Richard Foss

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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South Bay Dining News: goodbye to Thani Thai, Lou’s On the Hill’s abrupt closure, Suburbia in Riviera Village, Celebrate Wellness and Jimmy Miller galas

South Bay Dining News: goodbye to Thani Thai, Lou’s On the Hill’s abrupt closure, Suburbia in Riviera Village, Celebrate Wellness and Jimmy Miller galas

by Richard Foss  Last Day Of A Landmark… Thai Thani was the oldest Thai restaurant in the South Bay and beloved by our readers, and if you enjoyed their food I hope you stopped in recently and had some. You won’t have any more chances, because they closed on June 22 after over 25 years […]

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Frida defies expectations [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Frida defies expectations [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Authentic Mexican cuisine comes to the Del Amo Fashion Center I have expectations for good Mexican restaurants, and for mall Mexican restaurants, and there isn’t a lot of crossover between the two. The good Mexican restaurants are usually small and family-owned, and often the décor consists of Mexican flags, beer ads, and travel posters. Mall […]

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Baran’s 2239 has brought high style to PCH in Hermosa [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Baran’s 2239 has brought high style to PCH in Hermosa [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss Carpet weavers in Persia leave one, tiny flaw in their patterns, reasoning that only God can create perfection. This is handy for modern connoisseurs as a way of detecting counterfeits. Flawlessly symmetrical carpets are the product of machine looms that care nothing for theology. This probably explains the menu at Baran’s 2239, […]

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Rock’n Fish keeps on rockin’ [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss One of the advantages for a restaurant decorated in classic motifs is that it ages gracefully. That which isn’t in fashion when it’s built doesn’t go out of style, and is more likely to look elegant and graceful when more contemporary designs are starting to be embarrassing. Rock’nFish so resembles some early […]

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Yellow Fever has style and flavor to burn [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Yellow Fever has style and flavor to burn [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss If I tell you that there’s a restaurant in Torrance that has been featured in an article for Interior Design magazine, you’ll probably start wondering which high style mall place I’m talking about. A lot of the action has been in malls lately, though quirky brewpubs and nightspots have also been raising […]

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South Bay Dining News: BBQ coming to Redondo Beach harbor, El Gringo Kantina comes to El Segundo, South Bay Beer & Wine Festival Sunday, new Thai in Torrance, and more

Dealing From A New Deck… Rebel Republic Social House is open in Riviera Village, and they’re serving both indoors and from the first of the new “dining decks” to open for business. The feel on those decks is very much like a porch or patio, with rustic wood benches and an astroturf-covered floor. According to […]

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Pie Pie Pie: A new Redondo Beach restaurant specializes in pies, every which way [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Pie Pie Pie: A new Redondo Beach restaurant specializes in pies, every which way [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

I remember the first time I saw the sign for Pie Pie Pie, because it brought such a smile to my face. I immediately pulled my car into the parking lot not knowing exactly what they served, but that I was going to buy some. I do like a good pie, and I was about […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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