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Andrew & Peter Loucas
Daniel Heaney, C.I.A.
A Long Beach institution Since
The Laurel Diner, once neighbor to the old Laurel Theater, has been serving the public for nearly 90 years (since 1932 to be exact). It is a place that many Long Beach locals frequent on a weekly, daily or even hourly basis, making it the unofficial (but acknowledged) institution of Long Beach.
Some remember the Laurel as The Laurel Luncheonette - the place they bought their candy and soda from before their movie. For others, it was a place they took their date to share a banana split and a wing-ding. And for others still, it was their shelter from the weather when awaiting the bus. But mostly, the Laurel was the spot where generations of families ritually had their weekend breakfast. It is a place where families came for a home cooked meal served by a friendly staff, at reasonable prices.
Although the Laurel may be a place of old memories, it continues to be a place that makes new ones. With a more diversified menu, talented personnel, top-grade ingredients such as choice meats from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors (ranked best in the country), antibiotic free Bell & Evans whole chickens, daily fresh bread from Grimaldi’s Bakery, farm fresh eggs from Sauder Farms of Pennsylvania and the freshest produce directly from Hunts Point Market, the Laurel is the go to spot for great fare. But if you don’t want to take our word for it, check out some of our awards and reviews down below. Better yet, if you’re in town, drop in and see first hand why locals and “snow-birds” love the Laurel.
Long Beach, N.Y.: A Bedroom Community That Began as a Resort
New York Times