DTLB’s Newest Grub Hub Will Be a Gastropub-y Joint (Across the Street from Two Gastropubs) Without the Beer

Construction continues on City Place, where it will welcome the new BurgerIM chain. Photo by Brian Addison.

Unsure if Downtown Long Beach’s visitors, workers, and residents aren’t already content with the quality of the plethora of high-quality gastropubs in the vacinity–Beachwood, Beer Belly Congregation, and Dog Haus are all within a block—the newest addition to the eating scene will be BurgerIM at the northwest corner of 3rd and Long Beach Blvd. in the still-in-renovation-mode City Place.

Okay, technically not a gastropub because it won’t be serving, well, beer—but if you’re gonna be slingin’ more heavy food at me, Long Beach, at least provide me the decency of a good buzz. And while it will sit literally across the street from Dog Haus and Beer Belly on 3rd, it will be rock throwing distance from Beachwood, Congregation, and Hamburger Mary’s as well.

The franchise chain, now up to 80 locations, specializes in sliders. Ten types to be precise: beef, dry-aged beef, waygu beef, spicy beef, turkey, lamb, chicken, salmon, chorizo, and good ol’ veggie patties are you base options while you can pile on anything from a sunny-side egg to pineapple. (To each their own.)

My critique of DTLB overdosing on the burger scene isn’t a slight to BurgerIM, DTLB, or City Place—but it is very much an alarm that the following places need to be nixed from the future agenda of DTLB eateries so we can expand our options: gastropubs, Thai joints, coffee joints, poke, and chains.

What would be a warm welcome to the culinary conglomeration: ramen (just one joint in Bixby Knolls isn’t enough), Ethiopian (there’s a woman who makes it out of her home in LB as a cottage business but that is it), Central American (El Salvadorian or Honduran, perhaps?), a distillery (please), barbecue (we’re eyin’ you, Robert Earl), anything remotely within the spectrum of Petit Trois to All Flavor No Grease… I could go on and on as could a ton of residents.

Reach out to ’em—they’re rich with ideas. Meanwhile, we’ll welcome BurgerIM with open arms (just know we’ll be stepping across the street if we want our sliders with beer).

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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 16 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. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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