Tracy's Bar and Grill
"Great food and Great fun"
Tracy's Bar and Grill providing great food, cocktails, sports, pool, games and live entertainment in Long Beach, CA.
15 Big Screen LCD TV's
Major Sports and Movie Network Programming
Great Food · Good Spirits
Pool · Games · Live Bands
Professionally Decorated Banquet Room
Type of Food: American
Type of Food: Bakery, Desserts and Coffee
Type of Food: Barbecue
Meals Served: Lunch
Meals Served: Dinner
Alcohol Served: Yes
Great people, great atmosphere, and GREAT food. This place is a hidden jewel in Long Beach. Now that I've found it I'll definately be coming back for more. The staff is friendly and the ownership is top notch.
The food here is so much more superior to even local restaurants in the area. One of the owners went to culinary school, so don't be fooled by the pub atmosphere- some of their plates, especially the steak are praise-worthy. The nachos plate which came out of the kitchen looks like it was enough to feed six people. Seriously. There's a little fireplace in the corner, numerous tables for noshing, a comfy bar to watch sports, seasoned barkeeps, daily midweek Happy Hour and karaoke twice a week [I hear]. Did I mention $2 burgers during Happy Hour 3-5 on Mondays? Also, check the daily specials - today's was chicken and dumplings with a side of broccoli. The waitress said that their specials run for 2 days, so they'll have C&D tomorrow night too, for instance. There are 2 pool tables in this place, a small bathroom that is unremarkable [and I mean that, really, I'm not going to remark on it]. After that comment I should start a new sentence. Okay, so I've noticed free chips, nacho cheese sauce and salsa the last time I was there, and I'm assuming that it was during their weekday Happy Hour from 3-5. There's ample, free parking in the back, parallel to Spring St. Tracy's has a nice, neighborhood feel to it, and i've even seen kids in the dining area sitting with their families. There's a big, working jukebox too.
Those in the know at Tracy's Bar & Grill in Long Beach check out the blackboard specials before looking at the games on TV. A few are already munching on nachos or a hot dog that's too messy to eat with your hands, but not the smart ones. Those in the know are checking out the blackboard. I don't give a hoot about sports. I don't even care about how they play the game, yet I learned long ago that the average sports bar serves American food that is vastly superior to that of the typical coffee shop or family restaurant. That's not exactly true at Tracy's however. The imaginative entrees, available at Tracy's after 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night, are on a par with your favorite upscale restaurant where the average dinner costs $18.95 The three special weekend entrees, along with two soups and a dessert(sometimes there are two) are listed on the blackboard, and my husband, Martin, and I decided to share the chicken tortilla soup, $1.95. Ever the pasta enthusiast, he chose the walnut chicken over cheese ravioli, $7.50, while I picked the grilled trout with fresh tomato dill sauce, served with fresh green beans and rice pilaf, $7.95. The third entree was a New York steak mrlot,$11.95 "this is my favorite soup in the whole world," confided our perky waitress as she set the bowl before me, and she surely had an educated palate. This soup was ambrosia! The broth was extraordinarily strong and flavorful, and it was crowded with juicy strips of grilled chicken breast, onion, celery, fresh tomatoes, narrow ribbons of chewy tortillas, garlic and herbs. I took my time before passing the bowl to Martin, but as soon as he tasted it, he suggested that we order a second bowl. I knew featly how he felt, but I instantly vetoed the motion. I knew that we'd eat every bit of this dinner (who could resist?), and I was determined to save room for dessert. Both my husband and son eat faster and more quietly when they're served an entree that's particularly splendid. Martin distinguished himself this time. He didn't utter a word until over half of his ravioli were gone, and then it was in response to question. I asked him how he liked his meal, and all he could manage was a blissful sigh and he handed over his plate. The large ravioli were fully packed with a beautifully seasoned, creamy ricotta filling, then sauced with a luscious chicken and walnut sauce, lovely and thick. I've cooked for years, yet I couldn't begin to list the ingredients in this tasty, seamless sauce. You might suppose that the richness of the walnuts might be a case of gilding the lily, but that wasn't true. They provided a welcome textural contrast, an opulent addition that was the crowning touch. My boneless grilled trout was spread open prettily in the middle of my plate. This sauce was less robust, an inspired pairing of fresh tomatoes and fresh dill. There's no comparison between fresh and dried herbs. There's such a difference in flavor that I no longer fool around with the dried, and neither does the gifted chef. Tomatoes and dill are soul mates, and this was a delectable trout. I ate every bite. Needless to say, the prime green beans had been cooked al dente. They had been sauteed, but only until done, so their original flavor was still intact. Everybody seems to be doing better with vegetables lately, and that's a load off my mind. The rice, too, had been sauteed with onions before being steamed to perfection, and each grain was separate and puffy. Nobody should miss the German chocolate cake, $3.25. One glance is enough to tell you that it's really homemade. It has three layers, moist and crumbly, and there are both coconut and nuts in the frosting. When I told the waitress how much we enjoyed it, she said, "There's something different every week. Once she even made cream puffs." I certainly regret missing that. Don't be fooled by the fact that Tracy's is a sports bar. Food such as this carne up anywhere. For the last 15 years I've investigated the area's thrifty restaurants, and only once before have I found American food as outstanding as this. Make no mistake about it. This cuisine is haute! -
-Los Angeles Times
|Services:||Lunch, Dinner, Bar, Grill, Entertainment, Live Bands, Pool|
|Specialties:||Bar and Grill, Sports Bar|
|Business Tagline:||Tracy's Bar and Grill providing great food, cocktails, sports, pool, games and live entertainment in Long Beach, CA|
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