Sunday, October 26, 2008

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Last week I spent on a business trip in Long Beach, California. Let me just say that the airlines did everything possible to ruin my day on the way out. Okay, back to the post. Often times when I travel, if there is a sporting event close by, I may try to attend. In the spring and summer, if I fly into a major league city, I will try to go to a baseball game. In the fall I will check to see if there is a good college or high school football or basketball game in the area. There was no such event in the area this past week. So what to do for entertainment I ask myself.
Well, my lovely bride and a I watch the Food Network and one of our favorite shows is Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. The host travels the country looking for outstanding "mom & pop" restaurants. So, I decided to see if any such venues were in the Long Beach area. Bingo! A place called Schooner or Later was only five miles from my hotel. The only catch was that they are open for breakfast and lunch, no dinner. My last full day in Long Beach, I got finished with business around 11:00 a.m., sooooo I headed for Schooner or Later. It is located on Marina Drive.
The location sets the mood for an peaceful, enjoyable experience, away from the typical downtown, or mall location of many restaurants. Yes, the sky was blue, but that little brown haze at the horizon lets you know that you're in close proximity to LA. The atmosphere is relaxed, the wait staff is friendly, and the clientele is kind of place. The menu is extensive, so it took me a few minutes to decide what to order. Since they serve their breakfast menu all day, I decided to order the breakfast burrito. It was a tough choice because there were some great looking omelets on the menu. It was wonderful.Inside that tortilla is a mixture of scrambled egg, sliced link sausage, red and green bell peppers, melted cheddar cheese and coarsely diced fried potatoes. WooooHooo!!! The verde sauce you see here is very good, but the salsa is out of this world. I used the whole bowl of it. Next time your in Long Beach, do yourself a favor and have breakfast or lunch at Schooner or Later. You won't regret it, I promise.


Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Sounds good to me. One of my favorite things for breakfast. There's a little place in Rio Vista that has the same breakfast. I like your view much better though. You know how I love boats and such. Have a great day. Big hug. :)

Bond said...

You know I love that show...and glad you got to visit one of his recommendations..

Now...when are you coming to Memphis so we can sit and gorge on an Uncle Lou's chicken?

Travis said...

Sounds great! If I travelled more, I'd add this to my list of places to try.

Eric said...


Seriously, the warm McGriddle I was just about to eat for breakfast just lost its luster.

Sounds like a good trip!

DrillerAA said...

Sandee: Glad you liked the view. I liked the food.

Bond: They just re-ran that show with Uncle Lou's. Man, I gotta make up a reason to come to Memphis. The chicken is on me!

Travis: It is now on my permanent list of places to eat whenever I visit Long Beach.

Eric: Thanks for stopping by Red Dirt Dude!!! I feel for ya and those McGriddles...LOL, that was funny.

Amazing Gracie said...

Boy, that does look good! Next time we go down to visit, we'll have to give it a try... Glad you had a good trip.
Many moons ago, there was a place right off the main pier called The Pike. It had a gigantic wooden roller coaster and a horrible side show. The thrill ride is the one where they discovered the mummified remains of a gunslinger. I cringe to think of the times I rode through there thinking it was a prop...Ugh.


storyteller said...

Yup … this is a LOVELY spot to dine in Long Beach ;--)
Hugs and blessings,