Richard Foss

A La Carte – South Bay Restaurant News for 03 September

A La Carte – South Bay Restaurant News for 03 September

An Institution Goes Dark… It’s a sad time for soul food lovers across the South Bay, as Torrance institution Flossie’s has closed after 25 years in business. This may be hard to tell for the casual passerby, as the dark windows always made the place look closed, but according to the sign on the door […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW – The delicious reign of King Shabu Shabu expands to Redondo Beach

RESTAURANT REVIEW – The delicious reign of King Shabu  Shabu expands to Redondo Beach

by Richard Foss  When I was a teenager my parents warned me of the perils of very loud concerts, that my hearing would be damaged and I’d regret it when I grew older. Naturally this made me want to go to more concerts, and while I don’t think I suffered ill effects, according to some […]

 Richard Foss

A La Carte 08/27/15

An Institution Goes Dark… It’s a sad time for soul food lovers across the South Bay, as Flossie’s has closed after 25 years in business. This may be hard to tell for the casual passerby, as the dark windows always made the place look closed, but according to the sign on the door they have […]

 Mark McDermott

Steak & Whisky

  Rich flavors and superb ingredients catapult a new Hermosa Beach restaurant, featuring both stratospheric quality and prices, to regional acclaim     by Richard Foss  The chef’s art has an interesting bell curve. At one end is simple diner food, uncomplicated home cooking served somewhere other than home. As prices and expectations rise, the […]

 Richard Foss

Dining news: Japanese food fest in Torrance, L’Amande Bakery closes, a Basq breakfast and a hatch chile dinner in Redondo Beach, fish happy hour in Hermosa….

Dining news: Japanese food fest in Torrance, L’Amande Bakery closes, a Basq breakfast and a hatch chile dinner in Redondo Beach, fish happy hour in Hermosa….

Japanese Regional Culture in Your Neighborhood… If you know only one place in the Tohoku region of Japan, it’s probably Fukushima – and the people who call that area home would like to change that. Though the region is noted for its harsh weather and rugged terrain it has a rich culture and distinctive cuisine, […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Tara Thai, a pleasant surprise

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Tara Thai, a pleasant surprise

Architects like creative spaces, odd curves and alcoves that give a building character, while tenants generally prefer symmetrical squares and rectangles. The regular spaces make it easy to find furniture and to rearrange it at will, though the resulting business is more likely to look mathematical than artistic. Restaurants are like water, fitting into oddly […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Redondo

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Redondo

Once a term gets embedded in language, it’s pretty hard to dynamite it out. A case in point – we still speak of dialing a phone call, even though the last rotary phones were manufactured in 1985. Children who are shown a phone with an actual dial have no idea what to do with it […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Tea Time at Restful Steep in Torrance

Tea Time at Restful Steep in Torrance

From a light breeze in China to a store in Torrance, the history of tea in a cup.

 Richard Foss

A la carte 07/09/15

A la carte 07/09/15

  Doma Kitchen has reopened and the transformation of the space at the north end of the Manhattan Village Mall is startling. The former chain taco joint is now a pretty, sophisticated restaurant with original art on the walls and a pleasant outside patio. The food is every bit as good as in their previous […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Bettolino Kitchen

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Bettolino Kitchen

Bettolino Kitchen: Modern times from old Italian family Italians have an whole vocabulary for places where you can buy a meal, depending of the level of formality, culinary specialty, and style of decor. They know the difference between a ristorante, trattoria, cucina, osteria, enoteca, bari, and locanda, plus a variety of regional terms with more subtle […]

 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

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 […]

 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

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 […]

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