Dining

 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.

 Richard Foss

History in the tasting

History in the tasting

Richmond Bar & Grill, occupying one of El Segundo’s oldest buildings, stays true to the unpretentious, blue collar heart of the city itself   A few years ago I gave a pair of lectures on the history of dining in the South Bay, explaining the ways that the Beach Cities had become more sophisticated and […]

 Brad Jacobson

Tap Into South Bay Brewing – The Process of Brewing Beer

Tap Into South Bay Brewing – The Process of Brewing Beer

The South Bay is home to the most vibrant brewing scene anywhere in the nation outside craft beer’s original epicenter, San Diego, with seven breweries launching in the last few years. Each local brewery is producing beer of the very highest quality so we wanted to take a look into the actual brewing process. The […]

 Richard Foss

A La Carte 3/12/15

First Looks…Orlando’s Pizzeria & Birreria in Redondo is off to an amazing start; they opened with little fanfare three weeks ago and there are already lines out the door at dinner. They serve much more than pizza – owner Orlando Mulé lived in Quebec for years and his restaurant offers poutine, Montreal smoked meat, and […]

 Richard Foss

Baja California Fish Tacos conquers the corner of doom

Baja California Fish Tacos conquers the corner of doom

If you drive by the northwest corner of Inglewood and Artesia, you’re likely to see something that is remarkable: a restaurant with a full parking lot. This might not be unusual in most locations, but this has been a spectacularly bad place to open a restaurant – there have been five of them, all serving […]

 Richard Foss

Hey 19’s inventive, homey cuisine sings like a good pop song

Hey 19’s inventive, homey cuisine sings like a good pop song

There’s a subtle art to good smart pop songs, the ones that you find yourself singing along with and liking more each time you do. They have some musical or vocal hook, the thing that makes you listen to it in the first place, but sonic layers beneath – on the tenth listening you may […]

 Richard Foss

A La Carte: Doma MIA, The Crush alive and well, the return of the Yee family, and a primer on bacon….

Leaving The Promised Land… Downtown Manhattan Beach has few chain restaurants, and one is about to leave. I have it on good authority that a Manhattan Avenue café has given notice because even with a full house on a regular basis, they can’t make their very high rent. Chain restaurants can’t adjust their prices – […]

 Richard Foss

Copacabana: Brazilian BBQ, with an emphasis on the sides

Copacabana: Brazilian BBQ,  with an emphasis on the sides

As much as you may love eating at a traditional American barbecue joint, odds are that the sides aren’t the focal point of your experience. Baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and white bread are the most traditional accompaniments, and a place that is getting fancy might offer some mac and cheese or a green salad. […]

 Richard Foss

A la carte

The New Year has brought news of a number of new projects, the most interesting of which promises a big change on the Hermosa Pier Plaza. Ron and Greg Newman, best known for the Sharkeez chain and Palimilla, have leased the spaces formerly operated by Fat Face Fenner’s, Paradise Sushi, and Froyo. Though these are […]

 Alyssa Morin

Locale 90’s true Italian cuisine in Redondo Beach

Locale 90’s true Italian cuisine in Redondo Beach

There is no shortage of pizza in the South Bay but John and Jennifer Mentesana are doing things a bit differently at Locale 90 in Redondo Beach. The pizzeria and marketplace, focusing on Neopolitan-style pies and European food and wine products for sale, opened in July. The restaurant has been so successful in its first […]

 Kevin Cody

East Meets Beach, an Interview With Chef Tin Of Little Sister

East Meets Beach, an Interview With Chef Tin Of Little Sister

We caught up with one of Los Angeles’s rising Chef stars, Chef Tin Vuong in his restaurant “Little Sister”.  Chef Tin talks about his inspirations, cooking habits, menu and more.  His 52 seat Manhattan Beach restaurant designed by Anthony Agriam of Bishops Pass is filled with wooden bookcases, metal shelving, floor-to-ceiling windows along the street […]

 Richard Foss

Foie gras ruling protested, celebrated in Hermosa Beach

Foie gras ruling protested, celebrated in Hermosa Beach

Hot’s Kitchen’s Sean Chaney was a plaintiff in the lawsuit that successfully overturned the state ban on foie gras.

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