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Coast Weekend’s local
At Long Beach Tavern, food and setting are well-worn
served late. After most of Long
Beach shuts down, the LBT is still
cooking. In addition to the usual
dive necessities — prepressed, fro-
zen burger patties, fries and tots,
esides the flat-screen TVs
chicken strips and wings — there’s
and the locally brewed IPAs pizza and a slew of daily specials,
on tap, there is little inside
like taco Tuesday (two tacos for
the Long Beach Tavern to assure
a buck), wing Wednesday, pasta
you that we are indeed in 2017 and Friday and so on.
I stuck mostly to the regular
Part of that is the look, part is
menu. And since it was the banner
out front touting the LBT’s chow-
But before we get to the eats,
der taking First Place at the Razor
it’s worth setting the scene.
Clam Festival that lured me in, I
The ceiling is painted black.
began with a cup ($6.95, $8.95 for
The carpet is dark. The walls are
wood, and the booths are coated in
Tasting it, I was a bit miffed.
black vinyl. There’s a fireplace and It was very much akin to the
all kinds of vintage beer-marketing indistinct chowder we coasties are
paraphernalia. Over classic rock
all too familiar with: salty, creamy,
or sports you’ll hear pool balls
buttery and one-note. There was
clacking and regulars jawing.
no depth, no developed flavor,
And indeed, the Long Beach
and the clams were on the gummy
Tavern (aka the LBT) is a local
side. It felt like a tourist trap.
stronghold. Considering the loca-
At $9.95 (with chips; fries,
tion — smack dab in the tourist
onion rings, tots or a salad are
center of Long Beach — that’s
$2.50 extra), the Halibut Fish
a squarer value.
much of the town
OF THE TOWN IS that price we’re
talking about ma-
ty work pants and
(the same as they
might as well be
use in the fish
a dress code.
and chips). The
after the whistle
the center a thin,
blows and fill up
on big, carb-y
then red onions
WELL BE A
is an ancillary
concern. And, to
inside, then the
be sure: There
are drink deals to
be had. Cans of beer start as low
halibut, covered with a slice of
American cheese. Apart from the
Whether you’re up for a can of
presentation, which I had to mush
Milwaukee’s Best is another ques- down to get in my mouth, there’s
tion. But hey: It’s a striking deal,
nothing particularly special to
especially in a tourist town.
mention. Nothing offensive, either.
Now, to the food. First, it’s
It did the job.
Review and photos by
THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA
305 Pacific Ave.
Long Beach, Washington
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. every
Price: $ – some good values,
Service: Local friendly
Vegetarian / Vegan Options:
Drinks: Full bar
KEY TO STAR RATING SYSTEM
Excellent, best in region
Halibut Fish Sandwich
The pizza was passable. The
crust was medium-thick and that
doughiness was quite filling. There
are two tiers of pizza. From the top
(“Gourmet”) category, I had The
Captain — essentially the classic
“combination.” From the sauce
to the cheese to the toppings, it
was totally forgettable — a horse
with no name. It was $25.95 for a
14-inch pie, and I felt a wisp of the
tourist economy creeping in again.
I did try one daily special, the
Turkey Pesto Swiss Avocado Melt with fries
Avocado Pesto Turkey Sandwich.
It was a lot like a club sandwich,
only with two slices of bread and
the addition of unremarkable pesto
oils. The turkey was deli meat cut
paper thin. It had no body. Indeed,
of the dishes I tried, if the Halibut
Sandwich was the one I’d order
again, Avocado Pesto Turkey
would be at the end of the line.
At the LBT, the food matches
the setting: well-worn. CW