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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 Richard Foss

A La Carte for 09 March 2016 [Dining news]

by Richard Foss A Geographically Appropriate Newcomer… It’s more than a little odd that Seattle has become so well known for coffee, given that the climate there has been inhospitable for the noble bean since dinosaurs walked the earth. Plenty of coffee grows in Colombia, and that’s the origin of Fika, the new coffee roaster…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

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