Richard Foss

Changes at the center on the edge: Primo opens, Truxton’s to arrive soon

Changes at the center on the edge: Primo opens, Truxton’s to arrive soon

Torrance ER Article: Reinventing The Center On The Edge By Richard Foss   There’s a half-hidden development in a part of Torrance that many people don’t realize is inside the city limits, but that some high-powered people plan to make a dining and nightlife destination. It’s a big gamble that an upscale clientele can be […]

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Straddling Suburbia

Offerings straddle American and Asian influences, with a smattering of global items like Lebanese lamb with hummus and Mexican-style street corn

by Richard Foss Riviera Village has been called “South Bay’s Little Italy,” and the appellation fits. Of the last 10 restaurants to open here, seven specialize in Italian food and all seem to be doing well. When the Blackhouse Group took over a former Italian restaurant, I wasn’t the only one to wonder what region […]

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“From Cows to Concrete”: A history of farming in the South Bay

Judith Gerber documents Torrance’s farming history and revives its future

  by Richard Foss   When I met Judith Gerber at the café at Nordstrom’s, she glanced at the stylish fashions with curiosity. “This isn’t the kind of place I usually shop,” she confessed. “I’m a farm girl.” That might seem like an odd statement from a Torrance native, but as Judith documented in the […]

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Hennessey’s at 40: How Paul Hennessey took a dingy pub and launched a thirsty empire

Hennessey’s at 40: How Paul Hennessey took a dingy pub and launched a thirsty empire

    by Richard Foss When I asked Paul Hennessey what set his bar apart from the rest of the eating and drinking establishments in Hermosa back when he opened, he started with a history lesson. In just a few words  he set the scene of a neighborhood very different from the upscale playground we […]

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South Bay dining news: Britt’s is back, Barley Hops Grill is coming, a brewmaster’s dinner at Chez Melange, Shade Redondo’s Sea Level restaurant, bread trucks and more

by Richard Foss   Can’t Keep A Good Place Down… Britt’s Barbecue in El Segundo was in the process of a menu expansion when a car smashed through their front window, forcing the closure of the place for the summer months. I am happy to report that they are open again and serving not only […]

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McCormick & Schmick’s and the tasty execution of the fifty minute meal

McCormick & Schmick’s  and the tasty execution of the fifty minute meal

  by Richard Foss While driving down Rosecrans with a friend, I wondered aloud who might be moving in to an open restaurant space. Without missing a beat she said, “Whoever they are they’ll be able to knock out a lunch for twenty dollars or less within fifty minutes. Otherwise that space will be vacant […]

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Austere surroundings, lavish fare at Kagura in El Segundo

Austere surroundings, lavish fare at Kagura in El Segundo

by Richard Foss A few years ago I took a trip through Germany and overdosed on baroque art. At first I was enchanted with finding details within details in paintings that sprawled across walls, but after a few days the blizzard of intricacy became fatiguing. I tried to imagine the mind of the craftsman who […]

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South Bay Dining News: Truxton arrives in Palos Verdes, Doma departs Manhattan Beach, Mama Terano expands, ramen on the International Boardwalk, lobsters, hatch chilies, and more

South Bay Dining News:  Truxton arrives in Palos Verdes, Doma departs Manhattan Beach, Mama Terano expands, ramen on the International Boardwalk, lobsters, hatch chilies, and more

A Surprising New Tenant On The Hill… The space that used to be Restaurant Christine has been vacant since May of last year, but a new tenant has been announced.  Truxton’s American Bistro, a mini-chain that already has locations in Westchester and Santa Monica, will be moving in sometime in early 2017. I have visited […]

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Thoroughly modern Melba: Chef Melba’s Bistro has remained deliciously ahead of the culinary curve for a dozen years [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Thoroughly modern Melba: Chef Melba’s Bistro has remained deliciously ahead of the culinary curve for a dozen years [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss When Melba Rodriguez opened her restaurant in Hermosa Beach it was out of step with a community that was then thought of primarily as a nightlife destination. I distinctly remember people calling it “a Manhattan Beach restaurant in Hermosa,” and predicting the place would flop because people went downtown to drink, not […]

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Paisano’s, a classic NYC pizzeria, is a South Bay mainstay

Paisano’s, a classic NYC pizzeria, is a South Bay mainstay

by Richard Foss You don’t have to have lived in the South Bay very long to realize how completely our restaurant scene has changed. I have a better perspective on this than most people, because I have been writing about the area for over thirty years and can look back at any given year. Just […]

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On point: Craft Shack by Simmzy’s, at The Point in El Segundo, perfects the formula for casual beach-going fare [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

On point: Craft Shack by Simmzy’s, at The Point in El Segundo, perfects the formula for casual beach-going fare [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss The upscaling of fast food is one of the defining food trends of the last decade, and like most trends it has been taken to extreme levels. Sometimes this is inspired, with burgers, fries, tacos, and burritos given ethnic twists or whimsically reinvented. Elsewhere creativity overheats and trendy ingredients are piled on […]

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RESTAURANT REVIEW – King’s Cove

We were halfway through lunch when I was transfixed by an astonishing display of grace and athleticism. An ice dancer glided across the rink in a wide arc and then performed a dazzling series of leaps and spins. Some of the people watching gasped, while others who were used to the spectacle murmured or nodded […]

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A La Carte Column – South Bay Dining News

  Thai Tani Tenant Talks… Chris Davidson, owner of Mama D’s, has confirmed that he is in at the former Thai Tani space on PCH in Redondo. The newest branch of Mama D’s is expected to open by October after a remodel to fit the classic Italian style of the Manhattan Beach location. Chris also […]

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South Bay Dining News: Mama D’s opening at Thani Thai spot, poke everywhere, Suburbia in the Village, Britt’s BBQ bashed, and more….

South Bay Dining News: Mama D’s opening at Thani Thai spot, poke everywhere, Suburbia in the Village, Britt’s BBQ bashed, and more….

by Richard Foss Thai Tani Tenant by Richard Foss Talks… Chris Davidson, owner of Mama D’s, has confirmed that he is in at the former Thani Tani space on PCH in Redondo. The newest branch of Mama D’s is expected to open by October after a remodel to fit the classic Italian style of the […]

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The rebellion isn’t beginning at Rebel Republic Social House, and that’s just fine [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

The rebellion isn’t beginning at Rebel Republic Social House, and that’s just fine [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss Try imagining what Star Wars would have been like with Darth Vader as the hero. He must have been, to somebody, because all those guys in white armor kept obeying his orders despite the fact that they must have had much higher insurance premiums as a consequence. (Somehow the Empire doesn’t seem […]

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