Chef Arthur Gonzalez Shares His Favorite Food Experiences In Long Beach, CA

Recently featured in UPROXX by Alia Stearns, Chef Gonzalez shares his favorite restaurants in Long Beach.

Gonzalez is all about sustainability, using the fresh bounty of the Pacific ocean at Roe Seafood and amazing produce and proteins to capture the flavors of New Mexico at Panxa Cocina. He calls his approach to seafood “dock to dish,” and lives out that commitment with a serious emphasis on sourcing fish. His entrance to the culinary world is pretty interesting, too, as he fell in love with cooking while working as a firefighter. Preparing meals in the firehouse peaked his interest in all things culinary and he set out on that path, finding a mentor in James Beard Award-winning chef Eric DiStefano of Geronimo in Santa Fe.
People around the country are recognizing that Gonzalez has skills. “Best of” consistently include Gonzalez’ properties — like OC Weekly’s “Best Seafood Restaurant in Orange County,” CBS-LA’s “Best Long Beach Restaurants,” and Thrillist’s “Best Restaurants in Long Beach.” One look at what he’s cooking up makes it clear that the accolades are deserved.

And the list includes:

  • Michael’s Pizzeria
  • El Torazo
  • Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
  • Manaow Thai
  • Sweet Jill’s
  • Nico’s
  • Tantalum
  • Seabirds Kitchen
  • Starling Diner
  • Joe Jost
  • Dogz Bar and Grill
  • The Local Spot
  • Ma N’ Pa Grocery

Be sure and read the article for Chef's thoughts on each restaurant!

Michael Kirkpatrick