Richard Foss

A Meeting in the Middle [restaurant review]

A Meeting in the Middle [restaurant review]

Nuna’s Mediterranean offers items from the far east and far west ends of the Mediterranean

Every time I see a sign for a new Mediterranean restaurant, I wonder what they really serve. Though elements like olive oil and beans are used all around that ocean, there are very few recipes that are served at dinner tables on every coast. To call a restaurant Mediterranean almost raises more questions than it […]

 Richard Foss

In praise of everyday Chinese [restaurant review]

In praise of everyday Chinese [restaurant review]

The stuffed lotus leaves, filled with a mix of rice, pork, and vegetables, was a highlight.

One of the rewards of writing in my own neighborhood is the chance to interact with my readers, a luxury unavailable to those who write for national markets. The most common complaint I get is that I don’t write enough about the places that “real people” go, favoring places that offer new and unusual experiences. […]

 Richard Foss

Evolution of a Manhattan Beach Dining Destination [Restaurant Review]

Evolution of a Manhattan Beach Dining Destination [Restaurant Review]

Dinner at the Strand House in downtown Manhattan Beach is typically expensive, but the experience is anything but typical

 Richard Foss

Bretons Gone, Ribs Back, Pizza, PETA, and Primo: Dining News for 08 February 2018

Bretons Gone, Ribs Back, Pizza, PETA, and Primo: Dining News for 08 February 2018

A La Carte South Bay dining news for 2/08/2018

Popular Until The Day They Closed… The big surprise of the last week was the sudden closure of Les P‘tits Bretons, the elegant little French restaurant at the corner of Marine and Highland in Manhattan Beach. It’s an unfortunate end to an establishment that seemed to be on the rise… In Brighter News, Here Come […]

 Richard Foss

Seven tasty meats [restaurant review]

Seven tasty meats [restaurant review]

The Japanese’s relatively young tradition of eating beef is gloriously celebrated at Yamaya

You wouldn’t know it from the number of Japanese steakhouses that have been popping up around town, but the Japanese are relatively new at eating beef. The overwhelmingly Buddhist country banned most cattle consumption in the year 675 and only legalized it in 1868. When it was announced in 1872 that the Emperor himself had […]

 Richard Foss

No Greenbacks at Tender Greens, Hot’s Cools, Dine LA, Dine RB, and More

South Bay dining news for 18 January 2018

Briefly Brilliant… I-Naba opened in Manhattan Beach last April as an upscale take out sushi counter, but in September suddenly blossomed into a full omakase sushi restaurant serving only eight people at a time. It just as suddenly closed last week, with a message on the door cryptically citing an issue with the building and […]

 Richard Foss

Beach Dining – Revolution at The Rockefeller [restaurant review]

Beach Dining – Revolution at The Rockefeller [restaurant review]

What started out as a burger-and-a-beer spot unveils a new menu by Primo Italia chef Michelangelo Aliarga

 Richard Foss

The Humble Hawaiian [restaurant review]

The Humble Hawaiian [restaurant review]

The welcome at The Grindz at 1601 is as warm as the islands. It seems everyone who works here is part of the same Hawaiian family

I enjoy colorful slang terms, and have avidly read articles about the lingo of the Victorian underworld, Roaring Twenties revelers, beatniks, Cockneys, and carnival workers. It’s vivid, informal, and whimsical, often based on obscure allusions, rhymes, and wordplay. It can also be subtle, and even an enthusiast might miss an example in plain sight. Consider […]

 Richard Foss

Rui Ji – Mystery from China’s Southwest

Rui Ji – Mystery from China’s Southwest

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Sichuan cuisine, a meal at Rui Ji may be a challenge, but that’s exactly the reason to go there …

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Sichuan cuisine, a meal at Rui Ji may be a challenge, but that’s exactly the reason to go there

 Richard Foss

East Manhattan Beach transformation [restaurant review]

East Manhattan Beach transformation [restaurant review]

When I was a child my mother was a fan of a TV show called “Dragnet,” and I remember when a car chase in one episode took the heroic policemen through Manhattan Beach. Well, they said it was Manhattan Beach – it was a night scene and probably filmed on a studio lot. Nevertheless we […]

 Richard Foss

Return of Banzai Beach, New Mexican Eatery in Redondo, Venetian Holiday Fare, and more dining news

A La Carte column for 14 December 2017

Banzai back… A name we never thought we’d see again is back. Banzai Beach occupied the upstairs space from 2006 to 2014 and during its existence was a sushi bar, all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant, and tiki bar, all the while also serving Italian food. They have returned as a sushi bar and teppanyaki steakhouse in the […]

 Richard Foss

Nose on the prize

A Basq Kitchen chef Michael Mazzotta and his dog Capo train for one of the culinary arts most prestigious competitions

 Richard Foss

Marina Hideaway [restaurant review]

Marina Hideaway [restaurant review]

At Baleen Kitchen, the menu reflects no particular culinary trend, a strategy rests on how well classic dishes are presented.

I know someone who works with tech geniuses who are self-consciously unconventional, and whose work attire includes asymmetrical haircuts, unlikely body jewelry, and kilts both traditional and modern. My friend stands out even in this company, because he prefers a tasteful conservative suit and properly knotted tie. Is it a personal style choice or a […]

 Richard Foss

Yum Thai Bistro: Everyday Thai with style

Yum Thai Bistro: Everyday Thai with style

I attend a lot of conferences and events, with the inevitable gaggle of people at the end of a day hanging out and discussing whatever we just saw. Occasionally someone will adjourn one of these gatherings with one of the loveliest inquiries in the English language, namely “Want to go out for Thai?” For me, […]

 Richard Foss

The Bottle Inn: Everything old is new again

The Bottle Inn: Everything old is new again

A South Bay classic has new energy after a makeover

The Bottle Inn opened in Hermosa in 1976 and while the menu changed over the years, the decor didn’t. The cozy space was from another time, the walls festooned with a display case of mini airline liquor bottles and distressed boards with paintings. Wooden chairs, some on the rickety side, flanked tables beneath hanging plants […]

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