In the little neighborhood of Belmont Heights, on the corner of Euclid and Broadway is a cafe that epidomizes the words: Local Good Food. The Potholder has been in operation almost forty years and has been owned by Kevin Pittsey for the last eight. There is a lot of space in the resturant which has booths for your comfort. Usually, the place is filled and customers are waiting on the sidewalk outside, but service is fast and very friendly.
I have lived in Long Beach since 1990 and have been to this cafe quite a few times. They are known for their great breakfasts and lunches. Their menu has 53 omelettes, scrambles and other egg dishes so everyone can find something they will like or you can concoct your own. All breakfast dishes are served with potatoes and your choice of toast, tortillas or a biscuit. You can “sub out” a lot of items for others like brown rice, spinich, biscuit and gravy for a small charge. Or, Choose from The Healthier Side; my favorite: Lean and Mean: 6 egg whites, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and brown rice. Always a smart choice, but there are eight other light ones as well. Omelettes range between six dollars and ninety-five cents to eight dollars and ninety-five cents. There is always a special of the day on the board in the center of the cafe.
If you like treats, they have waffles, pancakes (regular and multigrain), fruity pancakes with blueberry, strawberry or banana-nut, french toast and stuffed french toast (cream cheese or peanut butter). Maria Passerini, from Milan, Italy who now lives in Long Beach; said she thought the omelettes were the best in town. Her favorite: The Vanraden; with jack, bacon and mushrooms. Two new items are French Toast Kabobs (skewered with country sausage, kiwi, strawberries and bananas on a bed or scrambled eggs) and Flaky French Toast (dipped in corn flakes with strawberry cream cheese filling or apple cinnamon flakes with apple pie filling). Both go for nine dollars and ninety-five cents. Hungery? Get the Mac Daddy Frankie (an eighteen inch pancake with two eggs, and two bacon or sausage) for ten dollars and ninety-five cents. Or, just go for the Frankie Special for five dollars and ninety-five cents: two eggs, two cakes or french toast and two bacon or sausage. Don’t forget to add the vitimins – fresh squeezed juices: orange, apple, grapefruit; small is two dollars and forty-five cents or large for two dollars and ninety-nine cents. The coffee is good (prerequisite of a cafe).
Breakfast for the little potholders runs from four ninety-five for the Lil’ Frankie Special (1 egg, 1 cake and a bacon) to one dollar and ninety-five cents for cold cereal. Try the Flintstone French Toast (dipped in fruity pebbles) for three dollars and twenty-five cents. YaBaDaBaDoo!
How about lunch? Nineteen sandwiches plus the burger menu. Five salads and four speciality items like Chili Size at eight dollars and ninety-five cents or the Turkey Tacos at seven dollars and ninety-five cents. The sandwiches range from the Fried Egg with mayo, cheese, lettuce and tomato for only six dollars and forty-five cents to the Steak and Mushrooms open faced with mayo for nine dollars and ninety-nine cents. I have had the Dana’s Grilled Cheese (jack and cheddar) for six dollars and ninety-five cents and the Chicken Club, really good, for eight dollars and ninety-five cents. From Milano?, try the Italian Sausage and Peppers sandwich for seven dollars and ninety-five cents. Ciao Bella sandwich! Burgers run from the “Blank” at a modest six dollars and fifty five cents to the “Complex” with cheese, avocado and bacon for seven dollars and ninety-five cents. The ever-popular Garden Burger is available for seven dollars and ninety-five cents.
Salads are available from three dollars and ninety-five cents to the Afternoon Delight (everything but the kitchen sink) for eight dollars and ninety-five cents. Lots of sides are presented such as a scoop of tuna for three dollars and seventy-five cents or biscuits and gravy for two dollars and ninety-five cents.
For drinks, choose coffee, teas, or beers or special drinks like the Mega Minosa for five dollars and ninety-five cents. Also, there is a Michelada or a Bloody Mary for the same price. Chocolate milk and Hot cocoa for the kiddies.
Anything you order will be good here and there is a friendly feel and laid back atmosphere that amplifies the tasty food. 3700 East Broadway, phone: (562) 433-9305, Open for breakfast and lunch: 7am to 4pm daily.