Richard Foss

Austere surroundings, lavish fare at Kagura in El Segundo

Austere surroundings, lavish fare at Kagura in El Segundo

by Richard Foss A few years ago I took a trip through Germany and overdosed on baroque art. At first I was enchanted with finding details within details in paintings that sprawled across walls, but after a few days the blizzard of intricacy became fatiguing. I tried to imagine the mind of the craftsman who […]

 Richard Foss

Paisano’s, a classic NYC pizzeria, is a South Bay mainstay

Paisano’s, a classic NYC pizzeria, is a South Bay mainstay

by Richard Foss You don’t have to have lived in the South Bay very long to realize how completely our restaurant scene has changed. I have a better perspective on this than most people, because I have been writing about the area for over thirty years and can look back at any given year. Just […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW – King’s Cove

We were halfway through lunch when I was transfixed by an astonishing display of grace and athleticism. An ice dancer glided across the rink in a wide arc and then performed a dazzling series of leaps and spins. Some of the people watching gasped, while others who were used to the spectacle murmured or nodded […]

 Richard Foss

The rebellion isn’t beginning at Rebel Republic Social House, and that’s just fine [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

The rebellion isn’t beginning at Rebel Republic Social House, and that’s just fine [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss Try imagining what Star Wars would have been like with Darth Vader as the hero. He must have been, to somebody, because all those guys in white armor kept obeying his orders despite the fact that they must have had much higher insurance premiums as a consequence. (Somehow the Empire doesn’t seem […]

 Richard Foss

Frida defies expectations [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Frida defies expectations [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Authentic Mexican cuisine comes to the Del Amo Fashion Center I have expectations for good Mexican restaurants, and for mall Mexican restaurants, and there isn’t a lot of crossover between the two. The good Mexican restaurants are usually small and family-owned, and often the décor consists of Mexican flags, beer ads, and travel posters. Mall […]

 Richard Foss

Rock’n Fish keeps on rockin’ [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss One of the advantages for a restaurant decorated in classic motifs is that it ages gracefully. That which isn’t in fashion when it’s built doesn’t go out of style, and is more likely to look elegant and graceful when more contemporary designs are starting to be embarrassing. Rock’nFish so resembles some early […]

 Richard Foss

Yellow Fever has style and flavor to burn [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Yellow Fever has style and flavor to burn [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss If I tell you that there’s a restaurant in Torrance that has been featured in an article for Interior Design magazine, you’ll probably start wondering which high style mall place I’m talking about. A lot of the action has been in malls lately, though quirky brewpubs and nightspots have also been raising […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

The Bountiful Bistro: The rustic feel and finely executed meals at Tin Roof have made it a local treasure [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

The Bountiful Bistro: The rustic feel and finely executed meals at Tin Roof have made it a local treasure [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss Thanks to friends who live in far-flung cities but travel through LA occasionally, I have much experience at arranging a flying visit. Six hour layover between flights for someone who wants to visit three ethnic groceries and still have time for a leisurely dinner? Can do. With eight hours I can squeeze […]

 Richard Foss

Pie Pie Pie: A new Redondo Beach restaurant specializes in pies, every which way [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Pie Pie Pie: A new Redondo Beach restaurant specializes in pies, every which way [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

I remember the first time I saw the sign for Pie Pie Pie, because it brought such a smile to my face. I immediately pulled my car into the parking lot not knowing exactly what they served, but that I was going to buy some. I do like a good pie, and I was about […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

The Village Feast: Steinhaus’ traditional Northern European cuisine has became a Torrance tradition [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

The Village Feast: Steinhaus’ traditional Northern European cuisine has became a Torrance tradition [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss  I was twelve years old when Alpine Village opened, and I still remember the excitement in our family. My German-speaking grandfather insisted on going there the next week and was delighted with the architecture, shops, and the company of others who loved Northern European food and culture. At that time there was […]

 Richard Foss

Feast of Arabia: Azure’s pan-Arab cuisine promises to become a dining destination [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Feast of Arabia: Azure’s pan-Arab cuisine promises to become a dining destination [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss  As little as twenty years ago most Americans had no idea that there was such thing as regional Italian cuisine. Now we are sophisticated enough to know that there are major variations based on different cultures, ecologies, access to historic trade routes, and other factors. However, some people are still surprised by […]

 Randy Angel

Sausage, Beer, Bravo! The triumphant return of German food at Brat & Brau in Hermosa Beach

Sausage, Beer, Bravo! The triumphant return of German food at Brat & Brau in Hermosa Beach

by Richard Foss  In the 19th Century German cuisine was very popular across America, especially after the Hamburg Steak was paired with bread to become the hamburger. The South Bay was no different. In the early 1900s Redondo Beach was host to a Teutonic beer hall that seated hundreds of people, in the 1940s Manhattan […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Blue Basil

Blue Basil raises the South Bay’s Chinese cuisine Whenever a new Chinese restaurant opens near me I visit with hope but with low expectations. The standard in the South Bay is mysteriously low, and most local places offer a bland, Americanized version of one of the world’s greatest cuisines.  The meals are enjoyable for what […]

 Richard Foss

Get your fix: American Junkie’s kitchen surprises

by Richard Foss It took me a long time to even step inside American Junkie to see what the place was about. The first reason was the name, which I found repellent when I first heard it. I assume that it’s intended to be slang for “irresistible”, but if you have had friends who went […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Slide into the The Slip

A few years ago I attended a demonstration at which a talented street fighter took on practitioners of a variety of different martial arts. The soundtrack for this was an insanely catchy pop version of an old standard called “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it.” When not being attacked […]

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