Kevin Cody

Easy Reader South Bay Dining Guide

Easy Reader South Bay Dining Guide

View a wide ranging selection of South Bay restaurants with links to their webs sites and to Easy Reader reviews.

 Brad Jacobson

The Turning Point [VIDEO]

Produced by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch   Written by Mark McDermott The Point in El Segundo is about creating experiences. In the age of Amazon, shoppers don’t need to leave their homes. Therefore, when they do, the experience needs to be about more than a purchase. But The Point, which is less than a […]

 Richard Foss

Dining news: Brat & Brau arrives in Hermosa, Cali Catalina departs, Oil & Vinegar at Del Amo, Admiral Risty celebrates 50, Shophouse shines at The Point

One Up, One Down… Hermosa Avenue was lively in the last week of 2015, with Cali Cantina shutting down and Brat & Brau firing up the grill. Cali never offered any compelling reason to visit; there wasn’t exactly a shortage of places serving burritos in downtown Hermosa. An upscale Italian place is planned in the […]

 Richard Foss

2015 Year in Review – The Big Upscale

2015 Year in Review – The Big Upscale

Steakhouses and Italian food make an emphatic return to the South Bay, more chef-driven neighborhood restaurants arrive, Redondo Beach blossoms, and both quality and prices rise by Richard Foss  One of the things that makes the lives of volcanologists interesting is the way that hotspots can suddenly cool, while an area nearby that has been […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Much more than great pho at Pho Consomme

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Much more than great pho at Pho Consomme

There is an often-quoted story about a place in England called Torpenhow Hill; the name is allegedly the word “hill” in four different languages, Brythonic, Welsh, Saxon, and English. Linguists are still arguing fine points with topographers, but there are certainly places whose name means Island Island or Street Street using two languages. To these […]

 Richard Foss

Rustic fare meets Rancho Nuevo at Sausal in El Segundo

Rustic fare meets Rancho Nuevo at Sausal in El Segundo

Chef Anne Conness built Sausal around a Spanish California cookbook written in 1898. The result is a spectacular dining experience in which a native cuisine is combined with farm-to-table ingredients and brought vividly to life. by Richard Foss  When a chef wants to add some energy and sophistication to a cuisine, a natural tendency is […]

 Richard Foss

Style your own order at Stacked in Torrance [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Style your own order at Stacked in Torrance [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

  by Richard Foss In thirty years of writing about restaurants I’ve had plenty to say about servers, both good and bad. The good ones give you invaluable advice as you order, suggesting combinations, describing specials, and sometimes even negotiating with the kitchen about what can be done to customize a particular dish. The bad […]

 Richard Foss

South Bay Dining News: Zina, Krust Bakery comes to Redondo, Superba opens in El Segundo, Orlando’s ambition expands, and more…

South Bay Dining News: Zina, Krust Bakery comes to Redondo, Superba opens in El Segundo, Orlando’s ambition expands, and more…

Same Idea, Different Places… Redondo will soon have two new bakery coffeehouses, and according to Google Maps they are all of 367 feet from each other. Krust Bakery is coming to a space on PCH that was very briefly Green Roast Coffee – and if you never noticed it I’m not surprised, because it is […]

 Richard Foss

A quarter century later, Depot’s star still shines in Old Torrance

A quarter century later, Depot’s star still shines  in Old Torrance

by Richard Foss  When the Depot opened in Old Torrance in 1991 it was a bold move on several levels. The neighborhood was then sleepy, conservative, and mostly vacant, the last place most people would consider for an upscale new restaurant. As if that wasn’t enough, the chef insisted on doing large parts of the […]

 Richard Foss

Doma Kitchen broadens and blossoms in Manhattan Beach

by Richard Foss Creative people are by definition unpredictable, and sometimes go through phases in which their work transforms and leaves their fans confused. When Bob Dylan went electric and Picasso discovered surrealism, many among their followers sputtered, “But I liked what you did before!” This occasionally happens with chefs too, usually when someone known […]

 Richard Foss

Mickie Finnz closes, beards & bourbon, Sinatra’s whiskey, late night Love & Salt, clambakes at Hook & Plow…

Finnz Out, Steaks In?… Mickie Finnz in Riviera Village never really caught on with locals – the tropical vibe made it a popular nightspot, but the food wasn’t up to the standard of the other Hennessey restaurants. They closed quietly after a decade in business, and a new concept is in the works. Reliable sources […]

 David Mendez

Slider Stop’s processes are a labor of love and good taste

Slider Stop’s processes are a labor of love and good taste

by David Mendez The work at Slider Stop begins each morning at 6 a.m., when a team of prep cooks begins to set the stage — five hours before the small restaurant opens. There, among other duties, they prep the avocado mousse, the corn and black bean relish, and put the finishing touches on the […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Bottega Romana is superb

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Bottega Romana is superb

There are some works of art that are unfinished yet iconic. The portrait of George Washington on the dollar bill is one of them – artist Gilbert Stuart planned to portray him down to the waist, but only finished his face and shoulders before moving on to another commission. The painting is powerful even though […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW – House of chicken

RESTAURANT REVIEW –  House of chicken

A French name and Lebanese recipes add up to California fusion at Chicken Maison There are at least a dozen Lebanese restaurants in the South Bay, though you wouldn’t know that from driving past some of them. Many are named after their specialty, which is called franrej when you order it on the streets of […]

 Richard Foss

A La Carte: Azure Mediterranean opening, a new bakery in Redondo, Hey 19’s birthday, Lou’s on the Hill’s whiskey night, Sausal stars in El Segundo….

A La Carte: Azure Mediterranean opening, a new bakery in Redondo, Hey 19’s birthday, Lou’s on the Hill’s whiskey night, Sausal stars in El Segundo….

Coming Attractions… I’ve had a look inside Azure Mediterranean Restaurant, the place taking the long-vacant spot next to Ortega 120, and it looks lovely. What had been a dark cavern is now sunny and open, and there are several inviting small rooms for private parties. The restaurant should be open by the end of the […]

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