Thursday, September 25, restaurants throughout Long Beach will participate in C.A.R.E. to Dine, a citywide fundraiser for the C.A.R.E. (Comprehensive AIDS Research and Education) program at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
For those unfamiliar with the program, it provides high quality medical and social services for those with AIDS/HIV and those affected by loved ones who have it. C.A.R.E. is the only such program in Long Beach and the South Bay area.
During the C.A.R.E. to Dine event, participating restaurants donate 20% or more of their customers’ tabs to help the clients of the C.A.R.E program. Local restaurants benefit from the increased business and exposure and the funds gathered stay in the local community.
There are many choices of restaurants and types of cuisine on the list of participating restaurants and they are all good. However, the Long Beach Food Examiner would like to recommend you try her favorite restaurant, The New Rick and Brian’s Cafe at 632 Redondo Ave. in Long Beach.
From the outside, The New Rick and Brian’s Cafe looks much like an ordinary coffee shop. It is what is inside the cafe that counts, however, because not many, if any, other coffee shops can boast of their kitchen being run by a professional chef such as chef Willie Cantrell.
Since Cantrell and partners Steve Stevens and Ruth Stevens took over the Cafe a few years ago, the quality of the food has been greatly elevated to the level one might find in higher priced and more formal restaurants. They even cut their own french fries from fresh potatoes.
For those looking for breakfast on Thursday, the Cafe will be open at 6:30 a.m. The Long Beach Food Examiner recommends the Harvest Omelet, a three-egg omelet filled with vegetables such as spinach, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms and topped with cheese and Hollandaise sauce. (You can also get it the way the Food Examiner eats it, made with egg substitute, no Hollandaise, and topped with salsa instead.)
On the lunch menu, recommended dishes include Ruth’s Ruben and the Poncho Villa Burger. Ruth’s Ruben is made from corned beef that tastes as if they cooked and sliced it in the kitchen. The Poncho Villa burger is topped with onion and an Ortega chili and comes with a side of salsa.
What is available for dinner varies from night to night, however the Tilapia is highly recommended as well as the Chicken Fried Steak with mashed potatoes.
The New Rich and Brian’s Cafe will be open until 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m. The phone number is (562) 433-9241.
Other participating restaurants include both locations of Baja Sonora, La Strada on 2nd Street, Lola’s Mexican Cuisine on 4th Street, Paradise Piano Bar on Broadway and many more than can be included in this article.
Invite your friends and family and anyone else you know and C.AR.E to Dine this Thursday. Have a good time, eat great food and raise some money for a great cause.
The C.A.R.E website has a complete list of participating restaurants, their locations and their hours.