All photos by Mark Kawakami In the thick of the bar scene on Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza, it’s easy to get distracted by the beats of electronic fuzz and chirps, high heels, and designer drab. Even with the beach and the Strand a mere 100 feet away, a pseudo-club scene emerges late nights. On the […]
The legendary North Hermosa Beach tavern is beloved for its bartenders, throwback vibe, and food, not necessarily in that order.
Lou’s on the Hill innovative blending of Italian and Californian cuisines promises to make it the area’s newest destination restaurant When you’re considering a restaurant for a special occasion, the character is at least as much a factor as what they serve. We all can think of a place we don’t visit because the food […]
It’s Alive! The Boardwalk Is Alive! Three places have opened within a week of each other on the Redondo Boardwalk, adding life and color to the area. The Slip’s menu fits the Blue Zone standards for fresh and healthy food and the redecorated interior is quite pretty. It looks like they’re going upscale with their […]
RESTAURANT REVIEW – Orlando’s Pizzeria and Birreria: where Italy and Canada meet, with delicious results
Ask most Americans about Canadian food and they’ll mumble something about maple syrup. Savvy diners might mention poutine, the Quebec specialty of French fries topped with gravy and cheese, but it’s not too likely that they’ll come up with anything else. In fact Montréal is one of this hemisphere’s great dining cities, with items […]
During a morning surf session on the southside of the Hermosa Beach Pier, it’s hard not to smell breakfast cooking from the lineup. If you happen to be surfing on an empty stomach, the sweet smell that permeates the sea air causes a conflict: do I go in to eat or do I catch one more set wave?
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
Hawaiian food hits the spot in the category of amazing after surf grinds. The Surf Hut in Torrance, a South Bay institution since 1972, offers Hawaiian plate lunches and well portioned breakfasts like “the Loco Moco.”
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 […]
Ocean Diner seems designed to appeal to a sense of nostalgia. The soundtrack is the Andrews Sisters and Benny Goodman, newspapers on the walls trumpet the Battle of the Bulge, and the décor reminds us of a time when, though conflict raged, the world seemed less complicated.
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 […]
The Antigua Cafe is part wine bar, part coffee and pastry shop, a little Guatemalan, a little Polish, and a wholly interesting dining experience.
Hot’s Kitchen is all about creative food, served in an energetic environment along with craft beers.