I was in Long Beach to grab a quick breakfast and catch the boat out to Catalina Island. The Omelette Inn on Pine Avenue proved to be the best place to grab a breakfast before my boat ride. Nearly empty when I arrived, it filled up very quickly, and not surprisingly, since they have great breakfasts at reasonable prices.

Long Beach is hip. Any city that has Thelonious Monk and Billie Holiday painted on their main street downtown is hip. Pine Avenue, Tuesday morning, November 22, 2011.