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Long Beach dining: from Thai chili to enchiladas, Long Beach has award-winning cuisine to please every taste. (Western Pool & Spa Show Planner).

555 RESTAURANT: This steak and seafood eatery was voted Best Steak House in California by the Beef Council, and won an award for its wine list from Wine Spectator. Piano music Tuesday through Saturday nights. 555 E. Ocean Blvd.; (562) 437-0626. $$$

ALEGRIA COCINA LATINA: This Spanish restaurant moved one reviewer to rave about its "awesome" tapas bar, great sangria and creme brulee. Flamenco dancers perform Thursday through Saturday. 115 Pine Ave.; (562) 436-3388. $$

KING'S FISH HOUSE: Try the regional fish specials such as California coast charbroiled yellow tail with Thai chili and cucumber relish, and choose from an extensive selection of California wines. Next door, their Oyster Bar is a more casual setting in which to enjoy a wide variety of fresh shellfish and microbrews. 100 West Broadway (corner of Pine and Broadway). (562) 432-7463. $$

LONG BEACH CAFE: Hearty portions and desserts baked on site and, best of all, it's within walking distance of the convention center. Fast, friendly service. 615 E. Ocean Blvd.; (562) 436-6037. $

L'OPERA RISTORANTE: Elegant classic and modern Italian cuisine and clever dessert creations; extensive wine list and full bar. 101 Pine Ave.; (562) 491-0066. $$$

MADISON RESTAURANT & BAR: Across from L'Opera Ristorante and owned by the same partners is this posh steakhouse. Best dishes: Porterhouse steak for two, pan-fried rib eye and steamed clams. It evokes a supper club of the 1920s with its massive mahogany bar and piano music. 102 N. Pine Ave.; (562) 628-8866. $$$

MUM'S: Upscale California cuisine with a Euro-Asian influence, including a sushi bar. Upstairs, the Cohiba Cbab and Cigar Lounge features billiards and live entertainment. Reservations recommended. 144 Pine Ave.; (562) 437-7700. $$$

PARKER'S LIGHTHOUSE: In nearby Shoreline Village, this landmark seafood restaurant provides terrific waterfront views. Open for lunch and dinner daily; brunch on Sundays. Reservations recommended. 435 Shoreline Village Dr.; (562) 432-6500. $$

QUEEN MARY: Three award-winning standouts on this permanently docked oceanliner are The Chelsea, Sir Winston's and the Observation Bar. The Chelsea features seafood; reservations required; casual dress code. The elegant Sir Winston's serves California and continental cuisine; reservations required; jackets requested. And the Art Deco-style Observation Bar is a wonderful retreat for libations and entertainment. 1126 Queens Hwy.; (562) 435-3511. $$$

YARD HOUSE: Several options here: The Chop Room serves steak and seafood. The Tap Room reportedly has the world's largest draft beer selection (250 tap handles), and casual dining. Or try the Martini Lounge's martinis, liquors and cigars. Outdoor waterfront patio; lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 401 Shoreline Dr.; (562) 628-0455. $$
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$ = Inexpensive (entrees $10 or less)
$$ = Moderate ($10-$20)
$$$ = Expensive ($20 or more)


Nightlife

BLUE CAFE: Just two blocks from the Long Beach Convention Center, this nightspot offers an extensive deli menu and two full bars serving more than 60 types of beer, including microbrews. Live music nightly. Upstairs are a dozen pool tables. 210 Promenade North and Broadway; (562) 983-7111.

HOOTERS: Seafood, sandwiches, chicken wings and salads, served by the lovely Hooters Gifts. Beach music and sports entertainment. 130 Pine Ave.; (562) 983-1010.

LEGENDS SPORTS BAR: Voted Best Sports Bar in Greater L.A. by Los Angeles magazine, it has eight big screens, four satellite dishes and two sports tickers. 5236 E. Second St.; (562) 433-5743.

M BAR & GRILL: Nightly jazz and blues music; moderately priced California cuisine with Mediterranean and Latin influences. Patio and banquet dining available. 213-A Pine Ave. (562) 435-2525.

ROCK BOTTOM RESTAURANT & BREWERY: A casually upscale establishment with an innovative American menu and freshly brewed beers. Waterfront patio; happy hour 4-7 p.m. 1 Pine Ave. and Ocean; (562) 308-5023.

YANKEE DOODLES: This huge sport and game bar offers billiards, an arcade, ping-pong, darts, satellite TV and more. Menu includes sandwiches, burgers, appetizers; full bar. 4100 E. Ocean Blvd.; (562) 439-9777.

--L.G.G.
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