Richard Foss

South Bay dining news: Aloft’s lounge, WXYZ, opens in El Segundo, as does Pho Dreams, Shabu Shabu comes to Redondo Beach, Steak & Whiskey does brunch in Hermosa

Two Vowels, Two Consonants, 26 Points in Scrabble… The bar and lounge at the new Aloft Hotel in El Segundo is called WXYZ, which I assume is pronounced just like it’s spelled. The space is modern, hip, and colorfully lit, the menu pretty minimal at this time, a short list of gourmet bar snacks. The…Read More→

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South Bay dining news: Hawaiian Poke coming to Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza, bourbon dinners at R10 Social House and Hey 19, wine dinners at Uncorked, Hostaria Piave, going old school at Chez Melanze

by Richard Foss Things That Make You Wonder… Hook & Plow will be spawning an offshoot called Hooked that will specialize in Hawaiian Poke. That mix of marinated tuna and other seafood is a great cooling and tangy snack and should sell well in the location on the Pier Plaza. We wonder if they’ll open…Read More→

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Feast of Arabia: Azure’s pan-Arab cuisine promises to become a dining destination [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Feast of Arabia: Azure’s pan-Arab cuisine promises to become a dining destination [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss  As little as twenty years ago most Americans had no idea that there was such thing as regional Italian cuisine. Now we are sophisticated enough to know that there are major variations based on different cultures, ecologies, access to historic trade routes, and other factors. However, some people are still surprised by…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Ethnic BBQ: Silvio’s Brazilian Beach BBQ

Silvio’s isn’t quite like any other place in LA. It’s part sports bar, part Brazilian restaurant, and part beachy grill where you can get a plain grilled Mahi sandwich or a Mississippi pulled pork sandwich. Purists may be outraged, but this place isn’t for them – it’s for everybody who likes simply seasoned and expertly…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Dessert Bakery: Becker’s

It’s one of the oldest businesses in the South Bay. Generations of customers have been served by generations of one family. Becker’s has changed some since it opened in 1940 and no longer makes the German items like pfeffernussE and springerle that were once staples. They’ve kept up with the times and turn out cakes…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Bread Bakery: Manhattan Bread & Bagel

  The rest of the world thinks  Americans eat bad bread and they have a point. When one of your culture’s culinary achievements is pre-sliced white bread loaded with preservatives, you should reassess your culture’s life choices. A good place to start is Manhattan Bread & Bagel, where they make baguettes of such wholesomeness and…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best East of Sepulveda Restaurant: Houston’s

The ambiance at Houston’s is clubby without being fussy, reminiscent of an old school steakhouse that somehow was dropped in a parking lot in the middle of an office area. The place doesn’t just live and die on business traffic. Locals flock there in the evening for the artichoke and spinach dip, steaks, seafood, ribs,…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Bagel Shop: Manhattan Beach Bread and Bagel

You can get bagels at just about any supermarket, but they don’t have the texture and flavor of ones fresh from the oven. For that you go to a specialist. Locals have once again crowned Manhattan Bread and Bagel as the best of the lot, with good reason. They have all the modern versions packed…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Caterer: Lisa Bon Appetit

Unless you have a family member in the business or experience arranging events, finding a caterer for a milestone event like a wedding is always stressful. You are entrusting a big part of the guest experience to someone whose food you often haven’t tried. Lisa’s Bon Appetit makes it just a bit easier. You can…Read More→

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Best of the Beach, Best Muffin: Kettle

If asked to make a list of bakeries in the South Bay you probably wouldn’t include The Kettle. This is a bit unfair to the people there, who make hundreds of muffins every week. Figuring out how many they bake verges on impossible. When an employee was asked there was a moment of silence similar…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Chain Hamburger: In & Out

Most people don’t realize the cult status of In & Out burgers until they have a houseguest who schedules a trip there every day of their visit. It’s as much a symbol of California as the bear on our state flag. (Maybe more so, since that bear is extinct and In & Out is still…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best American Contemporary: Good Stuff

The Good Stuff restaurants have changed with the times. As a reminder, this started out as one relatively standard coffee shop with a few Mexican items, and it was only open for breakfast and lunch. The four branches of Good Stuff now serve dinner and have embraced modern trends. You can get hummus, a salmon…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Hamburger Unchained: Ercoles

You should stop in at Ercoles sometime and order a burger with truffled aioli, roasted chillies, daikon sprouts, and a parmesan crisp. Please let us know when you do, because we want to watch. Those ingredients and many more are available at gourmet burger places within blocks of Ercoles, but are not expected on the…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Chili: Barney’s Beanery

It should be no surprise that Barney’s Beanery won the chili competition. They’ve been specialists in chili since the first Beanery opened in the 1920s. The location on the second floor of the Redondo Pier serves five different kinds of varying hotness, including a zippy vegetarian version. You can get your favorite bowl of red…Read More→

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Best of the Beach 2016, Best Chinese: W’s

Our readers have embraced a very multicultural and sophisticated version of Chinese cuisine. W’s China Bistro started out serving both standard Southern dishes and the distinctive Chinese-Peruvian fusion known as Chifa. It has built on that base with items that reflect Korean and Vietnamese influences. Since Vietnamese and Korean cuisine are heavily influenced by Chinese…Read More→

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