For those of you familiar with Belmont Shore, Saint & Second is the new restaurant opened a while back in the space formerly occupied by Hof’s Hut and then Lucille’s. You would never recognize it now. It is amazing. There was a lot of thought, planning, and money put into this operation, and it has paid off in spades. Everything about this restaurant is perfection. The contemporary atmosphere is welcoming and the wait staff is friendly and thoroughly acquainted with the menu.

The menu is extensive, and everything sounded delicious. My new foodie friend and Long Beach resident Johanna was on her first culinary adventure with me. Every dish that passed by our table looked like something we wanted to order. Johanna had eaten here previously and recommended a couple of items to which our server gave an enthusiastic thumbs up. We shared the Roasted Turkey Sandwich with avocado, brie and pesto mayo and the Apple Pear Shrimp Salad with potatoes, cheddar with apple-celery vinegar dressing……..beyond yummy!!

We were pleasantly full after these delights, but we couldn’t resist a little dessert.


A fudge brownie ice cream sandwich was served that no ice cream truck driver ever dreamed could taste this good. This was a lovely finale to our lunch experience.

The Other Thing — that made this experience so enjoyable is my attachment to Belmont Shore. I lived on St. Joseph back in the 90s and I still miss it to this day. It was so nice to come home, park my car and be able to walk everywhere – the cleaners, bank, grocery store, coffee shop, restaurants…..and the ocean!