Chili: Barney’s Beanery
Any restaurant that celebrates National Chili Day (February 27) deserves recognition, especially if it has beanery in its name. Though Barney’s Beanery only opened on the Redondo Pier in December it has already garnered local recognition for its five different chilis, including a 1920s recipe from the original Barney’s Beanery on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollwood. They even have a chili for people who don’t like chili. It’s called the Veggie Chili. Plus they have 50 beers on tap, one for each plasma TV.
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Pier. (424) 275-4820.
Runner-up: Tomboy’s, 1816 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach (310) 374-9944