The second of this year’s summer series of Belmont Shore’s Stroll & Savor of Long Beach wrapped up last week. This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs every year from May through September on the third Wednesday, and the Thursday immediately following. Free to attend for all ages, guests participate by paying $10 for a booklet containing 12 tickets that get redeemed at participating businesses along 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. The products offered by participating businesses range from appetizers to drinks to desserts to even full plates of food. Ticket costs vary based on the location, with some offering more than the value of the tickets, and many offering less than the value of the tickets. Although most of the participating businesses served the same things that they serve yearly, sometimes things will stand out from the crowd. I took two booklets last week, and went on a nice stroll through Belmont Shore.
Not much has changed in the way of offerings from the participating businesses. Between each year, most of the restaurants stick to their guns and offer what the people like, opting not to experiment or offer anything different. For that reason, I completely skipped every Stroll & Savor event in 2015. This year, I felt hesitant to go, knowing that not much will have changed. However, I bit the bullet and went last week to see if anything new had popped up. I got a chance to try the following:
- Legends Sports Bar had their own tri-tip sandwich this time to rival that of Shannon’s usual tri-tip sandwich. I do not remember what Legends used to serve, but I definitely remember something else.
- I got a samosa from Natraj Cuisine of India just to try it out.
- Powell’s Sweet Shoppe served up their mini cones as usual. This time, they had a peanut butter gelato and a mango sorbet.
- George’s Greek Cafe served their sampler plate as usual. However, they had raised the ticket price to five up from four from previous years.
- Domenico’s Italian Restaurant served their variety of items, also as usual. One can never go wrong with their pizza, and I will proudly proclaim theirs as the best pepperoni pizza I have ever had.
- Pandor Bakery & Cafe has something they call the OMG Bar. I have no idea what they put in this dessert that they classify as a cookie, but I would gladly keep going back to try this unique creation of theirs.
- Lastly, I capped the day with some ice cream from Paradis Ice Cream.
All in all, a few things may have changed, but most restaurants have kept their offerings the same for Stroll & Savor. If you like what you see, check out what other events Belmont Shore has coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.