Simply pizza done at its best. Get here if you want your pizza hot fresh and thin with just the right kind of crisp, and delivered with good greetings from the counter guys and often the head guy here. I usually get the tomato and basil but there is a variety from which to choose usually.
There is serious competition from neighboring Z Pizza which is almost always very good but I prefer going here at Slice of N.Y. because it feels a bit more cozy and old school. Plus, Z Pizza is all over the place and I won't miss it too much.
If you are staying nearby, you can get your pizza pie delivered for free. Kindly leave a tip.
Slices are fairly big and cheap, $2-$3 each. There is a 2-for deal with soda for around $5.99. Whole pie are about $11-$19. Calzoni, stromboli, sausage and spinach rolls are also available here. Check prices on website for what's current.
Favorite Dish: Of course margherita style-tomato and basil! Also the BBQ is quite yummy! I could not decide on which one to get one day- so I got both! Both are pictured here.
Charo Chicken is a take out or delivery chicken restaurant. There are some chairs and tables, but no atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Charo Chicken is chicken made fast. This is healthy fast food. Very tasty flame broiled whole chickens marinated in fruit juices, herbs and spices. Dinner plates come with choice of side dishes, such as spanish rice, corn on the cob, beans and tortillas. I love the stuffed Charo potato, with chicken, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. The food is really good. The chicken quesadilla is also very tasty. Charo Chicken would make a great picnic lunch. Make sure you bring lots of napkins, the chicken comes with garlic butter, which is delicious but very messy.
A nice restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Good and very diverse menu with lots to choose from. The restaurant is decorated in shades of yellow with retro advertising posters. The service is always good, and the owners are friendly.
Nice bar and wine list. Cafe La Fayette is a favorite amoung locals. Restaurant looks very pretty at night.
Favorite Dish: Everything on the menu is good. I love their lemon rice soup, just excellent. All their salads and pastas are very hearty, and I also love their breakfast wraps. The fried calamari with spicy tomato sauce is a wonderful appetizer. The chinese chicken salad is also good. The prices are reasonable. Breakfast and lunch are under $10. Dinner about $15.
You won't be dissapointed.
Ruby's Diner is located at the very end of the Seal Beach pier in a Cape Cod style building. It is a very fun place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. I like Ruby's around 3pm, after the lunch crowd leaves, and before it gets busy for dinner. It is decorated with 50s memorabilia and it has a really nice salt water fish tank. Old bicycles and posters adorn the walls. The location offers fantastic views of the water, ships, and Catalina Island on a clear day. When the water is choppy, the pier can really move around, and you may feel like you're in an earthquake. Service is good. There is usually a wait at peak hours. Ruby's diner also has a kid's menu. Even on warm days, it can get windy and cold out at the end of the pier, so make sure you bring a sweater or jacket for the walk back.
Favorite Dish: My favorite item on the menu are the fish tacos, really yummy.
They offer an array of burgers, veggie, turkey or beef, with a variety of toppings. Numerous classic sandwiches and salads. Great milkshakes and sundaes. Wonderful french fries, onion rings, and fried zuchini. Very reasonably prices.
Typical American fare in a setting reminiscent of a classic 50's diner.
The first Ruby's was opened on the Newport Beach Pier in the 1980's. Since then nearly every pier in Southern California has a Ruby's neatly situated at the end.
Sometimes while dining here the pier will sway back and forth. Don't be alarmed :-) it is only the resupply ships from the offshore oil platforms docking alongside the pier. On a clear day the island of Catalina from every table.
Favorite Dish: After a long work out to the end of the pier, rewward yourself with a rootbeer float or an orange shake.
The speciality here is the burgers and you can choose from beef, turkey, veggie or chicken patties. My favorite is the Beach Burger served on grilled parmesan bread with avocado and cheese. Ruby's also serves terrific Cobb and Chinese salads, sandwiches, and entrees such as meatloaf or fried chicken.
It's true you'll always have a long wait to get in, but it's so worth it. Their signature dish, the caramelized salmon is incredible and their coconut shrimp is like no one else's. I usually order the carrots with the salmon instead of the asparagus, because it seems to go better with the flavors of the sauce. Go!
This restaurant does not look like much, and it is rather strange due to the fact that they sell both Thai and Italian cuisine, but nonetheless, the food is very good and inexpensive. You can eat in, but the place has really no atmosphere, take out or delivery is preferred.
Favorite Dish: Mostaccioli and meat sauce, their pizzas, and their thai noodle soups. Dishes will run you about $5-$6. Great garlic bread as well. Owners and staff are friendly. They also have delivery.
Cold Stone Creamery is a very good ice cream shop that stands where Grandma's ice cream used to be. Grandma's was an institution for years, but sold the store a few years ago. Cold Stone Creamery is an excellent replacement.
Cold Stone Creamery does not just serve ice cream, they mix the ice cream with candy, fruit and syrup to create a decadent creation served in a oversized waffle cone. Just the right treat to accompany you on your walk of the pier.
Favorite Dish: Well I like to create my own concoction. Oreo cookie ice cream with reeses peanut butter cup. But how can you go wrong with ice cream, candy and chocolate?
The Abbey was made famous by Mark McGuire who wore a red Abbey hat up to bat when he was chasing the all time homerun record. People from all over the country still call The Abbey and ask to purchase these hats. I'm fairly certain Mr. McGuire dines for free these days! His baseball jersey and photos of him are displayed on the wall and you might just look up from your beer one day to see him sitting next to you.
Favorite Dish: The Portobello burger is a nice change from the typical hamburger that other places offer. I love the pesto bread...made in front of your eyes in the brick oven that sits behind the bar. Pizzas are made in the same fashion.
This is one of the few places I know of that serves Limbic, a raspberry ale, on tap. The Abbey has an excellent wine list including many from Austrailia. I prefer the Hefeweizen with a big wedge of lemon.
Bartenders Kyle and Chris are primarily responsible for encouraging me to go to Europe solo. After too many beers I believed them!
Be prepared to wait awhile at this establishment. Walt's is well known for serving delicious clam chowder and only the very freshest of seafood.
Steaks and chicken are also offered for those who prefer their food to come from the turf and not the surf.
This place has been a local hangout for seafood and oversized breakfast for decades. You'll swear some of the waitresses have been there just a long!
Happy Hour M-F
Favorite Dish: Sunset Specials served from 4:00 to 7:00 include Tri-Tip and steaks.
This place does not take reservations unfortunately. Expect to wait at least 30 minutes, but it is definitely worth the wait. There is both upstairs and downstairs seating. The decor is pretty simple...kinda reminiscent of an old, wooden house with the weathered look from being exposed to too much saltwater and the sun. The prices are usually about US$20/person for dinner.
Favorite Dish: You HAVE to get the King Crab Legs if you eat seafood. It is absolutely amazing!!! After they steam them, they grill them on the mesquite grill for a little bit. Trust me, it's amazing!! So is pretty much everything else in the menu. They have a great wine list as well. The family who owns this restaurant also owns a winery!