Top 10: Where Bill Gates (and TED) Should Eat in Long Beach
Long Beach unfurled its TED banners along Ocean Boulevard last week to once again welcome the TED Conference to Los Angeles County's second city. TED 2010, which kicked off on Tuesday, February 9th, boasts an impressive list of speakers and panelists: Bill Gates is in attendance, along with an eclectic mix of artists, inventors, musicians and cooks, too--Dan Barber and Jamie Oliver are in town--who have taken over the hotels and convention halls of downtown Long Beach this week. Even if the immediate experience for Long Beach residents is limited, due to TED's hugely expensive tickets and lack of public events, the city has plenty to offer the conference in the way of food. We're sure Dan Barber could offer some solid recs for Los Angeles dining, but Squid Ink thought we'd offer a more local list of great eats that TED goers could enjoy, encouraging them to reach beyond the corporate-leaning restaurants concentrated around the downtown area. Be it tacos, traditional Cambodian food or pickled eggs, Long Beach is waiting to share a meal with you, TED.
Dan Barber on ethically raised foie gras, from TED 2008
10) Bouchees Bistro
Located in the midst of Pine Avenue's restaurant ghetto and around the corner from the hotels where many of the TED luminaries are likely staying, Bouchees is the restaurant on this list with the highest chance of hosting Bill Gates this week. And he'd have a solid meal here, their menu of creative burger riffs and haute sports bar snacks supplying plenty of salty excuses for another beer.
Bouchees Bistro: 144 Pine Ave, Long Beach; (562) 437-7700
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