking spot for years. The old-school wood paneling along the walls give it a dark but welcoming feel. There’s pool tables and darts to enjoy between rounds. The bar has a good variety of beer on tap, wine and food. A few ping pong tables and tvs round out the room for sports fans and casual bar-goers alike.
5660 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90814; (562) 494-4449
On The Rocks Bar and Grill
On the more upscale end, On The Rocks is a bit more modern with walls covered in TVs, high tables and a stage for live music. The food can be pricey on a college budget, but for those paydays it is a nice way to treat yourself without going downtown. There are some weekly specials, including $2 well drink Mondays, Taco Tuesdays for $2.50, and wine Wednesdays taking 25 percent off.
5755 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803; (562) 375-7979
Afters Ice Cream
This classic local ice cream parlor puts a twist on your usual cone with their signature snack, the milky bun. A glazed or plain donut, warmed up and cut like a sandwich with a huge variety of ice cream you can get as a filling, with everything from cereal to candy toppings. The lines can be long, especially later at night. They’re open till midnight so students can make those late night ice cream runs. They also do catering.
5708 E 7th St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Sandwiched between Channel Drive and Bellflower Boulevard across from the Veteran’s Hospital, Sapporo has an authentic Japanese feel with a modern touch. Big hanging lamps light up the fake cherry trees giving the room some color.
With just about every sushi roll you can think of on the menu, poke bowls and sashimi, this is a great place for fish aficionados. It also boasts a decently sized saki list for the 21 and up crowd, staying open until 10 p.m. most nights.
5735 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803; (562) 597-6778