Richard Foss

A La Carte 05/21/15

The big news this week comes from El Segundo, where several restaurant projects were announced. The most interesting is Sausal, which history enthusiasts will recognize as this area’s name during the Spanish rancho era. Chef Anne Conness, formerly of Tin Roof Bistro, will serve a menu derived from Early California recipes. The flavors of the […]

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RESTAURANT REVIEW – The Proud Bird keeps on flying

RESTAURANT REVIEW – The Proud Bird keeps on flying

Part aviation museum, part flight deck for LAX, the iconic local restaurant offers a dining experience unlike any other the LA area by Richard Foss  If you’ve driven past the LA Airport on Aviation you’ve seen the Proud Bird’s eye-catching collection of real and replica aircraft. The project was the dream on an aviation-obsessed restaurateur […]

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Divine Provence [Restaurant review]

Before a book called A Year In Provence came out in 1989, most Americans had never heard of this sun-drenched region of Southern France. That book launched a thousand vacations among people who had never thought about visiting the French Mediterranean, but suddenly had to go there. It also started a craze for Provençal food […]

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Bites at the Beach

Bites at the Beach

Chefs and brewers are collaborating at Bite at the Beach on Saturday in Manhattan Beach. “We have paired breweries and restaurants and they’re coming up with combinations that will complement each other,” says MB Chamber CEO James O’Callaghan “We have 24 of each, so there will be that many unique pairings.”

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RESTAURANT REVIEW – Downstairs Bar is up to the task

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Downstairs Bar is up to the task

Downtown Manhattan Beach’s best kept culinary secret In some of my columns in the past I have made the distinction between a restaurant that serves liquor and a bar that serves food. The difference is a matter of architecture, atmosphere, and menus, as well as a certain indefinable something that suggests an orientation toward either […]

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Boardwalk Hideaway [restaurant review]

Pia, a ten-seat Italian-Japanese restaurant, might be the quirkiest dining concept in the South Bay. It’s also delectable.  Kurt Vonnegut wrote a delightful passage about listening to a radio broadcast in a foreign language and imagining that the frantic announcer was describing a race between unlikely vehicles. It’s a picture you can create in your imagination, […]

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Invasion of the juice bars

Some believe the trend towards fresher, healthier, more varied juices began in Redondo Beach with a mysterious surfer/juicer named Bruce in the 1970s. Forty years later, it has come full circle. A few years ago I was driving with a friend who saw a juice bar and asked, “What’s the deal with juice bars? I […]

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A La Carte for 16 April [dining news]

High-Powered Chefs on Rosecrans… Winning a James Beard Foundation award is one of the most prestigious awards that a chef can aspire to, and an elite group of honorees will be cooking at Lido di Manhattan on May 14th. The “Celebrity Chef Tour” dinner will feature local heroes Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts of Hudson […]

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A la carte 4/02/15

Open and Interesting… Bettolino Kitchen is serving in the former Gina Lee’s space on Palos Verdes Boulevard, and the early signs are good. The space has been freshened up with an open kitchen and communal tables, and the menu of modern Italian dishes fits the stylish, inviting room well. They’re open for lunch and already […]

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A café beyond category

A café beyond category

The Antigua Cafe is part wine bar, part coffee and pastry shop, a little Guatemalan, a little Polish, and a wholly interesting dining experience.

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Handel’s: Best ice cream

Handel’s: Best ice cream

Handel’s bare-bones walk-up stand isn’t fancy, but there are nearly always people standing outside eating because they couldn’t even wait to get to nearby benches.

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The Spot: Best vegetarian

The Spot: Best vegetarian

This is one of the only local restaurants that can use the words “World Famous” in their advertising and have a credible claim to the distinction. The Spot has been a place of pilgrimage since 1977 and is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in greater Los Angeles.

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Thai Dishes: Best Thai

Thai Dishes: Best Thai

Thai Dishes building with the steeply peaked roof by the post office on PCH is one of the more arresting pieces of architecture on the highway. It’s as close an approximation to a Thai home as local building codes will allow.

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Benihana: Best teppanyaki

Benihana: Best teppanyaki

The award for teppanyaki goes to the restaurant that brought it to America. Teppanyaki – literally, food cooked on an iron grill – was invented in the 1940’s but wasn’t very popular among Japanese.

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W’s China Bistro: Best Asian fusion

W’s China Bistro: Best Asian fusion

Though W’s China Bistro has a name that leads you to expect tradition, the menu has much more going on — not only Chinese dishes, but Thai, Peruvian, and some items that fuse multiple traditions.

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