Richard Foss

Deep from the heart of Mexico [Restaurant review]

Deep from the heart of Mexico [Restaurant review]

Corazon’s rich, bold flavors mark the arrival of one of the area’s finest Mexican restaurants   by Richard Foss It’s a sad fact that most Mexican restaurants around the South Bay serve food that is very much on the bland side.  When I mention this fact, people have been known to ask, “Can’t you just […]

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The adventurous 10: The South Bay’s best new restaurants of 2015 are creative, wildly diverse, and boldly going to places where dining of this kind has rarely gone

  by Richard Foss Photo by Pete Henze One of the marvelous things about the restaurant business is that there are so many ways of succeeding. You can execute your grandmother’s recipes brilliantly or create your own cuisine. All that matters is that the food makes people happy. This is a sharp contrast to occupations […]

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Dining news: Brat & Brau arrives in Hermosa, Cali Catalina departs, Oil & Vinegar at Del Amo, Admiral Risty celebrates 50, Shophouse shines at The Point

One Up, One Down… Hermosa Avenue was lively in the last week of 2015, with Cali Cantina shutting down and Brat & Brau firing up the grill. Cali never offered any compelling reason to visit; there wasn’t exactly a shortage of places serving burritos in downtown Hermosa. An upscale Italian place is planned in the […]

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2015 Year in Review – The Big Upscale

2015 Year in Review – The Big Upscale

Steakhouses and Italian food make an emphatic return to the South Bay, more chef-driven neighborhood restaurants arrive, Redondo Beach blossoms, and both quality and prices rise by Richard Foss  One of the things that makes the lives of volcanologists interesting is the way that hotspots can suddenly cool, while an area nearby that has been […]

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South Bay dining news: Hop Saint arrives in Torrance, Crepe Lab in El Porto, Kagura, Superba Food + Bread and Smitten Ice Cream all open in El Segundo

by Richard Foss  Open And Ambitious… Hop Saint, the replacement for Billy’s Deli on 190th, has soft opened – they’re only serving a fraction of what they plan to offer, but the pattern is clear. Owner Steve Roberts was at Café Boogaloo in its heyday, and the shrimp and grits joins other Southern specialties on […]

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RESTAURANT REVIEW – Much more than great pho at Pho Consomme

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Much more than great pho at Pho Consomme

There is an often-quoted story about a place in England called Torpenhow Hill; the name is allegedly the word “hill” in four different languages, Brythonic, Welsh, Saxon, and English. Linguists are still arguing fine points with topographers, but there are certainly places whose name means Island Island or Street Street using two languages. To these […]

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Rustic fare meets Rancho Nuevo at Sausal in El Segundo

Rustic fare meets Rancho Nuevo at Sausal in El Segundo

Chef Anne Conness built Sausal around a Spanish California cookbook written in 1898. The result is a spectacular dining experience in which a native cuisine is combined with farm-to-table ingredients and brought vividly to life. by Richard Foss  When a chef wants to add some energy and sophistication to a cuisine, a natural tendency is […]

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A steak in the Mid-Century spirit: The Arthur J’s ode to simple ideas, elegantly executed

A steak in the Mid-Century spirit: The Arthur J’s ode to simple ideas, elegantly executed

Executive chef David LeFevre brings 1950s era of steaks and cocktails to downtown Manhattan Beach   by Richard Foss  Eating steaks has been a symbol of affluence for hundreds of years and not just on this side of the Atlantic. Beefsteak clubs were established in London as early as 1705. Wealthy members dined on steaks, […]

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Style your own order at Stacked in Torrance [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Style your own order at Stacked in Torrance [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

  by Richard Foss In thirty years of writing about restaurants I’ve had plenty to say about servers, both good and bad. The good ones give you invaluable advice as you order, suggesting combinations, describing specials, and sometimes even negotiating with the kitchen about what can be done to customize a particular dish. The bad […]

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South Bay Dining News: Zina, Krust Bakery comes to Redondo, Superba opens in El Segundo, Orlando’s ambition expands, and more…

South Bay Dining News: Zina, Krust Bakery comes to Redondo, Superba opens in El Segundo, Orlando’s ambition expands, and more…

Same Idea, Different Places… Redondo will soon have two new bakery coffeehouses, and according to Google Maps they are all of 367 feet from each other. Krust Bakery is coming to a space on PCH that was very briefly Green Roast Coffee – and if you never noticed it I’m not surprised, because it is […]

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A quarter century later, Depot’s star still shines in Old Torrance

A quarter century later, Depot’s star still shines  in Old Torrance

by Richard Foss  When the Depot opened in Old Torrance in 1991 it was a bold move on several levels. The neighborhood was then sleepy, conservative, and mostly vacant, the last place most people would consider for an upscale new restaurant. As if that wasn’t enough, the chef insisted on doing large parts of the […]

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True Food Kitchen brings farm-to-table dining into the mainstream

True Food Kitchen brings farm-to-table dining into the mainstream

  by Richard Foss I have had an ongoing argument with a friend about which dining trends are fads and which are permanent. Our most recent point of contention was over farm-to-table style dining. He opined that now that chain restaurants are adopting seasonal dining, hipsters and trend leaders will move on to something else. […]

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Doma Kitchen broadens and blossoms in Manhattan Beach

by Richard Foss Creative people are by definition unpredictable, and sometimes go through phases in which their work transforms and leaves their fans confused. When Bob Dylan went electric and Picasso discovered surrealism, many among their followers sputtered, “But I liked what you did before!” This occasionally happens with chefs too, usually when someone known […]

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Mickie Finnz closes, beards & bourbon, Sinatra’s whiskey, late night Love & Salt, clambakes at Hook & Plow…

Finnz Out, Steaks In?… Mickie Finnz in Riviera Village never really caught on with locals – the tropical vibe made it a popular nightspot, but the food wasn’t up to the standard of the other Hennessey restaurants. They closed quietly after a decade in business, and a new concept is in the works. Reliable sources […]

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A La Carte – Dining News For 03 November 2015

  Finnz Out, Steaks In?… Mickie Finnz in Riviera Village never really caught on with locals – the tropical vibe made it a popular nightspot, but the food wasn’t up to the standard of the other Hennessey restaurants. They closed quietly after a decade in business, and a new concept is in the works. Reliable […]

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