Apple Fritters with a Banana Compote, so good that you want to slap your momma…But we will get back to that later.
The city of Long Beach has a great mixture of well known restaurants and smaller little hidden gems that have good food. I was lucky enough to find one of these little hidden gems, tucked away on 4th street.
Prime by Shenandoah is a local restaurant built on the concept of local comfort food and a feeling of eating at home. Prime by Shenandoah is the sister to Shenandoah at the Arbor Café in Los Alamitos. As I arrived to the restaurant, I was a little taken a back as it literally sits in the middle of a residential block, but after a moment I realized that is what made this place feel so much like home.
As I walked up, you could hear the guests laughing, glasses clinging as someone made a toast and couples gazing into each other eyes. I felt a little weird, because as you walk up there is a podium, outdoor seating and small kitchen in front, where you can see the chefs creating the food. I wasn’t sure if I should wait to be seated or walk up the kitchen window and place my order. After gazing at the location for a few moments, I was greeted by Clint Wilson the owner, who had just finished delivering food to one of the tables. I was impressed as you don’t see owners so willing to jump in and help wherever needed.
Clint welcome us with open arms, found us the perfect table in the corner with the opportunity to see the kitchen in action as well as a full view of the restaurant. After being seated, we were offered some delicious fruit infused water while we looked over the menu.
I love trying new restaurants and I love to ask what they offer that is their specialty. When I asked Clint, he went into detail about all the food offerings, how they were created and how they only source local vendors for their food. To see the passion in Clint while talking about the food, I knew that we would be in for a treat.
Chef Nick Quintanilla, did not disappoint with the selection of food that we ordered. For starters, we opted for the Buffalo Wing Tacos. The chicken in the tacos was so flavorful, moist and had the right amount of heat, without taking away from the freshness of the slaw on top and then to place this into a taco shell. Who was the genius that came up with this idea? We couldn’t get enough of these tacos.
Our next course was the Brisket Tamales with BBQ Mole Sauce and Elote Off The Cobb. We just happen to arrive after Chef Nick finished preparing the tamales fresh. Now, I’m all about a good tamale and these were exceptional. The brisket was so tinder and full of flavor, the corn masa wasn’t too think or thin, it was just right, but what made this dish sing…was the BBQ Mole. Owner, Clint mentioned that Chef Nick, went home and created this sauce from scratch to compliment the brisket. The cross between BBQ and Mexican, was a paring made in food heaven.
I’m sure at some point in my life, I tried The Elote Off The Cobb, but I’m also sure it didn’t taste like this. Traditionally, there is Mayonnaise, chili powder, cayenne, maybe a little lime, but Chef Nick has some secrets he’s keeping up his sleeve. I could taste a hint of garlic and maybe some other herbs or seasonings, but when I say, that I couldn’t get enough… I. couldn’t. get. enough.
We couldn’t end the night without dessert and earlier in the evening, Clint made it a point to say leave room for dessert and I’m glad I did. We ordered the Apples and Bananas, Apple fritters drizzled with Syrup, topped with a Banana Compote and Crispy Banana chips. SLAP YO’ MOMMA GOOD!!! I want some just writing this. But seriously, this dessert is simply one of a kind. The warm apple fritter is perfectly cooked and has a slight crunch as you bite into it, but then becomes this soft pastry inside. The Banana Compote compliments the fritter in such a way, you think that Banana’s and Apples need to be paired together more often, but only if Prime by Shenandoah is doing the paring.
The atmosphere was nice as well. As we sat in the outdoor patio area, we forgot that we were on 4th Street in Long Beach and it felt as if we were transported to having dinner at a friends place in the backyard. The wait staff, general manager Liam and Owner Clint, made sure that we felt at home during our entire experience. As a customer, we didn’t want for anything, the waitstaff anticipated our every need from condiments, to drinks.
The decor has a rustic southern feel, from the large spoon and fork on the wall, to the little red picket fence, every aspect of this restaurant was thoughtfully planned out. Prime by Shenandoah is a must for sitting outdoors on a warm fall night, enjoying the neighbors walking their dogs, hearing the laughter from the other tables and taking in the serene ambiance of the restaurant.
Overall, I was very pleased with my experience from beginning to end. I’m looking forward to go back again and again to try everything on the menu.
3701 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, Ca 90814
Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – Saturday 11am-9pm
Sunday 11am – 8pm