Have you ever been to Long Beach, California? It’s a great place to live, just close enough to the hustle and bustle and silicone body parts of Los Angeles yet a million miles away in spirit. Technically located in Los Angeles County, Long Beach is California’s 5th largest city and a very busy port located along the Pacific ocean. It’s laid back, casual, friendly and breezy. It’s a place I now call home, and for the most part I love it.
I said for the most part.
When it comes to dining, you might as well grab your sharpie and cross out my fair hamlet. Long Beach isn’t even on the culinary map of California, and it’s a royal pain in the ass.
Yea, I said it.
Don’t get me wrong. Long Beach is rich in culture, thanks to its huge population of Latino, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Thai residents. I could take you to dozens upon dozens of amazing small holes in the wall for some of the best regional cooking you could imagine. But when it comes to some fancy dining, grab the car keys and head to Los Angeles, and you can forget the wine list. I have to drive home.
I can’t help get a tiny bit excited when a new place opens in Long Beach that doesn’t require an automobile and an hour (or 2 or 3) battling the 710 to the 5 to the 101 to the… well, you get the picture. Recently we checked out Cisco Burger, the burger joint owned by Long Beach’s favorite Jesse James. Word on the streets is that he and his crew wanted a place near West Coast Choppers where they could go to lunch, and Cisco (named after his pooch) was born. It’s located just east of his garage in the industrial part of Long Beach, and granted, it’s not fancy by any means – it’s a burger joint, after all. But it sure is a welcomed addition to Long Beach.
So, a burger is a burger is a burger, right? Not quite. In typical California style, the burgers are made from Kobe beef and the produce and dairy is all organic. Did I mention Cisco gets its energy from solar panels located on the roof? Cisco is also working with the City of Long Beach on a recycling program and there are plans to convert the neighboring railroad right-of-way into a park. Not bad for a big tattooed superstar mechanic! Then again I suppose when you have your own television show and you’re married to a big box office Hollywood star then you get to do things exactly the way you want to. And the results aren’t half bad, either. Good burgers, great fries, and a pretty decent veggie burger.
Cisco Burger is located at 620 Anaheim Street in Long Beach. 562-590-5470.