Long Beach, CA: More Than Just Hot Dogs On Grand Prix’s Menu

By Ashleigh Oldland | Gazettes.com

Foodies looking to satisfy their cravings with a quick bite to eat or a sit-down meal won’t have to look far during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Staff from SMG and Savor Long Beach has coordinated food and drink sales at the Grand Prix for nearly two decades.

Alyssa Rosen, director of sales and marketing for Savor, said all the fan favorites will be back this year, such as barbecue chicken, turkey legs, tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, pizza, corn on the cob, kettle corn, chips, cotton candy, funnel cake, smoothies and ice cream. In previous years, more than 10 thousand hot dogs have been sold during the three-day event.

Several gourmet food truck vendors roll in this week to serve Grand Prix guests. Food truck dining options include Baby’s Badass Burgers, BACON MANia (everything bacon), BOO-Yah!! (ice cream sandwiches), Great Balls on Tires (meatballs) and Fresh Fries LA. The Ahn-Joo food truck will serve Korean pub food by Food Network’s Debbie Lee. Many Long Beach restaurants, including California Pizza Kitchen, will return this year as third-party vendors.

In addition to good eats, Rosen said guests might want to refuel with a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available at 75 different locations around the track. Tecate and Tecate Light beer will be sold at Tecate Cantinas, multiple bars and the Tecate Lounge. The Club Patron Lounge has a new location this year near the arena front doors. Club Patron Lounge sells specialty drinks designed specifically for the race by the Patron Mixologists. Also, three wine gardens will feature McManis Wines.

Rainbow Harbor restaurants near or even inside the racetrack will remain open and most offer happy hours or other Grand Prix specials.

Want to purchase a souvenir from this Grand Prix experience? In addition to food and drink vendors, memorabilia will be available for purchase from five booths set up around the racetrack. The selection includes hats, T-shirts, collector pins, posters and more. Prices start at a few dollars per item.