Dining

 Eddie Solt

Surfer’s Stomps: Watermans: Safe House for Surfers

Surfer’s Stomps: Watermans: Safe House for Surfers

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 […]

 Richard Foss

The simple pleasures of the North End in Hermosa Beach

The simple pleasures of the North End in Hermosa Beach

The legendary North Hermosa Beach tavern is beloved for its bartenders, throwback vibe, and food, not necessarily in that order.

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Cal-Ital star in the making

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 […]

 Richard Foss

A La Carte for 18 June

A La Carte for 18 June

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 […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Orlando’s Pizzeria and Birreria: where Italy and Canada meet, with delicious results

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 […]

 Eddie Solt

Surfer’s Stomps: Brother’s Burritos

Surfer’s Stomps: Brother’s Burritos

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?

 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 […]

 Richard Foss

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 […]

 Richard Foss

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.”

 Eddie Solt

Surfer’s Stomps: The Beach Hut

Surfer’s Stomps: The Beach Hut

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.”

 Richard Foss

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 […]

 Judy Rae

Healthy Nostalgia at Hermosa Beach’s Ocean Diner

Healthy Nostalgia at Hermosa Beach’s Ocean Diner

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.

 Richard Foss

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 […]

 Richard Foss

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.

 Richard Foss

Hot’s Kitchen: Best Foie Gras

Hot’s Kitchen: Best Foie Gras

Hot’s Kitchen is all about creative food, served in an energetic environment along with craft beers.

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