Everyone will agree that Long Beach has more than stepped up its food game over the past few years. Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0 aims to showcase the best and brightest of Long Beach eating. Restaurant Week 2.0 takes place February 19-25 with More than 15 DTLB restaurants (and over 40 citywide) have signed up to offer prix fixe 2-selection lunches and 3-selection dinners.

“We have a great line-up of restaurants and cuisines,” said Elizabeth Borsting, founder of Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0. “There’s Lebanese food, Honduran and Peruvian specialties, Japanese favorites, Argentine fare, Greek food, Latin American and New Mexican offerings and American classics, such as barbecue ribs, prime steak, and more.  Some restaurants will feature small plates and wine pairings. It’s a great time to explore Long Beach and its diverse selection of restaurants.”

Restaurants will offer lunch and/or dinner with 2-option menus for lunch starting at $10 and 3-option menus for dinner starting at $20.  Some restaurants are offering a shared menu where two guests can split an appetizer and dessert, but enjoy their own entrée.

Some Downtown highlights include Beer Belly’s “Fried and Fancy” three-course dinner offering everything from braised rabbit leg croquettes to duck confit ravioli with fois gras cream and Padre’s menu ranching from beer-battered squash blossoms to barbacoa braised shortrib.

Full list of participating DTLB restaurants listed below:
King’s Fish House
Beer Belly ($50 dinner)
Sip Bar and Lounge at the LB Renaissance ($40 dinner)
Café Sevilla ($30 dinner)
Michael’s Pizzeria ($30 dinner)
Buonos ($30 dinner for 2)
L’opera ($50 dinner)
Fuego at the Maya ($40 dinner)
Padre ($40 dinner)
Great Society ($30 dinner)
Sweet Dixie ($10 breakfast, $15 brunch, $20 lunch)
James Republic
Louisiana Charlie’s ($30 dinner)

Starting February 19 Long Beach eaters can enter the SELFoodie contest to win a trip to Austin, Texas on JetBlue with a 3-night suite stay at the lux Archer Hotel and dinner for two at Second Bar + Kitchen. Information at www.gazettes.com/dineoutlongbeach

And on February 18, the day before Restaurant Week 2.0 begins, the public is invited to Dine Out Long Beach’s Chefs Cooking Series at Friedman’s Appliances on Spring Avenue just off the 405 at Cherry.  Five chefs from participating Dine Out Long Beach restaurants will conduct 30-60 minute cooking demonstrations every hour on the hour starting at 11am with the last offered at 3pm. The event is free to attend and guest chefs will be announced in mid-February.