Richard Foss

The Spot: Best vegetarian

The Spot: Best vegetarian

This is one of the only local restaurants that can use the words “World Famous” in their advertising and have a credible claim to the distinction. The Spot has been a place of pilgrimage since 1977 and is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in greater Los Angeles.

 Richard Foss

Benihana: Best teppanyaki

Benihana: Best teppanyaki

The award for teppanyaki goes to the restaurant that brought it to America. Teppanyaki – literally, food cooked on an iron grill – was invented in the 1940’s but wasn’t very popular among Japanese.

 Richard Foss

Becker’s Bakery: Best Bakery

Becker’s Bakery: Best Bakery

Odds are that someone among our readers has had Becker’s cakes at their at first birthday celebration, wedding, and retirement party. Maybe several someones.

 Richard Foss

Creme De La Crepe: Best Crepes

What started as a single location in Hermosa Beach has become a business empire built on French pancakes. Crème de la Crepe now has locations as far away as Beverly Hills. And though they now serve fondue and a wide-ranging menu, the core is still their crepes. They make their savory batter with buckwheat flour […]

 Richard Foss

In-N-Out: Best fast food burger

In-N-Out: Best fast food burger

In-N-Out is slow for fast food. They make everything to order, so if all you care about is speed, perhaps you should go somewhere else.

 Richard Foss

Martha’s 22nd Street Grill: Best omelet

Martha’s 22nd Street Grill: Best omelet

Martha’s 22nd Street Grill doesn’t have the most baroque offerings or the widest selection, but their enduring popularity is no mystery. They’re light and fluffy and there are little touches like the housemade ranchero sauce that make these offerings personal.

 Richard Foss

Cajun: Ragin’ Cajun

People from all over the world go to Louisiana to vacation, and it isn’t for the weather. They endure the humidity and heat because the greatest music and cuisine in America are to be found among those swamps, prairies and the occasional big city by a river. Ragin’ Cajun was the South Bay’s embassy of […]

 Richard Foss

Asian Fusion: Little Sister

Chef Tin Vuong has rocketed to stardom like no other chef in the history of the South Bay. Just two years ago when he took over the kitchen at Abigaile, nobody had heard of him, and now he is one of our local stars. His passion for artfully combining Asian foods has flowered at Little […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Omelet: Martha’s 22nd Street Grill

Breakfast at Martha’s is the quintessential California beachside morning. Sidewalk tables are covered with big, colorful umbrellas and dogs, tied to the railing, wait by their human’s table while beautiful breakfast and lunch platters are served on the outdoor patio. Located near the Strand in Hermosa Beach, the restaurant is open from 7 a.m. until […]

 Alyssa Morin

Best romantic dinner: La Sosta Enoteca

Simple décor, candlelight and the smell of rustic, authentic Italian cuisine make cozy La Sosta a go-to spot for couples celebrating birthdays and anniversaries or just seeking a romantic evening out together. Salumi specials fill many of the tables, as do bottles of wine from an ecletic, esoteric wine list, grilled meats and fish, housemade […]

 Alyssa Morin

Best view: The Strand House

Best view: The Strand House

Mike Zislis’ Strand House is another success story for the South Bay restaurant giant. Locals enjoy fine, albeit expensive, cuisine, inventive cocktails, and selections from an impressive wine list. However, the greatest draw of the three-story restaurant and bar is its location on Manhattan Pier, offering panoramic views of the Pacific from its tables, bar, […]

 Alyssa Morin

Best ice cream parlor: Manhattan Beach Creamery

Manhattan Beach Creamery continues its reign as favorite ice cream shop in the South Bay with an unwavering commitment to fresh, inventive homemade ice cream and baked goods. Now that they have welcomed Cupcake Couture’s signature cupcakes into the store, there is even more reason to get your sugar fix here. What goes better with […]

 Alyssa Morin

Best yogurt shop: Yogurtland

South Bay fro-yo fans are loyal to this independent spot that offers a glut of flavors and toppings that you use to build your own sweet creation. Always immaculately clean and always well-staffed with smiling faces, Yogurtland satisfies sugar cravings without packing on the pounds. And eating red velvet soft-serve without any guilt is about […]

 Alyssa Morin

Best bagel shop: Noah’s New York Bagels

The South Bay has enough New York transplants to grant credence to the winner of best bagel. Noah’s has beat out the competitors once again, with an eclectic menu of over 25 bagel varieties, sandwiches, and coffee and espresso drinks that draw local bagel enthusiasts to the Manhattan Beach store in droves. If you need […]

 Alyssa Morin

Best independent coffee house: Java Man

Best independent coffee house: Java Man

For 20 years and counting, Java Man has been a popular spot for South Bay locals to enjoy coffee, homemade soups and sandwiches, and breakfast entrees. The coffee shop has comfortable seating for catching up with friends or getting work done out of the office. The gentlemen behind the counter are always welcoming and accommodating, […]

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