Best of the Beach

 Ryan McDonald

Traffic Jam: Amid commuter angst over lane closures on Vista Del Mar, Metro is launching an ambitious expansion of public transit. Is it a solution for the South Bay?

Traffic Jam: Amid commuter angst over lane closures on Vista Del Mar, Metro is launching an ambitious expansion of public transit. Is it a solution for the South Bay?

by Ryan McDonald (Second of three parts) In June, after the Vista Del Mar lane closures prompted an outpouring of anger from Beach Cities residents, Manhattan Beach Mayor David Lesser and Councilmember Richard Montgomery reached out to Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin and to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Neither Bonin, in whose […]

 Judy Rae

Best of the Beach 2017: Best Breakfast Omelet – Good Stuff

Brakfast Omelet Good Stuff If you’r reading this anytime between dawn and 9 p.m. when their Redondo and Palos Verdes locations close, it’s a good bet that someone somewhere is eating a Good Stuff omelet. (The Hermosa Band El Sedgundo locations are only open for breakfast ad lunch and they dish them out, too.) Apparently […]

 Judy Rae

Best of the Beach 2017: Contemporary – Good Stuff

Best of the Beach 2017: Contemporary – Good Stuff

Contemporary Good Stuff A decade or two ago Good Stuff could have won the award for best traditional restaurant, had we thought of putting that category on the ballot back then. Nowadays, the classics sit comfortably alongside items that reflect modern tastes. Calorie, protein, and carb counts appear on some items that might appeal to […]

 Judy Rae

Best of the Beach 2017 – Female Server Amy Schuler

Best of the Beach 2017 – Female Server Amy Schuler

Just about any weekday morning, diners will find Amy Schuler brightening up breakfast at Good Stuff’s Riviera Village restaurant. Her favorite recommendation is the Mexican Monte Cristo, which she describes as sweet, spicy and full of flavor, “just like me.”

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Best of the Beach 2017, Best Craft Beer Restaurant: HopSaint Brewing Company

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Craft Beer Restaurant: HopSaint Brewing Company

  HopSaint’s appropriately named brewmaster, Brian Brewer, has put together some of the best beers in the South Bay — all brewed on premise, within dining view. “Our full production in-house brewery allows us a lot of choices,” Brewer said. “From German pilsners and kolsches, to west coast IPA, to seasonal beers. We have the […]

 Special Contributor

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, Best Tapas/Appetizers: Mediterraneo

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, Best Tapas/Appetizers: Mediterraneo

Mediterranean cuisine is meant to be enjoyed outside on hot summer days, which is why Hermosa’s Mediterranean climate and Mediterraneo’s Pier Plaza dining are such a perfect combination. Mediterraneo deserves credit for introducing the South Bay to tapas, communal dishes that combine Middle Eastern, Spanish, French, Italian, Ottoman and Californian influences. It was an early […]

 Ryan McDonald

Best server (male): Chris Sutter, Old Venice

No matter how busy he gets, server Chris Sutter always has a smile on his face. Part of it comes from the fact that he walks to work each day. And it helps that Old Venice, the restaurant where he plies his trade, is so close to the Pacific Ocean that he can feel the […]

 Ryan McDonald

Best bartender: JD Ciasulli (male) and Abby Kahan (female), Palmilla

JD Ciasulli and Abby Kahan have been at Palmilla since it opened in fall 2011. In that time, craft cocktails have exploded in popularity, with bartenders across the country donning suspenders and churning out elaborate libations. The trend has had its own iteration in Hermosa Beach. On the one hand, Palmilla’s high-concept Mexican fare is […]

 Ryan McDonald

Best neighborhood bar: Ercole’s

George Orwell’s 1946 essay “The Moon Under Water” describes a pub of the same name. With its modest furnishings, dependable food and convivial atmosphere, it has all the qualities he is looking for in a London-area pub. All, except for one: it does actually not exist. Thinking of all the things he desires in a […]

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Best of the Beach 2017, Best Liquor Store: Ocean View Liquor

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Liquor Store: Ocean View Liquor

The knowledgeable staff behind Ocean View Liquor’s well-curated selection of craft beer (one of the largest selections in LA County), as well as their wines and spirits, make this family-run business a destination for those (not just locals) who seek specialties. Owner Norm Kalosh keeps pricing at big box store levels, saving locals a trek […]

 Judy Rae

Best of the Beach 2017 – Best View: The Strand House

Best View The Strand House It’s mysterious that an area with such beautiful panoramic ocean views doesn’t have more restaurants that take advantage of the superb vistas of Santa Monica Bay. The Strand House has an unbeatable view with just enough elevation from the water to make you feel a connection to the beach, Strand, […]

 Judy Rae

Best of the Beach 2017 – Best Dance Club: The StrandBar

Best Dance Club StrandBar Among dance clubs in the Beach Cities, StrandBar stands alone with a view overlooking the Pacific Ocean, that’s a well-angled ice cube’s throw away from the sand. But Strand Bar manager Jon Paul Gwozdz thinks that another thing in particular that sets his venue apart from the rest. “It’s the safe […]

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Best of the Beach 2017, Best Margarita and Best Tequila: Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Margarita and Best Tequila: Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila

Palmilla Cocina y Tequila’s 150 high quality tequilas and use of fresh fruit allows its mixologists to forge toward a new frontier of margaritas while paying homage to the originals. The expansive tequila list enables guests to develop their own margaritas. 39 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-4440. palmillarestaurant.com

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Best of the Beach 2017, Best Local Original Band: Andy and Renee

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Local Original Band: Andy and Renee

Andy Hill, Renee Safier and their band Hard Rain have developed their own South Bay musical niche — part fan family reunion, part rock and roll tent revival. It takes place over 200 times a year at a wide range of venues, from bars to concert circuits. In 1991, the duo organized the first  “Dylanfest,” […]

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Best of the Beach 2017, Best Live Music Club: St. Rocke

Best of the Beach 2017, Best Live Music Club: St. Rocke

Many notable artists have offered intimate performances on Saint Rocke’s stage. “We bring in artists who normally only play LA or Hollywood,” said Adam Spriggs, Saint Rocke manager and talent buyer. Spriggs also organizes the Kaboo Music Festival and, through Saint Rocke, books acts for the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series, the Redondo Beach Lobster […]

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