Dexter Filming Locations: Debra & Sal Price's Sidewalk Café

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The location: Debra & Sal Price's Sidewalk Café

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A sidewalk café.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 7, of Season 7, "Chemistry".

    Debra is out on a date, of sorts, with true crime writer Sal Price.

    She's trying to extract info from him about Hannah McKay, but she also seems to have some genuine interest in him.

    When she meets him at this sidewalk café, she has just come from an unsuccessful attempt to prove Hannah was a murderer - by digging up one of her victims, her former husband, to test him for poison.

    But when they open the casket, the body is only bones. Turns out that Hannah conveniently didn't have him embalmed - so no tests can be done.

    Worse, Debra has to tell this to the man's sister, after getting her hopes up about bringing her brother's killer to justice.

    So suffice it to say that Debra is upset.

    She orders a drink and tells Sal Price what happened.  She also says her job sucks.

    Sal tells her that he will be interviewing Hannah soon, and might find out something.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A café - but not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is the The Mirage Cafe, located at 539 E. Bixby Road, in Long Beach, CA.

It bills itself as a Mediterranean Grill, serving Middle Eastern dishes such as shish kabob, shawarma, falafel, and vegetarian items.  It's located in a row of storefronts on the north side of street, just west of Atlantic Ave.

It's in the northwest section of Long Beach, not far from several other "Dexter" locations, including Hannah's house, and from previous seasons: Prado's home, LaGuerta's home, and that scene with the giant donut.

(The tall b&w building you see across the street in the background is Bixby Knolls Towers Retirement, at 3747 Atlantic Ave.)

They used this restaurant once before: back in the second season, where it played Anton & Debra's café.

Only that time, they used the interior, while this time they stuck to the sidewalk cafe/patio area.

    You can find the Mirage café on Facebook here.

To get there in person, get off the San Diego (405) Freeway at Atlantic Ave, then head north five or six blocks, and turn left (west) on Bixby Road, and the café will be on your right side.

    I shot the photo below in 2011.

    The Mirage Cafe, in Long Beach

Here is a Google StreetView of the café.  Here Bing aerial photo, and here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick tipped me that they were shooting a restaurant scene in north Long Beach, but they had a number of candidates, including the Mirage and Hof's Hut on Atlantic.  So when I heard they were filming, I drove there and drove past the various candidates, until I found them shooting at the Mirage (complete with well-dressed extras on Bixby Road).

    (On that same afternoon, August 7th, I drove past Hannah's house, and they were filming there, too.)

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