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 […]

 Kevin Cody

Filipino workers allege abuse at L’Amande French Bakery

Filipino workers allege abuse at L’Amande French Bakery

A lawsuit filed March 18 on behalf of 11 Filipinos who worked at the L’ Amande French bakeries in Torrance and Beverly Hills alleges the bakery owners violated human trafficking and labor laws.

 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

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 […]

 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 […]

 Kevin Cody

Food writer Richard Foss brings ‘Food in the Air and Space’ down to earth

Food writer Richard Foss brings ‘Food in the Air and Space’ down to earth

Bad airline food is not entirely the airlines’ fault. It’s also the fault of human nature and human physiology, according to Richard Foss, author of the recently published Food in the Air and Space: The Surprising History of Food and Drink in the Skies.

 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

Feature: Best restaurants of 2014

The whole idea of End of the Year lists is to give perspective on a category of news, to identify trends that might not have been obvious as they happened. Compiling my list of the best new restaurants in the South Bay gets more difficult every year, and to understand why I decided to take […]

 Richard Foss

Nick’s time: a steakhouse opens at Manhattan Beach’s Metlox Plaza [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Nick’s time: a steakhouse opens at Manhattan Beach’s Metlox Plaza [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

It’s the first opening in the Beach Cities in years where they serve dishes that might have delighted Sinatra and the Rat Pack. A few years ago, I was discussing with a restaurant consultant the way most places try to attract young, hip diners,when he suddenly demanded, “How long has it been since a restaurant […]

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