Richard Foss

Pizza Coast Highway – Review of Mama D’s Redondo

Pizza Coast Highway – Review of Mama D’s Redondo

by Richard Foss Architecture creates expectations, and it can start communicating something about a business at first glance. You could be illiterate and still know what El Torito serves because of the hacienda look, and the same is true of places like Izakaya in Manhattan Beach, Captain Kidd’s, or any Denny’s in the world. That […]

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The future has arrived at Brewport Tap House [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

The future has arrived at Brewport Tap House [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss Here’s a tip for your first trip to Brewport: take a jacket with you even if it’s a warm day. Not that you’ll want to wear it, but so you’ll have something to put over the back of your chair. You’ll be getting up a lot during your visit, and that way […]

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Quick Change in Hermosa, Sugarfish Coming to Manhattan, Cookies on Pier, Wine and Beer Dinners (A La Carte Dining News for 08 June)

Well, That Was Quick… Three weeks ago the people at Buona Vita in Hermosa were reassuring customers that although the place had sold no big changes would happen for some time. Last week the restaurant had a new paint job, name, and menu. Casa Vicenzo is still serving Italian food but under the leadership of […]

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The Rabano revolution

The farm-to-table aesthetic meets quick serve with surprising results at the Chong brothers’ new restaurant

Every time I hear myself about to say something is impossible, I really should just shut my mouth. At the very least I should check to see how many witnesses there are so I know whether the eventual chorus of “You were wrong!” will be delivered as a solo or in multi-part harmony. My latest […]

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From Naples, with love: Locale 90 features Neapolitan pizza and rare traditional fare [Restaurant Review]

From Naples, with love:  Locale 90 features Neapolitan pizza and rare traditional fare [Restaurant Review]

Neapolitan pizza has been in the spotlight lately but restaurants serving it have little to fear from bandwagon-jumpers because it requires a special oven that is expensive and takes hours to heat to temperature.

  by Richard Foss The restaurant scene in Los Angeles often resembles the Keystone Cops of silent movie fame, who had a running gag of many people trying to go through a door at the same time. Another way to get to the same place might be nearby, but that was ignored until the person […]

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Message Inn A Bottle – Pioneer Italian restaurant changes hands

Message Inn A Bottle – Pioneer Italian restaurant changes hands

When we first opened it was tough to be just Italian, so we called it Bottle Inn Restaurant Continental Italian Cuisine,” Petoletti said.

by Richard Foss When Silvio Petoletti talks about the early days of the Bottle Inn, he reminisces about a dining scene that is almost unimaginable to Millennials. In 1974 Hermosa Beach had only about two dozen restaurants rather than the sixty-odd places that flourish now, and high-style Italian food was not a big draw. “When […]

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South Bay Dining News: Two Guns Kitchen opens in El Segundo, Brewport brunches, Samosa House is coming, Rob Rubens Distillery celebrates a year, and more…

South Bay Dining News: Two Guns Kitchen opens in El Segundo, Brewport brunches, Samosa House is coming, Rob Rubens Distillery celebrates a year, and more…

by Richard Foss A Town So Hot, Parts Of It Spout Flames… And you knew I was going to be writing about El Segundo, even though the refinery isn’t a noted dining destination. Places very close to it are, though. I’d like to tell you about the food at Brewport, the pour-it-yourself beer bistro that […]

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Tiny experiment, big success [restaurant review]

Crepe Lab is an El Porto gem

If you ask most people to imagine a lab, the ones who don’t think of a dog will probably envision a sterile place with Bunsen burners, glass tubing, and the other trappings of school chemistry experiments. That fits the textbook definition of lab as a place for scientific research, usually chemical or medical. It’s not […]

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Three decades of high standards keep Houston’s a fixture on Rosecrans [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Three decades of high  standards keep Houston’s  a fixture on Rosecrans [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Every once in a while I have to dig through my archives to help historians and researchers, and when I do it’s a trip down memory lane.

  by Richard Foss Every once in a while I have to dig through my archives to help historians and researchers, and when I do it’s a trip down memory lane. Whatever my original goal was, I find myself lingering over reviews of places from decades gone by, remembering meals when arugula in salad, Asian […]

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Big change in Upper Pier dining, Derby Day celebrations, Veteran’s wine benefit, Brunches, and More Dining News

Big change in Upper Pier dining, Derby Day celebrations, Veteran’s wine benefit, Brunches, and More Dining News

A La Carte for 04 May 2017

Next Dance In Hermosa… Restaurants change hands all the time, and often nobody knows except employees who notice a different signature on their paychecks. Those changes become news when the new owner changes things, though it should be noted that what is an improvement to one person may annoy another who likes things as they […]

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Dining In The Style Of A Royal Barge [Restaurant review]

Subhannahong offers a subtly different kind of Thai cuisine

You don’t have to be a social historian to know one thing about class societies: they always develop distinct differences between the ruler and the ruled. Think of Jeeves and Wooster, Downton Abbey, anything written by Jane Austen that was ever translated to visual media. The cut of the clothes is the obvious clue, but […]

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Empanadas on Artesia, Brew destination in El Segundo, Proud Bird taking wing, and dining events

The opening of The Empanada Shop on Artesia last week gives everyone a new problem, namely where to eat them. There’s no space inside the shop itself, and if you’re not taking them back to home or office you may find yourself looking for the nearest bus stop bench. My suggestion is the Andrews Parkette […]

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Style and Substance

Sea Level, at Shade Redondo, has it all

What are you paying for when you go to a restaurant? It’s more than the cost of the ingredients and the salaries of the staff, the value of the lease on the building, the plates and silverware and all the other things that had to be purchased before the place served its first meal. You’re […]

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Spice to close, Royal Thai and Mama D’s open in Redondo, More dining news

One Less Chinese Option… After over ten years in business it’s time to say goodbye to Spice, formerly Chong’s China Grill. The flood of new openings in The Point nearby has put a squeeze on all restaurants in this area, and construction that diverted traffic away can’t have helped the situation. This leaves the tiny […]

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Old school charm in a high concept town [Restaurant Review]

Zane’s is hard to categorize but easy to love

If you’re at a party and say you’re going to a Tibetan-Mexican fusion restaurant, heads will turn. People will try to form an idea in their minds, and probably not be able to figure out what that means. A barley tortilla burrito with cabbage and mutton in chile verde? Yak butter with your chips instead […]

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