Downtown Long Beach Takes the Cheese

Some LBC businesses put a tart 'n creamy spin on Restaurant Week.

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Monday, Jan 21, 2013  |  Updated 3:20 PM PDT
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Cheese Week opens in Downtown Long Beach on Monday, Jan. 21. The selections? Comfort food to high-brow treats.

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Humorist Robert Benchley may have said that there are two kinds of people in this world -- "those who believe there are two kinds of people and those who don't" -- but we think there is certainly distinct contrast when it comes to matters of the plate.

People can be highly persnickety about how they take their food. Some want a wide array of choice and some want there to be more focus regarding edible options. Both of those groups are set to be satisfied around Southern California in the days ahead.

The first should look to dineLA, the mega mondo gargantuan restaurant week that's actually nearly two weeks and encompasses a couple hundred eateries. The choices are, if not limitless, plentiful. Pretty much anything one likes to consume will be discounted somewhere in and around Los Angeles from Monday, Jan. 21 through Friday, Feb. 1. Shellfish? Mousse? Noodles? Yes, yes, and yes.

For that second clutch of people, those who prefer a winnowing down of options to a specific category, there is downtown Long Beach. Cheese is the superstar of the area's restaurant week, and only cheese, but cheese in all of its moods and flavors.

Examples? District Wines is set to put out the vino and cheese pairings, while the Omelette Inn is going with, you guessed it, cheese omelette specials. The flight of four cheeses at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing tempts as well.

Downtown Long Beach's Cheese Week happens from Monday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 27.

So, what is the verdict? Should major food events contain all the variety they can, or should they have a spotlight focus on a specific corner of the cuisine world? Thank goodness that La Vida SoCal gives us so much choice.

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