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DINING PROFILE: Instagram-Worthy Food, Dog-Friendly Patio Define Long Beach Restaurant
By Kurt A. Eichsteadt

Customers at Restauration restaurant are ordering with their smart phones. In the restaurant.

“It just started in the last six months,” owner Dana Richardson said. “They’re getting pictures from social media and showing it to staff, saying, ‘I want that.’ The only drawback is because we’re constantly altering our menu to reflect seasonal ingredients, the picture might be of something we’ve taken off the menu.”

Also new is the covering over one of the nicest patios in the city. It’s still open air and there’s no longer that direct sun to deal with.

It’s a dog friendly patio with benches along two of the walls, a wood burning oven and numerous planters where fresh produce are grown and harvested to use in the food.

Read the full article on the Grunion Gazette.

Chef Philip Pretty on the SoCal Restaurant Show

SoCal Restaurant Show: Show 166, April 2, 2016 featuring Chef Philip Pretty, Restauration, Long Beach.

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Chef Philip Pretty- Restauration

DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is April 23 to May 1, 2016. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Long Beach. Held annually, DINE LBC features value-oriented three-course menus from dozens of Long Beach’s best restaurants in twelve unique neighborhoods throughout the city.

“What’s old is new again. Restauration is a combination of two of our favorite words that are defining pillars of the Long Beach community: restaurant+restore. Situated in the vibrant and creative stretch on 4th street between Cherry and Temple dubbed Retro Row, our little eatery brings the Long Beach family together to pay tribute to the American culinary spirit while embracing modern fare.”

“Menus for Restauration are locally sourced and responsibly grown, using seasonal ingredients based on the abundant bounty available on the Southern and Central Coast. Many options are served family style intended for sharing. Our beer offerings feature craft beer on draft and in large bottles from all over the world. The comprehensive wine list highlights small producers from California and other unique wine growing regions from afar.”

The newly arrived Chef Pretty has substantial cooking credentials. He was the chef de cuisine for 3 years for Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel in West Hollywood during the period Chef Ramsay was actually actively involved in the restaurant. He’s also spent time in the kitchens of the fondly-remembered SONA and Providence.

A prominent feature of the restaurant’s dog-friendly patio is the wood-burning oven. The signature dish from there is the Wood Grilled Spanish Octopus with marble potato, celery heart, almonds and Caesar dressing.

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