Steamed, one of Long Beach’s oldest vegetarian spaces, closes

There is something to be said about Steamed, the vegetarian- and vegan-friendly joint that has spent almost a decade near the northwest corner of Third Street and Alamitos Avenue: It was the true pioneer that brought vegan food—quality, decadent, addictive vegan food—to the masses in Long Beach when it took over a former pot dispensary in 2011.

Those days are coming to an end as owners Stephanie and Bryan Carlough announced the closure via Facebook with uncertain hopes that they will find another location:

They largely built their reputation for being a space that never once used a microwave, fryer or grill. Even beyond the food, they taught restaurateurs (and diners) how to avoid waste: They print their menus on banana paper. All their silverware and plates are second-hand. Their to-go boxes have been compostable since day one.

Owner Stephanie said she might plan on serving Steamed dishes at Plunge while they create a more permanent future plan for the whole of Steamed.

Steamed was located at 801 E. Third St.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 19 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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