BFF was excited about taking me to his new favorite local restaurant, At Last. He was also a little concerned that it wasn’t high-falutin’ enough for me and I had to remind him that the previous night, I’d waxed ecstasy over a fast food burger. Really, I’ll eat just about anywhere except Crapplebee’s.
At my request, we sat outside because, well, it was January and how often does a New Yorker get to eat outside in the middle of winter?
Because I’m a fiend for beets, I started with the beet salad:
That white blob in the first picture was whole-milk ricotta. BFF chose not to have a starter and shared mine instead. Too bad, because I was looking forward to nomming on his appetizer!
His main course: NY strip steak smothered in mushrooms with seasonal veggies. This was SO good!
Holy crap, it was luscious and creamy, and the pasta was just toothsome enough to hold up to this velvety cheese sauce. I did add the slightest bit of salt to my serving, which I rarely do. But I’m not holding that against At Last; I prefer food to be a little under-seasoned rather than over-seasoned because salt and pepper can always be added but once in, it can’t be taken out of a dish. I would definitely order this again.
BFF has so much self-control; he didn’t order a dessert but you know I did, ’cause guess what I saw on the menu??? Crème brûlée! I finally got to break the brûlée on a crème brûlée during this trip out west! (I just remembered that I did break one at Cafe Claude–sorta takes the wind out of my drama, eh?)
At Last Cafe, my love for you has come along!
A Last Cafe
204 Orange Ave and Second Street
Long Beach, CA 90802